Friday, March 30, 2012
The distance is more than usual but I don't plan to make it a race, so we'll stop for tea in Alton before riding to Winchester, arriving around 6.30, where I'm told they have pubs and many other sightseeing opportunities, as well as a station with frequent trains to Woking, Clapham Junction etc, so getting home shouldn't be a problem so long as we don't all travel on the same one.
Total distance is around 56 miles: 20 miles from elevenses at Weybridge to lunch; about 17 to Alton and then just under 20 to Winchester. I hope you will join us! Simon.
Fortunately, further checking revealed that while the stops might be the same my Rural Ramble used very little of the road followed by Frank last week. Panic over and I was able to enjoy cloudless weekend walking the Lakeland fells.
So to this weeks outing: 20 of us from Shepperton to Chertsey, along the Thames to Staines, A30 to Egham and up Tite Hill - the only hill on an otherwise pancake flat ride. From the top a magnificent swooping descent down Crimp Hill, skirting Old Windsor and over the river to Datchet then east through the reservoirs before diving off road where we discovered that the mud and soft sand found on my rekkie had set like concrete so we had a bone shaking mile from the Bath Road before picking up Accommodation lane and on to the 5 Bells at Harmondsworth.
A pleasant lunch in the pub garden enjoying the sun and lack of aircraft noise - amazing to be so close to Heathrow and yet feel way out in the countryside.
Then North to pick up the Grand Union - again a bit of a bumpy ride in parts! - to Brentford and along the river to Orleans House for Tea (thanks to Pete B for that suggestion) then all splitting for home.
55 miles door to door for me.
As the village dates back about a thousand years, there should not have been too many changes in the past five years, though I would not be too sanguine about its future over the next 1,000 years. Perhaps the oil will run out and ground the aircraft before it is flattened for another runway or two, in the wake of our new light-touch planning regulations. We know what we inherited from light-touch banking regulations. But where should the runways be, other than somewhere else? Perhaps the Tithe Barn might make a wonderful venue for heavy metal rock concerts, to drown out the sound of aircraft 24 hours a day. There must be a host of possibilities.
If you are mildly interested in the history, both ancient and modern, of Harmondsworth Village, click on the link:
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Top picture the master Veterans on their Tandem Trike.
2nd Picture Godfrey in repair while David and Angie look on in despair.
3rdly a local caught riding on the footpath from which the MWW are banned. I counted at least 3 locals riding by during Godfrey's demise much to my surprise!
Monday, March 26, 2012
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
We seek him here, we seek him there...
The Tithe Barn at Harmondsworth, owned since January 2012 by
English Heritage and now inaccessible. BUT Pete B advises that
it will be open 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month April - October 10am
to 5pm - admission free.
Through the Market Place and over the bridge along Sandy Lane, we enter Bushy Park, Teddington end, we exited at Hampton High Street, along Hanworth Road, using the very spiral cycle facility over the A316 passing Hanworth Park on our right.
Through Feltham, over the level crossing and along Bedfont Road, crossing the A30, then through Stanwell, but at Stanwell Moore we as a group didn’t use the awful suggested cycle route but used the roundabout over the M25 with total safety.
Then Poyle, Colnbrook and crossing the A4 at Brands Hill, along Sutton Lane to Richings Park, Thorney, West Drayton and into Harmondsworth from the north.
Although The Five Bells were contacted on our number and ETA the service started well but I think the chef must have been fatigued as the service rather deteriorated, although the helpings were very generous.
After a pleasant lunch in the garden it was a Northerly route round Heathrow through Sipson, Harlington, Cranford, Heston, Osterley Park, Spring Grove, Isleworth and along the Tow Path of the Thames to Richmond for tea at the café under the bridge and once again sitting out in glorious sunshine.It was noted that from lunch to tea we encountered just two sets of traffic lights.
The first day of spring and nary a smile to be seen. Frank, what have you done to them?
My mileage for the day was 55 but those living south probably recorded a few more.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Our route was a mixture of off- and on-road, the off-road giving us a chance to get away from the traffic and enjoy the sound of the birds. Starting off across Kingston Bridge, we followed the towpath to Hampton Court, crossed into Molesey and along Ember Lane south to the Portsmouth Road. Here we cycled across Littleworth Common and followed Oaken Lane to Claygate where we joined the familiar route on- and then off-road to Fairoak Lane. Turning in the direction of Oxshott, we soon turned right into Stokesheath Lane. It was along here that the decision was taken to split the party, with Norman kindly volunteering to lead a small group to the Running Mare pub at the Tilt while the main group continued according to plan to The Cricketers via Sandy Lane and Water Lane to Stoke D'Abernon, and finally across to Downside. It was a perfect day for sitting out in the garden area of the pub and tables had been reserved for us outside. Apologies to Les who ended up having to race through his meal after being the last to be served!
As we set off after lunch, having been joined by only a few from the other pub and others having left, I counted 22 in the group. Our route now was over to Ockham Lane, across the Wisley Airstrip to Wisley, Pyrford Lock and up to West Byfleet where we joined the Basingstoke Canal and then the Wey Navigation, coming off at New Haw. From here it was through Addlestone to Chertsey Meads and thence into Shepperton where those wishing to partake of tea turned off to go to Squire's while the rest headed home. There were 11 of us at tea, happily sitting in the sun with no-one seeming to be in a hurry to leave. Thanks to Pam and Irene for being back-markers.
|In the Kingston Bradbury Centre then the Cricketers in Downside for lunch|
|OS map of Gill's route, in two parts|
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The return journey was the standard route back, via Newdigate, Henfold, Denbies, Leatherhead and on to Ashtead Park Garden Centre, where 8 of us enjoyed afternoon tea, again outside.
A round trip of 50 miles for me and Françoise. I understand that Pam, Gill and Irene clocked above 70 miles!
31 miles from Elevenses to Tea:
|The morning part of Frank's ride to Capel and part of the afternoon route to Ashtead as far as Dorking|
|The last leg of the afternoon ride to the Ashtead Garden Centre|
|Lunch at The Crown in Capel|
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Nine A's set off in pouring rain across the Tilt and up Blundel Lane to Oxshott. The track from Fairoak Lane to Claygate was quite rideable despite the conditions and so it was in through Hook and Chessington to take the newly surfaced and now all weather path along the Bonesgate towards Tolworth.
Sticking to roads and tarmac paths we zigzagged back along the Hogsmill to enter Ewell along Meadow Path and then into Nonsuch Park. Here, with excellent timing, we caught up with the B's just in time to get to Prezzo's at Cheam for the Anniversary Lunch.
Many thanks to Lynda for organizing another excellent do.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Please support this annual social event of the year. It is the highlight of the South West London CTC member group year with great food and lots of fun for young and old. Tickets from Simon & Jen Mitchell, Mike Morley 01737 816160 your rides secretary or any committee member. The results of the photo competition will be on display.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
- Linda for making the arrangements
- our ride leaders, the unsung heroes who keep us on the right road
- the back-room boys and girls who quietly do all the organising
- all the MWW members who make the Club such fun