Thirteen of us met for coffee at Ewell and there was some discussion of preferences for lunch. John B called for a meaningful vote, but in the end we came to a consensus that Ashtead Woodman would suit the majority, and we set off towards Stamford Green at about 20 past 11, lead by me. Passing by the Cricketers and Jolly Coopers, we followed Evelyn Way up to the red bridge, where we crossed the railway line and then the A24, taking Woodcote Side through to Wilmerhatch Lane. Bearing right, we headed down Pleasure Pit Lane then Rookery Hill, passing by Ashtead Park and the City of London Freemens School on our left.
Dene Road and Parkers Lane lead us back to the A24 where we crossed into Ottways Lane. Taking a right into Agates Lane, we then turned right again at the bottom, onto Barnett Wood Lane and our destination lunch venue.
Ten of us had lunch together then eight made our way across Ashtead and Epsom Commons. No tea stop this afternoon so we headed for home; Bernard and I were back in Stoneleigh by 2.30, he headed to Sutton for his train and I cycled up the hill home.
Pleasant ride on a generally overcast grey day. Thanks all for your kind and happy company, and Maureen for our photo after lunch.
|l to r: Frank, John, Godfrey, Ray, Bernard, Dave and Helen. After lunch |
at the Woodman, Ashtead