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 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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Rides for Explorers ; January 11th Box Hill

Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30.

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Our traditional post-turkey jaunt. On/off road quiet route to Box Hill then a steady climb to the viewpoint and lunch in NT Cafe at the top (as the pub we used to patronise is now a trendy wine-bar). Enjoy  a switchback descent taking us most of the way home. About 35 miles in total. Better bring lights.

A total of four of us started (but only one other from Richmond) on a chilly but sunny Riverside. We kept the sun through rather the muddy but scenic Horton Country Park and Epsom Common and the trip through the Mole gap and climb of Box Hill. After a sustaining lunch at the cafe (“packed with cyclists and babies”) we emerged into cloud but kept the dry weather for the trip home with half the group peeling off at Epsom to catch a train into London.

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email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – Sunday 2nd November – Burnham Beeches

NO TAKERS and it looks to be the wettest day for a while so Cancelled.

A good route to try if you have a fine day free in the next week or so.

Modified route to avoid a busy road.

Burnham 005Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.16 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook , through Langley Park and past Black Park to quiet Fulmer and finally the woodlands of Burnham Beeches in their autumnal splendour. After lunch in a woodland cafe  we head down to the Jubilee River path which takes us to Datchet and so back to Staines. About 30 miles mostly tarmac with some smooth gravel paths. Quite scenic / hilly.

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Please get in contact if you are interested in coming – the cafe is not roofed so I will cancel if it is going to be wet.  email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – 5th October – Woodlands to Polsden Lacy

A variant of our favourite Bookham ride as the pub there has become less welcoming.

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Meet at Twickenham Riverside 10.00. We head out across Bushy Park and through Thames Ditton to Littleworth Common and Ardbrook Common to reach Cobham. Crossing the Mole we follow lanes to Bookham Common and up to to NT cafe outside of Polsden Lacy. On the way home we add Oxshott Common and Claygate woods.

37 miles mostly away from the traffic.

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Three of us met up on a bright but chilly morning and enjoyed good weather all day. The surfaces were a little muddy where the previous day’s rain met with forestry work but we enjoyed some lovely countryside with the most traffic on the minor road to Polsden Lacy where a food festival was underway. As 2 of us are NT members and I have a volunteers concession we got in free and were impressed by the finest site that Edwardian money could buy. (No takers on the house though). With evenly matched riders we got home a hour ahead of expectations.

 

Rides for Everyone – 18th October – Crane and Hanworth Parks

 

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A favourite park and a new (to cycling) park.

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.40.  We take our usual route to Crane Park,  which should be showing the first of the autumn colours, but after passing the Nature Reserve cross to the Airparks Leisure Centre for coffee. We then explore the newly created shared use paths across Hanworth Park before returning to the station through Hampton Hill.

About 8 miles , flat and mostly off-road.

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Just two of us today. Weather very mild but cloudy. Leisure Centre cafe functional/ basic. Maybe try Starbucks in Feltham Centre on a future occasion.

Rides for Everyone – 16th August – Apple Picking

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Garsons Farm has new season Discovery Apples for picking. This makes a pleasant 40 minute ride in each direction. Thinking of leaving from Teddington station 10am but could do an afternoon ride if people prefer.

Just 2 of us again but an enjoyable ride on a bright day. As an attempt to promote utility cycling – fail.

If interested email Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk