Sunday 7th August, a mostly cloudy Morning, with bright Sunshine by Afternoon saw 18 Cyclists leave the Market place, with 1 more catching the tail on Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher, Claremont, Fairmile- where the Back marker did his best to get lost, whilst consuming a Banana,-Cobham, Downside, Effingham Junction, Effingham, White hill, White down to Sutton Abinger for a well earned lunch at ‘the Volunteer’, then Abinger common, Friday street, -with 1 faller suffering some minor grazes,- Wotton, Westcott, Milton court, Dorking, Meadowbank Rec.,-with the leadership briefly passing to Nick, while 1 person was helped to find the correct Station for the train to London,- Norbury park farm, Givons grove, Bocketts farm for Tea & BP, Hawks hill, Leatherhead, Leatherhead common, Ashtead common, Epsom common, Manor park, St. Ebba’s path, Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth greenway, Berrylands, to Kingston. Toatal 44 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to John for Back marking & the Bread pudding, and to all the ‘assistant Marshals’ for marking corners.
Saturday 30th July. A mostly cloudy day with an appearance from the Sun in late afternoon, saw a gathering of 100 plus Cyclists leave the Market place via Skerne Rd, Kingston gate, Richmond park, (gathering more along the way, approx 130 in all), Roehampton gate, Barnes, Thames towpath, Putney bridge, Fulham, Parsons green, Brompton Cemetery, South Kensington, Belgravia to Buckingham Palace. After Lunch, and touring a much improved ‘Central Route’, approx 70 Cyclists gathered on Constitution hill, via Hyde Park, Serpentine path, Kensington Gardens, South Kensington, Brompton Cemetery, Putney bridge, Thames towpath, Barnes, Roehampton gate, Richmond park, Kingston gate to the Market place. Special thanks to Steve for back-marking, and all the other Marshals, it made for a very enjoyable day.
Map of our outward and return route at www.plotaroute.com/route/258450 and you can see photos of everyone on the feeder and return rides in Prudential RideLondonFreeCycle 2016 at www.flickr.com/photos/kingstoncyclingcampaign/albums
Sunday 24th July, a mostly bright day, with more clouds in the afternoon, saw 24 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Whitton, Hounslow Heath, West Hounslow, Cranford, Harlington, Sipson, West Drayton, Slough arm of the Grand union Canal towpath, with the exit path almost invisible due to Nettles Brambles etc. in urgent need of a visit from the ‘Strimmer gang’, to Iver, (with 4 members needing an extra bit of Shepherding from the leader) for Lunch at ‘the Red Lion’. Afterwards via Shedding green, Langley park, George green, Middle green, Langley, Ditton park, Horton, Poyle, to Stanwellmoor for Tea & BP at ‘Vermulens Garden centre’, then Stanwell, Bedfont, Feltham, Hanworth, Hampton hill, Bushy park and Kingston bridge. Total 37 Miles, 5 new faces.
Thanks to Steve for acting as Back Marker, and thanks to Derek for the Bread pudding
A bright warm Evening saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden manor, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, Nonsuch park, East Ewell to Ewell village for refreshments at the ‘Wheatsheaf’, then Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Greenway, Tolworth , King Charles bridge to Kingston. Total 14 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Jon for backmarking.
Sunday 10th July, a small group of 8 Cyclists met at Twickenham, but once on the train we met another 6 had joined at Clapham Junction, (probably to get the best seats ;-)), then on arrival at Wokingham another 12 who had come on earlier trains. So 26 Cyclists left via Holt lane, Cantley park, where a broken Pedal cleat caused a small delay, Binfield, Popeswood, Bracknell, Wick hill, Chestnut path, Chavey down, North Ascot, Ascot Racecourse, Cheapside to Sunningdale for lunch at ‘the Nags head’, with a small group electing for the local cafe. After lunch, with everyone back together, (edited), Trumpsgreen, Lyne, Addlestonemoor, Victory park, Addlestone, Weybridge, to Walton bridge for Tea & Cookies, (in the absence of the trusted BP makers) at the (almost) brand new Gino’s cafe, a brief bit of Towpath, Walton on Thames, Rydens, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Steve for Backmarking
Map, alas the ‘Tracker’ didn’t restart properly after lunch, so for the moment, it’s only partial. :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3644879
Sunday 19th June, part 1, a mostly bright Sunny morning, saw 15 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth, the Greenway, Bonesgate path, Horton country park, Ewell village, a very congested East Ewell, Nonsuch park to Cheam for lunch at ‘ye Olde Red Lion’, then North Cheam, Worcester park, Old Malden, New Malden, Berrylands to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles, 2 new faces. Part 2, with thickening clouds perhaps deterring some people, we said farewell to 10, and welcomed just 1 new face, so 6 Cyclists left via Canbury gardens, Lower Ham, Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham gate of Richmond park, to Petersham gate, a busy towpath to Richmond bridge, Ducks walk, Isleworth, Whitton, Twickenham, Fulwell, Bushy park to the ‘Pheasantry’ for Tea & BP, then Hampton Wick & Kingston bridge to Kingston. Sub total 14 Miles, Total 31 Miles. Thanks to Mike for back marking, also Diane & others for corner spotting, thanks to Derek for the BP.
Wednesday 15th June. a bright but cloudy Evening saw 12 Cyclists leave via Kingston bridge, Bushy park, Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane path, Kneller gardens, Twickenham, St Margerets, Richmond bridge to Richmond hill for refreshments at the very hospitable ‘Roebuck’, with 2 extra faces for the return journey, Richmond gate of Richmond park & A very nice downhill cruise to Kingston gate then to the Market place. Total 12 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Nick for acting as Back marker.
Sunday 5th June, a bright Sunny day saw 26 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Giggshill, Hinchley wood, Claygate, Fairoak lane, Oxshott, Fairmile, Stoke D’ Abernon, Downside, Martyr’s green, Ockham, Guishill to Send Marsh for lunch at a very welcoming ‘Saddlers arms’, afterwards a slipped chain caused a small delay, before passing Newark Priory, Pyrford, West Byfleet, New Haw, Row town, Addlestone, Weybridge, Thames towpath, to Walton bridge for Tea & BP at ‘Gino’s’, then Walton on Thames, Walton park, Esher, Weston green, Giggshill green, & Portsmouth Rd, including the ‘almost completed’ section of segregated track to Kingston. Total 34 Miles 4 new faces.
Sunday 22nd May. A bright Sunny day, saw 30 (yes thirty) Cyclists leave via, Skerne Rd, (in the midst of being relaid), towpath to Ham, Aerospace estate, Ham common, Ham gate of Richmond park to Sheen gate, East Sheen, Mortlake, Chiswick bridge, Grove park, Chiswick, Acton, Acton park, (with a level crossing closure causing a brief split), West Acton, Park Royal, Grand union canal towpath to Greenford for lunch at ‘the Black Horse’, then more Towpath, (where a low hanging branch led to a fall, thankfully only minor grazes to arm & knee), Southall, Norwood green, Osterley park, with a visit from the ‘P fairy’, Osterley, Isleworth, Whitton to Knellor Gdns for Tea & BP, (thanks to Derek, for admirably filling in for John), with some desperate to get back, whilst others were still consuming the refreshments, a forward group led by Steve went via Fulwell, Teddington, Hampton wick to Kingston, with the 2nd group following the same route a short time later. Total 32 Miles, 8 new faces, 1 puncture. Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3553281
Wednesday 18th May. A cloudy dry evening saw 8 Cyclists leave via Cranes park, King Charles bridge, Long Ditton, Giggs hill green, Weston green to Molesey for refreshments at ‘the Bell’, whilst distracted by the Football, a glass ‘spontaneously shattered’, with extra time looming, we continued via Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd, including the new ‘section of ‘Mini-Holland’ segregation, to Kingston. Total 10 Miles, 1 new face.