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.
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
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.
Just 2 of us this year. Dampish under-wheel but some brightness so an enjoyable ride. The chicanes on the towpath seem to contribute to the formation of puddles as turning cyclists wear away the surface.
Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.30.
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.
Twelve of us turned up on a bright sunny but part flooded Twickenham riverside. Unfortunately the sun was gone by midday and we detoured away from the Country Park and Ashstead Common due to the muddy surfaces. Box Hill cafe was crowded but provided welcome hot food and we enjoyed a swoop back via Headly ( 2 members swooped too rapidly and came off but without injury ) in grey but essentially dry weather.
Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.16 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook and passing Pinewood Studios 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 on-road.
Having had NO indications that anyone was intending coming my partner and I set off and picked up one participant at Twickenham and another at Staines. The four of us enjoyed sunshine all day with light winds with just a few puddles. The trees were just turning colour so views were superb. The only problem was just missing a train on returning to Staines.
Meet 10.30 Twickenham Riverside by Eel Pie Bridge.
We cycle through Bushy Park then Esher Common to Cobham and then by a practically traffic-free road to Bookham Common and so to the Old Windsor Castle for lunch. (bit pricier than it used to be but good quality). Home via Oxshott and Claygate.
35 miles with quite a bit of gentle off-road suitable for most bikes.
We were a total of 4 with the “most bikes” being successfully demonstrated by a Brompton which had no problems with the mildly damp trails across the commons. We enjoyed excellent weather with the trees showing a golden tinge. The lunch stop was less successful with the pub moving further in the restaurant direction but three of us enjoyed some pleasant soup. Perhaps next year we will try the Cricketers on Downside Common or press on to the NT cafe at Polesden Lacy.
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In association with Ham United Group.
We start from Ham Library at 10.00 and ride past our unique 17th Century house before going off-road in the magnificent avenues set out by the Duke and Duchess of Lauderdale. A trip through the splendour of Petersham Village takes us into Richmond Park where we follow the newish path to Kingston Gate. We then head down to the Thames for coffee at the Hawker Centre and so back to Ham library. 7 miles with some gentle hills.
Seven of us met up thanks to some HUG posters and enjoyed good weather on the ride. Out of consideration for the youngest member of the group who made a gallant effort we shortened the ride by exiting through Ham Gate and reached the Hawker Centre via Ham Common.
On Saturday 3rd August there will be an opportunity to cycle thorough traffic free streets in central London past those iconic landmarks from Buckingham Palace to St Paul’s and the Tower of London.
We are having a Feeder Ride leaving Richmond Green at 9.30 and returning from Buckingham Palace at 3.30.
We had about 40 participants on the ride in and more than half of those to take home – aided by ideal weather.
In the Freecycle
special thanks to our marshals for looking after everybody.
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. (Perhaps ice cream if the current weather continues ) About 10 miles, quiet with some slopes. Should be back around 12 ish.
Three of us met up and, as one rider had not been to Richmond before ,included the Green and Richmond Palace fragments in the ride. ” Like a film set “. A pleasant ride as usual with one tern seen on the canal. I hadn’t realised that Norwood Green comes under Southall ; not the usual image.
Back in Richmond at 12.10.
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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