Monday, January 26, 2015

C&M Ride 25-Jan-2015

A very cold ride to 11's at the Golden cafe Adlestone, luckily no wind. A few were already seated and a steady stream arrived right upto 11.00am with a total of around 20, not all of whom where going further. So a delayed start and the puncture fairy struck Terry immediately who waived us on and said he would meet us at lunch. John G said that he may struggle and to go on and likewise he would meet us at lunch.

Leaving Adlestone on the B3121 to the Ottershaw roundabout and then the Chobham road past Fareoaks and a left, just before Chobham, into Delta Road, at this point we were short of Graham and John G, we waited but for a while and assumed they would make their own way to the Pub, on upto Burrowhill, past The Four Horse Shoes and a left turn onto Steep Hill to warm us up. It was slowly getting milder. Just on the steepest section I noticed ice on the road and got off my bike to warn the group to go easy. Luckily Mr Frosty didn't catch anyone out.

Over the M3 and on to Sunningdale, across the A30 and through Sunninghill and a brief section of the A329 and into Cheapside road, Watersplash Lane and into Windsor Great Park via Ascot gate and Dukes Lane and a left to take us past the Long Walk and onto Bishops Gate and a nice decent of Crimp Hill and to lunch at the Fox and Castle. At the foot of Crimp Hill Graham was waiting for us as he had stayed with John G, who had called it a day earlier. Terry didn't make lunch but got home safely.

The Pub was reasonably busy and lunch was server rather spasmodicly in fits and starts but we were all eventually fed. The afternoons ride to tea was flat and around 13 miles. A few dropped off on the way to get home in daylight. Lots of cake and tea and the few that remained dispersed to wend their own ways home. Thank you one and all for your company.

Tony H

Sunday, January 25, 2015

25 January 2015

Addlestone - Old Windsor - Upper Halliford
Fox and Castle at Old Windsor

Has the Chancellor added a surreptitious stealth tax to lemonade or is this an example of RoB?

Tony's baker's dozen.  After an hour in a pub they look a very sober bunch!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Horley - Dormansland - Reigate

For Sunday the scribblers and twitterers of press and TV promised flood and permafrost, with birds falling out of the sky. Handicapped by their micro-memory-span, by midnight they had forgotten  their dire prognostications and stumbled on to their next mega-melodrama. In fact, the weather was normal; a faint drizzle with Walton-on-the-Hill  pond carrying a light glaze of ice in the centre and supporting a flock of water fowl. Dave Stott observed with interest. No Scott or Amundsen or Ranulph Fiennes appeared to join us. As Pebble Hill was closed again, we set off via the A217 and decided to forego a circuit of the lanes surrounding Reigate, in favour of a shortened trip to the supermarket. Lonesome Lane soon led us to the bad-lands of Horley and the misty minarets of Waitrose.

We settled in for tea and soon were joined by Terry. Our unanimous decision was: press on. So we did, but not before a swift hail and farewell by the cycle stand with Graham, who had cycled nearly thirty miles to pay his respects, before returning home, no doubt first fortified by a cup of tea on the house, thanks to his Waitrose Card. Beneath grey skies we passed through Smallfield to Effingham Park, through Crawley Down to Felbridge, downhill to Newchapel and N.E. to Lingfield. On the evidence of an earlier recce, however, our destination had been changed. The Cage Inn was boarded up and the Greyhound fodderless, the regulars clearly preferring it that way, with outsiders best kept outside. We therefore continued on to the familiar staging post of the Old House at Home.

We struggled to clear our plates, if not our tankards, and made a prompt departure as the Sunday deadline for last orders at Reigate Garden Centre café is 3.30pm. Do not believe the website. The sky now turned blue and a low sun demanded sunglasses as we rattled along through Blindley Heath and Horne, Outwood and Salfords, to arrive for tea with time in hand. Tea for all, cake for one and a departure still in dwindling sunshine as we made our separate ways home, mileage for the leader falling short of a half century. My thanks to stalwarts Dave and Terry for their welcome company.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

11 January, 2015

Shamley Green
Thanks to Ray Wren for this map of Terry's Shamley Green ride

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Shamley Green - Bricklayers Arms

 Welcome to Chris Jeggo from W. Surrey

 Terry-torial army ready to roll

Sunday 11th January 2015

Sunday 11 January 2015

A good turnout of about twenty-five (including guest Chris - hope to see you again, Chris) met at Denbies in bright, fine,cool conditions, with fifteen leaving for Shamley Green after 11s. Heading south from Dorking means hills, the first one being Ranmore with a choice of two approach routes. A brief stop at the top to confirm lunch nos at the pub and we were away, crossing Ranmore to descend Whitedown. Heading west on the A25 we turned into Goose Green in Gomshall leading to Burrows Cross and shortly passing Hound House whilst ascending Hound House Road. Having turned right into Winterfold Lane we soon turned right again into Alderbrook Road and enjoyed the unfamiliar sights of Winterfold Heath before cautiously descending to the junction with Smithwood Common Road, from where it was a short, flattish ride to The Bricklayers Arms.

Having had a good lunch we set off  after about an hour's break, following N22 to Farley Green and Brook to Shere, where we found an enormous traffic jam but managed to weave a way through to turn into the peace and quiet and ford in Lower Street. Here some chose to make their own way home. After crossing the A25 we had this afternoon's main challenge - Coombe Bottom , which was virtually traffic free. Turning right at the top and shortly left into Shere Road brought us to the lesser challenge of Peeble Hill from which we freewheeled to the roundabout on the A246. More decided to carry on homewards here, a handful turned right to Squires Horsley for tea but most carried on to get home before dark. Graham and I didn't and didn't.

An enjoyable ride - far more so than when I checked it out last Sunday - visibility then rarely exceeded fifty yards. Thanks to Graham and Neil for keeping an eye on things and to all for company. I rode about 43 miles door to door - I expect others did much more.


Monday, January 05, 2015

Sunday 4th January 2014

The forecast wasn't promising but apart from visibility being practically nil and temperature not yet reaching zero it looked like a good day for riding.
I took the shaded bridle path to the start point which confirmed conditions were not icy and arrived at Oaks Park to await the intrepid crew. Paul emerged from the fog first followed a few minutes later by Jeff.  No-one else had braved the weather and Jeff decided to potter so Paul and I set off into the mist.
We started with the gentle climb towards Woodmansterne then down Rectory Lane and through Coulsdon towards Farthing Downs.  The ride across the downs was not quite as scenic as my last ride there but we could see grass either side of the road. That led us to Chaldon then through Caterham on the Hill and down Burntwood Lane.  Next was the long hill climb to Woldingham followed by a fairly level ride along the Ridge and the descent of Clark's Lane to Westerham. 
The Tudor Rose was full of cyclists but none from  Cheam and Morden so the two of us set off towards the lunch stop.  Visibility was nearly good by then.  We started North along the A23 then turned along Pilgrims Way - a route that seemed very popular with quite a few cyclists. Next we turned South and passed through the picturesque village of Chipstead.  A few more kilometres (and even fewer miles) took us through Otford after which it was just a gentle climb and descent into Shoreham.
Lunch was in front of a roaring fire at the Crown.  Apparently one of the regulars here is Reg Barnett who cycled in the 1968 Olympics.
After lunch we did the long climb out of Shoreham. After Halstead we were able to descend but then had to join the A21 for a few minutes. We branched off at Green Street Green and climbed Old Hill which was mercifully short. This kept us on a quiet lane though until we joined the  A2022 for the final climb to tea at Coombe Wood.
After tea I started my long 20 minute trek home while Paul headed to Sutton and beyond.  I did 51 miles - Paul would have done at least 20  miles more...........(77 actually,Ed).

From Dave S 

Friday, January 02, 2015

Mileages 2014

New Year's Eve

With no more than four hours left in 2014, (well, there were when I wrote this), now may be the time to tot up your annual mileage cycled from 1st January to 31 December 2014. Mileage after midnight will count for 2015. Most of us take more than a passing interest in the number of miles that we cycle.  If you would like your distance pedalled to be added to our DA spreadsheet, please let me have your mileage for 2014 and it will be added to the record on the MWW blog. No metric distances please as I am an imperial man, however much Herr Junker or Señor Barroso may splutter.

The most widely travelled lady and gentleman might win a New Year's Honour if they top the list. There will also be an award for the rider with the greatest increase in mileage over the previous year. So get out you Cateye or abacus or whatever advanced technology you use and let me have the result. This need not be accurate to 0.01 of a mile, but in the event of a close call, validation may require enhanced interrogation techniques. The gongs will be presented at our annual lunch on the first Wednesday in March.

Thanks to our leaders for revealing to us pastures new over the past year and thanks to all for your fellowship and good company.

Happy New Year and safe cycling to all.


P.S. Email address is:

New Year's Day 2015

In contrast to recent years, the warm but dull weather produced a bumper crowd at the Colicci Cafe Roehampton - at least 25 souls (C&M out all day : GH, TL, ES, DA, DS, LC; 11s only: PD, TH, AA, CB, etc). As usual I grilled Ed on his route; as usual I failed. Carters Tested Seeds (demolished 1970) got a mention so A3 then up into Coombe and Richmond Park via Ladderstile Gate will have to do.

Naturally I'm on firmer ground for the return. Eighteen rode across the park to Ham Gate then turned left into Church Road. After a brief dive into the bushes we arrived at the Grade 2 listed Parkleys Estate (1954-6, 'the most refreshing new housing in Surrey' though I sensed some didn't share Pevsner's enthusiasm). We reached the river via Hawkers (demolished early 90s) and continue alongside before turning north past the gasworks (remains being demolished).

After that it was pure suburbia: Norbiton Station, Elm Road, South Lane, Riverview Road and Pam's Way. At Ed's three Mitchells balanced those who had departed en route. Many thanks to Ed, Maureen and the Mitchells for a copious supply of food and drink. Around 25 miles door-to-door.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunday 28th December 2014

 The last ride of 2014 was a repeat of last year.
From Sainsbury's Cobham I led five south to Bookham Common where I appeared to take the wrong turning and ended up in Fetcham.An extra mile or so is of little consequence this time of year.For those familiar with Critten Lane and a blogpost from 15th December last year...........the road is now as smooth as a pancake with not so much as a indentation to spoil the surface.
A table for 10 was ready and waiting at the Abinger Hatch but we were now down to 4 diners.
Most had a "bland" (Keith's view) soup at £5.50.Daniel had his usual followed by Spiced Orange Cake with Port Roasted Plums & Mulled Apple Sorbet £6.50.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

New Year's Day Ride

It's not mentioned in the newsletter but as usual food and drink will be available at Ed's after the ride.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Sunday the 21st December

I took the shortest most direct route to 11's at Notcutts garden centre as it meant cycling into a headwind. Numbers swelled by 11 and and 12 set off towards Chertsey although there at least 18 for 11's. Across Chertsey Meads and then bypassing Adlestone and on through Ottershaw. Heading towards Virginia Water, at the roundabout at the top of Wellington avenue I stopped to re-group but Vic thinking of his youth headed on up Callow hill but was retrieved by the by the unofficial back marker, thank you Graham, and we headed into Windsor Great park by the Wheatsheaf pub.

We cycled round the lake towards Blacknest Gate, in hindsight, not a good idea as a considerable number of people and shunned Christmas shopping to walk their dogs on said path. Turning right at Blacknest Gate and on the road towards Bishopsgate and at last with a tailwind! We reached the Barley Mow at Englefield Green and a reserved table awaited us. Pam and Jeff spent some time deciding which of the abundant selection of fine ales to wash down lunch with! Roger found his to be moorish and went back for another pint!

Most of the food was served quickly but alas Irene and Graham’s vitals took longer to materialise. Leaving Englefield Green we took the decent down Prune hill and headed the shortest route back to Hampton Court. Terry left us midway to head home. With the wind behind us Five on the Bridge at Hampton court was reached in good time. Chatting over pots of tea we were joined by Ray and also by Liz and her daughter Tammy. Farewells said we all headed to wend our way home through the Christmas traffic. Thank you all for you company and to the shy photographer. Merry Christmas and safe cycling in the new year.


Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Shortest Day

Laleham - Englefield Green - Hampton Court

 Leader Tony

              Pam                                                               "Graham, he's looking at us"

Tony's fellow travellers

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sunday 14 December 2014

Sunday 14th December 2014

 What a beautiful day for cycling - even if we had to pay for it with a bitterly cold start!

 Six, plus myself, left Squires at Stoke D'abernon approximately 11.15.   Tony very kindly stayed alongside me to give me a nudge when it was time to turn into River Lane which now has a superior surface  (long time since I was last there)!  A right at Downside Common led us  to Horsley Road where we turned left in order to make a loop to Ripley via The Drift, East Lane, The Street and then down hill to the end of Ripley Lane.  Across the Portsmouth Road to pass Pyrford Abbey and on to Maybury.    We used the towpath into Woking, avoiding the Six crossroads roundabout which was incredibly busy a couple of weeks ago! 

 Tony punctured just before turning into Horsell Rise, hence Vic, Graham, Ed and Irene continued to the pub, The Plough, and Terry, Tony and I followed on.

 Landlady Vicki and staff looked after us well.   Before Terry had sat down, his  pint fell down between the tables that had been pushed together.. whoops...but soon sorted - and then Ray Wren arrived to join us for lunch. 

 The afternoon tea venue was changed to Addlestone... sort of via Fairoakes Aerodrome!    We had to say goodbye to Terry upon leaving  the pub for he needed to make his way home via W. Byfleet etc.     For us it was almost a direct ride, planned so that riders could get home in good time - but, surprise, surprise - all seven of us had tea at the Golden Cafe in Addlestone before heading for home in various directions!   We left the pub just after 2pm and was at the cafe 2.40 where we were made welcome as the cafe did not shut till 3 o'clock.

 Thanks all, a  very enjoyable day

 Seasons greetings....Pam :):)


Monday, December 08, 2014

Sunday, 7 December

 I wonder how long before The Castle crumbles

Where IS she?
All present and correct

18 rode to the 11s. venue for light refreshment, 11 continued to Chobham via Laleham, Staines, Egham and on to Windsor Park where we exited at Blacknest Gate taking the back lanes to the A30 at Sunningdale. We then continued along Chobham Road, Windsor Road to our destination, The Castle Grove pub, where the food was soon delivered.   We then continued to Horsell  and Woking where we continued along the Basingstoke Canal to West Byfleet.
Thank you everyone for a lovely day. We were very lucky with the weather.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

This Sunday's ride................

Another change to the published lunch venue.
Now "Chobham Castle" NOT The Four Horseshoes,Burrowhill.

Emirates Ride

The view from the Emirates cable car yesterday.
Graham's ride will (hopefully) afford similar views on 1st February 2015.

Sunday, 30 November

 Reigate - Dormansland - Fanny's Farm Shop

 All together

Dave's pictures

Sunday 30th November 2014

When I set off from home it was a very foggy day but this had largely cleared when I arrived at Morrisons in Reigate for the meet and it eventually became a pleasant day for this time of year.
We were aiming for a prompt start to make sure we arrived at our lunch stop in time for the bar menu which they could offer us if we were there by about 12.30.  Ian set off by himself a bit earlier saying he would meet us there. The other riders left without too much delay - 11 of us headed out at about 11.15.
We left Morrisons and turned south along Bell Street then left along Lesbourne Road towards Redhill, passing the Cafe du Vélo on route.
Continuing westwards towards Merstham I discovered that roadworks had popped up blocking our planned bypass through the Watercolours estate so we carried on to Merstham before turning towards Nutfield. Jeff warned of a hillock ahead. This was Church Hill and sure enough the road rose and continued rising until we reached the A25 at Nutfield.
We stayed on this road until just after Bletchingly where we joined Rabies Heath Road - another incline but this time milder. A brief uphill to the top of Tilburstow and down the other side where we turned along Hart's Lane and the route flattened out. We crossed the A22 and rode through Crowhurst and Lingfield reaching the Old House at Home just a few minutes after our scheduled time of 12.30.
Neil decided he had to do Daniel's role so he had the roast but could only manage one pint. Most others chose from our cyclists only bar menu.
Some time after we had ordered, Ian arrived having had a navigational mishap at Lingfield but was allowed to order from our special menu.
After lunch Ed and Ian set off by themselves leaving 10 of us to head west in the group.  We rode together past Lingfield to Newchapel then northwest along Bones Lane.  We turned left towards Smallfield Road at the end of the lane and shortly after said goodbye to those heading towards Horley as 5 of us turned north towards Outwood and Fannies Farm.
This brought us fairly promptly to Horne Court Hill which although a little steep was fairly short. We had a short break by Outwood Mill which has recently been restored before continuing towards Nutfield via Coopers Hill. Then straight over to Church Hill - much easier in this direction - and into Merstham. Here we split temporarily with Mike and Jeff braving the slopes of Rocky lane leaving Sue, Andy, Neil and me to climb the gentle slope on the main road through the village. No escaping the last climb to Fannies Farm though.
We all met at the farm where Neil, Jeff and Mike headed home.
There were three left for tea, Andy, Sue and me. Ian arrived a bit later.
I left with Sue to guide her to Coulsdon arriving home about 4.30, probably one of the shortest returns from tea I've had. Mileage about 45.

From Dave S 

Apologies for the beats getting out of the chair!

Monday, November 24, 2014

This Sunday's ride...............

Your leader has informed me of a change to the destination.
It will now be The Old House at Home, Dormansland.
Please arrive at Morrisons ,Reigate promptly so to enable a 12.30pm arrival for lunch.

To quote Dave "The Old House at Home said they do only roasts on a Sunday as well but said they could do baguettes and sandwiches if we get there by 12:30 so it's just as well it is a shorter ride so  we leave Morrisons promptly and no stragglers.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday 23 November

Having seen the forecast and waking to the sound of rain I didn't expect to see many at Tillings. After refreshments Dave and I set off for an abbreviated ride to The Parrot at Forest Green via Abinger Hammer and Holmbury St Mary.

There were plenty of autumn leaves to admire - most of them were on the road, floating in the torrents which at times covered the road. Lunch was soon served at The Parrot - there were few customers at just past noon. After drying out (a little) but noting the rain hadn't stopped, we decided to venture forth and head for home. Unfortunately  this meant missing out on the last of the Capel cakes for this year - we didn't want to wait around for over an hour to 'opening time'.

We parted company at the top of Newdigate hill. I was looking forward to descending Henfold Lane but at the top I could see the road and entrance to the lake was flooded, as was the road a few yards further on, so a cautious descent was necessary. I arrived home at 14.30ish with less than 30 on my computer.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sunday 16th November 2014

Someone has a sense of humour :-) it.

This Sunday (23rd) your leader has informed me of a change..................The Bull at Ewhurst is the preferred destination.

Radio 2 lunchtime presenter Jeremy Vine rides to the BBC from his home in Chiswick every day, and wears a helmet cam.................this is what happened today: