Saturday, December 22, 2007

B Group Dec 19

In the absence of the scheduled leader, I led Jill, Liz, Cliff and Les on Wednesday's B ride from Walton by way of Hampton, Bushey Park, Teddington, Fullwell, River Crane Walk, Knoller Gardens, Twickenham 6th Form College, Twickenham Rugby Ground and the picturesque West Middlesex Drainage/Sewage Works to Old Isleworth and our lunch stop, the Town Wharf pub overlooking the Thames. Amazingly, even at this time of year the pub was pretty empty (how do they ever make any money?) and our excellent meals were served very quickly.

In the afternoon we took the Thames-side path southwards on the Twickenham side of the river to Teddington Lock where we crossed to the Ham side and took the tow path to Kingston. Here Jill stopped for some late Xmas shopping, while the rest of us returned home via Berrylands (sewage works are my specialty) and New Malden.

John Gould

Thursday, December 20, 2007

C Group Dec 19th

Having turned the central heating up a few notches (damn the expense) and putting an extra woolly on this ancient body, I had an easy ride to Walton where the turnout was a bit below usual and as Linda was leading the ride and said her intention was to make for Cheam, I felt the return trip would have made me rather late and so I set off having made my apologies and with the intention of a solo effort turned onto the towpath near The Swan and without having a particular lunch spot in mind, headed in the direction of Hampton Court. I got the feeling of being followed and heard a familiar voice a couple of times. This is starting to sound like one of those Christmas ghost stories but after passing the Weir pub I put a foot down to negotiate the lock only to find Fuzz, Lynda, Roger, Dave, John C.,and a couple more of C group had been tailing me! We then decided to have lunch at The White Hart at Hampton Wick. How`s that for a happy ending to the story?
I managed to cover just over 21 miles and got home by 3:15. It certainly made up for last week`s debacle. A Happy Christmas to one and all ----------------- Albert

A Group Christmas Lunch 19 Dec 07

Thanks to Pete Mitchell for arranging an excellent "A" group seasonal lunch at the Cap in Hand. In an impromptu gesture (or was it jester) by Toni de put his hand in his pocket and made a small contribution (he was feeling larey so he put in Lira) and we made an even more impromptu presentation, see photo, of old crackers wrapped in old serviettes. The real present will be presented by Jake when the sales are on.

Equally we were all delighted to see Bob & Lesley at the Cap in Hand. Bob couldn't resist a chance of a Wetherspoon bash. It was amazing to see him one week and one day after the replacement of his right hip. Hip, Hip Hooray. He cant wait to get rid of the sticks and get on a bike.

Finally I could not resist this photo, it's what you might call a "Thorn" between two "Roses. The one on the left I am Truly, Deeply, Fondly, trying to remember her name!! The one in the middle can at times be a complete pain but is off to Spain to keep out of the rain (well at least lands of grotty). I never forget the name of the one on the right, I just think of what she must have had after that epic Mersey 24hr (a bath) and it begins with Ann

A Group Lunch

A very enjoyable social occasion with good food at the Cap in Hand.
I am only sorry I could not have cycled there with you but the odds were against me what with the bad throat and bicycle at the repairers. Whilst I was out my wife received a call to say that the bike was now ready for collection. One day late for the meal. Anyway I look forward to seeing you all again in the new year for another year of good company and good excercise.
All the very best for Christmas and the New Year.
Kind Regards,
John Scott

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

A Group Dec 19th

20 Riders plus a couple of extras left Walton Day Centre over Walton bridge the serpent like group with no problems headed through Sunbury in cool but comfortable conditions, turning left off the major road found us following a twisty but quiet route through the back streets of Hampton and into Bushy Park out at Hampton Court and on to The Cap in Hand at Hook for a very good Xmas lunch for less than £10 including a drink! Bob Starey and Lesley were waiting for us and he certainly seemed in good spirits. Upon leaving it certainly felt very much like the winter we expect so homeward bound was the target for all and a warm home.
From Pete Mitchell

Greetings from Steve

                Greetings from Ledbury
Steve Bott (section secretary 1994-2002) wishes all
Wayfarers a Happy Christmas and good troublefree
riding in the new year.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

12th Dec 2007: Albert's Tale

Yesterday was pretty chilly but sunny and I got my gear together for a ride from Leatherhead and bunged it in the car.
After parking in the Randells Road car park and opening the hatch to extract the bike. I realised I had left the front wheel behind in the garage. Everyone has had a good belly laugh so I thought I`d share it with the the rest of you!!
On my return home the only one of you I could contact was Lynda who was unable to say where you were having lunch as she was not out owing to feeling poorly. I got some gen from Mark who did not go as far as the lunch stop and rode to Bookham instead; sorry about that Ron ---------------- Albert

Update on the Brothers Starey

Bob is home from a successful replacement of his right hip and is almost roadworthy. Well he walked to his local paper shop this morning on 2 sticks and is determined to get back on his bike (or at least my wife Barbara's bike-an old single speed steel ladies bike) asap. Not surprisingly he is sore and its painful but he is very determined and eager to get cracking on the second one maybe in 3 to 4 months time.

Brian and I took Bob out for a pub lunch today in the Red Lion Cheam. Photo attached of all three but last Monday at the 3 Horseshoes Irons Bottom before Bob had the Iron fitted next to his bottom last Tuesday.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

'A' Group 12th Dec

At the request of Stephen I took the ride intended by Bob who as we know is having hip operations.We wish him well and that it will not be too long before he is leading once again in his impeccable way.

We left Leatherhead-18 0f us in icy cold but beautiful weather entering the path at Mill Lane and followed the railway by path and byways to River Lane where we were interrupted by ice,myself and Stephen coming down. Fortunately we were able to continue until we were temporarily stopped by police in Fetcham where a diversion was in place but were able to continue on our intended route.This was the road through the Glade and Bookham Common path to Bookham Railway station, theron by road to the end of Orestan Lane to the new Sustrans path to East Horsley. At the low tunnel on the path a picture was kindly taken by Will, the tunnel is not easily seen by our number obscuring it but hope we are identifiable as I have not named all.

At the end of the path is East Horsley's butcher shop where men were humping carcasses into the shop, they warned us of ice as we entered the road whilst the conditions on the path were ideal for off road riding.

It was on road to the Barley Mow at West Horsley via Horsley station arriving by 12.30 as arranged for lunch.

Rob entertained us at the bar when he shattered a lamp with his head from a lantern hanging over the bar. The barmaid blinked not as she continued to serve him.

After a meal served in reasonable time in view of the festive season now in swing we were away by 1.30.

Some returned directly home whilst the rest of us returned to Leatherhead a direct road route to have tea etc. at Weatherspoon's and Annie's. We left by 3pm hoping most of us would be home before dark. My total was less than 20miles! a record for me I believe.

'A' Group 12th Dec

This ride I took at Stephen's request in place of Bob who as we know is undergoing hip operations and undestand one has been completed.We all wish him well and hope it will not be too long before he is back in his stride leading in his impeccable way.

The ride to West Horsley was a short one . 18 of us left in cold but beautiful weather taking a route close to the railway and river Mole to Fetcham on path and byways. Our ride was interrupted as we hit ice in River Lane,yours truly coming down followed by Stephen,fortunately we were able to carry on to Fetcham where we met what appeared to be a diversion with police in control, presumably due to another ice accident,however we were able to continue on our intended route. This was the path on Bookham Common to Bookham station then road to the end of Oristan Lane picking up the new Sustrans path to East Horsley.

When we encountered the low tunnel photos were taken which was almost hidden by our number which have not be named but I hope are visiblle.The path ended at the East Horsley's butchers shop where men humping carcasses into the shop warned us of ice as we entered the road. Our route finished up on road via Horsley railway station to the Barley Mow where we lunched as arranged. Rob entertained us at the bar when he shattered a lamp with his head from a lantern overhanging the bar. The barmaid blinked not as she continued to serve him.

We left about 1.30 so the service was quite reasonable in view of the festive season already in swing. Other than those who went directly home we ended up at Weatherspoon's and Annie's Leatherhead for tea etc. and left by 3pm whereby I hope most of us got home before dark.My mileage was less than 20, a record I think.

'A' Group 12th Dec.

The ride from Leatherhead Day Centre to West Horsley was comparitively a short one compared with most rides regardless of the beautiful conditions. 18 of us set off,hopefully they will be recognised in the pictures. The route followed the River Mole and railway on byways when progress was halted on hitting River Lane where yours truly was brought down by ice bringing down Stephen as well. Continuing on through Fetcham there appeared to be a diversion controlled by police thought perhaps due to an accident caused by ice, however we were allowed to continue on the intended route. It was not long before we entered Bookham Common via the Glade and thereon to Little Bookham and Effingham ,Orestan Lane and Sustrans route to East Horsley's butcher shop. Here delivery men humping carcasses into the butcher,s warned us of ice as we were leaving the track which had been perfect to ride on to that point.We arrived in good time at the Barley Mow via Ockham Road South and Horsley where as arranged sustenance was provided in reasonable time in view of Xmas functions.Rob entertained us when he sent a lamp from a lantern

flying that was overhanging the Bar which was obviously impeding his vision at that hight.The Barmaid blinked not and blithely dealt with our needs.

Our routine journey back to Leatherhead other than those returning directly home was uneventful arriving around about 2pm. Weatherspoons and Annies were selected for tea etc. and we parted company about 2.45. My surprising total from home was 20 miles,disgusting Ray

'A' Group-Report

Stephen asked me to take the ride as Bob would have lead but was having hip operations.We wish him all the best and understand one hip has been done. We look forward to him taking rides again in the not too distant future.

We left Leatherhead-18 of us in icy cold but beautiful conditions,soon entering Mill Lane and followed the path adjacent to the railway then byroads and path to River Lane.Here both Stephen and myself were brought down by ice, fortunately with minor injury only we believe.

Onwards to Fetcham where the police were controlling a diversion but we were able to continue on our intended route which was the Glade to Bookham Station via the common.Road riding thereon to the end of Orestan Lane Effingham and on to the new Sustrans path to East Horsley.

At the low roofed tunnel Will kindly took a picture, The tunnel was obscured by the number of us but I hope we are recognisable as I have not named us all.On leaving the path at the East Horsley butchers shop we were warned by men humping carcasses into the shop of ice just as we were reaching the road.However the conditios on the path were ideal for the time of the year.

To West Horsley via Horsley station brought us to the Barley Mow where we sat down to lunch as arranged.Rob entertained us when he shattered a lamp with his head from a lantern overhanging the bar The barmaid blinked not as she continued to serve Rob. Rob was unhurt but safety regulations could have been in doubt!

The food I think was good and served in reasonable time in view of the festive season now in swing.

Some of us left directly for home whilst the rest of us returned to Leatherhead by road for tea etc, at Weatherspoon's and Annie's . I hope most of us were home before lights as I was- with a total 20 miles! a record for me I believe.


'A' Group 12th Dec- photo

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2007 Mileage Totals

Last year over 50 people submitted a years mileage total rangeing from
1128miles to 12905 miles, after Dec 31st 2007 any total mileage
recorded is welcome Pete Mitchell will collect on 0208 394 2665
(answerphone) or

B Group Dec 12

Thirteen riders left Leatherhead, or tried to leave, as our leader punctured on the traffic lights outside the Day Centre, he was however ably assisted by amongst others Bernard and Robin to repair the offending wheel and continue. The group included the aforementioned plus Liz and Judy John John G Nev Norman Les Gerry Roger and our faithfull backmarker Terry. Our route took us along the byepass to Pixham Lane and over to Punchbowl Lane and down to Henfold Lane to Newdigate, Capel,Coles lane to Ockley and a left and right turn to Mole Street where a left took us to aright into a freezing and black iced Stanton Lane and up to the Gatton Manor Golf and Country Club. Some of our members were a little apprehensive of our welcome at a fairly prestigeous G.C. but we had a good reception and lunch. The owner came out to see us before we left and assured us that we would be welcome any time we revisited.Our return took us via Cathill Lane to Ockley where we retraced via capel and Newdigate to Annies at Leatherhead for tea. The consensus of opinion seemed to be a good ride but definitely challenging
From Cliff

Friday, December 07, 2007

Connect 2 Vote

We believe that Sustrans' Connect2 campagn to obtain £50 million pound for critical cycle routes across the country is going well but we do need the votes. You can now vote by phone and it is extremely easy.

Phone: 0870 24 24 602. It will cost 10p. Simply dialling this number registers a vote for Connect2. You will hear a voice confirming this fact. Only one vote can be made per phone. Voting ends midday monday 10th Dec.

If you want more info or to vote on line visit:
Fingers crossed!
Regards Mike Pontin.

Cheam & Morden Post Xmas Lunch

Cheam & Morden Post Christmas Lunch
12:30 on
Sunday 27th January 2008
At Horton Park Golf & Country Club, Hook Rd, Epsom

Cost £10 for two courses.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Clive Oxx Celestial Chair

See the DA blog for story on above and the reason for my absence at Cobham.

Mike M.

A & B Groups Dec 5th

Accurately forecast heavy showers kept the numbers down at Cobham. However, following Terry's offering of our traditional Christmas thank you to the good ladies at the British Legion, some 14 (Pete M, Jake, Vic, 2xJohn, Irene, Stephanie, Norman, Terry, Steve C, Les, Ian and Roger S, led by Pete B) set off on a combined A & B ride. Cutting across Downside Common and Chilbrook to avoid likely flooding along Plough Lane, it was off along familiar roads albeit in the reverse direction. Pausing briefly to cape up when the heavens opened and then to extract Ian from a ditch, it was past Ockham Bites and over the A3 to Wisley and Pyrford Lock, through Byfleet, Woodham and Row Town before a lengthy wait at Addlestone level crossing. Then through the back roads of Weybridge with Jake puncturing just short of the planned lunch stop in Walton (Wetherspoons of course).
After lunch, the equally accurate forecast sunny intervals arrived and, whilst some headed directedly home, the rest crossed back over Walton Bridge for a wind assisted trip through Lower Sunbury and Hampton Wick, with a quick diversion through Bushy Park, and over Kingston Bridge to ride along the river to the Hawker Centre at Ham for a welcome cuppa and so home.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Arthur Jessop

On receiving the Arthur Jessop Trophy Albert enquired who was Arthur Jessop? Thanks to Bill Squirrell for providing the picture from the distant past

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Wayfarers Punctures

Punctures reported are now being collected on this site click on 2007-08 Puncture Tables
Under Links on the right

Monday, December 03, 2007

East Horsley - Effingham Sustrans Route

"Bonjour Monsieur Spindleshanks, shall we try out this new route young Ray Dare was cracking on about?"

"Morning M de Railleur. Certainly, lead on."


Unknown to our intrepid friends, There may be problems ahead !!!

The route is well signposted and is shown on Surrey Cycle Guide No 5. It is the purple track starting at the junction of Orestan Lane and Calvert Road (west of Effingham), almost immediately becoming a short, sharp, vertical challenge, then briefly joins Old London Road before forking left becoming a red track leading to Lynx Hill (green road). It then joins the B2039 alongside Conisbee the butcher. The surface is quite good but beware, it is very loose in places.
The approach to the bridge shown (from Effingham) is down one of these places. The route will be very useful when riding to/from Squires’ at Horsley since it cuts out a stretch of the A246 and avoids the dogs in Calvert Road (hopefully a thing of the past). As always, do look and listen - motorcyclists have been practising along the track.

Terry Lowe

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Group November 28th

Picture by Mike Morley
‘A’ Group ride report Wednesday 28th Nov Frank C. Under threatening sky’s and an equally threatening forecast a group of 21 (I think) left the Claygate Day centre soon after 11 o’clock. We viewed the mansions in Esher Park Avenue to immerge at the centre of Esher we turned left onto the old A3, now A307, along the Fairmile (were John B. punctured) Will, knowing our route offered to assist. After this short delay it was into Cobham and up Pains Hill, straight over the roundabout and along the Byfleet Road and left into the dead end Redhill Road, past Silvermere Golf Club, at the end of the road it was the cycle path to negotiate the A3/M25 junction into Old Lane at Ockam Bite. Then Hatchford End, The Mucky Duck, Effingham Junction and left into Lower Road at Effingham Village, all the along to Leatherhead High St to Weatherspoons where Ron & Doreen were there and John, Will & Ray arrived soon after. After lunch with the weather still holding fine a number of the group declined the invite of the leader to climb the Zig Zag. So it was a group of 12 hardy soul’s to ride through Mickleham, up Box Hill back along Headley Common, Ashtead Park, Woodcote to Epsom Weatherspoons bang on 3 o’clock. All went their own way from here, I arrived back at Wembley after 62 miles and still in the dry so presumably all were dry and home before dark.

Jura update

Dates : 6th May 2008 to 12th May 2008 (14th may 2008)

I am concerned that I am now receiving requests to vary the accommodation bookings (vis: Mike Morleys request for a single room rather than a double room with an additional single room for Toni d'Italia and Ian Appletons request for the duration of his stay to be one day shorter due to his intended late arrival by one day).

It is now very difficult to change the bookings as a contract has been entered into with the owner of the Auberge. We are now bound by this contract which was based on your individually requested bookings. The owners will look to you individually to compensate them for any financial shortfall which might occur in you shortening or amending the bookings.

Indeed I have secured a very special deal with the owner of the Auberge because of the numbers of beds required. (i.e. a reduction in the normal price to be paid by smaller parties). This will be as stated Euro 32.50 per person per night.

I have e-mailed Mike that I will see if there is any room for manoeuvre with the owners when I go to the Jura at Christmas (not what I really wanted to do! It spoils my relaxation with my family during the festive season). However, as the region is very popular, as evidenced by my failure to gain accommodation at Le Chalet de la Haute-Joux, I am in some doubt that I will be successful in this respect. Even if I am successful the owners may want to increase the prices for you all due to the fact that they will be one room short when they try to satisfy other demands for accommodation (they are an over flow for Le Chalet de la Haute-Joux).

I am not gaining anything by running this trip other than seeing you all have a very good holiday. However, if I am constantly being harassed to change arrangements I may think twice about running such events in future.

Hope you will appreciate my position.

Kind regards,


C Group November 28th

We had a good turnout at Claygate in fine late autumn weather. Nice to see Pam back on her bike and Mark back from his extended visit to Amritsa. I counted fourteen at the start of our ride with Mike leading John C., Bill P., Tom, Dave, Mark, Beryl, Lynda, Dave, Roger, Ron and me. I`ll remember the others names and have to kick myself later, but it really was a great ride to the George IV at West Horsley.
The offroad started with Claygate Common and we had a couple of more cracks at the outback stuff before reaching Stoke D`Abernon. Our second section offroad brought us out next to the small chapel at Downside Common. Mark left us here and pressed on to Bookham Common.
We took a lane that brought us out to Stoke Road which we crossed before starting a spot more puddle jumping. We emerged into a road familiar to most of us. It was most of the vertical part of Plough Lane! We crossed the road at The Mucky Duck and continued down Ockham Road with a fairly easy ride to lunch. By the way this is the only place I have found which gives one a choice of brown or white baguette to enclose ones bacon and brie. However I am not paid to advertise and as tea was to be at Leatherhead I made a beeline for home via Ripley.
I forgot to mention John had a slow puncture but got his lunch in time. ----------------

B Group November 28th

It was hard to winkle B Group riders out of their comfy chairs at Claygate this morning. However a group of fifteen of us eventually hit the road - Liz, Judy, Terry, Norman, Cliff, Johns G., S. and M., Robin, Gerry, Nev, Les, Philip, Roger and me, Gill, the leader. With West Clandon as our lunchtime destination, we headed due south, past the church on to Coverts Road, shown as a dead end but which for us cyclists led us on to the first bit of off-road called New Road. This is shown on the map as being a reasonable all-year-round route and proved to be fine even after the recent wet weather, with a fairly solid surface mostly covered with leaves as we cut across through woodland to the busy Fairoak Lane. Fortunately we didn't have to go too far along this road before we turned off on to Stokeheath Road. This had a gate across it but while negotiating this we were able to take in the view and note a llama amongst the sheep in the neighbouring field! We came out on to Copsem Lane just short of Sandy Lane which we followed before taking off on a path across Fairmile Common then a mixture of quiet roads and footpaths bringing us out into the centre of Cobham. We were now in well-known territory - Plough Lane, Ockham, Guileshill Road and Hungry Hill. Johns S. and M. played the hare in the 'tortoise and the hare' up the hills, waiting for us at strategic points! At East Clandon we came out on to the A246 and followed this to the lights at the junction for Newlands Corner where we turned right into West Clandon and reached the Bull's Head about 12.45p.m. This being a very small and popular pub, we were lucky to find a whole section free to accommodate us. Service and the quality of the meals were both excellent and we were back on the road just before 1.45p.m. The route home was straightforward - down into Ripley, across the airstrip, through Downside Cobham and across to Stoke D'Abernon on the off-road track where eight of us had afternoon tea at Seymour's Garden Centre. Dark skies threatened as we hurriedly headed for home at 3.15p.m. but only brought a little dampness on my way back to Sunbury. I hope the others were as lucky! (Gill Finlay)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Bob gets ready for his Pre-Med

Must be a record for one day, both lunch and afternoon tea taken in Wetherspoons, Leatherhead and Epsom. Photo shows Bob preparing for his pre-med in Wetherspoons today. Looks to me like they took him for a ride and he lost his shirt. Take a good look now girls, this might be the last time you see him in such good fettle! Lets hope when he goes in for his op, Bob doesn't try to leg it too soon. As for getting his leg over (the cross bar) he may have to convalesce first. Not content with having one hip replaced, like the Wetherspoons twice in one day, Bob is having two hips replaced (separate ops). I can't think of a more determined man to get through all this and come out the other side screaming fit (well at least screaming)

Sustrans Vote

You can vote £50 million for cycling today!
Here are the basic details:
The Big Lottery Fund has selected four projects that are eligible for £50M of lottery money. One project will get the lot and this will be decided by public vote.

The Sustrans entry called "Connect2" will provide critical cycle route links nationwide. More info on
Right now you can see info about the projects and vote Connect2 on line at:
You need to register first and then you will receive a validation email with a link that will enable you to vote. Only one vote can be made per email address.

Online voting ends at noon on Monday 10th.
Alternatively you can vote by phone.There will be several ITV1 programmes presenting the projects. The one presenting Connect2 will be on Tuesday 4th December at 11pm. Telephone numbers for voting will be broadcast. One vote per phone.

Phone voting commences at 9am Friday 7th December.
So spread the word! A big vote from cyclists will win the £50M and will also send an important message about the demand for better cycle facilities.

Michael Pontin
Sustrans Liaison Ranger

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Brian Nixon's Puncture

Well done Ray for such a good outdoor picture. I particularly like the Palm Tree and the fact that our DA Sec. has an inscrutable smile. I am even more impressed with our new midWW rides secs., even bigger smile, next to Brian's even more unfortunate puncture. That's life and I guess in the CTC you get the lot which can be no bad thing. For those not aware don't forget there is a puncture competition for the most punctures in a year and an even more splendid one for the best photo in various categories details of which can be found on the DA website. More in the next issue of Sou'Wester. ed.s'w

'A' Group 21st Nov. after lunch.

A Group November 21st

Pictures by Mike Morley

Report by Ed Sharp
Elevenses Redhill 'The Arches'
Destination : Dormansland
On Ride : Pete M, Pete B, Jake, Brian, John B, Will, Ian, Ray, Richard, Mike, Rob, Grant, Stephen, Toni. Route out, Smallfield, Lingfield, Dormansland for lunch. Weather: Fine after heavy overnight rain. Route Back, Lingfield, Blindley Heath, Smallfield, Redhill 'Wetherspoons The Sun' for tea. Home via Gatton, Chipstead, Banstead, Ewell. Distance 55miles

C Group November 21st

We had quite a few extra turn out at Kingston with such great autumn weather; sunny, not so cold as of late and just a mild breeze. I counted about fourteen on the ride led by John G. followed by Fuzz, Dave, Lynda, Beryl, Tom, Roger, Dennis, Mick and Mary on their tandem, Phil, a newcomer named Gerry (I think) and me. Our intended lunch stop was The Queens Head at Weybridge (as John said: chosen specially for my benefit bless him). After leaving Kingston over the bridge we entered the park for a pleasant ride, on well surfaced roads, leaving by the gate on the Hampton Road then into the Lower Sunbury Road.
Before reaching the turning to Walton Bridge we made a left turn ostensibly for a bit of a diversion. I was having some trouble with vision in the lowering sunlight and stated my intention to make my own way to the pub down Walton Lane and via my birthplace Thames street; a spot I can find with my eyes shut! This worked out quite well as we all arrived at our destination at the same time.
The food was good as was the beer after which I went home with less than two miles to go. Thanks John -------------------------- Albert

B Group

B group fan club (Meath Green Lane branch) were out in force today

From Redhill I led Angie, Liz, Stephanie, Bernard, Cliff, David A, Les, Mick and Norman south alongside the busy A23 Brighton Road until we could fork right to enjoy the relative peace and quiet of Pendleton Road. At Woodhatch we joined Lonesome Lane and continued south to Meath Green having noted the fan club en route. A short stretch of the A217 then we turned right to Charlwood, Russ Hill, Partridge Lane, left into Burntoak Lane past the moated Cudworth Manor to arrive at The Six Bells at Newdigate at about 1245.

I had been warned there would be others in the bars but the place was bulging with pensioners! Some were skittling in the alley but we went outside where heaters had been switched on in the smokers' covered, open area for us. This soon proved too breezy so we relocated to a conveniently empty, unheated but fairly draught-proof marquee and later moved indoors when others had moved on. The food was splendid and generous, the rather extended break ended about 1410 and we headed for Dorking via the usual lanes. Then down Pixham Lane and along the cycle track to Leatherhead where some carried straight on and some of us stopped at Annie's. After an enjoyable sunny day, although a bit breezy at times, we went our separate ways, hopefully all arriving home before the rain.

Jura News

Accommodation for 2008 French Cycling Trip

Dates : 6th May 2008 to 12th May 2008 (14th may 2008)

Due to the high demand on the Le Chalet de la Haute-Joux no rooms were available for the duration of our trip. However at their suggestion I had a meeting with Honorine Henriet at the Auberge Loisirs Le Sillet at Longcochon and I found it to be ideal for what we were looking for. They charge Euro 32.50 per person for demi pension (bed, breakfast and a traditional Jurasienne evening meal including bed-linen and towels.) All rooms have a shower, basin and toilet en-suite. The rooms I saw were double with twin beds which could either be placed side by side for couples or apart for others.
The Auberge is an ancient, traditional Jurasienne farmhouse which has been completely refurbished to modern standards. The view from the rooms I visited was stunning and, in the distance, overlooked the ancient walled city of Nozeroy which incidentally is the smallest walled city in France . Nozeroy makes an ideal destination for anyone requiring a restaurant or bar in the evening and is less than 10 minutes by bike or even less by car.
Anyone travelling by EuroStar and changing on to the TGV should alight at Frasne (pronounced Fran) which is 15Km from the Auberge (an easy cycle ride).
There is ample parking for cars and covered secure storage for bicycles.

Friday, November 16, 2007

News from Pam

Since I have been too busy to join the club rides. Goodness knows when I shall be fit enough to ride with the A group again!!!!
To-day I move out of my flat to house which is only a few streets away!
I still have a lot to do but will get there by the end of the day!!
I am told by Talktalk that it could be 5th December before I am back 'on-line'! Could you post this mail on the Blog to let all know of my move and to say that all are welcome - with a little notice for there is still some 'finishing off' to be done in the house!
Cheers to all, Pam

Thursday, November 15, 2007

B Group November 14th

Norman(swapped with Gil)led, what must be one of the largest B
Les,JohnG,Mick,Neville,PhilL,Richard,Robin and Terry to Wood Street Village. From
Weybridge via Brooklands, Byfleet, Old Woking and Smart Heath to the
Royal Oak (Wood Street) where, in spite of the large group, we received rapid
service with good food. Return via Jacobs Well,Send and Ripley to tea at
Cobham. From there we went our separate ways home

C Group November 14th

The weather was cold but sunny as we left Weybridge with Phil in the
lead. Just six of us; Phil, Beryl, Fuzz, Bill, Roger and me.
Our lunch destination was Thorpe Green, but the pub was unknown to
myself. We took the cyclepath to Addlestone, up Woburn Hill, across the dual
carriageway,under St.Peters Way via the tunnel and thus to Green Lane. We turned
left into Little Green Lane after crossing over the M25. A bit of a climb on this
road; over the Guildford Road near the hospital to join a footpath which came
out on the Chobham Road at which point we did a right and left to the
Longcross Road along which a right turn took us through Lyne. When we got to Thorpe
Road the offroad started after which we almost arrived at Egham Hythe. According
to the barmaid it was still Thorpe Green and having ordered a drink we found
they did not do food as neither did the next pub down the road. However Bill and
I had a couple of beers and he had his sandwiches. I told Phil we would see him
at Shepperton (our tea stop). The others must have taken tea some other
place since it was getting late when we left Shepperton also a bit misty. I
hope the others had a good lunch. I got stuck in as soon as I arrived home!
-------------------------- Albert

Raleigh Sprint cycle for sale

Raleigh Cycle as picture for sale, index gears, good condition, price £70. Phone 0208 393 6692 Frank Powney

From Ken Loy

I was talking to Fuzz Edwards today at the Weybridge Day Centre and we got round to reminiscing, as one does, about our early days of cycling in the late 1940s and Youth Hostelling when an overnight bed was about 7.5 pence in today's money. It seems we are the same age and started cycling at the same time. Fuzz mentioned that in his early years he had a Fenton Zip kiddies cycle side car which was a very light contraption made of plywood and bolted to a cycle or tandem frame much like a motorcycle sidecar with gaspipe steel tubing. I found some details of this sidecar on the Internet and with the photo it states that this one is possibly the last in existence today. It was purchased only a couple of years ago and needed very little restoration and is thought to be the 2nd one made by Fentons of York. The 1932 black and white photo shows a slightly different model of the Zip with a split front windscreen. The sidecar suspension appears to be 2 hinges at the back end and a coil spring under the front. Pity the baby inside. I've run these photos off for Fuzz which I'm sure will bring back some happy cycling memories. Acknowledgements to the vintage vehicle website Ken Loy

A Group November 14th

Many thanks from me to Bob for taking on the A Group lead today. A baker's dozen of us—Bob, Pete B, Pete M, Will, Toni, John B, John S, Ian A, Neil, Ed S, Rob,Vic and Julian—set off from Weybridge to the Forester's Arms at Bagshot: through Addlestone, turning right down School Lane then left to St Peter's Hospital and through the grounds, down the long, straight One Hill Road, past some amazingly ornate gates shielding enormous houses, right into Gracious Pond Road, across the M3 to Windlesham and then under the railway to Jenkins Hill and the Forester's on the A30.
The pub was welcoming, the beer good and the food tasty, plentiful and promptly brought to us in the Skittle Alley, where we talked (among many other things) about childhood illnesses and remedies (liquid paraffin for constipation, thick black treacle for throats and bacon rind for a stiff neck), the impossible burgeoning and insecurity of e-mails, the Mafia and tricycles.
Bob brought us to order and we followed a fairly similar route back to Addlestone where most people opted to carry on home while a few had tea in the Muffin Cafe. It was an excellent outing in good weather and, for me at least, opened up new territory. I clocked 48 miles from Kingston door to door—others will have done more.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Free Loan Trailer

The Child Trailer has now become available ( Due to growth of occupant) it can be borrowed as long as neccessary from Pete M 0208 394 2665

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A November 7th

Pete B kindly agreed to swap his ride today for one I couldn't manage next month. Altogether, it was 16 of us that set off from Cobham en route to South Nutfield, near Redhill. Present were Angie, Ed, Ian, Will, Pete M, Pete B, Graham, John S, Mike, Stephen, Bob, Vic, Toni, Frank C, John B and Rob. Following the well worn road due South out of Cobham, we passed Effingham Junction and Effingham Common before reaching Bookham, where Vic decided that was as far East as he wanted to go, and headed back. The route then took us uphill past Polesden Lacey, before dropping down the 20% Bagden Hill (fortunately conditions were dry underfoot), and then into Westhumble. Having crossed the A25 at Pixham Lane, we set out along the coach road towards Brockham, having been helpfully forewarned by Terry that broken glass would be a hazard, following the Bonfire Night party at Brockham. There was some broken glass, but most seemed to have been cleared by the time we got there, and we emerged puncture free. After that we headed along the lanes to Woodhatch, and then crossed the A23 by East Surrey Hospital. From there it was a pleasant spin past Redhill Aerodrome into South Nutfield, where the Station Hotel provided reasonably priced food in pretty good time. After lunch, there was a brisk climb up Coopers Hill Road onto the A25 ridge, then a drop down into Merstham, before another climb up to Fanny's Farm for tea, well I thought it was a climb but 'fixed wheel Frank' seemed to hardly notice. I clocked 45 miles in total. Rob

B Group Nov 7th

No less than 17 of us set out from Cobham. We even had a hanger on from the A group in the elegant shape of Julian! I failed to get all the names, so rather than admit to the ones I don't know/can't remember I'll not give any!
We sped to Pyrford lock with one small hitch, several people with clean bikes refused the track I had chosen. (described on the OS map as "other road drive or track"). A small detour down the A3 got us back on my route.
Then it was tow path for a long way. Along the Wey Navigation to the river and then all the way along the river almost to Richmond Bridge where we turned at River Lane into Petersham. Lunch for most of us (I'm not sure why some didn't come) was at The Edge at Hampton Court which has a nice view over the river, tea at the Garden Centre in Petersham - beetroot cake - lovely! The tow path was not to everyone's liking: some did like the freedom from traffic and the lovely autumn colours, some disliked the bumpy bits. From Petersham into Richmond Park where we stayed off the roads, out through Kingston Gate and thence back to North Cheam. 46 miles.

C Group Nov 7th

'C' group report of ride by Lynda Albert was telling me at Cobham that he had a mishap on the way to 11's. A learner driver was going round the same roundabout as him, but wanted the 2nd exit, whereas Albert wanted the 3rd. Result being that Albert was knocked off his bike. Only minor scratches, so a lucky escape. I led 'C' group from the British Legion Hall. Fuzz, Bill, Roger, Beryl, John, Lisa, Jono, another Bill and Dennis part way. It seems Albert did start to come with us, only was stuck in traffic soon after leaving 11's. ( As I found out from a phone call later on in the ride). We headed for Blackhills along the old A3 and then through Arbrook Common. The autumn colours were lovely. We went thro' Claygate to Hook, Chessington and Green Lanes in Ewell. We went over the bridges in Bourne Hall park, which made an interesting twist to the ride before reaching The Green Man. Sonia, Susie and Harold joined us there for lunch. The food was good and reasonable, but we had a rather long wait. After lunch we went round the back roads to the Kings Day Centre in Chessington for afternoon tea and cakes. After a leisurely tea stop, Fuzz, Lisa and Jono made their way to Chessington South station. As Beryl unlocked her bike, she noticed her back wheel had a puncture. Luckily, Roger was there to save the day! Another good, dry day of cycling. I did notice that we needed lights before 4.30pm. Winter is coming.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Vic's Ride Oct 31st

31st October Group”A” Ride. Surrey Cycle Guides 1&2
We left Shepperton at11.10, for Chertsey Bridge, St Anne’s Hill, Ruxbury Road,Lyne Crossing Road,Trumps Green,Chobham Common to Windlesham, Bagshot, across A30 to College Ride and a taste of the old Bagshot Scramble course. There was a quick photocall in Bracknell Road, the continuation of College Ride to re-cross A30 to lunch in yet another Wetherspoon’s in Camberley High Street by 12.43 John S. had to leave us to get back for Hallow’een. The rest of us waiting at the level crossing for the London train to leave had a Schadenfreude moment watching him try to cross the pedestrian bridge to the correct platform in time. Then, Upper Park Road, Church Hill & Crawley Hill to the M3 fly-over. Youlden Drive led us to The Maultway , a long descent on Red Road which had Frank C. twiddling his legs off ,then West End to Chobham,Stonehill Road, Holloway Hill, Chertsey and Shepperton for tea ,at 3.00 p.m. exactly. The Group photograph was posed in front of the TV Relay Mast on Bagshot Heath, which is tall enough to be visible from Staples Lane (on the bearing of 320°) 12 miles away.

A Response

A response

We live in a world where there are at least two sides to each story. It is a fact of our life as we know it that our lives consist of shades opposites: good, bad; up, down; right, wrong; good, evil; until such time as we get to understand the unity at the core of everything.

Last week, for the third time in a row, Mike Morley managed to miss the time when the A team left. He therefore went with the B team. His write up following this reflected the fact that he thought he ought to have been included in the A team’s ride.

On the other hand, the leader of the A team was concerned that the ride that he had planned was a long one and one that needed to have sufficient daylight to complete it in. He said that he’d warned all the A team riders that he was intending to leave promptly and this is what he did.

In a universe of shades of opposites we are all subject to issues such as these: leaving very promptly on the one hand (being quick), taking time out to talk to other people on the other (being slower). No one is right, no one is wrong. We are just living as we choose, hopefully taking as much trouble as we can to help one another.

In Mike’s case, he is the editor of the ‘Sou’Wester’ and as such needs to be in touch with other cyclists to ensure that the next edition has some content. He is therefore not simply turning up for the rides but needs to speak to people as part of the role he has undertaken.

I would make a plea for us all to be aware of the needs of others so far as we can and to co-operate in the smooth running of the Wayfarers’ meetings.

We are unlikely to get it right all the time and so to please everyone but we can all do our best to do this.

Stephen Cox

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Jura Form

Jura update

I have had several requests to adjust the dates of the proposed Jura trip next year. The only period that suits my plans for the year are Tuesday 6th May to Sunday 11th May (travelling back to the UK on Monday the 12th May 2008). Even if it was possible to slip the event into late June the weather would be too uncomfortably hot to cycle all day.

Please let me know before my next visit to France on the 15th November 2007 (vis that is by the 14th November 2007) if you can make these dates and additionally I would appreciate you returning my form given out on the 31st November 2007 at Shepperton together with your deposits of £30 so that I can reserve the accommodation.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

'A' Group Autmn 31st Oct

En route to Camberley

Wednesday Haloween Basingstoke Canal

A fine and interesting ride down by the canal with autumn colours. Two pictures at one of the locks and Beryl and the serving wenches (ladies) at Shepperton.

Golden Beeches

Terry and I, amazed ourselves by winning the quiz at the South Bucks DA Golden Beeches weekend. The photo shows Terry and I being presented with our fantastic prizes, ever to be treasured, by the incomparable and very lovable (if Roger will forgive me) Chair of Council, Jill Kieran. See also Pete's article on the SWLDA Blog along with more pictures from me.

B Group Oct 31st

After a latish start from Shepperton I led a large group over Walton
bridge thence to Weybridge and Addlestone to Hardwick Lane where I
stopped to warn our destination we were coming. Soon we turned left
into the quiet, deserted Lyne Road, emerging at Trumps Green to
continue up Trumps Green Road, soon turning left into Kitsmead Lane.
It was very quiet and colourful riding along Accommodation Road,
Stonehill Road, Old Chertsey Road and Philpot Lane heading towards
lunch at The Plough at Horsell. They advise 'We don't serve fast
food, we serve good food as fast as we can' and that was the case
today. We then headed south, soon found the Basingstoke Canal and
rode along the towpath, eventually leaving it at Scotland Bridge,
Byfleet, after a photo-stop at a footbridge. Through West Byfleet,
past Pyrford Lock, over the A3 via the footbridge at Wisley, we
arrived at Ockham Bites about 10 minutes before closing time, after
which we went our separate ways. A very pleasant day, wonderful
autumn colours and dry, mild conditions - pretty good for this time
of year.


Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Another "A" ride missed

Thanks Vic (if you read this) another wonderful ride, or at least it would have been if you had assembled all your keen followers B4 departure. I know that I'm very bad at being ready to go promptly at 11am but I retired 2 years ago to relax and enjoy life and its company. Sadly today a number of people were left behind especially Toni De who had expressly wanted to go on the ride and had agreed at eleven's when shaking hands with you that he was looking forward to it. I know that we are not children but so many adults got left behind today, like Frank, Richard, Bernard, Graham, Irene, and a few others who's names I don't recall. "A" groups loss was "B" groups gain but in practical terms we ended up with a large group of well over 2o riders causing some congestion on the road at times. No hard feeling as such but it is strange that so many got left behind. Can I appeal to rides leaders to look after their sheep especially in these times of foot and mouth.
To Terry I say a wonderful ride I will put some photo's on the Blog 2moro when I have downloaded from my camera. Have been too busy 2nite dealing with the young children knocking on my door for trick or treat. A whole bowl full of sweets gone and non for me!
Happy riding everyone.
P.S. I need some small contributions for the next issue of Sou'Wester if anyone can oblige, due date 28 Nov.

C Group Oct 31st

We had a very good turnout this week at Shepperton. Warm weather with sun and very light breeze. Ron led the ride with Lynda, Beryl, Roger, Fuzz, Dave, Bill, Dennis and a newcomer, John Barrett plus yours truly en route to The Albion pub (new to me) at Hampton Court. We started off from elevenses by a nearby footpath and quiet offroad until I recognised we were crossing Walton bridge. At The Swan we joined the towpath for the remainder of what was a most enjoyable ride to a pub I would recommend to your good self, gentle reader (as they used to say) It became a bit overcast but still quite warm and the intention was to take tea at Claygate so I bade the others farewell and legged it for home. A little under 20 miles, but enough for these old bones. See you at Cobham next week ------------ Albert.

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

From John Scott

I will be going out to France on the 15th November 2007 and will be meeting with the staff of the Chalet de Haute Joux at Cerniebaud during the weekend to make room reservations for our trip. It is imperative that I know who would like to attend no later than Wednesday 14th November 2007 as the Chalet is a very popular destination in this beautiful region of France .
Thank you. John Scott

Thursday, October 25, 2007

C Group Oct 24th

Ten of us left Elleray Hall with Ron leading; Fuzz, Bill, Dave. Phil, Roger, Tom, Alan, John and myself en route for The New Inn at Ham. The weather was rather cold but dry with a light breeze but we did see the sun from time to time. Beryl and Dennis took their own route to the venue. At the end of Middle Lane we then entered Bushy Park where Alan left us during a pretty extensive tour before leaving via Hampton Wick gate. Ron has an extensive knowledge of several offroad routes so all I can report is that we eventually crossed the river at Teddington Lock with a fair bit of dismounting over the newly painted bridge. A fine sight with the sound of the water rushing over the weir. For the benefit of those not in the know (few I imagine) this is beyond where the Thames becomes tidal.
Phil left us at one point and we had quite a lot of offroad before getting to the pub. The food was good and served promptly after which tea was to be at Claygate. We went via Kingston and along the river to Hampton Court. Having had quite a ride with a fair bit ahead I bade the others farewell at Hampton Court bridge and headed for home. Thanks Ron,it was a good day but 34 miles must be about my limit! ------------------- Albert

B Group Oct 19th

(Norman Goody sent on 19 Oct 2007)

7 riders, Stephanie, John G, Les, Neil,Phil L, Terry led by Norman.
Down Burntwood round Caterham roundabout towards Woldingham right into and through Marden Park to A25 left towards Westerham. Right at first roundabout down Tandridge Lane left into Southlands Rd. Right at T-junction staggered x-road on Lingfield Common Rd and on to Lingfield for lunch at the Greyhound. After lunch to Newchapel through Horne to Smallfield cross M23 to Redhill to A23 up Rocky Lane avoiding heavy traffic up Markedge to Fanny's Farm for tea. On leaving FF I found I had got a puncture the rest went on their way. Found a flint in the tyre replaced the tube and finished a sunny day's ride enjoyed by all. Norman

B Group Oct 24th

B Ride report 24 October 2007 Eighteen of us left Elleray Hall in Teddington, and crossed through Bushey Park and the back streets of Hampton to emerge onto Lower Sunbury Road where we were joined by Mike, who had failed to find A group. Having crossed Walton Bridge, and detoured onto Desborough Island, we apparently, as the back-markers were indignantly told by locals, trespassed onto private (though unmarked as such) paths and roads, once between Weybridge and Addlestone, and again in Chertsey. After lunch at the Stag and Hounds in Virginia Water, we passed through Staines and Laleham. Just before Shepperton, we turned North to go through Littleton, and on to Charlton and Upper Halliford, whence we took a good quality one mile track to our tea stop at Sunbury. Estimated round trip distance from North Cheam was about 50 miles. John Gould

A Group Oct 24th

‘A’ team trip today to Hayes Not a long ride today although the weather was bright if not warm. The leader didn’t get it right. He thought he had got all those interested in the ride in his sights when he went off but he later discovered that a couple: Pete M and Mike M were a bit behindhand and didn’t in fact join the group. Apologies to those concerned. We set off from Teddington going through Twickenham and on the tow path to Richmond Bridge . From there we kept to the north bank and went on to Old Isleworth and the splendours of Syon Park before joining the Grand Union Canal and making our way up it to Hayes in Middlesex where we stopped for lunch at – you’ve probably guessed it – a Wetherspoons establishment. For the return trip we took off back down the canal for a bit before turning off and making our way across the M4 and into Osterley Park , then on to Richmond and back through side roads into a side gate to Richmond Park for tea down at the golf course end where we met up with Pete M. Although the trip was a bit on the short side I think that it was generally a quiet route and enjoyed by all who went on it. Stephen Cox 24th October 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lunch with Albert

Thanks to Lynda for her report. Being wednesday I at least needed a bit of a ride so kept my hospital appointment by getting a few miles in and rode to Ashford Hospital instead of the free bus pickup offered. By the time I reached Laleham on my return, I stopped for a pint and some lunch at a very nice old inn and while consuming the former and waiting for the latter, a couple of cyclists whom I recognised entered and said they had seen my bike outside. They were Frank and Judy, usually with `A` group, out together and joined me at table. See you at Elleray Hall next week ------- Albert

Chaldon Church

Another try at a picture.

Much history in the church including a Fresco painted in 1170 - 1200AD

The A+B group on a photo stop enroute to Caterham and Knockholt.