Rides for Explorers – over the North Downs

Sunday 7th June – meet Diana Fountain Car Park in Bushy Park 10am.

Steve Armstrong will lead this ride through Kingston out to Chessington then through Oxshott and surrounding villages over Bagden Hill  to Westhumble.  Then up Boxhill with stop at Boxhill cafe for refreshments. Return via Ashtead and Epsom Common to starting point. 42 miles hilly. Back around 3.30 pm.

Contact Steve on armstrong.steven@sky.com

 

Rides for Everyone – Saturday 20th June – Richmond Houses Tour

Meet Richmond Little Green 10.15 .

We get our climbing in first and are rewarded by the celebrated view from Richmond Hill. A descent through the Park follows before another climb past White Lodge. Down again to Ham for a circuit of Ham House using it’s own baroque avenues. We then cross Teddington Lock to get to Strawberry Hill house – coffee break in the cafe. Return along the riverside with a quick look at Orleans Octagon and Marble Hill house – the perfect Palladian doll’s house.

11 miles and a bit hilly but very scenic. route

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Just 5 of us – perhaps because of threat of showers.

- rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everyone – Palaces of West London

Saturday May 16th

Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.00am.

We Cross the Thames and pass through the grounds of Sion House before heading up the Grand Union Canal to Norwood Green. A country lane takes us into the wide spaces of Osterley Park where we enjoy coffee in the stables before passing the mansion on the way home. About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.

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Rides for Explorers – The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

12th April ; meeting Richmond Little Green 10.15.

Some years ago we went to watch the construction. The site has been landscaped and there is a good cafe

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We ride up through Central London -  quite fun with low Sunday traffic -  and plug into CS2 but turn off before the Bow Roundabout via Victoria Park to the Olympic Park. After lunch and a tour of the traffic-free park we return over the Green Bridge and SC3. About 37 miles.

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Twelve of us turned up at Richmond Green thanks to Skyride publicity. As we had a number of out of borough people we threw in the view from Richmond Hill in the sunshine before heading East. Road closures diverted more traffic our way and the strengthening headwind added resistance training to the way home but a good time was had.

Rides for Explorers – Windsor Great Park

Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. 3rd May

We cut across to Hampton then roughly follow the Thames upstream using NCR4 from Chertsey to Staines. A steep climb to Englefield Green is rewarded by lunch at the Sun Inn then we enjoy the practically traffic free Windsor Great Park and track into Windsor. We than return more directly to Twickenham with more mixed surroundings but finishing with our local Crane Park trail.  38 miles with one big hill.

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windsor ride 001aWe started with 18 riders but lost one at Shepperton ( If you are beginning cycling 38miles is too much of a challenge)  and another 4 at Staines after a revolt by the 3 children. The remaining 13 of us made light work both of the hill up to Englefield Green and of a substantial light lunch at the Sun Inn. The ride through Windsor Great Park was a delight as was the twisty track down to Windsor with sunlit lime green foliage contrasting with purple clouds. Back to Twickenham at 4.30.

RIdes for Everyone – Crane River to Marble Hill

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Saturday 18th April : Meet Strawberry Hill Station 10.15

We head across to the Crane River which we follow on a shared use path upstream through woodland as far as the Hounslow Boundary then back down again on the other bank. Continuing downriver we have a coffee break in Kneller Gardens then thread the backstreets of Twickenham to pass Turner’s House  to reach Marble Hill and the Thames. We go upstream along Twickenham Riverside to pass Strawberry Hill house on the way back to the station.  8.5 miles, fairly flat and mostly traffic free. Scenic and historic too.

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Six of us enjoyed good sunny if a chilly breeze conditions on this ride.

 

Rides for Everyone – Coffee at the Palace -Saturday 21st March

Meet Mortlake Green by the Station 10.15

We cycle by the Thames all the way down to Putney Bridge which we cross to Bishop’s Park and a break at the cafe in Fulham Palace. Return via the Wetland Centre and a glimpse at the “Arab tent” tomb of the explorer Richard Burton. 8 miles and flat so definitely a ride for everyone. – back about 12.

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Putting our routes onto Skyride does seem to attract more interest. We had 8 riders of a wide range of ages despite a chilly wind. The Drawing Room Cafe at the Palace provided welcome refreshment and we emerged into (short lived) sunshine.

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Rides for Explorers – Sunday 1st March – Windsor Great Park

No one emailed or turned up so , as I was kitted up for a ride I took the opportunity to explore a route to the QE Olympic Park.  – about 38 miles from Richmond.

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Lots to see (call me old fashioned; but St Paul’s rising in front of you as you cycle up Ludgate Hill takes some beating)  and a good cafe for lunch.

Any interest in having that as our Ride for Explorers next month – either on the 5th (Easter Sunday) or the 12th ?

Paul : rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everyone – Sunday 15th February – Park and Riverside

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.15.

We go through Bushy Park to Hampton Court – watch out for Snowdrops and then follow the Thames back to Strawberry Hill. More than half the ride off-road but decent surfaces. Coffee break en-route. Flat 10 miles so back by 12ish depending on how long we spend over coffee.

Just 3 of us met up – one from Staines and one from Hounslow on a mild but cloudy morning. The Barge Walk path was a bit muddy and potholed and we had to divert due to work on the railway bridge in Kingston but the clouds lifted as we came back across Teddington Lock

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