Wednesday, April 25, 2012
High winds and torrential rain today, with a consequently limited turn-out at Dorking. Seven all told (and I had come by car). We sat and chatted until lunch-time and then went to the Royal Oak, Brockham. On the way we enjoyed the heaviest rain of the day, with a side-dish of hail.
If this drought persists we shall all develop webbed feet.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Despite this, Rob, Peter Betts, Dave, Ged, John B, Mark and myself set off on our longer-than-usual ride, accompanied for the first few miles by Pete Barnard who later went off to recce another route. The idea was seeded by Vic's recent encouragement to visit different places, further afield; catching the train back so we could avoid crowds(!) of people trying to catch the same train out to 11's. In the event, crowds were not a problem. We went via Foxhills to Chobam, Knaphill and Pirbright, then over Tunnel Hill and Mytchett to Ash, where Greyhound had a special offer on a curry and a drink, and we narrowly missed a heavy downpour.
Emerging to sunshine, we paid a short cultural visit to the Hog's Back brewery, then from Tongham to Runfold and more or less south to Tilford. John's cape was acting as a sail in the strong southerly wind so this was quite a challenge for him. Thence across to Millbridge and Frensham: beautiful countryside on a nice day and not bad in the rain; through the Alice Holt forest and due west to Binsted and Alton, where we had tea and impressive cakes in Poppins cafe with 40 miles on the clock, after which John left us for home. The route to seemed to be blocked by a large hill, but this was overcome by cake-power, then it was plain sailing through Alresford and along a tiny lane between two streams, taking us almost to Winchester. Just as the end was in sight, Mark punctured: it appeared that a large flint (perhaps a neolithic arrow-head?) had got into his tyre.
We arrived around 6pm, wet, tired, thirsty and happy, for another cultural visit to The Eclipse Inn, which dates from about 1540 and was originally used by pilgrims to the nearby shrine of St Swithun, and is haunted by the ghost of Lady Alicia Lisle.
Many thanks to Dave for acting as back marker, and to all who came, for your company.
12 Hardy souls set out from Weybridge all looking like “deep sea divers” to Chertsey Bridge, tow path to Staines then down what's left of the “old Moor Lane” which in the good old days was a 10 mile Time Trial course, but with the needs of more and more motorways was duly built over for the car park known as the M25. On to Horton and Datchet to the “Royal Stag”where they were expecting us . Lunch over we split into 2 groups the roughie toughies 6 in all then departed to go hostelling for 3 days and the rest back through Old Windsor to Shepperton bakery for a ready cup of tea. Thank you one and all who braved the elements.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Oh yes, and the Muck Spreaders' trophies
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
After a satisfactory but time-consuming lunch we set off, realising we couldn't reach my no.1 choice for 3s - Redhill Airfield cafe, since they close promptly at 3. Turning right into Peeks Brook Lane after crossing the M23 at Shipley Bridge we passed the site of Thunderfield Castle (the moat remains) and joined the B2036 to Horley. Heading north on Meath Green Lane and after admiring the teddies we were obliged to stop and don waterproofs. Continuing along the appropriately named Lonesome Lane ( with a nice display of bluebells) we had almost dried out by the time we reached Reigate Garden Centre for a welcome break. Afterwards most replaced waterproofs and made for Dorking and the Gap (Liz bravely chose Pebble Hill).
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Venues for Wednesday's ride are not as clear as they might be in the March/April Sou'Wester. Although I'm sure that most will know, the Redhill Methodist Centre is in Gloucester Road. The post codes are correct.
The venue for the Easy Riders is indeed School Road - at the Molesey DC. The two addresses somehow merged in the printing!
Monday, April 09, 2012
Friday, April 06, 2012
Thursday, April 05, 2012
So a merry bunch set off from Cobham RBL hall down Downside Bridge rd with a right into Plough lane, across Old lane and into Ockham lane and a right across Wisley airfield and over the footbridge into Wisley lane and passed Pyrford lock and onto Pyrford. The weather forecast had been for showers but although there was a chill in the air the Sun shone warmly.
On down Papercourt lane and on to Send and a right turn into Send Barns lane and across the A3 and a left right into Tythebarns lane and a right into Ripley road. I took Back lane in The St then right again into the Old Epsom road for a brief stop to look at the marvelous fence made completely from tools. We were headed to the Vineries Garden centre for a non-alcoholic lunch, a real change for the “A”s! To workup an appetite we headed over the A246 Epsom road and up Staple lane which slowed the pace. Left at the end into Combe and onto Green Dene for a fast descent all the way back to the A246. Needless to say at this point the fast desenders took off! But we regrouped at the junction. A left took us Dirtham Lane and into Effingham and lunch.
Service at the Vineries is somewhat spasmodic but the food is excellent and well priced. Halfway through lunch two “A” group tailenders arrived after claiming to have added a few more hills (they actually stopped for a comfort break and dropped off the back).
Rain clouds were threatening and the sky was very overcast. For afternoon tea I planned to take the group to Chessington Nurseries, a new venue for tea and close to home for many. We set off passed Bookham station and across Bookham common with a right turn across country at Pump cottages and into Tilt road. A left into Stoke road and right bought us to Oxshot and Birdshill rise and onto the B280 to Chessington and tea. A very nice venue and a great choice of cake, I thought I was at a cake eating contest the way the group tucked in. The clouds were still threatening rain and I had 13 miles to home but with just a few drops I made it home without a soaking.