Kingston Cycling – rides in 2010

Roger’s Rideslog

Hammersmith Bridge closure

Hammersmith Bridge was closed to motor traffic!

29. Sunday 12 December, a cloudy day, with occasional glimpses of sun, saw 20 Cyclists ready for ‘the Christmas special’, via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Fulwell, River crane path, Twickenham, St. Margerets & Richmond green, to lunch at The White Cross. After John’s speech, via Richmond, to Richmond park, for Tea & BP at Roehampton gate, then via White lodge, Ham gate, Ham and return to Kingston.Total 18 Miles, 2 new faces.

28. Sunday 21 November

  • A very overcast, but otherwise dry day saw 22 Cyclists ready for part 1 of the last 2 part ride of 2010, via Cranes Park, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth, Hogsmill path to West Ewell, Chessington, Barwell; to Claygate for lunch at ‘The Foley Arms’, before returning via Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton and Surbiton to Kingston.Total 13.5 Miles 3 new faces,1 puncture.
  • Part 2: We said goodbye to 9, but 3 fresh faces were waiting, so 16 cyclists left via Canbury Gardens, towpath to Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, then Petersham, Richmond, St. Margerets, Marble Hill Park for Tea & BP, then Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick and back to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, grand total 25.5 Miles.

27. Sunday 7 November, a mostly bright but chilly day saw 14 cyclists ready for the last ‘challenge ride’ of the year, via Cranes Park, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth, West Ewell, Epsom, Epsom Downs, where a sandy path led to a bit of pedestrianisation! Then Headley, Pebble Coombe, Betchworth and Reigate Heath for lunch at the ‘Skimmington Castle’. Afterwards, South Reigate, Redhill, Gatton Park, Chipstead, Banstead and Cheam to Nonsuch Park just in time for Tea & BP, sheltering from the rain. Then Worcester Park, New Malden and Berrylands, to Kingston. 3 punctures, Total 38 miles.

26. Sunday 24 October, a bright but chilly day saw 16 Cyclists set off via Lower Marsh Lane, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur Park, Bushey Mead, Merton Park, then Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, Streatham Hill, Brockwell Park, (photo), Herne Hill, Dulwich Park, to East Dulwich for lunch at ‘The Vale’. Afterwards, Dulwich, Clapham Park, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, along the Wandle Trail through King Georges Park, Southfields to Wimbledon Park for Tea & Cookies as the BP man was found to be absent, then Wimbledon village, Copse Hill, Malden golf course, New Malden, Norbiton and Kingston. Total 32 Miles.

25. Sunday 10 October, early cloud soon gave way to glorious sunshine, so 16 cyclists left via Bushy Park with plenty of stags making their presence felt to Hampton, then Fulwell, River Crane, Twickenham, St. Margerets, Isleworth, Syon Park, Grand Union Canal to Hanwell for lunch at ‘The Fox’. Afterwards past the viaduct, West and Central Ealing to Gunnersbury Park for Tea & BP, then Kew Bridge, Kew Green, Richmond, Richmond Park to Kingston Gate and the Market Place.Total 28 Miles, 4 new faces.

24. Sunday 26 September

  • A mostly overcast & chilly morning still welcomed 23 cyclists to the 3rd 2 part ride of 2010. Part 1, via lower marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester park, Stonelieigh, Nonsuch park, Ewell to Epsom for lunch at ‘The Cricketers’, afterwards via West Ewell & Tolworth back to Kingston by which time we’d managed to lose 16 Cyclists. Total 16 Miles, 3 new faces.
  • Part 2, however 2 fresh faces were waiting so 9 Cyclists left via Canbury Gardens, the towpath to Ham, then with some heavy drizzle Richmond park to Roehampton for Tea & BP, returning to Kingston via Broomfield hill.Total 11 Miles, grand total 27 Miles.

23. Sunday 12 September,15 cyclists met at Surbiton station for the train assisted ride, so first to Woking, where 1 extra cyclist was ready, with bright sun, to the Basingstoke canal to St. Johns, then Knaphill, Bisley, Donkey Town, where a missed bridleway meant a detour to Lightwater, then Windlesham to Burrowhill for lunch at ‘The Four Horseshoes’. Afterwards via Starmers Hill, Lyne, St. Annes Hill, Chertsey, Shepperton and Halliford to ‘The Walled Garden’ in Sunbury for Tea & BP, then Hampton and Bushy Park back to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 puncture & 3 New faces.

22. Wednesday 8 September, a mostly fine evening saw 4 cyclists go via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Court Bridge, Thames Ditton, Ditton Hill to Surbiton, where we hoped to help celebrate the news that the King Charles Bridge scheme had been approved, but we only had that confirmed after 11pm, so it was a short ride back to Kingston. Total 8 Miles.

21. Sunday 29 August, a blustery wind with very grey skies saw 17 Cyclists cross Kingston bridge, then Bushy park to Hampton, Feltham, Bedfont, Stanwell & Stanwell moor to Harmonsworth for lunch at ‘The Five Bells‘. Afterwards via Sipson along the route of what would have become the third runway if Heathrow had got its way, then Harlington, Hayes to follow the Grand union canal to Norwood green & Osterly park for Tea & BP, then Isleworth, Whitton & Twickenham, where Nick had a calamitous incident leaving no alternative but the train, so the remainder continued via Fulwell to Bushy park, this time with a following wind so lots of freewheeling to return to Kingston. 1 puncture, 1 very slow puncture, 2 new faces.

20. Wednesday 18 August, a mostly cloudy evening saw 5 cyclists, via the towpath to Ham, then Richmond Park, to Petersham, Richmond, across Richmond Bridge, and the riverside path to Twickenham for refreshments at the ‘White Swan’, afterwards via Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington and Kingston Bridge. Total 12 Miles.

19. Sunday 15 August, a pleasant day with sunny intervals saw 11 cyclists ready for ‘a super special’ challenge ride, starting for one ride only in New Malden, via Motspur Park, Morden, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Pollards Hill, Thornton Heath, Selhurst, South Norwood Country Park, Elmers End, New Beckenham, Catford, Ladywell, Lewisham then Greenwich Park to enjoy the view from the Royal Observatory, then past the site of the Cutty Sark to use the foot tunnel under the Thames to Island Gardens and lunch at ‘The George’. Afterwards, past the ‘traffic light sculpture’ near Canary Wharf, then Limehouse, Bromley by Bow, the Lea Navigation Canal, to view the Olympic stadium, then the Hertford Canal, past Victoria Park, then Regents Canal, through Haggerston to Hoxton, Moorgate, the Bank, to Blackfriars and Embankment Gardens for Tea & BP, then Westminster Bridge, Lambeth, Vauxhall, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield, Wimbledon Park, & village, Raynes Park and across Malden golf course. A total of 14 different Boroughs or cities, 48 Miles.

18. Wednesday 28 July, a mostly overcast but otherwise dry evening, once again saw the Ladies all shy, so 4 Cyclists set off over Kingston Bridge, then along the towpath to Hampton Court, Molesey, Esher and Littleworth Common to Claygate for refreshments at ‘The Foley Arms’. Then via Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton and Surbiton to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 newcomer.

17. Sunday 25 July, a mostly cloudy, but dry day with occasional glimpses of the sun saw 11 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, along the River Crane to Whitton then Isleworth, Osterley Park, Norwood Green and Southall to Northolt for lunch at ‘The Crown’. After lunch we were joined by one extra Cyclist and set off via the Grand Union Canal towpath to Greenford, Hanwell, then along more canal towpath, to Brentford and Syon Park for Tea – but where’s the BP? I knew there was someone missing at the start this morning! So onward via Isleworth, Twickenham riverside, Strawberry Hill and Teddington footbridge then towpath back to Kingston. Total 30 Miles.

Sunday 11 July, another men only ride (has someone said something to upset the women?). So just 7 Cyclists braved the glorious sunshine, via Kingston Bridge, then the Towpath and negotiated the Kingston Regatta traffic, then more pedestrians at the Hampton Court end for the Flower Show, then more towpath to Walton Bridge, then Shepperton and Chertsey to Lyne for lunch at ‘The Royal Marine’. Then via Longcross to Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water lake, then taking the ‘long way’ round the lake via Blacknest and past the Polo Club where plenty of ponies were lined up ready for a Chukka or two, but not for us, so onward to Savill Gardens for Tea & BP at the new coffee  bar, before continuing via Egham, Staines, Ashford then Lower Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton and Bushy Park to return to Kingston. Total 38 Miles, 1 new face & 1 puncture.

15. Sunday 27 June

  • A warm sunny morning, with a gentle breeze, saw 20 cyclists ready for the latest 2 part ride. Part 1, via Cranes Park, Tolworth, the ‘Hogsmill path’ to Ewell, then to Chessington, Claygate, Esher and Molesey for lunch at ‘The Bell’, before returning via Thames Ditton to Kingston, where a presentation of an engraved tankard each to Roger and John, to thank them for thier efforts in organising and leading the rides over the last ten years. Total 16 Miles.
  • Part 2, we said farewell to 16, and hello to 5, so 9 cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushey Park, Teddington, across the footbridge to Ham, then Ham Gate at Richmond park, to Pen Ponds for Tea & BP, plus cookies and other treats to celebrate 10 years of the Bread Pudding rides, after hearing that the English team had been soundly thrashed by Germany we returned via Ham Cross, then Kingston Gate, to the Market place. Total 11 Miles, 27 Miles for the whole day.

14. Wednesday 23 June, a pleasant mostly sunny evening saw 8 guys (where were all the ladies?) ready for the annual Bike Week ride to Richmond so via Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe Hill, Ladderstile Gate to Richmond Park, then Pen Ponds, to Richmond Hill at ‘The Roebuck’, to see hoards of other cyclists and a gorgeous sunset, before returning via Richmond Park to Kingston Gate and home. Total 13 Miles, 2 new faces.

13. Sunday 6 June, a mostly overcast day saw 22 Cyclists leave the Market Place via Portsmouth Road to Long Ditton, Hinchly Wood, Claygate, Arbrook and Esher commons, then Stoke D’Abernon, Downside, Ockham and Send for lunch at the ‘Saddlers Arms’. Afterwards via West Byfleet, the Basingstoke Canal, Wey Navigation and Thames towpath to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP, then more towpath via Molesey and Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge and back to the Market Place. Total 34 Miles 4 new faces.

12. Wednesday 26 May, a slighty chilly, but otherwise fine evening saw 8 Cyclists leave via Cranes Park, then King Charles Bridge, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester Park, Stoneliegh, Nonsuch Park, to Ewell for refreshments at ‘The Wheatsheaf’, before continuing via West Ewell, Tolworth, and back to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 2 New faces

11. Sunday 23 May, a bright sunny day beckoned 18 cyclists to this very unusual ‘Elephant hunt’, so, via Richmond Park, to Roehampton, Barnes, Putney, Putney Bridge, then Fulham, West Brompton Cemetery, Kensington, Hyde Park, to meet the first two Elephants opposite the Albert Memorial, then six more near the Serpentine, pausing also to visit the 7/7 Memorial near Park Lane, then two more Elephants at Hyde Park Corner, continuing down Constitution Hill, then Victoria for lunch at ‘The Albert’. Afterwards more Elephants in Green Park, but not St James Park as Horseguards was cordoned off for an event, so on to Trafalgar Square, four Elephants, then the Strand, Waterloo Bridge, then Vauxhall, the Oval, Clapham, Clapham Common, then Wandsworth Common for Tea & BP, then via Earlsfield, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Village, Raynes Park, across Malden golf course, New Malden, Norbiton and Kingston. Total 33 Miles. For more about the Elephants see

10. Sunday 9 May, Light drizzle welcomed 14 cyclists on the second ‘Challenge’ ride of the year, so via Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester Park, Cheam, Sutton, Carshalton Beeches, Woodmansterne, Clockhouse, Coulsdon, Farthing Down, where the leader’s batton was taken by Nick, while Roger waited for the couple from Central London CTC, via Chaldon to Nutfield Marsh for lunch at the ‘Inn on the Pond’. Once the others caught up, the leadership passed back to ‘the Routemaster’, via Merstham, Gatton Bottom, Mogador, Walton Heath, then Walton on the Hill, Hurst, then Langley Vale to Ashtead Garden Centre for Tea & BP, before continuing via Epsom Common, Ewell, Tolworth and return to Kingston. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face, 1 return after 4 years (which seems to becoming a trend!)

9. 28 April, the first of this year’s evening rides, saw 8 Cyclists set off via the towpath to Ham, then Ham Gate at Richmond Park, Roehampton, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common, to ‘The Crooked Billet’ for refreshments, then via Raynes Park, New Malden and back to Kingston. 2 almost new faces ( 4 years since last ride)

8. Sunday 25 April, an overcast morning with one short shower in the morning was followed by occasional glimpses of sun later. 14 Cyclists set out via Richmond Park, then Richmond, Kew, Brentford and South Ealing, then Perivale and the Grand Union Canal to Greenford for lunch at ‘The Black Horse’. Stopped for a photo at Norwood Top Lock. Afterwards continued along the canal to Southall and Norwood Green to Osterley Park for Tea & BP, then the edge of Hounslow, Whitton, Fulwell and Bushey Park, then Kingston Bridge. Total 33 Miles, 2 new faces.

7. Sunday 11 April, a mostly fine day, with occasional strong gusts of wind, saw 17 cyclists fight their way through the ‘fun runners’ to Surbiton, where traffic lights and roadworks seemed determined to thwart progress, but undetered, the ride carried on to Thames Ditton, Esher, Hersham, Weybridge, then the Wey Navigation and Basingstoke Canal to Sheerwater, then Horsell Common for lunch at ‘The Plough’, where if you didn’t fancy one of the numerous pies they still had other options. Afterwards via the Common, Ottershaw, Addlestone, then Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton and Walton Bridge for Tea & BP, before following the towpath to Hampton Court, then Thames Ditton and back to Kingston. Total 36 Miles, 1 puncture, 2 new faces.

6. Sunday 28 March

  • Part 1, a mostly overcast morning saw the start of Summertime, with 16 Cyclists setingt off via Kingston Bridge, then the towpath to Hampton Court, Molesey, Esher, Littleworth Common, Claygate, then Barwell Farm, Chessington, West Ewell and the Hogsmill path to Tolworth and the brand new barriered bridge to Malden Manor, then South Lane subway to lunch at ‘Woodies‘. Afterwards, via the Berrylands bridge back to Kingston.
  • Part 2, saying goodbye to 10 and hello to 5, 11 cyclists, set off via Canbury Gardens and towpath to Ham, Ham House where part of the towpath was found to be under water, a splinter group unwilling to risk taking a dip took an alternative route, the majority continued to Richmond, then Richmond Hill to Richmond Park, to Roehampton Gate for Tea & BP, before continuing via Robin Hood Gate and Ham Cross to Kingston Gate and back to the Market Place.

5. Sunday 14 March. With overcast skies, 21 cyclists set off via Bushy Park straight into a headwind, but undaunted to Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, then Bedfont, to admire the ‘topiary’ outside the Church, before continuing via Stanwell, Stanwell Moor then Poyle, where a pause to repair a broken chain, then to Horton for lunch at ‘The Five Bells’. Afterwards, via Wraysbury and Staines, to follow the Thames path past Penton Hook, to Laleham, where a small group of 5 missed the turn, but both groups managed to find there way via Shepperton to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP, then on the Towpath via Molesey & Hampton Court back to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 2 new faces.

4. Sunday 28 March. A steadily wet morning, but without the gale-force winds which some had predicted, saw 6 intrepid Cyclists set off via Canbury Gardens and towpath to Ham, then Richmond Park to Roehampton Gate and Barnes to enjoy the wonderfully peaceful Hammersmith Bridge, which is closed to traffic at weekends for road works, then on the towpath again to pass Chiswick House then Strand on the Green for lunch at ‘The Bell & Crown’. After lunch the skies had brightened and rain had almost stopped, so via Brentford  then South Ealing to follow the Grand Union Canal to Norwood Green, then Osterley Park, Isleworth, Mogden Works to Twickenham for Tea and BP at Marble Hill House, then Twickenham, Strawberry Hill and Teddington, then Kingston Bridge and the Market Place. No new faces, 1 puncture on the ride & 1 prior to the ride start. Total 30 Miles.

3. Sunday 14 February, a mostly overcast and chilly day saw 17 Cyclists gather for the 1st challenge ride of the year. So via Berrylands, Worcester park, Cheam, Sutton to Beddington Park, then Wallington, South Croydon, uphill to Selsdon, then to Farleigh for lunch at the ‘Harrow Inn’. Afterwards via Warlingham, Sanderstead, Purley, Woodcote Grove, to Banstead for Tea & BP at Oaks Park, then Carshalton Beeches, Sutton Cheam & Worcester Park back to Kingston. Total 37 Miles, only 1 new face, & 3 returning after a long gap.

2. Sunday 24 January. An overcast, but otherwise pleasant day saw 20 Cyclists set off via Cranes park, King Charles Bridge to Tolworth, then via the Hogsmill path to West Ewell, Epsom, where our leaders sense of direction deserted him, so the town centre had to be negotiated, then onto Epsom Common, Ashtead, Leatherhead, & Bookham Common to Downside for lunch at the ‘Cricketers‘. Afterwards via the bridleway to Stoke D’Abernon, Oxshott, & Claygate to Long Ditton, and what’s that, surely not, it looks just like someone is doing the breaststroke in the subway, well, yes the water was a bit too deep and some people bravely decided to negotiate 4 lanes of fast moving traffic to reach the Garden Centre for Tea & BP, whilst others wrang their socks out, before continuing via Surbiton back to Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 2 new faces.

1. Sunday 10 January. Happy New Year! After much debate over the somewhat icy conditions, 4 intrepid cyclists set off via Kingston Bridge & Bushy Park to Hampton, then Hanworth, Ashford and the fringes of Staines to Laleham for lunch at ‘The Three Horseshoes’. Afterwards, via Shepperton, Walton Bridge and Walton to Hersham Garden Centre for Tea & BP, before returning via Molesey & Thames Ditton to Kingston. Total 27 Miles, 1 new face.

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