No takers ! – Too obvious a ride ? Cyclists don’t like flowers ?
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Meet Strawberry Hill Station 10.15 am. We cross the refurbished Teddington lock footbridge and head up into Richmond Park. After a quick look at the renewals at Isabella Plantation we move on to the refreshment stall for coffee (weather permitting) before descending to Kingston Gate and making our way home by the riverside. Only about 8 miles so the hill up into the park can be taken gently/walked.
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Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.30. We head up the Crane then some unavoidable suburbia across Shortwood common into Staines. After going through Egham we climb to Englefield Green for lunch at the Sun Inn. We then enjoy the traffic free roads across Windsor Great Park and make our way through Sunningdale and Chobham Common descending to Chertsey to return along the Thames. About 37 hilly but scenic miles.
A healthy eighteen of us turned up in Twickenham, including a lady and her grandson , and enjoyed a ride in excellent conditions. A fitter group detached themselves occasionally for extra miles which was a good solution to varying levels of riding. Given the numbers we avoided the awkward gates to Shortwood Common at the expense of a bit of main road. We tried the NCR 4 through Staines but were unimpressed.
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Meet Richmond Little Green by theatre at 10.30 We cross the Thames and head up the tributary river Crane. Passing the nature reserve we try the new cycle path on the Hounslow bank before regaining the Thames in Twickenham and returning along the tow-path. Coffee break in Kneller Gardens . 11 miles , low traffic and pretty flat. Back around 12.30.
Five of us enjoyed this ride in brilliant sunshine with trees coming into leaf and blossom. An excellent example of a good cycle route – thank you Richmond and Hounslow.
Meet at Richmond Station 10.15 Under 60s get return ticket to Watford. We take the 10.29 train to Carpenters Park via Willesden. We cycle through the remnants of the Great North Wood before descending into the Colne Valley and up into the hills using quiet lanes.
Meet Teddington Station ((west side) 10.15 am.
We head into Bushy Park then via Cobblers Walk to Hampton Wick where we join the riverside track to Hampton Court. After coffee in the Tiltyard we walk through the daffodil bespangled wilderness before returning via the west side of the Park. About 7 miles most off-road. Flat.
Well I suppose that “Everybody” includes highly experienced cyclists but it isn’t supposed to be restricted to them ! Two of us set off into light rain which led to deep puddles in Bushy Park and muddy ones in Barge Walk. Throw in strong winds and this gave us a brisk and bracing ride.
Hoping for an urban heat island effect and not the all-day rain of last month.
Meet on Richmond Little Green (by Theatre) 10.15.
We brave the Upper Richmond Road ( actually not that bad on a Sunday morning) to reach Clapham Common, Brockwell Park and Dulwich Village and up (there is a reason for the transmitter being there) to Crystal Palace Park. After lunch in the park cafe we hunt out the dinosaurs
and then head back via Wimbledon Park. About 30 miles with some significant hills.
Four of us met up at Richmond and headed East. The Upper Richmond Road was bearable but we turned into an ideal cycling facility – a rat-run with a permeable closure in the middle. These became a feature of the marked route to Dulwich. After a challenging climb to the CP transmitter we descended by the Sports Centre to the cafe for lunch. Then we headed how through surprisingly quiet streets with more climbs to Wimbledon and Richmond Hill getting back soon after 2pm.
Note to LB Richmond – if you put cycle logos where there is no space for a bicycle lane DON’T put them in the door zone of parked cars. Other boroughs get this right.
Meet at Mortlake Green by the station 10.30. We make use of the off road track over Chiswick Bridge and cycle along the riverside before cutting through to Chiswick House Gardens for coffee. We then follow quiet roads to Kew Bridge from where the towpath takes us back to Mortlake. An easy 6 miles for a winter day.
We had not too bad weather but only 2 riders. Is there nobody else in Mortlake and Barnes that fancies a short Saturday morning ride ?
Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.30.
Our traditional post-turkey jaunt. On/off road quiet route to Box Hill. Lunch in the Bikers Caff at the bottom (as the pub at the top is now a trendy wine-bar). Then a steady climb to the viewpoint and a switchback descent taking us most of the way home. About 35 miles in total. Better bring lights.
Six of us turned up on a chilly Twickenham Riverside but one couple dropped out with recurrent puncture. The remaining four had a bit of a struggle with mud in Horton Country Park so by-passed Ashstead Common visiting Epsom Wells ( chemical question : Why is Epsom different from Paris ) The NT cafe at the top of Box Hill provided a variety of food and the view across the sunlit Weald was impressive.
Despite the brightness the wind was chilly so we made good speed home getting back by 15.15
Surrey Woodlands route to Bookham
Meet Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie bridge 10.15. We head south crossing Littleworth Common, and Esher Common to Cobham and then a path across open fields and wooded Bookham Common After a pub lunch we return taking in Oxshott Heath and Princes Coverts.
Eight of us met up on a sunny but fresh Twickenham Riverside. After heavy traffic at Hampton Court we were tolerant of some mud in the quiet off-road paths through scenic woodland to Cobham where we were rewarded by quiet tarmac. After crossing the Mole someone remarked that we seem to have gone back 50 years; the roads were so quiet. Lunch stop at the Old Windsor Castle – a bit of an up-market slide since last year but good quality food and no quibbles about people eating packed lunch in the garden. Back by about 3ish.