Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Additional Sunday Ride


Sunday the 11th December 

The C&M official ride is Bromley for 11's and Horton Kirby for lunch. This is far to distant for a number of the club so an alternative ride will also take place.

Details are:
11's at  West Horsley Squires and lunch at Leatherhead Wetherspoons. Afternoon tea will be decided on the day.

Tony..

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Concorde at Brooklands

Stopped for a photo this morning at Brooklands on our way to lunch at an alternative venue, The Saddlers Arms Send March. Nice cold but sunny ride. Thank you Graham.

Tony..

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Sunday 04/12/16 Lessons To Be Learnt

A modest (40+ miles) but incident packed ride. The quirky route was designed to avoid most roads used on the previous two rides.

As I left home, I feared we might be in for a pub crawl so a prompt restart from Nutty Lane would be essential. It wasn't to be as Terry punctured en route. We waited which was fortunate for Jeff who arrived after Terry. We exited over the motorway into Shepperton and over Walton Bridge using both cyclepaths. By now it was noon and Christmas traffic was all about us.

To avoided the town centre Sidney Road led on to Walton and Weybridge stations. Then came Brooklands via railside footpaths and a photo shoot beside Concorde. In Byfleet Mike decided no more roughstuff (The Venus Trail) so a rendezvous was arranged - the Seven Stars outside Ripley. The roughstuff was rough but dry and nobody complained (loudly). But my woes continued - having already lost my computer, something jammed my front mudguard as we turned into Engliff Lane. In my panic the front disk rotor was bent (and amazing unbent) before we could continue. No Mike at The Seven Stars; we spotted a bike - was it his? We didn't know and after a short wait we headed to the Saddlers Arms which squeezed us in (just). Sometime later Mike rang Ed - he'd been inside the Seven Stars! and joined us belatedly.

By the time we were ready to leave it was well after two so could we get home in the light? We left in all directions. I made it with ten minutes to spare.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Sunday November 27 2016

It wasn't the brightest of days; nevertheless thirteen of us descended on the Golden Cafe Addlestone. By 11 we were ready to roll. Ed then claimed a senior moment so I found myself leading at short time!

Like last week Liberty Lane got us over the motorway into Rowtown but here we diverged. A sharp descent past the garden centre and the subsequent climb brought to us to the canal at Woodham lock. It was now a case of following the Ceres Trail signs (more or less) into the centre of Woking. For fans of Paul Weller, we descended Stanley Road after which a left brought us to HG Wells (Wetherspoons) at an embarassing early 1140! There was no obvious way of extend the ride so looking on the bright side we concluded that an early lunch merited an early tea. We settled on Wetherspoons Walton, or so I thought!

Ed was now back in charge. He left the canal at Scotland Bridge and continued on familar ways (B385/A318) into Addlestone and Weybridge and along the river to Walton bridge. Here I stopped briefly. Passing the Riverhouse cafe I noted it was open (1400). Not long afterwards I met Ed et al coming in the opposite direction! Others were missing so a vigil outside Wetherspoons was needed. In time I was rescued by Irene and we returned to Riverhouse. In the confusion only Ray was lost.

Not even 40 miles (but all in the light), and three "meals" in just over three hours.

2 points (Ed, Bob, Dave W, Don, GFH, Irene, Maureen, Pam, Ray, Simon, Terry, Tony, Vic)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Change of lunch venue

P L E A S E   N O T E

Next Sunday the lunch venue has changed to Wetherspoons Woking.

Tony..

Upper Haliford-Send Marsh-Esher

Sunday the 20/11/16

Not sure if the ride would take place according to the weather forecast, heavy rain all night and blustery wind but by 9.00am the wind was moderate and the rain barely a drizzle. I met Dave Ward going through Lower Sunbury and we cycled the last mile or two together, I had been sitting in a group from Chiswick cycling club on their way to Chobham and sheltering from the headwind.

Not expecting many at 11‘s I arrived early as did Alan but not before Bob. Soon to be joined by Pam and Irene. Graham joined us as did Simon, Ed and Vic. We left 11‘s around 11.15 and headed over Walton Bridge to Weybridge, Adlestone, Ottershaw, West Byfleet to Pyrford and through Send to Lunch at the Saddlers Arms Send Marsh. Terry was already there and had cycled direct to lunch.

It was great to get inside in the warmth as we all had felt the cold. A good hour spent eating and chatting before we reluctantly headed outdoors to continue to tea. Most though had opted to head directly home. We said our goodbyes to Pam, Irene and Vic and headed to Ripley and a right into Rose lane and the road to Cobham.

At the Black Swan, Terry and Ed turned right for home while Simon, Graham me continued to Cobham and the Portsmouth road to Esher, Graham continued towards Kingston and Simon and me to Hampton court through Bushy Park to Twickenham and home for Simon. Another 4 miles for me in the dusk and home to thaw out with a mug of tea.  A very cold but nice, if short, day on the bike. Thank you all for your company and Simon for back marking.

Tony..

Monday, November 14, 2016

Remembrance Day, 13 November

Rusper


Memorial at Rusper
One minute's silence
Church of St Mary Magdalene













Many thanks to Rachel for these photographs.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Cheam and Morden - November 13th

Lunch - minus Terry

Lunch - minus Maureen

 
With the sun shining and roads and leaves almost dried out from yesterday's rain seven of us (including guest Chris Jeggo) set off south from Beare Green, soon turning left into Newdigate Road. Passing through Capel (too early for cakes) we soon saw the A24 again but left it for the pleasures of Rusper Road, Friday Street and Green Lane where, after months of leaking, the water pipe has been repaired. Not wishing to arrive too early for lunch I followed Plan B which meant turning into Wimland Road then Wimland Lane, Faygate Lane and East Street to arrive at The Plough and Attic Rooms, Rusper at 1300 hrs. Here we placed our orders at the bar and were promptly banished to an Attic Room (see photos above). Our delicious food arrived quite soon.

After lunch we headed north from Rusper to Newdigate, turning right into Church Road which led to Parkgate. I noted the telephone box there saved by the pub landlord now houses a defibrillator, and his car park was full. We then continued northish but turned into Brockhamhurst Road to have another whizz down Root Hill. This week however we forked left into Parkpale then Tilehurst Lane, Punchbowl Lane to tea at Pilgrim Cycles. We then went our separate ways in the daylight (I expect some needed lights later) having had a pleasant dry ride in good company. Thanks, Rachel for keeping an eye at the back.

Terry

Eight went to 11s and lunch, Ray joined us for 11s.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Second Sunday Ride

Sunday the 13th November

For those living Northwest of the catchment area Vic White will be leading a ride.

We start at 11's from Addlestone, Golden Cafe,if its not open the Olive Tree,near Addlestone Cycles,11 o’clock. Then Green Lane,Lyne Lane,Trumps Green, Chobham Common,Valley End,Lightwater, Red Road Hill,through a posh estate to Church Hill,Camberley, past the station to Wetherspoons nearby. After lunch across the A30 to College Ride, up through the common estate ,a bit of off-road to Church Road, Bagshot the quiet way, probably Windlesham, Valley End again, briefly,Burrow Hill,Red Lion Road, Stonehills, Holloway Hill, where people will probably want to peel off or back to Addlestone for tea.

Tony..

Monday, November 07, 2016

November 6 2016

For completeness though no photos

A bright but cold and windy start (with worse forecast) did not deter the dozen who made it to 11s at Bourne Valley GC. Four (Alan, Richard, Steff and Terry) went no further; the rest carried on past Ottershaw, Burrowhill, Broomhall, Blacknest, Ascot Gate, Jubilee Statue, Rangers Gate, NCN 4  to lunch at the Windlesora (Wetherspoons) in Windsor.

With a darkening sky and increasing wind after lunch, the vote was no tea. The wind was now at our backs as we powered past Windsor and Eton Riverside, Datchet, Poyle to Ashford. Minutes after I've arrived home the promised rain arrived. Out all day: Dave, Brian, Graham, Irene, Pam, Paul, Simon, Vic. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Lamb Inn, Lambs Green


Six happy eaters

                                                            

Upside-up leader Neil with upside-down pudding 

                                        

Four horsepower vehicle outside The Lamb 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

30 October. Buckland - Lamb's Green - Denbies

Despite the misty morning and the allure of another Squires Garden Centre further west, ten made it to Buckland. From Bob, who arrived so early he had time for an extra coffee in The Pheasant before moving on to the Garden Centre, through to Graham who arrived just as we were leaving with claims that Buckland had been moved further from Kingston.

We had to start with a short climb along a very busy A25 but soon turned across Reigate Heath, through Trumpets Hill and over to Doversgreen to reach Lonesome Lane. Turning right in Meath Green we crossed back over the A217 to go via Norwood Hill, Charlwood and Ifield Green before heading west towards Lamb's Green.

We had left Bob and Maureen in Buckland, Graham had left us en route to Lamb's Green, and Janice left us as we arrived at The Lamb. Leaving Lilian, Rachel, Ed, Terry, Jeff and me to have a very pleasant lunch in a proper country pub. The majority went for small roasts but I did also manage a pineapple upside-down cake and custard to fuel up for the return journey.

While lunching, four horse-drawn carriages arrived at the pub for what appears to have been a Halloween pubcrawl with riders in various fancy dress. Hopefully others will be providing the photographic evidence.

The afternoon's route was more direct, taking us through Rusper and Newdigate and down Root Hill to Brockham. Here we admired the large bonfire, almost ready for next weekend, before heading on to Denbies for tea and cake as the sun went down.

Lambs Green

The Lamb Inn
Should be called the Nags' Head. Batman seems to have flown

Notice for 2016 AGM

The AGM for CTC South West London will commence at 11:00 in the Hersham Amenity Hall on Wednesday 9th November.

Signing in sheets will circulate once you are sitting down. The Agenda, Minutes of the 2015 AGM, Treasurer's Report and our Annual Report will be available for you to read.

Please be considerate about where you park your bikes.

Tim Court
Secretary

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sunday the 30th October


Dave is organising a second ride this Sunday, 11's  at Squires West Horsley then the Sun pub at Windlesham for Lunch.

Tony..

Monday, October 24, 2016

Cheam and Morden 23rd October...


                                    ...at The Wheatsheaf, Woking

                                    Photo by Maureen

Claygate to Woking to Addlestone 23rd October



A new venue for me, Capitol Café in Claygate. The staff were very patient for we almost filled the café!  Bob, Alan and Graham, (testing his injury from previous week),  returned or did their own thing.  Irene, Rachel, Lilian, Maureen, Ed, Mick, Dave W. Brian, Simon (was that a first with the C+M?), and Ray W.  Terry met us at lunch as he had only returned from his holiday 11pm night before!  All this information for your records Jeff!

Bright and sunny after the morning mist with a cool breeze.  We headed for Church Rd which led us to the path, named New Road to Fairoak Lane. We turned right to Princess Drive (which I almost missed), Birds Hill Ride, straight over A244 down to Stoke D'Abernon where I almost missed a right turn but fortunately there was a service road which helped get me back on track! The track being River Lane to Downside Common. From here we followed well known lanes to Ripley, Pyrford, then to Sheerwater to ride along the canal to Woking where our lunch stop, The Wheatsheaf pub is just up on the left in Chobham Road.

Our table was set, the food was very good as was the service - a must for another visit :)

Some weeks ago a Wednesday ride had passed The Plough, Horsell and news got back to me that there had been a fire at the pub (17th July according to the web), hence another pub had to be found in the area for my ride.   As I was curious to see the pub and what was going on, our return went past it.  It is completely shrouded in plastic and I only hope it will be back in business soon.

I had thought of tea at Walton Bridge but as there was quite a chill in the air we all favoured the Golden Café, Addlestone.  Our route from Horsell was almost direct to tea........Philpot Lane, Old Chertsey Road, Stonehill Road where I thought I would - maybe - introduce Homewood Park to one or two in the group.  Arriving at the café we saw it shut at three and it was now just approaching that hour...but... due to the kindness/thoughtfulness/common sense...of the staff, we were invited in to have our tea etc.

Many thanks to all who were out, special thanks to Rachel for back marking and those who kindly cornered. Also thank you Maureen for taking the photo -  a most enjoyable day - Cheers, Pam.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16 2016 - The case of the missing leader

Many apologies to any who reached the Vineries expecting a leader. During rain that fell near Malden Rushett, I managed to skid on something slippery; result:- a posterior dislocation of  my right shoulder for the third time and  "rouging" of my upper lip.

And it doesn't stop there: Wednesday sees my first physio session. And my slow heart rate requires a chat with my GP.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Sunday 2nd October


                               80% of today's ride at The Sussex Oak

Fortunately today's forecast was good, roads had mostly dried out from yesterday giving fine, if rather cool riding conditions. After leaving Jordan's caravans and noting the extensive (and expensive?) new footbridge at Gomshall station we briefly headed west on the A25 before turning left into Goose Green. Peaslake was soon reached via Burrows Lane, Jesses Lane and Pond Lane. A pleasant run then to Ewhurst via Ewhurst and Peaslake Roads, then south eastish to Rowhook, crossing the A29 onto the one-way stretch of Rowhook Road. This led to the A281 which we left at the first opportunity, turning into Strood Lane and shortly arriving at Warnham.

Catering at The Sussex Oak was up to its usual high standard, and after a very leisurely lunch we followed the 'usual' route to Capel, noting the former café at Langhurstwood Road has been replaced by Max's Diner (ie Jo Jo's is now a no no). The choice of cakes at Capel, as usual, was huge - it's always difficult making a decision there. After another leisurely break we headed home, having enjoyed mostly quiet roads, pleasant scenery and good company.  Thanks all.

Attendees were: elevens only - Janice, Irene, Pam, David, Donald, Keith, Vic and Alan.
Full day - Lilian, Jeff, Ed, Graham, Terry.

Terry

Friday, September 30, 2016

Sunday 2nd October...

...elevenses will be at Jordan's (caravans) Gomshall and lunch at The Sussex Oak at Warnham.
I thought I should warn 'em (sorry, you) there will be a stretch of (avoidable) quite reasonable off-road.

Terry

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sunday 25th September ride

Please note I have changed the lunch stop from Wasps Green to Horsham Weatherspoons and the afternoon tea stop will be at Pilgrims Cycles or Denbies if there is a large group.

Meet as normal at Tesco Hookwood for 11's. Prompt 11am departure required.

Thanks

Paul

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sunday September 18 2016

To keep the scorers happy....

In my confused state (eg leaving home initially with two left mitts), there was little hope of me reaching the start on time so I opted for the Ashford route to Jenners Maidenhead arriving ahead of the bunch which came via Staines. Already seated were some who'd arrived a week early after an unfortunate problem with the new website!

With 25+ miles in many legs, it was no surprise that our restart was delayed until 1130. We returned to the bridge then took the first left, Mill Lane currently a "building site" and climbed past Taplow. Before Cliveden we veered eastwards on lanes and after a little more than five miles reached the lunch stop at the Blackwood Arms Littleworth Common. It was warm enough for an alfresco lunch.

Nul point for the official teastop so we headed for Vermeulens and after a leisurely stop our respective homes. Twice we encountered Roger (and the KCC?), firstly in Burnham Beeches and secondly in Stanwell Moor as we exited Vermeulens. About 55 miles door to door.

2 points: Dave W, Ed, Ray, Paul, Ken, Pam, Tony, Bob, GFH
1 point : Alan

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Lunch stop on 11th September


                                     The Fabulous Four at Smock Alley

                             Photo kindly taken by small schoolgirl Alysha

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sunday 11th September 2016

Rusper Golf Club - Smock Alley - Horsham Park

Some noticed the change........some didn't.
My apologies extend to all who made their way to Boulter's Lock to find no leader & no ride on such a beautiful day.
I'm entirely to blame as it was foreseen as early as the second week of August & Dave and I had a conversation on my ride to Bramley.
Graham changed the online rides list and I put a notice on our blog Tuesday of last week.

A few words.........

Bye Stephanie & Ed.
Perfect weather for cycling.
Foursome.
Mostly flat.
Lovely old pub.
Pint of lime squash 45p.
Southwater Country Park way to busy - some event involving loads of kids.
Horsham Park Conservatory cafe - new to Terry.
Wasps like Lemon Drizzle cake.
Blue sky all day.

As I write, 11 degrees daytime temp......after 3 days above 30 degrees!




Temperatures above 30C have been recorded on three consecutive September days for the first time in nearly 90 years.
The mercury hit a scorching 30.1C in Gravesend on Thursday, continuing a record-breaking month of weather. It is the first time such consistently high temperatures have been logged since 1929, the Met Office said.

Sunday 11th September 2016

Rusper Golf Club - Smock Alley - Horsham Park

Some noticed the change........some didn't.
My apologies extend to all who made their way to Boulter's Lock to find no leader & no ride on such a beautiful day.
I'm entirely to blame as it was foreseen as early as the second week of August & Dave and I had a conversation on my ride to Bramley.
Graham changed the online rides list and I put a notice on our blog Tuesday of last week.

A few words.........

Bye Stephanie.
Perfect weather for cycling.
Foursome.
Mostly flat.
Lovely old pub.
Pint of lime squash 45p.
Southwater Country Park way to busy - some event involving loads of kids.
Horsham Park Conservatory cafe - new to Terry.
Wasps like Lemon Drizzle cake.
Blue sky all day.

As I write, 11 degrees daytime temp......after 3 days above 30 degrees!




Temperatures above 30C have been recorded on three consecutive September days for the first time in nearly 90 years.
The mercury hit a scorching 30.1C in Gravesend on Thursday, continuing a record-breaking month of weather. It is the first time such consistently high temperatures have been logged since 1929, the Met Office said.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

This Sunday........11th September 2016

I'm sure most folk are aware that the ride will be as follows:

Elevenses - Rusper Golf Club

Lunch - Smock Alley

Tea - TBA

This follows the decision to swap the 11th & 18th rides around.

So now Dave's ride will be on the 18th September.