Monday, June 27, 2016

Sunday June 26 2016

Dave's ride.....

To avoid the deluge of fitter riders, we headed north into Bushy Park. After the wheat and sheep of Felthamhill we continued on familiar ways round the east and north of Heathrow (Feltham YOI, Bedfont, Hatton Cross and Harlington). After Yiewsley, Dave produced a novelty - the long closed Uxbridge Vine Street branch line which took us past Brunel and into the very centre of Uxbridge. In time our numbers swelled to nine as we breakfasted in Wetherspoons (The Good Yarn).

Two squeaky (for anyone in cleats) bridges over the Denham roundabout led to a sketchy track south of the M40 which we soon crossed to Tatling End. After the M25, our (moist) route lay southwest towards (but not into) Fulmer where Alan departed. From southern Gerrards Cross, the aptly named Hedgerley Lane led directly to The White Horse just before 1230. There we dined under the awning though in truth the pub was never busy during our stay.

The return was familiar: Slough's outliers (Stoke Poges, Wexham, George Green, Langley) then across the A4 into Colnbrook, Poyle (usual litter) and Stanwell Moor. Vermuelens was closed for the day so we called it quits. 35+ miles from start to Vermuelens on warm but tiresomely blustery day.

2 point: Dave, Don, Ed, Graham, Irene, Paul, Ray, Tony
1 point: Alan.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sunday 19th June 2016

The church of Saints Peter and Paul at Chaldon, in Surrey, England was built before 1086 and contains a large wall painting of around 1170 depicting images of the ways of salvation and damnation and their result [a] and is in length 17' 2". Malden in 1911 described it as "perhaps the most interesting ancient wall-painting in England".[1] This Grade I architecturally listed building [2] retains its west and east walls (of nave and of chancel/chantry) of their original dates, both with "extraordinarily high-pitched" gables, round window in the west and three windows in the east.[1] The mural is divided in two by a cloudy band, with the lower half decorated to torments and punishments of the wicked; the upper half devoted to the judgement and salvation of souls. In the centre is a ladder with Jesus Christ above. The main figures include the Tree of knowledge, with the Serpent (bottom right), the Seven deadly sins and a cauldron for boiling murderers. Across the top are depicted the three Marys and the Ascent of Elijah and Enoch to heaven, Jesus defeating the Devil, and Jesus preaching to the spirits in prison.[2]
It is evident that this painting was the work of a very studious man, probably one of the learned monks of Chertsey, and the school of the art of this monastery here finds valuable illustration for comparison with that of CanterburyWinchesterLewes and Durham.

Several fundraising bike rides take place between London and Brighton each year. The most famous is the British Heart Foundation event which has taken place each summer since 1976,[1] and in 2014 involved an estimated 30,000 riders. Despite most roads being closed to cars, the number of bikes is such that traffic jams occur, especially at hills. The toughest part of the route is the climb over Ditchling Beacon which once featured in the Le Tour de France; having already cycled some 50 miles (80 km), cyclists must then tackle a 1 mi (1.6 km) climb with an average grade exceeding 1 in 10. Several sections are somewhat steeper, and whilst the fittest will try to cycle up, the vast majority will walk. To date, over 650,0000 riders have taken part and have raised over £40 million so that the BHF can fund pioneering research, patient care and the provision of vital information. In recent years, the BHF have introduced a night ride and an off-road ride. These are on separate dates, and some competitors will ride all three routes in the same year.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Not in a fit state for East Grinstead.

Tomorrow's likely itinery:

Banstead 8.45am.

10's Poppy's cafe,Marlpit Lane,Coulsdon.

Early lunch Chequers,Walton on the Hill.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Sunday 12th June

A dozen hardy(?) damp souls met at a new (to us) venue (Domestique, Great Bookham) for 11s. At departure time Pam, Rachel, Tony and Donald headed for home. After a brief discussion the unanimous decision was Leatherhead Wetherspoons for lunch. A somewhat circuitous route via Bagdon Hill, Chapel Lane and Old London Road brought us to the A24 at Mickleham where we joined the cycle track. After passing through Leatherhead Leisure Centre we briefly joined the Cobham Road before turning onto the track taking us past Fetcham Mill Pond and the model railway site thence to Wetherspoons.

After a long lunch break with interesting conversations including gigabytes, megabytes, insect bites, the Flying Scotsman, insecticides, trepanning and military nursing, Ed, Bob, Roger, Vic, Dave W and Ray W decided to head for home leaving Lilian to accompany me (in the dry) on a cake hunt. A quietish ride along Highlands Road, Reigate Road and Headley Common Road was spoiled by two police cars hastening to what turned out to be a car which had stopped off road wrong side after demolishing part of a fence. An apparently unhurt cyclist appeared to be giving a statement. A quick descent of Pebble Hill led to Brockham where we felt obliged to check out the Victoria Sponge and Lemon Drizzle Cake. They passed. We parted at Dorking.


Saturday, June 04, 2016

Sunday 5th June

Apologies but I won't be out today.


Monday, May 30, 2016

Sunday May 29 2016

It's me again (pause for groans)

It was fortunate that I checked my emails just before leaving otherwise I would have missed the "sick - can you lead?" email. Thoughts for the ride led me to roads scarcely travelled as I headed towards Old Malden and Epsom. Just after the RAC club I was joined by a lady who then hand out a good thrashing (on the climbs, I hasten to add). After Pebble Hill we turned onto A25 for the short run to the Pheasant (was Jolly Brewers) at Buckland. Bob and Ed had already arrived and soon we were joined by Terry and Jeff.

Janice departed first concerned that her son might emerge from his bed only when his adolescence was over. Bob agreed to meet us at lunch so four turned left in Buckland towards Betchworth then along Gadbrook Road to the junction above Blackbrook. Beside Fourwents Pond four became three as Jeff preferred the blackstuff whilst the rest faced farm concrete and gravel as it appears only one of us had previously visited Ewood (an earlier site of Newdigate). A slightly confused rendezous with Jeff at Parkgate brought our numbers back up to strength. After the Fox (Very Dead) at Norwood Hill we descended towards Hookwood and suburban miles brought us to the centre of Horley and The Jack Fairman just before one. Despite a noticeable breeze it was warm enough to dine alfresco.

Departure was delayed while Jeff and Terry demonstrated basic maintenance skills (sample: always carry a pump) to a somewhat forlorn novice. Three placenames sum up our afternoon efforts - Charlwood, Rusper, Capel where we rewarded ourselves with the customary cakes. Around 65 miles door to door. But not as warm as expected thanks to that boisterous wind.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sunday May 22 2016

A very truncated account of Dave's ride (if anyone can fill in the gaps let me know!)

It was touch and go as to whether or not I would make the Hampton Court rendezvous so I took a northern route through Ashford, Poyle and on to Liquid Leisure Horton where Alan and Tony were waiting for Irene. In Windsor we took a three-sided route to Wetherspoons (it wasn't where I thought it was). Bob and Irene(!) had already arrived soon to be joined by the posse.

After a leisurely 11s, Bob and Alan were left behind as is the norm. We headed along NCN 4 having to compete with fun runners (more accurately walkers) coming in the opposite direction. A second Thames crossing was made on the M4 south side. Dave then took us on a tour of Maidenhead's suburbs ending in Pinkneys Green where continuing vaguely NW we descended for a thankfully brief quarter mile on the A404. After Birchetts Green, a restricted byway led directly to Littlewick Green and an alfresco lunch at the Cricketers.

White Waltham, Paley Street and Maidens Green all featured on the return. At Woodside I departed  (to retrieve my jacket left at the lunchspot - thanks Irene's Jazz). Quite warm though somewhat  overcast with no more than a spot or two of rain.

2pts : Dave W, Don, Ed, GFH, Irene, Ken, Robert, Tony, Vic
1pts : Alan, Bob

Monday, May 16, 2016

Joint Ride

Sunday the 15th Joint Ride with South Bucks CTC

9.00am from Hampton court was a bit of a disappointment with only 5 for the trip to Fairoaks. Not a long journey and we arrived just after 10.10, Dave awaiting his cooked breakfast was already there with Don and Bob. The Sun was shining but there was a nip in the air. Shortly after Irene, Graham, Terry and Jeff arrived. Just around 10.45 the John Capell from South Bucks CTC arrived with 3 others and it was nice to see them. They had come by car, John having a trailer to accommodate the bikes.

Dave and Don were not joining the ride and Bob was going to make his own way to lunch. My route was around Chobham to Borrowhill and a big loop round to Brookwood where we joined the canal to Hermitage road and onto Mayford, Old Woking and onto lunch at The Herbert Wells, Wetherspoons, Woking, the last half mile John Capell led to lunch as he had lived in Woking some forty years ago. Bob had already arrived, food was soon ordered and consumed. Two of the South Bucks cyclists decided to cycle back to the Chilterns and left the rest of us to wend our way to tea. 

Tea was planned to be at Bourne Valley GC with the route there heading in a loop heading towards Ripley and round to West Byfleet. Around half way there the group was stretched out and the back 2 took a wrong turn. A frantic search back along the root proved fruitless so the rest of us re-grouped in West Byfleet and the consensus was to have tea at the GC in Addlestone as it was on the planned route, I left 2 message with Terry the back maker. Just before we were leaving Terry phoned to say he was at tea at Bourne Valley GC and that John Capell had headed back to Fairoaks. The other member of the South Bucks contingent, Barry, was with us so while other others headed home I cycled back to Fairoaks with Barry where John was waiting. All in all they had thoroughly enjoyed cycling mostly unfamiliar territory. I took advantage of Johns trailer and the fact he was heading home via Staines and cycled home from Staines Bridge still managing 65 miles.

Chatting to John about ride numbers, it appears they have similar turnouts to South West London with small numbers on Sunday but 50 to 60 on a Wednesday. 

Many thanks to Terry for back marking and thanks to all for you company.

The Herbert Wells
Tony H

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Sunday 8th May

             Leader and Chief Tea-Lady Pam catering for Cheam and Morden.

                              Photo by Robert Tolley

Monday, May 09, 2016

Sunday 8th May 2016 Savill Gardens - Hurst - Egham

A surprising number of cyclists arrived at elevenses this morning, I counted sixteen, and by the time we had afternoon tea there was still thirteen!!  It was certainly a day to celebrate - glorious sun shine with the temperature well up in the twenties.  There was also quite a strong breeze which slowed me down from Hurst back to Egham!

We left Windsor Great Park via Cranbourne Gate to the Peanut roundabout, Winkfield, then Maidens Green, into Bishops Road to Moss End.  From there we turned right into Bottle Lane, on to Binfield before arriving at the Green Man. With the help of a tailwind we arrived in good time and after ordering we settled in the garden and waited - and waited!!!  Some had their light meals quite quickly but it was those of us who had ordered child sized meals that waited - and waited!!  The meals were good but we did not get away until 14.30, hence the change of tea venue, not enough time to get to Shepperton Lock, or even Notcutts before they closed!

We returned via Shurlock Row to Moss End, Winkfield Row, almost into Ascot but turned towards Cheapside and back into The Park - exiting at Bishopsgate.   It was now 3.45 and that is when, after a little debate, it was agreed we would stop at my place in Egham.  Graham, Irene and Lilian went across to Tesco's to buy cakes whilst I put the kettle on!

A most enjoyable day!   Great to see so many people out - several who are not regular Cheam and Morden riders.  Well done everybody for your day's mileage would be at least double mine!!!!  Next time?

Must thank our back marker Tony and our corner markers, cake providers and all for your company......and Robert for his photo 

Monday, May 02, 2016

Sunday May 1 2016

After a brief but lonely vigil, I left Hampton Court by a direct route: Lower Sunbury, Laleham, Wraysbury and Eton. Not long after ten, I found Dorney Court crowded with bikes everywhere. In time we became eighteen including newcomer Jane though only ten were out for the day.

Somewhat behind schedule we crossed the Thames on the south side of M4 before joining NCN 4 to the west of Maidenhead leaving it before Knowl Hill. At the top of Rememham Hill, we ran into cars queueing to enter Henley; for reasons of his own Neil decided to join them! Wiser heads sped downhill into Aston and over the weir to Hambleden and then up the gentle rise to The Chequers in Fingest arriving at 1245. On such a glorious day, the emptish garden suited us fine. Just before our leaving, Neil rejoined after his tour of hills to the north of Henley.

Over lunch the vote was for no more hills so we continued to Marlow. A backroads route led us past the station, over the A404 interchange and then past The Queen's Head in Little Marlow. Finally a  cyclepath alongside the narrow but busy A4155 brought us to Bourne End and then Cookham.
Here a second vote confirmed no more hills so we rode on into Maidenhead and Bray. This time we used the  footpath on the north side of the M4 (rarely used - now I remember why). And thus we arrived back at Dorney where faces reddened as we gossiped alfresco.

About 80 miles door to door and home just before six. Ignoring a cool start and an obvious breeze, a great day for a ride. Cyclists everywhere; fewer red kites than expected.

Monday, April 25, 2016

May Day to Fingest Change Of Start Time

Please not: The start time is 0830 (not 0845 as printed in the newsletter) and with around 23 miles to 11s......

The total distance is about 80 miles at a steady pace. That's rather too many for early May so don't come expecting unwanted climbs or lengthy refreshment breaks! Unusually we'll be going clockwise so Hambleden Lock in the morning and Marlow in the afternoon.
Like many pubs in the Chilterns, The Chequers in Fingest is an eaterie. For those who can't survive all day on a starter, Marlow has at least two supermarkets.

Sunday April 24 2016

A summary of Dave's ride.

There were 3 at the start and 7 at Sunningdale. Paul headed for home as we set off the opposite direction round the back of Windlesham and into Lightwater and up the climb spurning Red Road for much of its length. We then enjoyed the long long descent into Deepcut and Mytchett before turning west to a quietish Tilly Shilling in the centre of Farnborough. After lunch Dave's west, north and east through Queen Elizabeth Park saw us to Farnborough North and its two level crossings. The lunchtime vote for tea was Addlestone which was reached via Pirbright, Knaphill, Chobham (and windowless Castle Grove), and Burrowhill.

About 60 miles door to door. Chilly but bright with just a few spots of rain after tea.

2 points : Dave W, Bob, Graham, Irene, Rachel, Vic; 1 point : Paul.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

5 for Ice Cream

Sunday the 17th

With Warlingham for 11's being 23 miles cycle for me and around 33 for Pam and Irene, plus the fact I hadn't clue how to get there an alternative was on the cards. So Pam's reccy ride to 11's at Savill Garden saw Ed, Irene, Pam, Ray Wren and myself (5) arrive in good time for refreshments. 

The lunch destination was the Green Man at Hurst. Through the Great park and the Peanut, Maidens Green to Moss End and onto lunch. Although Sunny there was a chill in the air that made it worse by having to sit outside. We were soon served our children's portions, mostly sausage and mash, followed by a scoop of ice cream (included in the kiddies portion). 

A wrong turn saw us on the dreaded Drift road back to the Peanut and on to tea at Notcutts GC Laleham. A nice day out in the saddle. 


Monday, April 18, 2016

17 April - Bull's Head, Pratt's Bottom

The meeting point this week was the Amano Caffe in Warlingham. The weather was dry, the sun was out but come eleven o'clock there were only four of us there. Were the others still winching themselves up the hill? Were they put off by my reputation for wet rides? Who knew. But we waited while Jeff finished off his bacon sandwich before he headed off home for domestic duties.

That left me to lead, Dave S to backmark, and Janice to be the rest of the peloton.

As we were already at an altitude of 600 feet it would be downhill all the way to lunch. Well not really. But it was downhill until the next uphill section.

We headed off through Chelsham before dropping down into the valley and up past Beddlestead Farm to the top of the North Downs ridge. Passing around the edge of Tatsfield we reached Hawley's Corner - at 800 feet the highest point in Greater London.

Another long downhill section (followed by a short uphill bit) led us to Cudham, before more (mostly) downhill roads brought us to Pratt's Bottom. The roads had been quiet, the bluebells were in bloom in the roadside woods, and the sun was shining as we arrived at The Bull's Head.

Food was promptly served and we were on our way within the hour.

A brief loop north of the A21 to Green Street Green gave us a short hill to warm up the legs and a tour of large houses of various architectural styles. Next we climbed up to Downe and then down towards Keston before heading south to Fickleshole. From there Chelsham, Warlingham and Bug Hill took us to Woldingham Garden Centre for afternoon tea.

We then all headed off to Burntwood Lane for a hilly ride home.....

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sunday 10th April 2016

A new formula of ride today.
Basically short in distance but with more climbing than would be normal for a typical Sunday clubrun.
In part this was to allow for my mood changes associated with insomnia and visit a "new" cyclist's cafe at Bookham,which had a closing time of 3pm.
Although I was groggy in the morning,I had perked up by the afternoon.
The ride from Ashtead was via Headley and the wonderful Lodgebottom Road/Headley Lane to Rykas.
Past Chapel Farm and the ascent up to Ranmore.
White Down Lane to the A25.
Past Abinger Hatch to the triangle then Friday Street to..................Stephan Langton, Friday Street.
It was 12.20pm.The sandwiches looked tasty served on a wooden board with crisps and salad.
Ann returned to her bike to find a flat tyre.It was 1.30pm and I was aware that we had to push on so regretably, we left Ann & Steve to possibly meet later.
It was down to Ray, Janice, Lillian and myself to checkout the tea stop.
It's easy to miss.........around the corner from the parade of shops on the south side of the A246.
I was impressed for such a tiny cafe.
Friendly guy with possibly his girlfriend welcomed us.
Nice selection of cakes.
When I asked why there was limited publicity (it's been open two years) I was told Brian, the owner doesn't want hoards of cyclists because there is simply not enough room.

A fine day with a moderate easterly felt on the return.

Aldi has limited cycling featured this week.
Unlike Lidl, Aldi can deliver via their online site.
I ordered a Garmin Edge 25 (£109.99 at Wiggle) safely arrived today for the very reasonable sum of £79.99!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Sunday April 3 2016

The day gave a hint of summer and might be described as eventful. Seven became eight on the Middlesex side of Kingston Bridge when Janice appeared after mistaking the start (HC). We took my  route across Bushy Park to Hampton, Hanworth and Ashford before starting a sort of 'Genevieve' trail near Vermeulens. In Poyle we had to edge nervously past a very skittish horse and trap and another more docile in Colnbrook. The obstacles grow ever more in Hollow Hill Lane but it remains passable (just). Soon we were in Langley Park where I spotted a muntjac moving too fast for a more accurate description. Most now crossed the A412 into Black Park, a roughstuff manoevre missed by two backmarkers. Being less than 1/2 mile from the cafe, no harm was done.

Amongst the six already seated was the Trencherman on a rare trip south. As the crow flies, it's less than six miles to lunch so we rode north to the ford (yes that ford) and Fulmer. After heading west to the now demolished One Pin PH (yes in that film) we plunged down into Hedgerley and along Kiln Lane and into the Portman Estate. This brought us to the busy A355 where a motorist halted traffic to allow us to cross. We then followed the western edge of Burnham Beeches to Dorney Wood and Burnham where lunch awaited (or so I thought). From past experience I'd not phoned the pub (bad idea) and today there were 75 guests for a christening! Fortunately T***o Express was open and not far away. We were now back to 13 as three rejoined having been detached at 11s; Bob (by arrangement), Daniel (who'd shuddered at "offroad") and Don (who'd joined up with Bob).

By popular vote, we settled on Notcutts Laleham for tea reached by way of Dorney, Eton, Datchet and Wraysbury. About 55 miles door to door and home well before five.

2 points: Graham, Tony, Ray, Roger, Lillian, Paul, Janice, Pam, Vic, Bob, Dave W, Don, Daniel

1 point: Alan

Sunday, April 03, 2016

C&M Burnham Ride.
(First video with bike cam)

Good News

1. The Plough and Attic Rooms, pub at Rusper reopened before Easter.

2. Stretches of Weare Street have been resurfaced.

3. Henfold rebuilding plans are (still) with 'the authorities'.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Dave's Easter Sunday ride from Leatherhead


It was dry when I left home but I had a headwind all the way to Leatherhead. On arrival Dave was already tucking into a cooked breakfast and Bob was enjoying a coffee. Vic arrived and just before we left the rain started. The lunch stop was undecided but we headed in the rough direction of Windlesham. 

With the headwind and rain we eventually settled on the Saddlers Arms at Send Marsh with just 3 for lunch. Just coming into Send from up Woodhill from the London road at Burnt Common and Vic wanted to show us something, see photo. Lunch was served promptly and once we were ready to leave the rain started again but only briefly.

From here we headed towards West Byfleet where Dave left us to take the canal and Vic am I headed to Woodham where I left Vic and headed home with a very pleasant tailwind. A nice ride with some Sun. Thank you Dave.


Sunday, March 20, 2016

March Equinox 2016

Sunday the 20/3/16

For me the official C&M 11's at Old Coulsdon is a 22 ride through the built up suburbs of London, not something I enjoy. So with a few others not wishing to venture that far or further an alternative ride closer to home was organised. So 11's at Dorney, 19 miles for me and pleasant cycling. On arrival Pam, Irene, Alan and Dave had already arrived and Dave was tucking into a cooked breakfast. Graham and Ed soon arrived and as we were nearly ready to depart Vic also joined us and, he did have time to mention that he recently had found a long length of wire (the bead)  protruding from his rear tyre which he had cut off. As we left Alan headed home.

Off over the river to Bray heading to White Waltham and and the North side of the aerodrome and on to NCN4 to Knowl Hill and a short section of the bath road to Kiln Green and a left into Scarletts Lane to Ruscombe and the B3024 to Twyford. A left onto the B3018 the into Hungerford lane and and some quiet lanes brought us to lunch at the Bell Inn Waltham St Lawrence where Dave said his farewells. The pub was packed and we were lucky to get a table but food soon arrived. Setting off after lunch we soon realised that Pam and Vic were not with us so we retraced our step back to the pub to find that another length of wire was protruding from Vic's rear tyre, more bead, removal of the bead had caused the tyre to relax, expand and come off the rim! No cycle shops or station within miles. 

A taxi for vic and his bike was the best option. But luck as surly on Vic's side as on asking the landlord for a phone number for a cab, he being an, ex cyclist, rummaged through his shed and produced and a part worn 700x28 tyre! Soon fitted, 40 minutes had now passed, we were on our way to tea. I took a direct route to Staines for tea at Norths where a delicious sponge cake awaited us.The only thing I don't like about that tea stop is that it's too cosy and it would have been so easy to doze off. Forcing myself out of the chair as it was near 5.00pm I took the direct route home along the A30 to Bedfont then the Staines road through Hounslow and home just after 6.00pm and just shy of 66 miles. A very pleasant day, the Sun did poke it's head through the clouds on occasion. Thank you all for your company and to Irene for providing a lovely afternoon tea and cake.


Sunday 20th March 2016

Jeff, Paul, Steve, Janice and Keith were waiting in the cafe in Old Coulsdon as I arrived.  As we headed off a newcomer, Brian, arrived who had missed his ride on Saturday so found ours to join.
We headed back downhill to Farthing Downs and cycled across the downs where we climbed Roffes Lane then descended White Hill Lane towards Bletchingly.  
I had spent the time I had planned to check out the route being checked out in hospital so navigation was mainly using the route on the Garmin which was not always easy to follow.  As we meandered towards Oxted I realised at one point that we were about to rejoin a bit of the route we did earlier so we reversed and headed more directly to Oxted. 
As we entered Oxted we met Ian who joined us.  I had not been able to contact the planned lunch stop so we stopped at Weatherspoons. Jeff left us here before lunch and Ian after.
After lunch it again wasn't clear on my Garmin how to leave Oxted but after a bit of discussion we headed off and arrived at Titsey Hill as planned. We avoided the steep bit by turning along Pilgrims Lane and joined Clarks Lane to head back towards our destination.
We passed Warlingham, Purley and Coulsdon to use the bridleway to Woodmanstern.  There three of us went to Oaks Park while the rest headed home. Unfortunately the cafe had closed three minutes before we got there so no teas.
For me 41 miles.

From Dave S.