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

Feeder for Ride London ; 9th August.

This summer’s Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle on Saturday 9 August offers a brilliant opportunity to get the whole family together to experience the fun and freedom of cycling around an 10-mile traffic-free route in central London. The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace in the west to the Tower of London in the east via the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s. London’s greatest sights will create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling.

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We ride to the ride meeting Richmond Little Green at 9.30. A team of experienced marshals will shepherd less experienced riders through Putney and Battersea Park to Parliament Square returning from the same place at 3.00 pm.

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We had a sizeable contingent if not, perhaps, the 150 who had registered. All were safely delivered to Parliament Square at around 11.30 – slow average speed is what happens with large groups. A smaller group cycled home at 3 but all had enjoyed the bright breezy day. There were a few problems – for which I bear responsibility – but we all got safely home thanks to the efforts of the team of volunteer marshals.

Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Everybody – Saturday 14th June – Osterley Park

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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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It would be useful if you could let me know if you are thinking of coming,

Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – 1st June- Surrey 50

Half the distance of the Surrey 100 – and probably half the pace – it is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty so might as well look at it. It is quite hilly.

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Meet Bushy Park fountain car park 10.00. Use back roads to Brooklands for coffee then put up with some main road to Byfleet before turning off for Pyrford and the North Downs. After an interesting descent Lunch at the Compasses Inn at Gomshall .

The main road into Dorking isn’t too trafficky and we soon get to Box Hill from where we take my favourite switchback descent to Kingston and so home.

Just 2 of us met up despite the ideal weather and a few miles in my gear cable snapped. A diversion to Walton (Thank you Surrey for marking bike shops on your excellent cycling maps ) produced a replacement and we got back on track with a coffee before tacking the North Downs. ( The road across the Wey valley was closed to motor vehicles by bridge work – this is the ideal way of making cycle facilities)  The Compasses produced excellent baguettes and salad by the bank of the Tillingbourne and we powered through Dorking and (more slowly) up Box Hill. (thinking how long before I need an e-bike for this trip). Back to Kingston about 4 after a really scenic ride. Where was everybody ?

Paul – rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – Norbury Park – 6th July

Meet Twickenham Riverside 10.15.

We head South via Kingston and Tolworth before heading away from the traffic along the Hogsmill and then through Horton Country Park and Ashstead Common. Emerging in Leatherhead we pass through the Mole gap before climbing to Norbury Park – Southern England’s best approximation to an alpine meadow. A Track takes us to Brockets Farm for lunch and our return journey features a foot/cycle bridge across the Mole , Oxstead Common and Claygate woods.

This has been done on a fixer but not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable. Route

Again we had only two riders – Please tell me what would get you to come along.

Paul  rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Big London Ride – Richmond Feeder – 17th May

LCC has organised a rally in central London to call politicians to commit to Space for Cycling.

We will ride to join the group meeting Richmond Green (by theatre) at 9.15 and aiming to leave by 9.30. We will be going through Barnes so, if convenient, join us by the green there about 9.45. We intend to arrive at Park Lane by 11.00.

We will have closed roads for the Big Ride up Piccadilly through the West End  to Temple.

For the return ,about 14.15 from Temple Place (look for Richmond on lamp post ), we will join the Wandsworth contingent using CS8 and Battersea Park. (may be chance to stop for a bite)

All welcome. Looks likely to be much better weather than 2012.

Good weather.Half a dozen of us met at Richmond and two joined at Barnes. Despite the “be there by 11 notice” nothing started before 12. With the small number of experienced cyclists we got there by 10.45.

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RIdes for Everyone – 19th April

Meet Strawberry Hill station 10.30. We get  to the Crane via Mill Rd (passing the site of our S Twickenham ask) and head upstream to the borough boundary (and the Heathfield ask)

Then we travel down Hounslow’s new path on the south bank of the Crane to Kneller Gardens and Twickenham where we cut through back streets back to Strawberry Hill.

If weather is good we will have coffee in Kneller Gardens , if less good we will try the Airparks Leisure centre.

Fairly flat, short, low traffic ride. All welcome especially beginning cyclists.

Well three non-beginning cyclists enjoyed the sunshine bluebells and cherry blossom. With the suggested asks the whole route would be ideal for young children who  might be attracted to the playgrounds en-route.

Richmond Rides for Everone – Bushy Park and the Thames – Saturday 22nd March

Meet at Teddington Station west side. 10.20 am. We head through Bushy Park to Hampton Court for a glimpse of the first daffodils in the wilderness. After coffee we return via the Thames Path. Exact route dependent on how much rain we have had but will focus on paths and quiet roads. All welcome. Back around 12.

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Please let me know if you are thinking of coming  so that I can contact you in case of any changes. Thanks Paul rides@richmondlcc.co.uk

Rides for Explorers – 2nd February – Kenwood House

Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath was bequeathed to the nation for free public access to an outstanding art collection. It has just re-opened after restoration.

Meet on Richmond Little Green (by the theatre) 10.00. I am working on a route via Holland Park and taking in Regents Park and Hyde Park on the return. Lunch at a cafe at Kenwood. About 37 miles.

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Just the two of us did this ride despite the sunny weather. It gave us a chance to see other parts of London and enjoy a really excellent art collection (Scores of Gainsborough’s ) The promising looking cycle lane in Ladbrooke Grove turned out to be right up against parked cars and a signed cycle route in Hampstead was short of signing and involved some very muddy tracks. A bi-directional cycle track alongside the Heath suddenly stopped whilst the cycleable tracks over the Heath were too busy with pedestrians for comfort. So the grass isn’t much greener even in Highgate. Note to English Heritage about the lack of cycle parking has been sent