Sunday 1st 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. 37 miles with a serious hill. This has been done on a fixer but not-over-narrow tyres would be comfortable.
Just 3 of us turned up on a Sunny Twickenham Riverside. The shady banks of the Hogsmill were welcome and we kept up a fair pace which provided a cooling breeze. The Tea Rooms at Brockets Farm were unusually quiet and the tracks where we usually encounter mud were dry this year. Back in Twickenham before 3 – is this a record.
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Meet Twickenham Riverside , by Eel Pie Bridge , 10.30. Sunday 10th June.
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.
Just 4 of us turned up – one having cycled from Newham – and enjoyed a smooth ride in ideal cycling weather. The Sun Inn , under new management , was even more accommodating so I will try to organise another ride with that stop.
Meet Twickeham Riverside by Eel Pie island bridge 10.30.
We head up the Thames to Chertsey and then up into the hills as far as Chobham Common. We have lunch at the “Hangar Cafe” at Fairoaks Airport before enjoying a downhill section to Weybridge and so home.
35 miles and a bit hilly.
Nine of us met up on a cloudy Twickenham Riverside. By the time we were going through Hampton the rain started and continual light rain fell on us essentially all day. To be positive the rain washed out any pollution out of the atmosphere and the fresh air and exercise were a lot better than sitting indoors looking gloomily out at the rain.
The Hangar cafe provided excellent coffee and sandwiches and yummy cakes. We didn’t hang about and were back in Twickenham by 2.30.
Meet Teddington Station west side 10.15.
We go through Bushy Park to Hampton Court – watch out for Daffodils and then follow the Thames back to Teddington . More than half the ride off-road but decent surfaces. Coffee break en-route. Flat 8 miles so back by 12ish depending on how long we spend over coffee.
Snowed off in March !!
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Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.00.
Our traditional post-turkey jaunt but a bit later to avoid clash with Kingston. On/off road quiet and scenic 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 40 miles in total. Better bring lights but expect to get back before 4.
Six of us set off from Twickenham and made good timing with paths less muddy than usual (modified route) and some glimmerings of light in the sky. Due to the large numbers of groups of cyclists on the return leg half the group got detached (oops! , embarrassment ) but both halves were back in Twickenham by 3ish.
Any cycle route here ??
well if you brave the fountains and peek round the corner:
So there is a cycle path – but the “Footpath” remains closed as it is at the other end :
The path from Twickenham Station to Crane Park should have been open in September but wasn’t. This Ride will either use it or send a photo of us at the locked gates to the press. (there is a by-pass) Meet Twickenham Station 10.15.
I am looking at this route that looks at a few newish paths in Hounslow as well. (Coffee in Feltham ?
8 miles flat and 6 of them traffic-free.
Any takers were deterred by the weather forecast ; pity as it wasn’t at all bad.
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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.
Just 3 of us met up. The conditions were great and fairly dry across the commons so that ,even with a half hour visit to the gardens at Polsden Lacy , we were back in Twickenham by 14.30.
Meet Twickenham Station before 10.05 to catch the 10.15 to Staines.(arr 10.30) We cycle through Staines Moor then via Colnbrook , through Langley Park and past Black Park to 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.
3 of us did this ride. The sunshine was tempered by a brisk NW wind but we still enjoyed some spectacular colours. After lunch we were heading downhill and down-wind so sped along the Jubilee River and arrived back in Staines shortly after 2. One of the party decided to cycle back to Twickenham.
Saturday 29th July.
Enjoy a day in Central London free of motor vehicles.
We meet on Richmond Little Green 10.00 and head off via Putney Riverside, Wandsworth Park and Battersea Gardens and then up through Belgravia to join the Freecycle where Central London roads are traffic free. Leave London for the ride home at 15.00.
Our routes in and out.
About 80 of us met up and enjoyed a good ride up to London and saw some parts of town that were new to many. The Freecycle route itself was busy, but not impossibly so, and, as usual, it was great to see so many cyclists, some very young, making full use of London streets. With rain starting only about 30 chose to join us for the trip home and we got back to Richmond by 16.30 in a damp but unbowed condition.
As one participant said “there should be a straightforward way of cycling into London” but there isn’t , at least not without battling one’s way through heavy traffic. Our circuitous route meant that we were little affected by traffic until we hit Barnes and Mortlake.
Thanks to Jim, Jean, Ian , Cameron and Tim for looking after everybody.