Sunday, June 23, 2019

Threes Sunday 23rd June

                                                  Choice of cakes at Capel church.

Sunday 23rd June

Suitably refreshed, I led Ann, Keith and David south from a very popular Tanhouse Farm, leaving Lilian, Jeff and Graham to 'do their own thing'. A familiar route via Rusper and Warnham led to a less familiar bridleway from Broadbridge  Heath avoiding Horsham. After a short stretch of the A264 we turned off to Slinfold, shortly joining the A29 briefly before turning off to The Haven. The Blue Ship served the food pretty quickly, but Dave only quenched his thirst before heading home for allotment duties. 

After lunch we had a leisurely familiar ride to Capel via Rudgwick, Ellens Green, Okewood Hill and Weare Street ensuring we didn't arrive before opening time (1500 hrs). The usual splendid choice of cakes was available, still all produced by one shy lady. We then proceded in a homeward direction.

A very pleasant day, thanks to all for your company, also to the Clerk of the Weather.


Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sunday 16th June

Lunch at The Bear

Happy Shepperton-bound cyclists

Sunday the 16th of June 2019

Fathers Day'    .... and there were lots of families in Notcutts, maybe celebrating with breakfasts and not lunches ?!?!... As I walked out of my back door - the rain came down - so waterproofs on - but it had stopped during my short ride to elevenses.  Terry arrived the same time as me and there was already a welcoming group inside.  Bob, who didn't go to lunch, Tony who cycled with us to Horton where he left us to join his family.  For the rest of the day (almost), Graham, Ed, Terry, Steve Duffin (a very pleasant surprise), Gemma who joined us for the first time, then Carolyn arrived as we were leaving.

Now I am excusing myself because the route was pretty flat!  I chose not to go into Windsor Great Park (a more challenging route) as I had heard there were several events going on...One in particular was the V-CC's (Veteran Cycle Club) annual 'very old bikes' ride when all dress in period clothing and it is very well attended.   Hence,we cycled to lunch via Wraysbury, Datchet, Eton, Dorney, along side the M4 to Bray then cycle route 4 into Maidenhead where we had a very sociable lunch in The Bear pub (Wetherspoons).  Seems, generally speaking,  one does not celebrate Mothers Day or Fathers day in a 'Wetherspoons' for there were plenty of empty tables.Our group photo was taken on the way to lunch and then a couple more photos at lunch time.

Our route to tea....... along the A4 to Marsh Lane, the Jubilee River, turning off for Windsor along side the railway arches.   Over Eton Bridge and up past Windsor Castle to Old Windsor, Runnymede, Egham, Thorpe, Chertsey to Shepperton.  Ed stopped for a breather along Runnymede with instructions for us to continue.  (Ed text and told me he had cycled home in his own time).

Tea was at Nauticalia, Shepperton where Steve, Terry, Graham, Gemma and I spent some time talking of 'all things cycling; !!!!   Carolyn had left us to get home asap!

We were so lucky for it stayed dry - bright and very breezy as from the time we left Notcutts.  Welcome to Gemma - we look forward to you joining us again and  my thanks to all for joining me: it was a lovely day....until next time, happy cycling, Pam :) :)

Monday, June 10, 2019

An Anniversary Circumnavigation - 9 June

In 1519, Magellan set out on the first circumnavigation of the globe.   Only 500 years later, a brave crew of Cheam and Morden riders set out to mark this occasion by successfully circumnavigating Woking.   Well, that's how it worked out anyway.   We were originally planning an even more ambitious journey to The Sun - the one at Windlesham - but a rather stressed landlady told me that she couldn't accommodate us because she had no staff.

In fact the Cheam and Morden crew were suffering staff shortages too - Pam and Vic were away at a Veteran Cycle Club rally, and Tony was away on holiday.   So the regulars at 11s comprised just Bob, Ed, Graham, Lena. and Ray, along with myself.   Only Ray and Graham were planning to ride, but the day was saved by a group of riders from the Ealing Friday Riders, mostly new to the C&M,  who joined us for the day:   Niall, who has been before, Ruth, Jan, Guy and Roger.
Arthur's Bridge:
Ray, Guy, Graham, Roger, Niall, Ruth and Jan

It was a good day for a sailing voyage: bright and breezy, just like us as we set off via Addlestone and Ottershaw to Stonehill Road, bound towards Chobham.   Tacking south along Philpot Lane brought us to Horsell, where we turned right to cross the Basingstoke Canal at Arthur's Bridge.   Then it was plain sailing down White Rose Lane, across Woking Park and through to The Saddlers' Arms at Send Marsh, where we took on victuals for the return journey, this time with the wind behind us.

Leaving via Pyrford, again we sailed dangerously close to Woking itself, in order to get on to the Basingstoke Canal, which led us to New Haw and then on familiar roads to Addlestone and Chertsey.    We had kept dry up to now but the sky was filling with threatening clouds, and Niall and Guy made a dash for home.  Graham left us around this point too, leaving five who decided that outdoors tea at Shepperton Lock was unwise, so we went to the nearby Nauticalia cafe for tea and cake, just as a long spell of rain started.    It was still raining when we finished, but there were promises of "it's brightening up over there" so we lingered, and indeed it did stop raining for our triumphant journey home after our massive achievement.   Well done all and thank you for your company, especially to Graham who back-marked.

Let's hope The Sun at Windlesham is back to it's normal hospitable self soon.

Incidentally, it took Magellan's crew almost three years to complete the circumnavigation.   Magellan himself died in 1521 in the Phillipines and the journey was completed under the command of Juan Sebastian Elcano, but only after the two joint captains elected to replace Magellan were captured and murdered.  They set out with five ships and 270 men, and returned with one ship and 19 men, so we should count ourselves lucky.

Advance Notice - Sun 30 June

Just to fill in the blanks on the Rides List, our lunch destination on 30 June will be The Sennochian (Wetherspoons) at Sevenoaks.   The (hopefully) scenic route will take us via Shoreham (Kent).   Not a totally flat ride but no really long, steep climbs.   The lunch stop is very convenient for Sevenoaks  station so, if you are travelling out to elevenses and back from lunch by train, it might be cheaper to buy an Anytime Return to Sevenoaks and break your outward journey at Petts Wood.   I'll lead a ride towards home from lunch if there is any demand, but might stop at (eg) Purley as the ride onwards from there to Walton on a Sunday afternoon is not congenial!

Friday, June 07, 2019

Change of lunch venue - Sunday June 9th

Due to a staffing crisis, we are unable to visit The Sun at Windlesham this weekend, so I plan to go to The Saddlers Arms in Send Marsh instead.   Elevenses will still be at The Riverhouse Barn, Walton, and tea will still be at Shepperton.   My apologies for the late change.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Sunday the 2nd June

A nice bright day and blue skies, the first day that it really felt like summer. Cycling into Longacres GC I arrived just behind Pam. Soon to be followed by Ed, Graham, Terry, Ray and eventually Vic.

The route was up through Windsor great park via a very short section of the A30 and Middle hill. Just before reaching the park we dropped Ed who has not yet recovered from 3 weeks off the bike due to illness. He headed for Savill garden and some food before heading for Egham Station.

Back roads and private estates took us into Windlesham and lunch at an old favourite, the Sun pub. Lunch in the sun, what a treat.

Fed and watered we set off for the return trip. We stopped briefly in Gracious  Pond road to view the replaced memorial plaque to Alf Whiteway of Clarence Wheelers(see picture). Through Burrowhill and onto Addlestone and dispersal as no one really wanted to stop for tea. And I had my granddaughters 1st birthday party to attend. Vic headed home as did Pam and Terry while Graham and Ray followed me as far as Hampton. A lovely warm day on the bike.


All Smiles

Memorial plaque

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Sunday 26 May

It was a funny old day, warm and sunny one minute then overcast, cool, and breezy the next, and there was worse to come...  Anyway, nothing in the weather forecast deterred Graham, Bob, Ed, Lilian, Ray and me from meeting at Fairoaks, and we all duly set off for Farnborough, Bob by his own route, and made good time there.   While having lunch we spotted the first signs of rain which no one, least of all the forecasters, had expected, or was prepared for.   Naturally, it had really set in by the time we were ready to set off for home and we decided to hold off for a bit.   This paid off, the rain quite quickly fizzled out, and we were able to execute our plan for a closer inspection of St Michael's Abbey, except that we didn't manage to get all that close!   It was a good run back from there on with the rather strong breeze now on our tails but, nearing the planned tea stop, it began to drizzle again and I decided to push on.   A shame about the rather mixed weather but thanks to all for your company.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sunday May 19 2019

The forecast was dull all day. I could feel spots of rain as I was passed constantly by much younger cyclists on the old Portsmouth Road to Cobham. Sainsburys at 0950 was an almost empty car park and not even Bob for company. But eventually we swelled to double figures.

 At 1115 we left behind Bob, Jeff and Terry as we exited via the back gate on a very familiar route to Martyr's Green and Ockham. Thanks in part to the lengthy stop, I was soon in search of bushes as subsequently were others. We continue through Send, Old Woking and Mayford arriving at The Royal Oak Pirbright at 1244, a minute early.

Fortunately I'd booked as no food was being served alfresco due to staff shortages and/or equipment problems. So seven (GFH, Anne, Dave, Pam, Ray, Tony, Vic) crowded around a table set for six to enjoy child roasts at £4.49!

After a chilly start it was by now pleasantly warm; scarce any wind and occasional glimpses of the sun. Nul point for Pinnocks so the unplanned return went: Fox Corner, Worplesdon station, Mayford, Woking Leisure Centre and the canal to the Weybridge Garden Centre which naturally is in either Addlestone or New Haw.  50+ miles door to door.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Sunday 12th May

The Punchbowl, Okewood Hill

Admiring the birds at Weare Street

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Highways England

Still no news on Muddy Lane

but if you scroll down this webpage, you'll discover that Highways England are seeking the views of local cycling groups.

Should we (or SWL) register an interest?

Saturday, May 04, 2019

Sunday the 5th

Tomorrow's ride will be 11's at Squires, Stoke D' Abernon.

A leader and lunch venue will be decided on the day.


Monday, April 29, 2019

Sunday 28th April

Appropriate house name on Holmbury Hill
Happy eaters at Milk Churn cafe, Rudgwick

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Next Ripley Jumble..... this Saturday 27th April.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019


Bernard visited Ian today and he has asked me to draw attention to his visit. See below.


Bernard Brindley has left a new comment on your post "Ian":

I visited Ian this afternoon. His grand-son Adam was there who told me that Ian had Cerebrovascular Disease. Google tells me that there are four different sorts. One of them is stroke. He's in a Stroke ward. Adam also told me that Ian had been falling a lot and one of the falls resulted in a brain bleed. Ian himself seemed pretty vague. No idea what the diagnosis is or what the prognosis is. Nor how long in hospital or how much support he'll need.
I took him some beer, he said he didn't drink much beer! Something's changed.
All in all it was rather a sad occasion.
Best wishes to all

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Tour: Sunday ride to Sandwich and Herne Bay

Happy Easter!  At breakfast we found that the Easter Bunny had left us a present of chocolate eggs. Neil was extra lucky, as the Easter Chicken had left him an extra present on his bike.  We were delayed a few minutes while Neil cleaned it off.

Steve was our leader today and we headed east from Canterbury towards Sandwich, a lovely old town near the coast where not much happens, although we didn't actually see the sea till later.  One of the highlights is a Sandwich library, possibly the only one in the world.  There's also a Sandwich museum.  In contrast to yesterday, there was only one hill out of Canterbury before eighteen mules of (more or less) gentle downhill following the river Stour to the coast.

Elevenses was a piece of cake, at A Piece Of Cake, a tearoom in Sandwich. Neil had a sandwich in Sandwich, just for the experience.

Setting off round the coast we soon encountered the White Cliffs of Ramsgate, rather smaller than the Dover ones, before heading to lunch at The Sun Inn at St Nicholas at Wade.  We relaxed in the sun at The Sun eating Sandwiches, then set off for Herne Bay.  I don't know if there are many cars in Kent but we didn't see many all day, to our great pleasure.
The White Cliffs of Ramsgate
Outside The Sun

After a look at the sea again from a viewpoint above Herne Bay, Steve (Hillier) took over from Steve (Gordon) as leader and led us from Herne Bay to Herne, where Steve's brother runs a micro-pub, The Butcher's Arms, basically a one small room where eight people could enjoy a cosy evening.  It already had about eight  people in  it when the twenty-plus of us arrived, so it was quite intimate. Steve H organised several pitchers of beer and complimentary ice lollies were produced from somewhere.  It was a real experience: drinking outside is not allowed so we became very friendly with the locals quite quickly.
Pete outside the micro-pub

Pete inside the micro-pub

The pitchers were of the automatically refilling type, so it took quite a long while before we were able to leave for another relaxed ride back and through the centre of Canterbury and home.

Total miles: 45, with 4 hours riding and 4 hours eating and drinking.  Thank you Steve(s) for a memorable day out and a great finale to a most enjoyable Easter Tour.

Sunday 21 April - Guildford & Aldershot

Well, not quite everyone was on the Easter tour, and six of us (me, Bob, Ray Wren, Robert, Margaret & Vic) met for elevenses at Guildford on a glorious morning which turned into a very warm, cloudless day.   All six continued to lunch, Bob by his own route.   The main group struggled up The Mount and along the Hogs Back trackway, dropped down to the Watts Gallery to pick up NCN22, then rode alongside the Hogs Back through Puttenham and Seale, turning at Runfold to head for Badshot Lea and Aldershot.

Our first ever visit to The Queen Hotel at Aldershot (a more classy than usual Wetherspoons) did not disappoint,  and the Manager's Special (cod and chips at £2.49) was particularly well received!    Before setting off for home we first made a slight detour round the environs of Aldershot, where ex-barracks and other former military areas are under a massive transformation into housing, then picked up the canal towpath to Ash.   We paused briefly at Normandy to view some preserved Aldershot & District buses, then headed through Pirbright to Brookwood where we went our separate ways, suitable tea venues being difficult to find on Easter Sunday.

Many thanks to all for your company and for an enjoyable (I hope) ride!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Easter Tour: Saturday ride to the South Coast.

Pete's ride today ticked all the boxes: interesting destinations, quiet roads, fantastic views and countryside, lots of lovely downhills, and warm sunshine. It was a journey into the unknown for most of us, including, to a certain extent, our leader, who hadn't been able to recce the ride beforehand.  Armed only with an OS map and plenty of helpful advice from twenty riders, we set off from Canterbury, almost immediately reaching a deserted lane out of town.  It must be said that there were a few serious hills - perhaps you can blame Kent for that - but otherwise a most enjoyable ride to elevenses at Elham Vinery, sitting outside in the sun.  Several more undulating lanes took us to a viewpoint high on the hill overlooking Folkestone in the distance, and the Channel Tunnel rail terminal immediately below us.  We paused for a while, taking the air (or was it gasping for air?), then enjoyed a lovely downhill into Hythe, where we joined NCN2 along the Royal Military Canal, built in the Napoleonic wars, but now transporting cyclists to West Hythe and a micro-brewery, a great find. 
The return route was even better: 80% of it must have been long gentle, scenic downhills.  Unfortunately this meant that another 10% was rather steep uphills, but we did have a most enjoyable ride, topped off by a few miles back into Canterbury on a track through fields beside the river Stour.


Look! A train!

Daniel relaxing after the hill out of West Hythe

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Tour, the ride to Canterbury.

The weather came up trumps for our ride to Canterbury on Thursday and Friday.  A cool breeze but warm sunshine, such a change from last weekend!  Eight of us set off from Epsom, with plenty of hills to warm us up: Epsom Downs, then up to Caterham the steep way. After elevenses at Woldingham we took a risk and cycled up the closed road, a big hill. Luckily we weren't turned back at the top, and headed east along the downs, partly on the Pilgrim's Way.
Otford for lunch in the sun, where we met the off-road riders, who were doing more of the Pilgrim's Way than we were, and then on more quiet lanes to Rochester, which we didn't see at its best - a mile or two of heavy traffic provided an unwelcome escort to our youth hostel, a converted Oast House.
Friday was promised to be flatter, but not initially. We rode along the bank of the river Medway, with views across to the isle of Sheppey (would you believe some people thought it was the north bank of the Thames?).  Elevenses at Sittingbourne, with even more traffic than Rochester, and then Steve found a nice pub for lunch, the Phoenix at Faversham, with a sunny beer garden and very generous food portions.  The lanes were especially beautiful and quiet as we got nearer to Canterbury, often bordered by apple orchards full of blossom.
The final approach to Canterbury was along the Crab & Winkle Way, a delightful off road route  that led us to an expansive view of Canterbury Cathedral in the valley below, before coasting down into the city itself, where we celebrated with tea and cake on the High Street.
Admiring the Medway


First view of Canterbury

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Easter Sunday - Guildford & Aldershot

We're likely to be a skeleton crew on Sunday's ride as most of our stalwarts will be away on the Easter Tour.   However, you're more than welcome to join us as we rattle our  bones climbing The Mount out of Guildford, then along the Hogs Back trackway and a mile or so of NCN22 before some civilised tarmac leading to lunch at The Queen Hotel (about 12 miles).

Rather less off-road on the route back but still a section of rough towpath to enjoy!  We won't actually return through Guildford but will pass within about five miles or so, and also very close to Ash, Ash Vale and Brookwood stations, no less!

Monday, April 15, 2019


1) Ian has been moved to Heathfield 1 ground floor. Private, ensuite; what more could he ask for? Well for one, a better view - mostly a brick wall and leylandii conifer.

2) He has a full-time nurse. Her lunch break is roughly two till three and you may be asked to deputize.

3) He has flu. You may be asked to wear a face mask and "apron" (don't ask me how you put it on).


April 14th - a gentle meander to Guildford

Tony with his green Ken Ryall
We like spring, but we prefer the warm variety which appeared very briefly in February.   Today was cold and windy, but at least it was dry with some sunshine.  Twelve for elevenses at Walton's Riverhouse Barn.  David Ward sent apologies as 11s was too close to home.

Maureen was heading home from Walton, and Bob made his own way to lunch, so nine set off, or nearly set off, delayed by a sticking derailleur on Tony's rather nice Ken Ryall.  Soon fixed, and we made our way along Walton Lane & up to Weybridge station, with a trip past the sewage works (well, it's becoming traditional isn't it David?) to see Concorde and plenty of gleaming Mercedes cars at Mercedes World.   We turned right at the second smaller Concorde, for a close-up view of the banked Brooklands track, now in rather poor state (the track, not the Concorde).   Unfortunately we came to a locked gate 1/4 mile along the base of the track so we had to retrace our steps.

You want us to ride on this???
After Byfleet we joined one of the Planetary cycle trails in the orbit of Woking - the Venus trail took us along the Wey Navigation before we popped out the other side and cycled around through Pyrford, then back to Old Woking and White Rose Lane before plummeting southwards towards Guildford, detouring along Robin Hood Lane at Sutton Green.  After a short section alongside very busy roads, relaxing for the last mile along the canal into Guildford and its cathedral.   Not the famous one, but the cathedral to beer - Wetherspoons at The Rodboro Buildings.   We arrived around 1.30pm and Bob was on his fourth pint*, wondering where we were.

An hour later, after enjoying excellent service, company, and beer, we re-emerged into the cold with a cunning plan to escape the Guildford one-way system by a devious route and head to Ripley.   Bob and Ed opted for the simpler option of a train home, and Niall left to explore the castle, leaving Ann, Pam,  Robert Tolley, Vic, Tony, Graham, Terry and myself to plot our exit, avoiding the High Street but still encountering a hill at Nightingale Lane before joining the London Road and the A3 cycleway.  Straightforward to Ripley, where we enjoyed tea and cake huddled round the only free table in Pinnocks.   Thank you to Terry for back-marking and to all for your company.

*Not really.  Is it too late to claim April Fool?

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Ian Appleton

I know there are many in our club that often wonder how Ian is.  I feel honoured because yesterday I was contacted by two very special people in Ian's life...Maureen,  Ian's tandem partner, and walking buddy etc. and daughter Gill. 

Gave me quite a scare.  

The news is not good.  Ian is in hospital.  He has had a 'brain bleed' and has a small blood clot. Prior to this Ian was diagnosed with Cerebral ?? by his GP.   At the time Ian was unable to tell me the full title...and never got to mail me with it. What ever, it is the cause of his poor balance.

Gill says he cannot walk, and is a little muddled when he talks but...he still wants a good breakfast and complains about the small portion of porridge he is given!  

Gill is very happy to receive any enquiries and thinks Ian would benefit massively by having visitors...I am going Friday afternoon.

Gills e-mail   -

In ward Purley 2 - 1st floor - Orange zone at
Croydon University Hospital
530 London Road
Thornton Heath
CR7 7YE 

Gill thinks Ian will be there for another week. 


Wednesday, April 03, 2019

10 March - Attendance at Garsons Farm

Not everyone was blown away.

The blog report for 10 March 2019 tells us that this ride was cancelled due to treacherous wind conditions. HOWEVER, that does not mean that nobody was mad enough to ride to elevenses at Garsons Farm. Two members could not resist the temptation of cake and coffee. Those unrecorded nameless martyrs were: Vic and Brian Bent. Having now been released from secure detention, their exploit can finally see the light of day and be recorded on our omniscient Attendance Register.

Let it not be said that we are asleep on the job.



Sunday, March 31, 2019

Sunday 31 March 2019

A cool and overcast start didn't deter no less than Ged, Graham, Bob, Ed, Lilian, Brian B, Paul, Terry and me from assembling at the revamped Clandon Garden Centre for elevenses.   Suffering from a cold, I curtailed the planned ride to lunch and we took a fairly direct route over the Merrow Downs track then through Chilworth and Wonersh and along the romantically named 'Sewage Works Path' to Wetherspoons, Godalming.   The pub was eerily quiet for a Sunday lunchtime and appeared to be the only place in Godalming you wouldn't go to for Mothering Sunday celebrations!

The service and food were all the better for that, and we left replenished and ready to tackle the rigours of the return ride.   Or so we thought!   The steep climb up to Mount Browne and the nagging head wind all the way back made it a much more gruelling ride than usual.   We left two at Guildford station and two more headed for Clandon.   Five made it to tea at Ripley but only two stopped.  Thanks to all for your company and to Terry for back-marking.