Sunday, August 21, 2016

August 21 2016 An Alternative Tour Of The Surrey Heights

First a confession : I went to bed expecting rain but awoke to dry roofs, overcast skies and an obvious breeze. Had the forecast weather arrived or was it still to come? No idea so I opted for the train (as did others).

Thus four reached The Snooty Fox together; a real find and clearly popular with locals/not so locals. Six had already arrived with Dave and Don tucking in to full Englishes. When Ray showed up we were 11. As usual Bob and Don headed home whilst we set off of a roundabout journey to lunch. Main roads got us to the crematorium then came Farncombe's backstreets. After the level crossing re-opened, we were easily bested on the hill up to Charterhouse by an electric bike (oh the shame of it!) From Norney northwest led to Shackleford and over the hill to the scene of our last employment (or if you prefer, the home of Queen's drummer). Hops aren't a common sight on Surrey's roads but they were on the road to Seale. In Sandy Cross a left turn led us to lunch at the Barley Mow in The Sands. We arrived early at 1220. It had been 11+ miles with a few undulations but only that one lung-burster.

Standard SWL zimmer frame pose

Most settled for child's portions though Ed and Lilian were grown ups. The pub wasn't busy when we arrived (no surprise) but worringly neither was it as we leave just before one thirty. The way to Cutmill is downhill so speeds of 30+ mph soon brought the lake into view. Shortly afterwards we turned right and headed past Peper Harrow's entrance. On the cross-country to Eashing, Ed had a close encounter with the sand but seemed unharmed. And that left just one more surprise though probably of interest only to habitual television channel hoppers: Channel 4's Supervet clinic high above Godalming. From the Jack Phillips memorial, we took an all too familiar route: Farncombe, Loseley, Guildford High Street. the A3 cyclepath, and Ripley to tea at Ockham Bites. Just over 30 miles from 11s to teas (plus a further 20 miles for me).

Lunchtime Conversation (or Where I Went On The Recce)

Finally if I read the notice correctly, the "infamous" footpaths between Byfleet and Wisley are to be upgraded to bridleways. Don't get too excited just yet - appeals don't close for another three weeks.

Two points : Dave W, Vic, Irene, Ed, Lillian, GFH, Ken, Paul, Ray
One point:   Bob, Don

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sunday 14th August 2016

Cobham - Bramley - Newlands Corner

Your leader returns for a jaunt into deepest Surrey.
We meet at a comfortable Sainsbury's cafe in Cobham where a phone call was made to the new lunch destination (nine to dine. not including me)
One day I'll actually do the published ride!
A lapse of concentration in Cobham High Street sent us toward Leatherhead but I swiftly retraced before anybody had noticed.
We head toward East Horsley, Britain's richest village in 2011 & 2015.
Up and over the North Downs and left to Albury (where the difference between the 2001 & 2011 census was one person!)

The above pictures show Bramley station in 1961 & after renovation.
Trains ceased due to Beeching cuts in 1965.

Lunch was at the Wheatsheaf in the High Street.
Tea was at the renamed Squirrel Hill cafe, Newlands Corner.

I returned home via the NDW to Staple Lane car park where I noticed a little van serving tea and cake.

The weather was dry and warm with a sunny ride home for all.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Forthcoming Sunday change of lunch.....

Due to the unsuitabilty of the Witley pubs, I propose one of the following be decided by a vote on the day.

Winkworth Arboretum

The Wheatsheaf - Bramley.

The publican has requested he know in advance any food orders as he only has one person in the kitchen.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Sunday 7th August

Having left Bob, Richard and Mike at the golf club we headed south through Rusper where tea and cakes were already available outside the church. Resisting the strong temptation we continued on the 'usual route' to Warnham level crossing. Arriving at the t-junction by The Sussex Oak we turned right, using less frequented (by us) lanes to rejoin our 'usual route' to Broadbridge Heath. David W left us here. A short, noisy spell on the A264 brought us to the welcome turning to Slinfold, where we enjoyed lunch at The Red Lyon. Daniel was waiting here to join us.
After lunch Jeff and Daniel chose the road route to tea, the rest of us headed west on the Downs Link,stopping for the obligatory photo at the two tier bridge. We left the Link at Lynwick Street, Rudgwick. Graham found an alternative route but sadly he didn't have to carry his bike up about twenty steps. In the wonderful but not too hot sunshine we followed the 'usual route' via Ellen's Green, Okewood Hill (where The Punchbowl  has just reopened) to Weare Street. Here, Ed punctured but soon effected a temporary repair, good enough to get him to Capel. Jeff and Daniel were here and had thoughtfully left us some cake. Whilst eating/drinking/talking Paul D and many walkers arrived. After a lengthy break during which Ed changed his tube we left to head homewards. A very modest mileage for me, thanks everybody for your company.
 Post lunch pose
 Rudgwick two tier bridge

Monday, August 01, 2016

Tea at Knaphill

Thank you Dave for a very pleasant ride on a near perfect day for cycling.

                                                             No Pub!

Sunday July 31 2016 - A Summary Of Dave's Ride

As others found elsewhere Plan A ("lift up thy bike and run") would have worked but we (Ed, Steph and G) used Plan B passing under the Pru ride on the Hampton Wick side of Kingston bridge then left by Sigma. Bushy Park saw numbers double with the appearance of Ken, Paul and Tony. No surprise there was very little traffic until we neared Chertsey. As the rendezvous was reached, Dave and Don were coming over Chertsey Bridge! So without delay we transversed the town and rode up the hill towards Longcross. Down to Windlesham and up to Sunninghill got us to 11s where Pam and Vic were enjoying the sun.

Once refreshed Steph and Don headed home. Save for a brief detour into Windlesham and Bagshot the rest had to endure traffic on the A30 and B3272. No water babies were sighted in Eversley. Just after Bramshill Police College a minor road brought us to The Shoulder Of Mutton at Hazeley with cows at bottom of garden as a backdrop for an alfresco lunch.

The afternoon was more countrified at least as far as Fleet!(Mattingley, Phoenix Green and Winchfield Hurst) after which basically we followed railway through Farnborough, Pirbright and Brookwood. Here we turned northeast for tea at a popular Mizen railway. About 75 miles door to door.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sunday 24th July

No pub photo this week, but here's a recent pic of our leader. Anybody recognise her ?

Sunday 24th July


A 'good weather' day had been forecast, possible afternoon showers - which we did not get!  Bob and Ed were already at Fairoaks when Lilian and I arrived just after ten with others arriving soon after.   Stephanie, Miles, Alan and pal John, Carolyn and hubby John. All but Ed did not continue to lunch.   So, Ed, Lilian, Dave, Don, Terry, Ray and Vic joined me for the ride to Puttenham; joining the Basingstoke canal at Woking and leaving it at Brookwood.  Down Cemetery Pales to Pirbright onwards towards Normandy on the A324. A left turn into Corbett Hill Road, right at A323, left into Bailes Lane where we continued along the bridle path to Westwood Lane.  Then it was up Wanborough Hill where a right turn took us to Puttenham.   Unfortunateley Ed took a wrong turn at the top of hill causing a little concern and Terry made a big effort to find him (you never know) but they both arrived at the pub OK.   Graham is on Warden duty at Puttenham Barns so he and Irene joined us for lunch after their morning ride! 

Our return was on a well known route - cycle route 22 alongside the golf course, Pilgrims Way, left past the Watts Gallery and then right along the Hogs Back, leading to a very steep drop into Guildford.   Up the High Street, across Stoke Park, River Wey and then the cycle path alongside A3 leading us to Ockham Bites for a welcome cuppa accompanied by plenty of chat and giggles!!  Then it was time to say goodbye.  Ray and Vic led me over the A3 on a bridge I had not used before, crossing Wisley Common; a short ride along the River Wey into Byfleet.  Made a nice change from the usual way I would go home.

Thank you all for your company, with  a special thanks to Terry for back marking. 

 Cheers Pam

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Sunday 17th July 2016

Gibbons Mill
Next to Rudgwick Brick Works

Michael Jordan Caravans - The Haven - Capel

Felt good today.6 at 11's, 5 to lunch via the bumpy track past Gibbon's Mill.
Dave had a quick drink and was off............we lingered for around 2 hours.
Graham mentioned this new tea/coffee stop near Cox Green.We called in........not for refreshment though, just a look.
Long stop at Capel too.

Humid with the sun breaking late pm.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Change Of Start (31/07/16) and Who's To Blame

The more observant will have noted a potential clash with a larger event - the Pru. We could try "pick up thy bike and run" at Hampton Court but both Dave and I feel that it could be undignified and perhaps chancy.

So the start will be Kingston Bridge. The centre of town (including the station) should be clear as their route is the one way system in reverse, that is, twice passing under the railway. Any one coming from the north should use either of  the underpasses at the ends of Kingston bridge to reach TK Maxx. Conversely there'll be a rendezvous at Chertsey Bridge (car park opposite Kingfisher). Say 0915 to 0930.

For those who may mutter "Glad I wasn't on that ride". Last Sunday (10/07) this bunch went: Cobham, East Clandon, Bramley, Hambledon, Lodsworth, Bignor, Houghton Bridge (lunch), Fittleworth, Wisborough Green, Rudgwick, Weare Street.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Potters Arms Winchmore Hill

On the way to 11's the rain started and by the time I arrived at the NT cafe at Runnymede I was fairly wet. I was first to arrive soon joined by Bob who had been sheltering under a tree by the river. Don, Dave, Ken and Alan soon joined us. Very soon Irene arrived dressed for walking as she was off on her hols the next day. Terry, Ed, Graham, Rachel and Vic also braved the rain. Setting off, Don headed home,  with a break in the rain we headed to Windsor and over the Thames to Dorney where Alan and Graham headed for home. The rain was off and on all the way to lunch. Up through Taplow to the A40 and across onto Forty Green and past Alfriston school where Dave had had enough of the rain (also having cycled to Bedford the previous day) onto Horseshoe lane past Winchmore hill then doubled back to the Pub.

The Potters arms is a typical pub that now does dinning and we were welcomed, drinks and the bar and food orders taken at the table, the food took a little while to arrive but was of good quality. As we were eating our lunch the Sun popped its head through the clouds and stayed with us for the rest of the afternoon. Stomachs full we headed off to tea at Windsor farm shop. Magpie lane to the A355 and across into Bottrells lane and Back lane to Chalfont St Giles and on through Gerrards Cross, Fulmer and across the Bath road and M4 to Datchet and onto to Tea. Vic and Ken headed home so only 5 had tea and cake in glorious sunshine at Windsor farm shop. A nice venture to a new lunch stop in the Chilterns. Thank you all for your company.

Yes another pub photo


Monday, July 04, 2016

Cycling in Kingston

Once again the Council is seeking (and based on previous experience will ignore) your views on  proposed changes for cyclists. The next tranche covers roads which I rarely use. If you do, you may wish to comment. See

Sunday July 3 2016

Five joined the annual ride to the coast with Graham joining the group until Horsham before he headed off to meet Ed and others in Guildford.

Starting at Dorking, first stop was in Horsham where Bill's was unable to accommodate the group so we moved to an adjacent cafe where perfectly adequate refreshments were available. Timing was perfect as the only shower of the day happened whilst we were there.

Dropping south into a testing headwind the group arrived in Shoreham by 12.30 and stocked up at The Bakery with lunch and also rock cakes and bread pudding for the journey home. Although windy the sun came out and the sea was turquoise for lunch on the beach.

The break allowed time for much speculation as to the source of the loud clanking from Janice's bike (bottom bracket, gears, fly wheel, spokes or who knows what). Fortunately the bike still worked and with a tail wind the group headed down cycle route 2 to Hove and then north to a pub stop at Warninglid. Drinks washed down the rock cakes and bread pudding and then it was head down and homeward bound for the last 30 miles or so.

An enjoyable day out!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Sunday July 3 2016 (Ed)

Ed will be at West Horsley for 11s and at Wetherspoons Guildford for lunch. He'd welcome your company if you've nothing better to do!

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