Midweek ride to Gasholder Park (Kings Cross)

Wednesday 11th May, a strong blustery wind to start, before light Drizzle, turned to steady Rain. After 1 Cancellation & 1 no show, 11 Cyclists left New Malden on the Beeline, Raynes park, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon, Wandle path, Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Stockwell, Oval, the first of several missed turns (had the drizzle woked it’s way into the sat-nav?), Waterloo, another missed turn, Southwark Bridge instead of Blackfriars, Cycleway 3, to rejoin the planned route in Blackfriars, Cycleway 6, Farringdon, -yet another navigation malfunction, Angel, eventually back on track to the Regents Canal Towpath-, to ‘Granery Square’, -with Steady rain, no-one fancied the planned Picnic, but luckily, there was a very handy Canopy outside Waitrose, as they also had a Cafe for those who fancied something warm-, a quick stop to look at the ‘Kissing roof’s’ (Photo), an even briefer stop to look at the Gasholders, as the Rain seemed to be worsening, Old St Pancras Churchyard, brief word about ‘the Hardy Tree’, Euston, Regents Park, – with a majority voting for a Train option-, Marylebone, Hyde Park, to find queues of people trying to get to a Buckingham Palace Garden Party, had closed off option 1, so Victoria instead of Waterloo, 4 brave souls continued via Chelsea Bridge, Battersea Park, Wandsworth, Wandsworth Park, Putney, Barnes, Roehampton, Richmond Park to finish at Kingston gate. Total 35 Miles, Special thanks to John E for back marking. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1451753

The leader with ‘Kissing Roof’s’, Coal drops yard & 1 of the Gasholders near the ‘Park’.

Midweek ride to Addlestone

Wednesday 13th April A mostly Cloudy day, with glimpses of Sun, after 2 Cancellations, 13 Cyclists in 1 group left the Market place via Portsmouth Rd, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton, Weybridge, Byfleet, New Haw, Row town, to Addlestone for lunch at the Pelican, a pleasant Pub next to the Wey Navigation, then Chertsey Meads, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton (Photo), Haliford, Sunbury to the Walled Garden for Tea & Refreshments, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 29 Miles. Thanks to John E for back marking, thanks to Mags for being on standby, if a second group had been required.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1868983

Near Shepperton Lakes

Midweek ride to Clerkenwell

Wednesday 16th March, after 4 cancellations & 1 late addition, 13 Cyclists in 1 group, met at New Malden Station, with overcast Skies, but dry Morning, left via the Beeline, Raynes park, Wimbledon Chase, Wimbledon, Wandle Trail, Earlsfield, Wandsworth Common, Clapham Common, Stockwell,, the Oval, Lambeth, to Waterloo, to visit the ‘Pride of Lions‘ (Photo) that have dropped by for a visit, courtesy of Born Free, Cycleway 6 across Blackfriars Bridge, Farringdon, to see the site of the ‘Clerks Well‘, which gives the reason the area is called Clerkenwell for lunch at ‘the Duke’, – it just happens to be on ‘my Street’ 🙂 -, then with steady Drizzle, Bloomsbury, Marylebone, Hyde Park, Kensington, Brompton Cemetery, Fulham, Putney Bridge, Putney,- now with steady Rain, a strategic decision to change the Tea venue from Wimbledon Common,- Barnes Common, Roehampton to Roehampton gate Cafe for Tea & what’s this, Bread pudding, on a midweek ride, -rumour has it that Mr Dunn has let slip the recipe-, also some Chocolate Sponge fingers, Robin Hood gate, the Kingston Hill Cycle track, Coombe estate, to finish back in New Malden. Total 29 Miles, special thanks to Pete M for being prepared to lead a 2nd group, thanks to Mike F for back marking, thanks to Mike L for the BP, thanks to Tilani for the Fingers. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1833775

Waterloo Millenium green & some of the ‘Born free lions’
Need I say more ! :Tilani P

Midweek ride to Little Bookham

Wednesday 16th February, after 2 late cancellations & 1 no show, a very blustery day, largely a Headwind in the morning, saw 12 Cyclists split into 2 groups, leave via Portsmouth Rd, Long Ditton, Hinchley wood, Esher -with 1 more joining group 2-, Claremont, Fairmile, Cobham, Downside, Bookham Common- with a few too many Puddles for sopme-, to Little Bookham for lunch at ‘Ye olde Windsor Castle’ (Chef & Brewer), (Photo), then Bookham, Fetcham, Leatherhead, Ashtead Common, Epsom Common, to the Old Moat Garden Centre Cafe for Tea & refreshments, Long Grove Park, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands, to finish back in Kingston. Total 28 Miles, Special thanks to Pete for leading group 2, thanks to Mike F & John E for back marking each group, thanks to Christine for remembering we needed a Photo.

Note: A visit from the ‘P Fairy’ for one of group 2 at the finish.

Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/1814953

Groupo compacto atfter lunch, Ye olde Windsor Castle : Lindsay

Midweek ride to Hammersmith

Wednesday 15th December. With a Cloudy but otherwise pleasant day, and after a few late cancellations, 15 Cyclists, in 1 group left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Teddington, Teddington Lock, Ham gate Richmond Park, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney- with a slipped Chain causing a minor delay-,, Putney Bridge, Bishops Park, Fulham, Thames Towpath to Hammersmith for lunch at the ‘Plough & Harrow’ (Wetherspoons), then Ravenscourt Park, Acton, Gunnersbury Park (Photo), Brentford, to Syon Park for refreshments, Isleworth, Whitton, Twickenham, Strawberry hill, Teddington, a very congested Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge, to finish back in the Market place. Total 28 Miles, thanks to Mike & John for sharing the Back marking, thanks to Pete for being on standby to lead a group, thanks to Tilani for the Shortbread, thanks to Chris for the Ginger Cake, both treats were delicious !!

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1033328

Midweek ride to Woodmansterne

Wednesday 17th November. A bright but chilly day saw an impressive 23 Cyclists (a record for a Midweek ride), split into 2 groups, leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth & Greenway, West Ewell, Epsom, Epsom Downs (Group 1 Photo), Tadworth, Banstead, to Woodmansterne for lunch at the Woodman, joined by 1 more guest, then Wallington, -with group 1 back marker having a technical issue, Group 2 having a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, and a Mudgaurd malfunction, all in the ‘Beddington Triangle’, might give the area a miss in future 😉-, Beddington Park (Photo group 2), Hackbridge, Wandle trail, to Morden Hall Park for refreshments, Morden, Morden Park, Lower Morden, Motspur park, New Malden to finish back in Kingston. Total 29 Miles, 2 new faces, Special thanks to Pete for leading group 2, thanks to Dave P & John E for back marking each group.

Group 1 Epsom Downs viewpoint
Group 2, Beddington Park

Note: Apologies to group 2, due to a software issue, the Sat-nav took a wrong turn, not Group leaders fault.

Map:-www.plotaroute.com/route/623630

Midweek ride to Ripley

Wednesday 13th October, A mostly bright sunny day, with 1 cancellation due to a visit from the ‘P fairy’, saw 19 Cyclists (I think this is a record for a Midweek ride), left via Portsmouth Rd track, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet, West Byfleet, Pyrford, Newark Priory (Photo)- whilst Group 1 stopped for the Photo, group 2 took the lead, never to return it, cheeky or what ;-)-,

Group 1, with Newark Priory: Lindsay

Send Marsh, to Ripley, for lunch at the Jovial Sailor, with the Garden mostly closed off for repairs, space was somewhat restricted, but all got Fed & Watered, then Ockham, Hatchford, Cobham, Fairmile, to Claremont lakes Cafe for Tea & refreshments, Esher, Littleworth, Hinchley wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton, to finish back in Kingston. 32 Miles, 2 new faces, special thanks to Pete M for leading group 2, thanks to Mike F & Dave P for back marking each group.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/1559849

Midweek ride to Maida Vale

Carlton Tavern, Maida Vale: Lindsay

Wednesday 15th September, A mostly overcast morning, with a brighter afternoon, after 1 cancellation, saw 12 Cyclists leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham gate Richmond Park, White Lodge, Roehampton gate, Barnes Common, Putney, Putney Bridge- with 1 extra ready to join us, now a Bakers Dozen-, Parsons Green, EEl Brook Common, Brompton Cemetery, Kensington, Hyde Park, Marylebone, to Maida Vale for lunch at the newly rebuilt & very hospitable Carlton Tavern, –quite a story-, Kilburn, North Kensington, Shepherds bush, Hammersmith, Hammersmith Bridge, Barnes, – with a very long wait for a Train to appear on Line 1 at the dual Level crossing 😦 -, East Sheen to Palewell Common Cafe, for Tea & refreshments, with some home made Cookies, Sheen gate, Richmond Park, Kingston gate, the Station Bridge to finish back at the Market place. Total 29 Miles, thanks to John E for back marking, thanks to Janet for the Cookies.

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

Midweek ride to Wraysbury

Wednesday 18th August. A Mostly grey but dry day, after 1 cancellation, saw 10 Cyclists in 1 group, leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Sunbury, Ashford, Staines, Hythe End to Wraysbury, with a a few false starts to find the best view of the Windmill (Photo) before lunch at the very hospitable Perseverance, with a speedy delivery of our pre-ordered food :-), Poyle, Stanwell Moor, the much improved Cycle path in Stanwell, Bedfont, Feltham, Leitrim Park, Crane River, to Kneller Gdns for Tea & Refreshments, Strawberry hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 30 Miles. Thanks to Mike for back marking.

Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/1656189

Wraysbury Windmill & Church: Lindsay

Midweek ride to Thorpe & Virginia Water

Wednesday 21st July, A hot Sultry day saw 9 Cyclists leave via Portsmouth Rd, Thames Ditton, Molesey, Walton, Weybridge, Addlestone, Bretlands, Lyne to Thorpe Green for lunch at the ‘Rose & Crown’ (Barons Pubs), Virginia Water village & Lake, Totem Pole (Photos),

Totem Pole fenced off, awaiting restoration

Egham Wick, Egham, Staines Bridge, – with the Back marker suffering a broken gear cable, hence a deputy Tail ender took the rear-, Staines, Thames Towpath past Penton Hook, Laleham, Shepperton, to Sunbury for Tea & Refreshments at the Walled garden, Hampton, Bushy Park, Hampton Wick Kingston Bridge to finish. Total 36 Miles.

Thanks to John E & Mike F for Back marking. Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/849407