Bread pudding ride to Maida Vale

Sunday 23rd January. An overcast grey but otherwise dry day, after 2 Canncellations & 1 late addition, 18 Cyclists, in 2 groups, left via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, White lodge, -with group 2 suffering a visit from the ‘P Fairy’-, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney- with a ‘Sat nav misdirection for group 2, Putney bridge- with 1 more joining group 1-, Fulham, Parsons Green, Brompton Cemetery, South Kensington, Kensington Gardens, Hyde Park, Marylebone, -with a minor navigational hiccup for group 1-, to Maida Vale for lunch at the recently rebuilt Carlton Tavern ( link to Wikipedia), Kilburn, North Kensington, Shepherds bush, Hammersmith, Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes, to East Sheen for Tea & Bread pudding- Alas the Cafe had run out of Milk before the arrival of group 2-, Palewell Park Cafe, Sheen gate Richmond Park, to Kingston Gate, to finish back in Kingston.Total 29 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Ellie & Andrea for Back marking each group, thanks to John D for the BP. Apologies, no Photo for group 1this time.

Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/1691708

Group 2, Albert Memorial, Kensington Gardens: Bai Kamara

Bread pudding ride to West Wickham

Sunday 9th January. A very Sunny morning, with some clouds in the Afternoon, after 1 cancellation & 2 no show’s (1 would make there own way to lunch), saw 18 Cyclists, split into 2 groups, leave via the Beeline, Raynes park, Wimbledon Chase, Colliers wood, Tooting -with 1 more joining group 1-, Streatham, Norbury, Thornton heath, Heavers Meadow, Woodside, Ashburton field, Elmers end, to West Wickham for lunch at the Railway (Ember Inns), Shirley, Addiscombe -with a minor navigational hickup for group 1 allowing Group 2 to join the photo stop in Lloyd Park -, South Croydon, Duppas hill, Beddington, to Beddington Park, for a very S…..l….o….w Tea stop & Bread pudding, (group 2 wisely electing not to stop for Tea), Hackbridge, Wandle trail, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Motspur park, to finish back in New Malden. Total 31 Miles, special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Mike F & John E for back marking each group, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1579827

Group 1 Lloyd Park: Bai K
Group 2 Lloyd Park: Nigel B

Bread Pudding ride to Streatham

Sunday 28th November. a not quite frozen, sunny day, after 6 late cancellations, saw 16 Cyclists in 2 groups, leave via Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, -collecting 1 more for group 2-, Cannon Hill, Morden, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, -collecting 1 more for group 1-, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, to Streatham Hill for lunch at the very reasonable ‘Crown & Sceptre’, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, Brixton, Clapham Common, Wandsworth Common (Photo group 1), a novel detour to Wandsworth, King Georges Park, Earlsfield, to Wimbledon Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Wimbledon village, Raynes park, New Maldeen, Norbiton, to finish back in Kingsto. Total 27 Miles, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Chris F for taking on the Back marking at short notice, also thanks to Mike for back marking group 2, thanks to John D for the BP.

Group 1 Wandsworth Common Credit: Lindsay
Group 2 Wimbledon Park Credit: Bai Kamara

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/717450

2 part ride to Twickenham & Long Ditton

Sunday 14th November Part 1. A mostly overcast day, with 1 small period of very light misty drizzle, after 4 late cancellations, saw 18 Cyclists, in 2 groups leave via Skerne Rd, Aerospace Estate, Ham, Ham gate, to Petersham Gate, -time to reflect on Remembrance Sunday for 2 minutes, group 2 also listened to Andrea read a verse from ‘For the Fallen’,by Laurence Binyon, ‘They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old. Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning. We will remember them.’-, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, St Margarets, Isleworth, Whitton, Kneller Gardens (Group 1 Photo), to Twickenham for a (too) early lunch at the ‘Prince Blucher’, -with hastily printed Menu’s that had the wrong price’s for most meals-, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge, to finish. Sub total 13 Miles, special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Chris F & Andrea for back marking each group.

Group 1, Kneller Gardens & River Crane

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/723496

Part 2, saying farewell to 6, welcoming 7 fresh faces, 19 Cyclists in 2 groups left via Kingston Bridge, Thames Towpath, Hampton Court, (Group 2 Photo), East Molesey, Esher, Claygate, to Long Ditton Garden Centre (Squires), now insisting on ‘Table service’, a long wait for orders, but quick delivery, to help digest the Bread pudding, Surbiton to finish back in Kingston. Sub total 12 Miles, Total 25 Miles, 1 new face, special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & Mike F for back marking each group.

Group 2 with Hampton Court Screen

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1742227

Bread pudding ride to Pimlico

Sunday 24th October. With 1 late cancellation, & 1 unannounced guest, a rather Cloudy Morning, & a Sunny Afternoon, saw 20 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave New Malden, via the Beeline (C31), Raynes park, South Wimbledon, a stretch of the Wandle trail- with 1 more joining group 1-, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, -with 1 member of group 2 suffering a Saddle Malfunction, manage to find a Bike shop, get a new Saddler fitted & rejoin the ride before the end of lunch, quite impressive-, Vauxhall (Q5), Vauxhall Bridge CS5), to Pimlico for lunch at the ‘White Swan’ (McMullens), Westminster (Photo group 2), Victoria Embankment (CS3), to Southwark Bridge CS7), Borough, Walworth (C17), Burgess Park, Loughborough, Brockwell Park, Tulse Hill, Streatham, To Tooting Bec Common, for Tea & Bread pudding, Tooting, Mitcham, Morden Hall Park, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Motspur park, to finish back at New Malden. Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to Steve D & Mike F for back marking each group, thanks to John D for the BP. It was good to see Tom again after the incident earlier in the Summer.

Group 1 with the London Eye
Group 2 at Westminster Abbey: Bai Kamara

Note: The various Cycle track, Quietways, Cycle super highways, etc, are gradually in the process of being renumbered by TfL, all as Cycleways, this should make route’s a bit easier to follow in the future

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/747539

Challenge ride to Harrow Weald

Sunday 10th October, An overcast Morning, with 3 late cancellations, 18 Cyclists, split into 2 groups, wait 1 late arrival for group 1, left via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, Sheen gate, congested Mortlake ? Chiswick Bridge, Chiswick, Acton- to find the Level crossing closed, A what detour to take, B how to let group 2 know, retrace our route, to the Junction, who should be approaching, hence, stay as 1 large group for a short section-, West Acton, Park Royal, Stonebridge park, Wembley- with a visit from the ‘P fairy’ for group 2- ,

Screwy !

Preston park, Kenton, Kenton Park, Belmont, to Harrow Weald for lunch at the Duck in the Pond, with the Sun emerging from its hiding place, a Sunny Afternoon, Harrow Weald Common (Photo’s), Hatch end- with 1 of group 1 suffering a small tumble, swiftly remounted-, Headstone Manor Rec, West Harrow Rec, South Harrow, Northolt, Northala Field, Southall, Norwood Green, to Osterley Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Osterley, Hounslow, Whitton- with 1 member of group 1 needing a short rest after an ‘SVT episode’, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 42 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & John E for back marking each group.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/1717345

Group 1 Harrow Weald Common
Group 2 Harrow Weald Common

Train assisted ride to Horley

With the Ancient Yew tree, St Georges Church, Crowhurst

Sunday 26th September. A mostly Cloudy morning, with some Afternoon Sun saw 11 Cyclists gather at Clapham Junction, for the Train to Hurst Green collecting 2 more en route, so a Bakers Dozen (13) Cyclists in 1 group with a surprising turn, Bai took the lead, via Merle Common, Crowhurst with a brief chat on the Yew tree (Photo), Blindley Heath, Horne, Smallfield, to Horley for lunch at the very homely ‘Farmhouse Pub’, then a poorly surfaced stretch of NCN 21, Whitebushes, Woodhatch, Flanchford, to Brockham for Tea & Bread pudding at the Church hall, Coach Rd, Pixham, A24 track, Leatherhead, to finish at the Station. Total 31 Miles, very special thanks to Bai for leading, thanks to Mike for back marking, thanks to the Apprentice Corner marker (he does show propmise, he may prove useful in the future), thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1606022

2 part ride to Molesey & Epsom

Sunday 12th September Part 1. A largely Sunny Morning, with 1 late cancellation & 1 unannounced visitor, saw 16 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands – with 1 extra joining group 2-, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Littleworth Common (Photo group 1), Esher to Molesey (somewhat too early), for lunch at ‘the Bell’ (Greene King), then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd to finish back in Kingston. Sub-total 13 Miles, Special thanks to Carl for leading group 2, thanks to Toni & Mike for back marking each group, 1 new face. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1684206.

Part 1, Group 1 Littleworth Common

Part 2 With cloudier skies,we said farewell to 7, & welcomed 5 fresh faces, plus 1 more late arrival, just missing departure of group 1 so 16 Cyclists, in 2 groups, left via Fairfield, Norbiton, New Malden, Worcester park, Stoneleigh, Ewell, to Epsom for Tea & Bread pudding at ‘Old Moat Garden centre Cafe’, West Ewell, Tolworth, Surbiton, to finish back in Kingston. Sub total 16 Miles, Total 29 Miles. Special thanks to Bai for leading group 2, thanks to John E & Andrea for back marking each group, 2 new faces. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1684604

Part 2, Group 2, Hogsmill open space, Ewell: Bai

Bread pudding ride to Ashtead

Sunday 22nd August. A largely grey day saw 19 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave via Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Claremont, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common including ‘the Isle of Wight’ ?, Fetcham, (Photo group 1), Leatherhead to Ashtead for lunch at ‘the Woodman’, Ashtead Park, Epsom, East Ewell, Nonsuch Park, Cheam Park, North Cheam, Lower Morden to the ‘Blue Diamond’ Garden Centre, -including a long tour of the building to the Cafe-, for Tea & Bread Pudding, Morden Cemetery, (Photo group 2), Motspur park, New Malden, Berrylands to finish back in Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 1 new face, Special thanks to Carl (with a little help from Bai), for Group leading, thanks to Mike & Amy for back marking, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1306141

Group 1, Fetcham Mill pond: Lindsay
:Group 2 Morden Cemetery: Carl S
The new presenting team for Pebble Mill at One, Gardening segment,…… maybe: Bai

Challenge ride to Godstone

Sunday 8th August. A Drizzly Morning, with 1 or 2 heavier showers & A drier Afternoon, until just before Tea, with 2 cancellations & 2 no shows, saw 17 Cyclists, gather at the Fountain Roundabout, split into 3 groups, -alas, group 3 had navigational issues, so group 2 agreed to wait, then continue as a ‘Super group’-, leave via Motspur park, North Cheam, West Sutton, Carshalton Beeches, Oaks Park, with 2 more Cyclists joining group 2, Woodmansterne, Coulsdon, Farthing Down, Chaldon, Brewer Street, Bletchingley, to Godstone, – but what’s this, no Pub, a Farm ? But wait, ahh, now I see, we have a Brewery attached, with possibly the biggest Pub Garden anywhere, the Flower Farm also has a superb Farm shop, if only I’d brought the Trailer 😉, then the delightful Woldingham Valley (Photo group 1)

Group 2 & 3 Super group, after lunch, Flower Farm: Bai
Group 1 with somewhat boisterous cattle, Woldingham: Lindsay

Manor Park, Whyteleafe, Kenley, South Croydon, Duppas Hill, Beddington, – with a sudden heavy Shower -, to Beddington Park for Tea & Bread pudding, Hackbridge, the Wrythe, Benhill, Sutton, North Cheam, Motspur park, to finish back in New Malden. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face, special thanks to Bai & Carl for group leading, thanks to Mike F, John E & Amy for back marking duties, thanks to John D for the BP.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1484198