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.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Easter Alternative To The Tour

If you can't face another Easter and those eggs, Dave Ward is prepared to lead a ride on Easter Sunday (March 27). His provisional plan is:

11s        Leatherhead Wetherspoons
Lunch   Windlesham

but he's flexible so if you're a better suggestion let us all know.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Capel Teas 2016

March  6th (Mothering Sunday), 27th (Easter), 28th (Easter Monday)
April 17th
May 1st, 2nd May (Mayday), 29th, 30th (Whitsun)
June 12th
July 17th
August 7th, 28th, 29th
September 18th
October 2nd Harvest
November 5th (All Souls), 20th November (Church Mission Society)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Sunday 13th March 2016

"Giro Cycles in Esher voted UK's Best Coffee Shop for Cyclists - sponsored by"

I made no less than six phone calls to find a suitable lunch venue today...............but settled for an old favourite.....The Saddler's Arms,Send Marsh.

Monday, March 07, 2016

Not a pub insight

Mothers Day 6/3/16

A very cold morning and Mothers day meant it would be difficult to get served for lunch in pubs so we were off to Fernygrove Farm coffee shop, which I visited about a week ago on a solo ride.I arrived at Hampton court at 8.50am and by 9.10am only Ed had arrived, I knew Irene and Alan would be at 11's so perhaps 3 to lunch wasn't too bad. I took a varied route West of Feltham on cycle paths and back roads to to Bedfont and the the usual roads to 11's at Vermeulens. A surprise awaited me as Irene, Alan, Dave, Don and Vic had gone straight there!  Soon the numbers were swelled when Roger and Graham arrived followed by Bob. As we were getting ready to leave Neal also turned up.

We followed the usual route to Datchet and Windsor then on through Dedworth and Oakley Green and the B3024 to Fifield and a right turn loop, to add a few miles, and back onto the B3024 and a left onto the A330 through Touchen End and then across the Drift road. Then onto the Ascot road to lunch at the Farm Coffee shop Hawthorn Hill. Don and Alan had already turned for home and Dave left us here. The coffee shop was crowded and we were lucky get comfy seats and tables and together.

The food here is all from the farm and good quality, we were soon catered for. On leaving Neal left us to head for Guildford to visit a relative. We had a shortish off road section down Hawthorn lane into Bishops lane to Maidens Green, Winkfield, Woodside and the B383 Sunninghill road to the Ascot gate of Windsor great park. Leaving the park at Bishops gate and the descent of Tite Hill and through Egham to find the barriers coming down on level crossing for the second time we took a detour through the industrial estate to come out on the causeway and into Staines for tea at North's teashop. where we were treated to loads of cake and tea with the added bonus of watching the recorded track cycling. We were getting too comfy and all good things must come to an end so time to depart and head for home. I headed for Wraysbury to add a few miles. I really lovely day on the bike with some Sun and no rain. Thank you all for your company with a special thanks to the tea lady at Norths of Staines.


Sunday, March 06, 2016

Hilly 50 2016

Please see SWLDA Blog for initial report more to follow!

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Sunday 28th February 2016

No food at the Inn.............well The Pheasant at Buckland anyways.
Newly opened and a to a high standard........breakfasts NOW available (from Sunday 6th).
The coffee was decent and we shared a cafetiere for £2.60 (two cups).

I had intended to take the track past Dungates Farm going south - east to join Flanchford Road but I actually took the track to the right of a house at the end of Dungates Lane (south) to emerge opposite Wonham Manor.
A mistake......but as it turned out, nobody appeared to notice.
From there it was across to Lonesome Lane and Salfords.
Over the M23 to pass The Castle at Outwood.
Ed flew down Scott's Hill ahead of me not expecting a fork left (Cogman's Lane).
Suffering from a mild cold I dined on soup.........which was far from hot......disappointing since Jeff and Terry seemed to enjoy their ciabattas.
Home for me was via Wray Lane & Asda,Burgh Heath..........a baguette for 15p anyone?

Around 8 degrees with a north-easterly,and some brightness too.

Date for your diary:

Ripley Jumble dates - Saturday April 16th and Saturday September 17th

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This Sunday.........28th February 2016

Due to a mix-up, The Pheasant at Buckland have told me they will be doing breakfasts from Sunday 6th March 2016.
NOT this Sunday as I had originally thought.
Although they will open at will be for tea/coffee only.
As folk arrive we may decide to move to Squires - Buckland instead if people so wish.

Sunday 21st February 2016

Eight at Poppy Cafe,Coulsdon.........a place I haven't visited for probably 20 years or so.
It's certainly in the same spot,overlooking Coulsdon Memorial Park.

The bacon sandwiches looked enticing but sadly my cappuccino wasn't up to my standard (too watery).
I will return no doubt.........I love the view over the park!
Leaving Jeff & Dave we straight away climbed Marlpit Lane to fork left past Coulsdon Common and a swift decent to Whyteleafe.
Across the A22 and the climb of Hillbury Road (B 270) to Warlingham.
Still going east to briefly join NCN 22 (the surfaced bit) past St Leonards church and north on Skid Hill Lane.
Right Sheepbarn Lane into Jewels Hill then the climb of Salt Box Hill.
Left onto the A233 past the Kings  Arms where an eagle eyed rider spotted Ian.
We took lunch in The Crown,Leaves Green.
The landlady offered sandwiches despite them not actually being available on a Sunday.........that's them sorted then I said to myself.
A direct route home for all through Selsdon and Purley past Oaks Park (no takers).

A mainly dull day with (very) occasional brightness pm.
Above 10 degrees.

Monday, February 15, 2016

CTC Tri-ennial Vets 100 Mile Ride

Every three years since 1928, the Cyclists’ Touring Club has organised a challenge ride for members over 50. As many of the Wayfarers would just about squeak over the age limit, on 15th June we will be organising a CTC Tri-Vets ride, starting and finishing at the Cricket Pavilion in Brockham. We will offer a 100 mile ride, which will qualify for the CTC Tri-Vets Badge, and we will offer a 100 km ride, for those who want a good day out but don’t fancy the full distance. We will also be offering a 50 km ride suitable for any member who chooses it. The shorter distance rides do not qualify for the badge.  Of course, if you’re lucky enough to look under 50, as the signs say in pubs, you can still ride 100 miles but you can’t have a badge. Something for the youngsters to look forward to.

All rides will be largely on the Surrey Cycleway, which is a network of pretty lanes with little traffic. It is not flat - Surrey isn’t - but it’s certainly not a hilly route, as none of Surrey’s famous hills is included. 

To earn your badge, which you will have to order from CTC at a cost of £4, you will need to complete your 100 miles in twelve hours. For many Wayfarers eight hours riding and an hour for stops will be plenty; some may choose a slower pace, some may choose a shorter distance. Every finisher, at every distance, will get a Finisher’s Certificate. 
Based on the Cricket Pavilion at Brockham, the first riders will leave at 0800. For each distance, there will be led rides of small groups, with the normal leader/back marker/corner marker arrangements. Times for these led rides are as follows:
0800:  100 miles, 12.5 mph
0830:  100 miles, 13.0 mph
0900:  100 miles, 13.5 mph
0930:  100 kms, 12.0 mph
1000:  100 kms, 12.5 mph
1030:  100 kms,  13.0 mph
1100:  50 kms,  10.0 mph
To join the event you do not have to participate in a led ride - you can ride by yourself, or with a couple of friends, if you prefer. There will be route cards and GPS files for those who want them. Every rider will have an Audax-style ‘Brevet Card’, that is stamped as proof of passage. This will serve as evidence for CTC Badge Claims, but it is not meant to be a rigorous thing. It’s a ride with friends and clubmates - claims are made on trust. 

As an illustration of how it works, here is the 100 mile route. It’s a figure of eight, almost all on the Cycleway, that starts at Brockham, returns to the Pavilion for lunch and then finishes there for tea and cakes. The 100 km and 50 km routes will be similar, taking shorter loops away from Brockham.
The Pavilion will be open from 0730, serving teas, coffees and biscuits to riders before they set off. Sandwich lunches will be available there from 1100 to 1500, with teas starting after that until the last rider is accounted for.

The rules are that twelve hours are allowed for the 100 mile ride. The first riders will leave at 0800, and the finish control will close at about 2030, depending on who’s still out on the course. It may be that for some, the finish control is one of the pubs on Brockham Green ...

The Wayfarers will charge £5 for the CTC Tri-vets ride, which is well below CTC’s recommended charge. For this you get teas and coffees, a sandwich lunch, cake at tea- time, a certificate, the organisation of the event and the use of the hall.
The event will be advertised on the CTC Web Site. As other CTC groups are doing, we plan to cap the number of riders at 80, as we can’t really cope with much more than that. Being close to London, the event may be very popular, so if you are interested you would be well advised to get your name on the list early. Speak to Simon, or drop him an email, to secure your place. 


St Valentines Day - The Herbert Wells Woking

14th of Feb...and 14 of us were ready to leave Squires for Woking at 14 minutes past eleven !!!! (more or less)!  It was the same route as planned for my 2015 lead to Horsell but this Sunday we diverted to Wetherspoons which was not such a bad choice, (Horsell pubs were fully booked), for we all sat together with no complaints about food and service.

OK....the route....towards Cobham station, River Lane (good surface), Downside, Horsley Road, The Drift, East Lane, Ripley Lane to Ripley where there had been a time trial that Mike had hoped to see one or two of the participants but it was all over when we passed the headquarters!  From there we passed Newark Abbey continuing to Maybury then via the canal towpath to Woking.

Alan and Richard had already gone their own way so twelve for lunch. After lunch Dave, Mike and Tony pushed on whilst the rest of us went to Addlestone via the towpath and New Haw.  Terry said goodbye at Byfleet; Nigel, Graham and Rachel - no tea - so five of us stopped at the Golden CafĂ© where we were invited to meander as long as we wished!

I must add that it was 14 miles from elevenses to is that for all the fourteens on the 14th???A very nice day, albeit very chilly - but NO rain!! My thanks to all for coming, particularly to Ray for taking photos and to Graham for back marking.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Sunday 14 February

Irene and I called into The Plough, Horsell today and was told 'no room at the inn' on Sunday - so plan to have lunch at Wetherspoons, Woking instead!   Not sure yet where we shall have tea? 

See you all at Stoke D'Abernon, on the way to lunch by 11.15 !?     Pam :)

Monday, February 08, 2016

Sunday 7 Feb 2016 C&M Lunch Angel

Hearty congratulations to Steve Gordon & Ann for all the arrangements, rides lead, sharing their new lovely  home with delicious home made cakes & aperitifs. The lunch was excellent  and shared by around 34 members (?).
Steve led the ride from North Cheam up through Nork Park and onto the pond at Walton on the Hill where Jeff, Dave and I joined.
The sun was shining as can be seen from the following photo.