Sunday, September 29, 2019

B Ride 2nd October




We are off to the Dolphin in Bletchworth this coming week and on the way, we will be going up and down some hills. The steeper climbs are Hogden Lane up to the top of Ranmore and Punchbowl Lane the other side of Dorking. In the afternoon we have a short stretch of off road across Blecthworth golf course, no hills worth mentioning and tea at Garsons, Esher.

The pub has asked me to let them know what we require for lunch, so I have attached a menu for your selections. I do need to let them know our orders by Tuesday night so please let me know by email or phone. 

Many thanks, Ray Youlden  ryoulden@virginmedia.com or 01932 225930


Friday, September 27, 2019

Easy Riders - 25th September

Rain delayed our start from West Molesey so we had a short ride to Hampton Court, followed the Thames path to Kingston and six of us stopped for lunch at the Wytch Elm. After lunch we rode round to Ham Gate, across Richmond Park and dispersed for various reasons on the other side. Not exactly memorable but at least we aired our legs.

John

A-group ride to Lingfield - 25 September

The forecast had not been good but eight A-group riders arrived at Redhill, some avoiding getting wet more successfully than others.

Shortly after 11.00 the compact peloton left to try and dodge the showers. We rode past the hospital and the aerodrome before crossing the farm tracks to climb Tilburstow Hill. Then further east to Holland ( No, not that one, the one just south of Oxted.) Next we turned south and headed for The Greyhound at Lingfield. Here we were joined by John (who had had a morning full of (mis)adventures which had required a new tyre to resolve) and Mark.



After lunch we turned into the wind and rode to Denbies via Smallfield, Salfords and Betchworth.

 
Thanks to Janice for backmarking and the photo.

Look! Only one Hill

Thursday, September 26, 2019

An Art Exhibition


Liz and two friends will be exhibiting their creations at the Fountain Gallery in October  and will be very pleased to see everyone.

Open every day from Tuesday 1st to Sunday 13th October, (except Mondays), from 11am to 5pm.





B Group - 25th September

Seven made it to Redhill for tea and buns; the weather forecast was good for the day.

From Redhill we headed south east over to Outwood then south towards Tinsley Green and made our way around the perimeter road at the end of the Gatwick runway where we had a little photo stop.

Then on to the Six Bells at Newdigate via Russ Hill. A very nice lunch was had by all.

Then the usual way home via Pixham Lane with a tea stop in Leatherhead.

~ Pete B




















Pete's ride had a few hills but not too many







Tuesday, September 24, 2019

B Group from Redhill - 25 September

 Newdigate

Pete Beyer will be leading tomorrow's ride from Redhill. He has provided the following brief outline:

The route will be via Smallfield, then south of LGW for lunch in Newdigate, at the Six Bells. Prior menu choice not required. The afternoon ride is expected to terminate for tea at Denbies, where there might be some intermingling with the A Group.

Weather prospects, like the outlook for UKPLC, seem rather unsettled, so do not forget to tuck your shower cap into your back pocket. You may be relieved to hear that no off-road is planned.

Jeff
p.p. P.B.

Monday, September 23, 2019

A Group from Redhill - 25 September

I was hoping to lead you all to "The Old House at Home" in Dormansland but unfortunately they no longer open at lunchtime on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday! So we're off to "The Greyhound" in Lingfield instead.

The route will depend on the weather but will probably include the ascent of Tilburstow Hill and be about 22 miles to lunch.

Tea will be at Denbies or Pilgrim Cycles, again weather dependent.

Bring a smile, and your waterproofs, and hope for the best.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Easy Riders - 18th September

It struck me yet again at Walton that I am very fortunate to belong to and be with a group of people who are so sociable and friendly despite our disparity in cycling abilities. Perhaps the people of the world would be a happier if they all cycled. To quote H G Wells: "Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the human race". He had got something there.

Our epic ride took us through the Walton Bridge car park onto the pleasant pathway to Weybridge from where we climbed Woburn Hill and took various paths to Chertsey Bridge. At that point we all thought it a good idea to go to Thames Court for lunch so we did. Afterwards we went straight through Shepperton, along Old Charlton Road and over the M3 using the bridge with the spiral pathways at both ends. Then through Upper Halliford, Sunbury, Hampton Court and Thames Ditton where the group were shown the route to the miniature railway in Claygate Lane. Several had seen it from a railway carriage but were uncertain how to get there. The volunteers who run it drive the trains on the first Sunday of each month between Easter and October although they have a special Christmas open day but this is nearly sold out. Tea for six of us was at Squires, Long Ditton.

John

A group 18 Sept - The Milk Churn, Rudgwick

Cool air, hot sun: a perfect Autumn day.  Technicolour trees, just beginning to turn yellow and brown.  Only this wasn't a technicolour representation, it was the real thing, in 3D, with fresh air, sounds and a full-body physical experience to go with it.  You'd pay a lot in a cinema for that, but we had somehow managed to get in free.  Reasonably priced food and drink too.  As a consequence, there were loads of riders at Walton for elevenses, including 18 A group riders.   We were pleased to welcome new rider Sebastian, who regularly rides with Hans, Mike and Trevor on a Saturday.

It was a ride of two halves.   First, we wanted to stake our claim on Muddy Lane, previously a footpath but recently reclassified as a bridleway following a long campaign.  It wasn't muddy, and it definitely wasn't a lane, still being equipped with serious gates at either end to enforce its previous existence as a footpath, and with nettles and brambles making it only just comfortable to ride along - but this will change as the council implement the decision.   We picked our way past the sewage works - it's not a beautiful lane, but it is an important way through from Weybridge to Wisley and Pyrford Lock, so I think it will get considerable use once properly open.

The second half of the ride involved hills - not many, but the ascent of Hungry Hill, Staple Lane and then Pitch Hill filled our senses for quite a while.   Keith had the bonus experience of a puncture, so a small group stayed with him while the rest of us continued on to Ewhurst and enjoyed standing around in the sunshine, outside the pub, but not the one we were going to.   It was lunchtime but we still had a few miles to go.

The third half, in fact the rest of the ride, was through the undulating lanes south of the hills.  We followed the sun directly south to Rudgwick and arrived at the sunny and busy cafe, the Milk Churn.   It's a sort of farm cafe, specialising in cheese on toast, with cheese made locally from their own cows.  A big queue to order raised concerns about how long we take over lunch, but they have an efficient system and after apologising for a potential delay, in fact the food came out pretty quickly, and just gave us enough time to visit the Firebird brewery across the way and buy a pint.

Say "Cheese"

26 miles down and still 20 to go to tea.  It was quite a quick ride to tea - apologies for that, but I blame Janice and Patrick, who were sitting just behind me chatting away as if they were out on a social ride.  Honestly!  There was also the odd mini-breakaway with Steve and Patrick pushing the pace a bit further.  Hans and Sebastian had to leave after lunch, and Ken made his own way home shortly afterwards (probably over Leith Hill).  Keith had a recurrence of his puncture and Neil stopped to give him plenty of helpful advice (according to Neil, that is).

All the roads seemed remarkably quiet today, and a succession of corner markers made the ride flow well, especially Neil, Janice, Neil, Ged, Neil again, and several others.   A nice ride up Weare Street to Newdigate, and then through Parkgate to Brockham, where we arrived in plenty of time to sit outside in a puddle of sweat (or was that just me?) enjoying tea, cake and good company.   Priceless.

Thanks to Pete Beyer and the Cheam & Morden section for introducing me to the Milk Churn cafe, thank you all for your company, and special thanks to Mike Reynell for back-marking.


PS.  On the return from tea, Mike R also suffered a puncture in Ashtead common - a cut in the sidewall of his (tubeless) tyre which didn't want to self-heal, so a tube had to be put in to fix it.

B Group - 18th September

What a glorious September day!  The good weather certainly brought out the cyclists and it was a group of 26, which set out from Walton this morning.  Our destination was Windsor and the route was via Shepperton, Chertsey (where we had a minor setback when we found the off-road Ferry Lane was closed off), Thorpe, Thorpe Green,  
Surrey Cycleway across to Stroude Road and so to Egham.  Here we met the one major climb of the day, Middle Hill, up to Englefield Green. Turning into Bond Street we now cut across on an undulating road to Wick Lane and into Savill Gardens.  This led into Windsor Great Park with its trees, open grassy areas and views to Windsor Castle.  We left by Rangers Gate and continued through parkland.  On the other side we followed Route 4 signs into Vansittart Street and the Vansittart Arms. 

The publican and a cheery lady with a strong Scottish accent took our orders quickly at the bar and meals soon started coming out into the garden where most of us were sitting in the sun.  Everyone commented on the good food and we were ready to leave by 2.30 p.m. having arrived at 1.15 p.m. - not bad for the numbers (23 eating) even if it was a bit of a wait for the last to be served!

The return route took us into Windsor, along a shady cycle path with views of the river.  We dropped 3 riders off at the Eton and Riverside railway station and continued on to Datchet, Wraysbury and Staines where we took the towpath to Chertsey Bridge.  Shepperton Lock was the tea stop and a group of 17 of us rounded off the ride around 3 tables, with most able to enjoy the warmth of the evening sunshine - the nearby trees are casting long shadows now.

Thanks to everyone for coming, to all the willing corner markers and to Ray Y. for back-marking.  What a difference a sunny day makes to everyone's enjoyment!  All in all, a great day!


Gill Finlay






Pam's photo: Leaving Shepperton Lock after Tea


Monday, September 16, 2019

A Group ride 18 Sept

We shall be going to The Milk Churn cafĂ© at Rudgwick this Wednesday, the traditional route via Pitch Hill, which many people love for its long and gentle characteristics, especially on the way down.  Alas, The Milk Churn is not a pub, but lucky for us the Firebird Brewery is on the same site, and has a bar.  There is a short bit of off-road as we will detour via Muddy Lane, which has now been designated a bridleway (hurray!).   Tea at Brockham, or possibly Strood Green depending on how long and gentle we were on Pitch Hill.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Ripley Cycle Jumble - Saturday Sept 21st

VCC Cycle Jumble

Ripley Village Hall, Portsmouth Road, Ripley, GU23 6AF

Buyers: 09.00 entry £1, before 09.00 £5

Contact: John Lattimore 01932 247614
Email j.lattimore (at) sky.com


~ Vic

(If you've never been - you really should experience it! - Simon)

The Kennet Avon Canal


Having just completed this escapade, I thought that I would share with you my experiences in case you would also like to undertake it. The following is therefore a summary of what a friend and I found along the way and a bit about the route.

Day One
We started at Reading Station on Monday and took the train to Bristol Temple Meads. The train service was good with all of the staff being most helpful when travelling with bikes. On arrival at Bristol, a search of my lovely new panniers revealed that I had left the map and route behind! So we started out by leaving the station the wrong way, but by going clockwise around the station we found the start of the route, just behind the station at a new bridge that was that went across the river. Next time, as well as remembering a map, I need to remember to turn left through an arch out side of the station, a whole lot easier and quicker and leads directly to the bridge. We now found ourselves on cycle route NCN4 to Bath. It was well signposted from just before the bridge and was traffic free apart from the first 100 metres. From now on it was the case of looking out for signs on any lamppost, street furniture or what ever else was convenient to stick a sign on. Once on this super highway for bikes and walkers we found that you had to be alert, as the number of bikes using this route within the Bristol area meant stopping or sudden course variations could easily result in a pile up. Be warned that they take no prisoners and overtake without warning.

Once out of town the views were fantastic and well worth stopping for some photos. We stopped for lunch at the George Inn, at around 13.30 close to Bathhampton and a hour later we were on our way again to our over night stop at Bradford on Avon. On the way we had two aqueducts to admire at Dundas and Avoncliff. Dundas is the more interesting of the two being more ornate and having a junction of a canal that runs to Monkton Combe. There are also remnants of a stop lock that used to take payment from those using it (like a toll bridge). This meant that there were originally weighing stations and wharfs located here, most of which have been preserved. The Avoncliff aqueduct felt a lot planer with no wharfs or mooring for the boats using it. The railway also uses both aqueducts with additional arches being added to the structure. At Dundas this involved keeping the same, original look but at Avoncliff a much more utilitarian arch was constructed.

Our next stop was Bradford on Avon which turned out to be a very picturesque place and we enjoyed walking around the town and is a must stop location. We stayed at the Wharfinger House, which is a grade 2 listed building, had storage for our bikes in the cellar (entrance via a side door which was then locked) and situated on the canal that suited us well. That evening we ate in the Canal Tavern, which served good beer, Wadworths 6X, but mediocre food. I feel that one of the other pubs in the area would have been better. 

Day Two
We started riding in a light drizzle, which stayed with us for most of the morning.
After approximately 12 miles we reached another of the highlights of our trip, Caen Locks. This is a series of sixteen staircase locks that run up Caen Hill and into Devizes and is well worth a visit. At the top, we stopped for tea and made the decision not to follow route NCN4 but to follow the canal instead. This route would ideally require a mountain or hybrid bike with front suspension to cope with the bumps that we encountered. If I were to do this route during the winter months I feel that a proper mountain bike with knobbly tyres would be needed but the conditions were dry so that our bikes with road tyres proved more than up to the job. The official route NCN4 that runs close to the canal provides a good alternative for road bikes, since without any suspension the canal route would have been very slow, and dangerous, especially under the some of the bridges. We were caught out initially where the canal footpath went under the bridge only to come to an abrupt halt or to a steep flight of steps the other side. This resulted in some reversing or turning around in a confined space that added to the journey’s interest but was best avoided. As we progressed it become evident that rather than cycling under bridges it was a much easier route to go up and over using the gate at the top of the bridge and cycling over. Lunch was in the Barge Inn, which was on the canal at Honeystreet, which was good. Our next point of interest was Crofton beam engines that we both wanted to see and we made just before closing time. This grade 2 historic site has the oldest working beam engine in existence in its origin location. Here we meet Simon, who is the site supervisor, who showed us around. He was extremely knowledgeable and did not mind a host of questions and our scheduled 45 minute tour turned into a 1½ hour tour. We then returned to the canal and cycled on to the Tally Ho pub at Hungerford Newtown, 2 miles out of Hungerford. We discovered that it is a community pub, owned and run by a group of local directors who felt that a proposal to close their pub and build flats was not an acceptable choice to the locals. So having bought the pub 5 years ago, they were just up to the stage of finding a more permanent landlord to run it for them. We left our bikes in a shed belonging to one of the locals for the night. It turned out that it was quiz night, and the pub was full by 19.30, with most people eating and taking part in the quiz; luckily we had booked a table. The accommodation, beer and food were good with a continental breakfast included in the price.


Day 3
In the morning we were delayed due to a puncture, which took a little time to mend as getting the thorn out of the tyre proved difficult but by 09.30 we were on our way, back to the canal and on towards Newbury, which was our next town. Unfortunately, we failed to take advantage of what Newbury had to offer in terms of cakes and tea; that was a bad mistake as no other places were found!
Just after Thatcham we ran into a problem that forced us onto the roads for a short excursion in order to avoid a stretch of canal bank that had given way and was in the process of being rebuilt. This gave us some grief, as we needed to negotiate a couple of stiles, which meant lifting my bike with panniers, but ¼ mile later we were back on the canal and heading for Woolhampton where we stopped belatedly for our second breakfast of a sausage sandwich, no cakes being available, before rejoining route NCN4 and starting the final push to Reading. We soon started to meet an increasing number of road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrids as we approached Reading and finally popped out very close to the centre and the railway station.

Summary
The route itself could have been done in two days, distance being 100 miles Bristol to Reading but I must say that making it a 3 day event felt just right. It gave us enough time to look around the various locks, beam engines and towns along the way and we did not feel rushed. The GWR express trains require a bike reservation but you also get a reserved seat, which was good.  The local trains, GWR and South Western Railways that we used to get to Reading required no reservations. The paths were relatively empty apart from close to Reading and Bristol to Bath where there was a large number of commuters. Overall it was an excellent trip and one I was pleased to have done.


Thursday, September 12, 2019

C L U B K I T

Anyone requiring club kit plese contact Pam ASAP as she will be placing an order soon,

As modelled by Simon

Tony..

Easy Riders - 11th September

Fourteen of us left Ewell and made our way to Malden Rushett  then to Oxshott train station where we followed the track parallel to the railway line to Stoke D'Abernon. We then went along Tilt Road to the Running Mare in Cobham for lunch.

Afterwards we retraced our route along Tilt Road, turned into River Lane and across to Bookham Road which led us onto and through the common. From there it was the familiar route through Leatherhead, Lower Ashtead and across Ashtead Common to Horton Park where seven of us had tea and coffee at The Moat.

John

B Group - 11th September

Fairoaks Airport, 11th September, 2019


I departed from elevenses in good time with 22 riders which included Simon and Alan who normally ride with the A's. Our route was no surprise to many - down to the Basingstoke canal, leaving at Brookwood to pass the Brookwood cemetery.  On through Pirbright where we noticed that The Cricketers Inn is being refurbished but, in the meantime, the new owners have opened a cafe inside a yurt in the grounds!    Continuing in the direction of Aldershot we took the left hand turning into Cobbett Mill Road, at the T it was left then first right to the pub 'at the top of the hill' arriving at The Royal Oak just after 12.30.    Publican/owner David is great.  Our excellent meals arrived in good time - pensioners main course £4.95 every day, such value!!

We left the pub to the right then a right hander into a section of the Christmas Pie trail, leaving it for a residential area known as Park Barn. A local told us that we didn't have to go through 'that' awkward gate as there was another 'open' exit within a few hundred yards.....Oh well, next time!  (apologies Peter, I know you mentioned another exit from the trail).

After a couple of right turns and a cycle path we entered the grounds of Guildford University, exiting into Guildford town at the cinema. A few more lefts and rights and we were in Stoke Park, across the road to cycle along the River Wey to the start of the A3 cycle track. Unfortunately Richard punctured along the Wey!!  Our trusty back marker kept us informed and Richard, along with John Austin continued in their own time.   We left the A3 asap by going along Potters Lane to Send, then Byfleet to Addlestone.

Our tea stop, Addlestone Garden Centre + any other name,  was 'elected' due to the time running away with us in the afternoon.  Thirteen takers of tea,coffee and cake before continuing to Walton Bridge where I left all for the opposite direction, apart from Ray Y.

My sincere thanks to our back markers Tim and Gill, and to ALL our corner markers for I was told that our outward journey was very well cornered :) :) :) 

The return was good... but more off road etc. Also - Thank you Tim for the photos and route map.

Thank you all for making the day so enjoyable,

Pam :) :)







A ride to Rowlands Castle...11 September

Ten A riders set off from Fairoaks Airport.  By the time we had reached Sands via the Basingstoke canal, Tongham and a climb past the Hogs Back Brewery we were down to nine when Jeffery decided to go in search of food. After passing through Tilford and toiling on the long climb to Hindhead the group hurtled down towards Haslemere and onto the The Mill for lunch. Dave and Ken decided to return home and then there were seven. As we set off the drizzle set in. The route took us via Miland, Rogate to South Harting where we were down to the ‘Famous Five’ as Brian and Pete had turned off to find Petersfield station. A sharp climb over the South Downs and a mostly downhill/level ride saw us arrive in Rowlands Castle in plenty of time for chocolate, bananas and coffee and the train back to Woking/Clapham.
A good ride with something for everyone, some off road, some fast flat roads and two or three challenging climbs. Just over 46 miles from elevenses. Well done to all for maintaining a good pace and corner marking.  A special thanks to Dave B for backmarking.

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Easy Riders - 4th September

Thirteen of us took the road to Effingham Junction crossroads and turned left into Effingham Common Road to Effingham. At the first crossroad we rode a short left and then right up Church Street and Browns Lane to the St. Lawrence Centre where we went through the car park to a track leading to the charming and very old All Saints Church, Effingham. We stopped to check out this small Saxon church updated in Norman times and then went on to Bookham where we took the Dorking Road towards Polesden Lacey but turned off to take Bagden Hill / Chapel Lane to a garden lunch at the Stepping Stones.

On the way back to Leatherhead, Helen Tovey was keen to get back home and cycled ahead of us but unfortunately came a cropper soon after she joined the cycle path after Givons Grove roundabout. When we caught up with her she was sitting on the pathway with blood coming from a small head wound. Fortunately Liz Scrivens had her first aid kit with her and was able to patch Helen up. We all rode on to Ashtead for tea at the old Bike Beans. I rode home very slowly on my own as my muscles were aching too much and I was concerned that this was a resurgence of PMR - not a pleasant condition.

John

Helen's account of her accident

I sustained minor injuries following a fall from my bike at the above location on Wednesday 4 September at about 2.30 pm.

I had entered the path from the roundabout, negotiating the rather awkward blind bend. I fell off at the point where one has to bear right onto the straight bit.
 

I felt the rear wheel skid on loose gravel, which was obscured by weeds over growing the side of the cycleway. I think the wheel must have slipped off the side of the path, the bike and I went over.
 

Sum of the damage; cut and bruising over left brow, bruised cheekbone and under eye, grazes and bruising mainly down left arm/elbow and left knee, toes. Fingers of right hand, bruising inner right knee and right shin. Broken spectacles!

John and very helpful members of the group looked after me well. We stopped for about 15 minutes. Liz and Sandie offered first aid and patched up the eyebrow with a plaster. We set off again slowly when I was feeling ready. On our way, I was also given very good advice on risks of shock and concussion following a head injury.  Our tea stop at Ashtead also helped, so I felt really steady for the rest of the ride home, lead by Liz.
 

As always, the kindness and care, skills and knowledge within our group never fails to impress.

~ Helen T

B Group - 4th September

The rain had cleared and weather was perfect for cycling and 17 riders joined the B group despite the promise of hills. Our route to lunch took the familiar Staples Lane climb over Combe Bottom and down to Shere where there were no offers to try the ford crossing.

We took the narrow back roads through Farley Green and up to Winterfold Wood. This route can be very muddy and slippy but despite the morning rain the roads were dry and relatively traffic free. We enjoyed the long descent to lunch at the Three Horseshoes, Cranleigh.

Lunch was served promptly and we selected the 'less miles more hills' option to tea at Pilgrims Cycles. We took the Tanhouse Lane route to Coldharbour on the basis that it is a lovely car free ride or walk. It was resurfaced 2 years ago so it is no longer a muddy track.
 

33 miles from 11s to tea and over 2000 ft of climbing.
 

Thanks to all the corner markers and Tim for being the back marker.

~ Ken




Apparently Ken had some concerns when he designed this route about whether it would be a reasonable ride for us, but his day out with us on John's ride from Caterham allowed him to calibrate the B Group legs quite accurately and allay his worries about leading a grumpy peloton through the hills. Even Tanhurst Lane isn't as bad as it used to be.

RideWithGPS reckons the elevation gain to be 2373 feet.
https://ridewithgps.com/trips/39519557

~ Tim

A Ride - train times from Rowlands Castle

The A ride next Wednesday is a train assisted event. Here are a list of train times from Rowlands Castle and Havant (easy to get to and only 3 and a bit miles away). Check out additional times etc on Trainline but here are some examples...

Rowlands Castle to London: 16.46  & 18.46 via Woking and Clapham June... £5.60 inc senior railcard.
Havant to London (Clapham Junc.): 16.40 (other trains available)...£5.60

Lunch will be at The Mill, approx 26 miles from Fairoaks https://www.themillhaslemere.co.uk/ .
There are three pubs and a cafe in Rowlands Castle, so a pint or two before the train home?

Prompt start from Fairoaks please. A pleasant ride with some challenging climbs, downhills and mostly country roads. Unusually for one of my rides the weather is looking promising, although there were headwinds all the way on my recce.


Wednesday, September 04, 2019

A Group - 4th September - Cobham, Oakwood Hill, Box Hill

We all have our favourite rides - roads often revisited and familiar. Weare St. is one of my favourites - a short, quiet, little trafficked, wooded link between Okewood Hill and Ockley Station. Resurfaced, it makes for smooth riding, and the duckpond, with ever-present photogenic ducks, always invites a stop.
Nosey ducks.
Which got me thinking - why a duckpond here? Well, a bit of research reveals that the pond is fed by the North River - a tributary of the River Arun in West Sussex. O.S. Explorer 134 shows the river (really a stream) rises in Grenehurst Park, near Vann Lake Road, and follows Weare St. for a couple of miles to Smugglers Lane, near the Sussex Border Path, and then flows southward for about 11km to join the River Arun near Slinford.

Anyway, back to the cycling....A few climbs - Crocknorth, Hoe Lane, and Radnor Road took us into Ewhurst, and pausing briefly at Ellens Green, for Steve (D) to proudly show us what he did before a life of cycling viz, design signs, we reached the Punchbowl slightly behind schedule a 1.15pm.
Steve's sign - still standing the test of time.
Geoff's Punchbowl photo 
Geoff (G), walking-wounded, following his brush with a traffic bollard, was there to greet us in the sunshine, and having pre-ordered, we waited just as long for lunch to arrive as under normal circumstances!

From Weare St. and the ducks, we turned left at St. Marys Church in Newdigate, and followed the gravelly Cudworth Road into Burnt Oak Lane, a no-through road / Bridlepath leading onto Partridge Lane.



Nine out the the thirteen starters at Cobham climbed Box Hill to enjoy ice-cream and cakes.

Just over 40 miles and 3, 000ft of ascent from elevenses was a good day's ride. Thanks to Simon for backmarking and puncture repairing (Keith's), and for all for a well corner-marked spirited ride.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Off the bike

Hello, hit a bollard on the Kingston cycle path that runs along side the Thames, resulting in a fracture, now off of the bike for at least 6 weeks +. This comes one week before going on a holiday that was all about cycling, sailing and kayaking.
Hope to see you at 11s some time soon
Enjoy the forthcoming rides

Geoff G

Monday, September 02, 2019

A Group Ride from Cobham, 4th September.

We'll be heading to the Punchbowl, Oakwood Hill, for lunch, and tea at Box Hill, (National Trust or Destination Bike - the Bs having already nabbed Pilgrim Cycles!).

Approx. 43 miles from elevenses to tea. Only a tiny bit of gravel - after lunch.

The Punchbowl require us to pre-order, so let me know your choices at elevenses please.

https://www.punchbowlinnokewoodhill.com/food-drink


B Group Ride from Cobham, 4th September

B group will be going to Cranleigh for lunch at the Three Horseshoes. The planned route is via Shere, Farley Green and over Winterfold - distance 18 miles. 
Tea destination will be Pilgrims Cycles at Westhumble and we have two route options - 14 miles climbing over Leith Hill and down through Coldharbour and Dorking, or the flatter and quieter 19 miles via Paynes Green and Newdigate. We can decide on the day.

The pub has asked us to pre-order our lunch selection to reduce waiting times, so please look at the menu and I will take orders before we leave Cobham
Food | The Three Horseshoes, Cranleigh

https://www.threehorseshoescranleigh.co.uk/index