Sunday 9 December. A bright but chilly morning saw 12 Cyclists go via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Isleworth, Ducks Path, Richmond Bridge, Richmond Green to ‘The White Cross’ for lunch with several other LCC groups. After the prize-giving and John’s annual review, via Richmond Hill, Richmond Park, Roehampton, Putney Heath, Wimbledon Common for Tea & BP at the ‘Windmill tea rooms’, then Copse Hill, Malden golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton to the Market place. Total 21 Miles
28.Sunday 25 November
- Part 1, a mostly sunny morning saw 10 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Coombe Hill, Ladderstile gate of Richmond Park, Broomfield Hill, Ham Cross, Petersham Gate, then Ham polo club, Ham to ‘The Anglers’ at Teddington Lock for lunch. Afterwards Teddington, Fulwell, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge to the Market Place. Sub total 15 Miles, 2 new faces.
- Part 2 we said farewell to 6, hello to 4, so 8 Cyclists under grey skies set off via Cranes Park, King Charles Bridge, Tolworth, Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Epsom, Priests Hill, East Ewell to Nonsuch Park for Tea & BP, then with steady drizzle via Worcester Park, Old Malden, South Lane, Berrylands back to Kingston. Sub total 16 Miles, 1 new face.
Sunday 11 November, a bright but chilly day saw 10 cyclists ready for the final challenge ride of the year, via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, where at 11 o’clock we paused to observe the 2 minutes silence, then New Malden, Worcester Park, Cheam, Sutton, Carshalton, Beddington Park, Beddington, Waddon, South Croydon, Purley Oaks, Riddlesdown common, Mitchley Woods, Hamsey Green to ‘The Harrow Inn, Farleigh for lunch. Afterwards via Fickleshole, a very brief jaunt into Kent, New Addington, Addington village, Shirley, Addiscombe, Woodside, Thornton Heath, Pollards Hill estate, Mitcham to Morden Hall Park for Tea & BP, where the counter had just enough milk for John’s Tea, everyone else had to scrounge around other tables, but all were satisfied in the end, then Morden, Canon’s Hill, West Barnes, Motspur Park, New Malden, Berrylands back to Kingston. Total 44 Miles, 1 new face. For Map www.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?ID=2009689
26.Sunday 28 October, a cold overcast, but otherwise dry day saw 9 Cyclists via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur Park, Bushey Mead, Merton Park, Morden Hill Park, Mitcham, Tooting, Tooting Bec common, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, to Dulwich for lunch at the renamed ‘Cherry tree’, for a not very inspiring lunch. Afterwards via, Herne Hill, to visit Brixton Windmill, then Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield to Wimbledon Park for Tea & BP, then Wimbledon village, Copse Hill, Malden golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 31 Miles, 1 new face. Map www.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?ID=1991841
25.Sunday 14 October, a bright but chilly day saw just 5 Cyclists find an extra layer in time for this ride, so avoiding the ‘fun runners’, via Surbiton, Long Ditton, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Hersham, Weybridge, Brooklands, Byfleet (thanks to Steve J for the new link), Wey Navigation path to Pyrford Lock for lunch at ‘The Anchor’. Afterwards via Wisley, Wisley airfield, Martyrs Green, Cobham, Esher Common, to Claremont for Tea & BP, then Esher, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton to Kingston. Total 29.5 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?ID=1970232
24.Sunday 30 September
- A mostly overcast day saw just 4 Cyclists on part 1 of today’s two-part ride, via Kingston Bridge, towpath to Hampton Court, East Molesey, Esher, Littleworth Common, Claygate, Barwell Farm, Chessington, the new bridge onto the ‘Bonesgate path’, then Hogsmill path, Tolworth, Malden Manor, to New Malden for lunch at Woodies. With the Sun firmly hidden and a definite chill in the air, via Norbiton to Kingston. Sub-total 17 Miles.
- Part 2, minus 1 but plus 11! 14 cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, River Crane path, Twickenham, to St Margerets for tea & BP at Marble hill park, then Thames towpath, Richmond bridge, O’Higgins Square, more towpath, then Petersham gate of Richmond park, on the Tamsin trail to Kingston Gate, back to the Market place. Sub-total 13.5 Miles, 1 new face, Total 31 Miles. Map at www.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?tripID=1948984
23.Sunday 16 September, our train assisted ride saw 14 cyclists at Twickenham get the train to Staines upon Thames, where 2 more were ready and waiting. So with a brief visit to the riverside, then Staines Bridge, Egham, Coopers Hill, to pause at the Airforce memorial, then Englefield Green, Bishopsgate, of Windsor Great Park, via the ‘Village’, exiting the park at Rangers lodge, then Woodside, Winkfield Row, Chavey Down, North Ascot, Ascot racecourse, Sunninghill to Sunningdale for a long lunch at ‘The Royal oak’. Afterwards via Shrubs Hill, the Wentworth estate, Trumps Green, St Annes Hill, Chertsey, Shepperton, to lower Sunbury, but with the Garden centre already shut and the Walled Garden closing just as we arrived, the Magpie for tea & BP, then Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. 6 new faces, total 38 Miles. Map at www.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?tripID=1924654
22. Wednesday 5 September, a clear evening saw 9 Cyclists go via Skerne Road, towpath, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Robin Hood Gate, and with light fading fast, our plucky, (or foolhardy) leader, followed the ‘Beverly Brook path, (dodging various obstacles), more Wimbledon Common to Wimbledon Village for refreshments at the ‘Crooked Billet’, then via Copse Hill, Malden golf course to New Malden, where everyone started to go their separate ways. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?tripID=1903512
21. Wednesday 15 August, a bright evening saw 7 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, to Twickenham for refreshments at ‘The Sussex Arms’, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, and return to Kingston. Total 9 Miles, 2 new faces. For map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?tripID=1862310
20.Sunday 12 August, first apologies to anyone who forgot the early start…10 Cyclists set off via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park to Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson, West Drayton, then Grand Union Canal towpath to Cowley, Love Green, Langley Park, Black Park (passing the rear of Pinewood Studios), to Fulmer for lunch at ‘The Black Horse’. afterwards via Stoke Common, Egypt (yes really), Burnham Beeches, Burnham, Dorney, then Jubilee River path, Datchet, Wraysbury, Staines, Thames towpath, Laleham, Shepperton to Sunbury garden centre for tea & cookies in the absence of the BP, then lower Sunbury, Hampton, Bushy Park and Kingston bridge. Total 52 Miles. Map: www.trimbleoutdoors.com/viewtrip.aspx?tripID=1855788
19. Sunday 29 July, a bright start, saw 9 Cyclists set off via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester Park, Nonsuch Park, Ewell East, Epsom, Tattenham Corner, Tadworth then with some very black clouds and rumbles of thunder, a heavy shower saw a strategic decision made to head for Walton on the hill for lunch at ‘The Chequers’. Afterwards via Little Hurst and Headley to see the Women’s Olympic road race, then Headley, Langley Vale for tea & BP at Ashtead park garden centre, then Epsom common, West Ewell, Tolworth, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 30 Miles. Map: http://app.strava.com/rides/15298921
18. Wednesday 18 July, an overcast evening just 4 Cyclists set off via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester park, Nonsuch park, Ewell East to the ‘Wheatsheaf’ for refreshments, then via the Hogsmill path, west Ewell, Tolworth, Surbiton back to Kingston.
17. Sunday 15 July, a mostly cloudy day saw 14 Cyclists cross Kingston Bridge, then a slightly muddy towpath to Hampton Court, Molesey then more muddy towpath to Walton Bridge, Shepperton, Chertsey, St. Ann’s Hill to Lyne for lunch at ‘The Royal Marine’. Afterwards via Trumpsgreen, Virginia Water to Windsor Great Park, Savill Garden, Englefield Green, Egham, Staines, Ashford, Felthamhill, Hanworth, Hampton to Bushy pPark for tea & BP at the ‘Pheasantry’, then Hampton wick & Kingston bridge. Total 39 Miles, 1 new face. Map: http://app.strava.com/rides/13461502
16.Wednesday 20 June, a bright evening saw 6 Cyclists set off on our third evening ride, via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Fulwell, the river Crane path, Twickenham, St Margerets, Richmond Bridge, Richmond Hill to meet many other cyclists from SW London at ‘The Roebuck’ for refreshments, then Richmond Park back to Kingston Gate and the Market Place. Total 14 Miles.
15. Sunday 17 June
- A bright mostly sunny day saw 13 Cyclists ready for part 1, via Cranes park, King Charles rd, Tolworth, the Hogsmill path to W Ewell, Horton country park, Malden Rushett to Claygate, where shock and horror, the ‘Foley arms’ was covered in scaffolding, so a quick back track to ’The Hare and Hounds’ for lunch, but wallets much lighter than expected, then Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton back to Kingston.
- Saying farewell to 7, and hello to 3 fresh faces, via Kingston gate of Richmond park, to Ham gate, Ham, Teddington footbridge, Fulwell, to Bushy park for tea & BP at the ‘Pheasantry’, then Hampton court, then towpath to Kingston bridge and Market place. 2 new faces, total 26.5 Miles. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/106644
Further horror – The Foley Arms was being turned into a hotel…
14. Sunday 3 June, with light drizzle to start, just 4 cheerful chaps set off via Canbury Gardens, towpath to Ham, Ham Common, Ham Gate of Richmond Park via White Lodge to Roehampton Gate, Barnes to view some of the boats gathered for the Jubilee pageant, then Putney Bridge, Fulham, Parsons Green, Brompton Cemetery, Kensington, Hyde Park to ‘The Monkey Puzzle’, but sadly no food until later. So back to Hyde Park, then with Constitution Hill and the Mall closed off, Piccadilly, Trafalgar Sqare, for lunch at ‘Lord Moon of the Mall’. Afterwards with massed pedestrians taking over large parts of the road, it became something of a walk to attempt to see more of the pageant on the Thames, but with little option as most of the bridges across the river were either closed to traffic or just full of people a walk it became until we passed Victoria, then Chelsea, Wandsworth Bridge, Wandsworth then onto the Wandle trail, Earlsfield, Wimbledon Park, where we found the tea rooms had shut early, after pausing for the heaviest rain to pass then Wimbledon village, Raynes Park, across Malden golf course then a tactical move to ‘the Watchman’ for Beer & BP.
13.Wednesday 30 May, a warm sunny evening saw 5 Cyclists go via Kingston Bridge, then towpath to Hampton court, East Molesey, Esher, Littleworth common to Claygate for drinks at ‘the Swan’, then Oaken lane, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, back to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 new face. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/105244
12.Sunday 27 May, with both Roger and Nick away, a very brave Mirella stepped into the breach as ride mistress, so with hot and sunny skies, 8 Cyclists set off via Berrylands, New Malden, Raynes Park, Wimbledon Chase, Morden Hall Park and the Wandle trail to lunch at the ‘William Morris’ in Merton Abbey Mills. Afterwards, still following the Wandle, to Earlsfield, Wimbledon Park and Wimbledon Common for Tea & BP, then Roehampton, Richmond Park and return to Kingston. Total 23 Miles, 1 new face. Map: http://app.strava.com/rides/9471207
11. Sunday 13 May. A mostly cloudy day, with occasional glimpses of the sun saw 18 cyclists on the second challenge ride, via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester park, North Cheam, Sutton, Carshalton beeches, Woodcote, Clock house, Coulsdon, Farthing Down, Chaldon to Nutfield for lunch at ‘The Inn on the Pond’. Once we managed to tear ourselves away from the cricket (including some huge sixes from a giant of a batsman) and after saying farewell to those who had to get the train home from Redhill, via South Merstham, Gatton Bottom, Chipstead, Bansted, Belmont &and Cheam to Nonsuch Park for Tea & BP, then Worcester Park, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Total 36 Miles, 3 new faces. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/103290
10.Sunday 29 April, what can officially be called wet & windy conditions saw five intrepid cyclists leave via Canbury Gardens, the ‘Aerospace estate’, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, battle the strong headwind to Roehampton Gate, Barnes, Hammersmith Bridge, then the towpath to Chiswick for lunch at the ‘Bell & Crown’. Afterwards with some brighter spells, but still heavy showers, via Brentford, South Ealing, Hanwell, then canal towpath as far as the ‘new’ albeit temporary waterfall (water overflowing the top of the lock gates),then Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & BP, Spring Grove, the fringe of Hounslow, Whitton, Fulwell, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick and Kingston Bridge to the start. Total 28 Miles. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/102073
9.Wednesday 25 April, blustery showers, still saw five cyclists brave the elements for the first evening ride of 2012 via Kingston Gate of Richmond Park to Ham Gate, Ham, Teddington lLock and Fulwell to Hampton for refreshments at ‘The Roebuck, then Bushy Park to Hampton Wick and return to Kingston. 1 new face, Total 9.5 Miles. Map: http://www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/101847
8.Sunday 15 April. A mostly cloudy day, but with a cold wind blowing most of the day saw 11 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur Park, Bushey Mead, Merton Park, South Wimbledon, then follow the Wandle Trail via Plough Lane and passing the valiant team clearing rubbish and trollies etc. from the River Wandle to Earlsfield, then Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Battersea and Battersea Park to pause by the bridge to nowhere, (under Chelsea Bridge), then back to Battersea for lunch at ‘The Woodman’. Afterwards with temporary leader Bob showing the way to the Towpath, towards Wandsworth Bridge, then normal service to Wandsworth Park, Putney, Barnes Common, Roehampton, to Richmond Park for Tea & BP, whereupon a brief but heavy shower sent everyone their separate ways. Unfortunately the ‘tracker’ seems to have had a flat battery, even though it had been on charge since 7.30 Sunday, will keep an eye on it, but no map this time.
7. Sunday 25 March
- Part 1, a bright sunny day but with a chilly breeze saw 14 Cyclists go via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Worcester Park, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, (dodging runners on the ‘sport mile’), East Ewell, Epsom for lunch at ‘The Cricketers’, then West Ewell, Hogsmill path, Tolworth, Berrylands, College roundabout to pose in front of the new Sculpture, “Paper Trail”, to the Market place. 18 Miles. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/99388
- Part 2, less eight, plus six new people, via Norbiton, New Malden, across Malden golf course, Copse Hill, Wimbledon Common, Putney Heath, Roehampton to Roehampton Gate of Richmond Park for Tea & BP, then White Lodge, Ham Cross, Kingston Gate to the Market place. 13 Miles, 2 new faces. Total 31 Miles. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/99389
Sunday 11 March, mostly bright sunny day saw 19 Cyclists set off via Canbury Gardens, the ‘Aerospace Estate’, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park to Richmond Gate, Richmond Circus passing a few irate motorists on the way, Kew Road, Kew Bridge, South and West Ealing, Pitshanger Park, Perivale, then the Grand Union Canal to Greenford for lunch at ‘The Black Horse’. Afterwards still on the canal towpath to Southall, Dormers Wells, Norwood Green, Osterley Park, Isleworth, Twickenham to Marble Hill Park for Tea & BP, then Twickenham, Strawberry Hill, Teddington then Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 30 Miles, 2 new faces.
4. Sunday 19 Febuary, a bright but chilly day saw 17 cyclists set off via Portsmouth Road, Giggs Hill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton, Weybridge, Brooklands then part of the Wey Navigation, then Basingstoke Canal, Sheerwater to Horsell Common for lunch at ‘The Plough’. After failing to eat all the pies on offer, via Horsell Common, Anthony’s, Ottershaw, Addlestone, a special new path to keep Tony happy, Weybridge then towpath to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP, then more towpath to Molesey and Hampton Court, Thames Ditton to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, 1 new face. Apologies I forgot the ‘tracker’ for today’s ride, so no map today.
3. Sunday 5 Febuary, what was supposed to be the first challenge ride of 2012, proved to be challenge enough just getting to the Market Place. So the four brave cyclists set off via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park to Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, Ashford to Laleham for lunch at a very cosy ‘Three Horseshoes’, with scrumptious food. Afterwards via Shepperton, a brief look at progress on the new Walton bridge, then Ashley Park, Burwood Park to Hersham Garden Centre for Tea & BP, then Hersham, Esher, Weston Green, Thames Ditton to Kingston. Total 24 Miles. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/95900
2. Sunday 22 January, a strong westerly wind saw 16 Cyclists set off via Canbury Gardens, towpath to Ham, Ham Common, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Roehampton, Barnes Common, Putney, Wandsworth Park, busy town centre, King Georges Park to Earlsfield, then The Wandle Trail to Colliers Wood and Merton Abbey Mills for lunch at ‘The William Morris’. After lunch with one extra face, still following the Wandle, past Dean City Farm, Morden Hall Park, Ravensbury Park, Hackbridge and Carshalton, then Sutton and Cheam to Nonsuch Park for Tea & BP. Return to Kingston via Worcester Park.Total 29 Miles, 2 new faces. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/94933
1. Sunday 8 January – welcome to the first ride of 2012. 15 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, the River Crane path to Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, then Sipson to Harmondsworth for lunch at ‘The Five Bells’. After lunch, via Harmondsworth Moor Park, where a jammed chain had to be rectified, then Poyle, the bridleway to Staines Moor, Staines, and the towpath to Laleham, Shepperton and then Lower Sunbury for Tea & BP. Then Hampton, Bushy Park and Kingston Bridge to return to the start. Total 31 Miles, 2 small chain problems. Map: www.a-trip.com/tracks/view/93989