Monday, December 31, 2007

Sunday December 30 2007

As Irene doesn't do east of 11s, I was detailed to lead a famous five (Ann, Ed, Jake, Keith, Steve) through Surbiton, Thames Ditton, Hersham and Walton. At the Shepperton X-roads, we learnt by mobile phone that Nutty Lane was closed. This was confirmed by the sight of the fleeing Irene and Andy. So it was a return to last week's rendezous, The Orangery at Squires, Upper Halliford where Bob, Pete and Terry were in residence. Showing that there are new routes to explore, we went over the Shepperton ford and into the Sheepwalk where "Rex" Harrison was spotted coming the other way. Joining NCN 4 at Chertsey Mead, in time we emerge at the foot of St Anne's Hill. Lyne was next followed by the Lyne Road detour to Trumps Green. We headed alongside and over the M3 to Staple Hill before descending to the Red Lion at Burrowhill. According to an already present Pete Matthews, this did "roasts" only so we retreated to the more expansive and uncrowded Four Horseshoes. The afternoon was short and sweet. Gracious Pond, Stonehill and Foxhills roads lead to Ottershaw and onto Addlestone where some tarry in Tesco whilst others hurried on home. Around 40 miles.

Monday, December 24, 2007

December 23 2007

Recall if you can the opening scene in Lean’s Great Expectations with perhaps Ed reprising Finlay’s part. Well that sums up the day weatherwise. After being fortified by Ann’s Christmas fare on Kingston Bridge we headed off at 09:55(!) for Bushy Park entering at the Wick gate and leaving by the Hill gate; the deer were much in evidence despite the mist. After detouring to take in the Roy Close monument, the Lower Hampton Road was next and thence to the Orangery café in Upper Halliford. By now 14 was the number but some (Bob, Daphne, Petes C & M) were on Xmas duty and homeward bound. Our route lay across Walton Bridge when Ann (and so Steve) were in for a lengthy puncture repair. After Weybridge (NCN 4) and Addlestone via Poets’ Corner, a slow-moving M25 was crossed on Liberty Lane. Descending to Woodham and West Byfleet, in time the Seven Stars with prominent signs banning bikes from the garden (you have been warned!) was bypassed. The nearby Saddlers Arms witnessed our arrival around 13:15, much later than I’d intended. Despite crowds, there was a single table for all of us. With no takers for tea, a boarded-up Hautboy (a belated crumb of comfort for Lady Harberton?) was on the route to Cobham. We were still together on Fairoak Lane where most opted for a ride in the woods along New Road. Around 30 miles.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Sunday 16th December 2007

Today's rendezvous was Tescos at Hookwood where I was greeted with a puncture. After replacing the tube I headed upstairs to join the shortish queue in the cafe. No Bob and no papers either so I waited patiently for Steve, Grant, Ed, Pete, Daphne and Keith to appear followed shortly by Graham on his recent respray job (a blue Wester Ross).
Not a day to hang around (a very cold NE) but hang around we did after Pete suffered a puncture after 0 miles.
When we got going it was gone 12 but Steve still keen on Lingfield pushed on in bright sunshine.
The Hare and Hounds was crowded with diners, leaving late arrivals standing, or worse, outside in the smokers area.
I never caught sight of any food, everybody appeared to be finished so it wasn't long before tables became vacant. A short sit down in a comfy chair before we were moved on in preference of more diners.
Tea was taken by Steve, Ed and myself at a spacious (& empty) W'spoons at Redhill.
Wray Lane, A217, Tadworth, the Downs and home.
Daytime temperature with windchill..............-6 degrees (metcheck).

Friday, December 07, 2007

Connect 2 Vote



We believe that Sustrans' Connect2 campagn to obtain £50 million pound for critical cycle routes across the country is going well but we do need the votes.
If you want more info or to vote on line visit: www.itv.com/peoplesmillions
Fingers crossed!
Regards Mike Pontin.

Post Xmas Lunch

Cheam & Morden Post Christmas Lunch
12.30 on Sunday 27th January 2008
At Horton Park Golf & Country Club, Hook Rd, Epsom

Cost £10 for two courses.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Sustrans Vote

You can vote £50 million for cycling today! Here are the basic details: The Big Lottery Fund has selected four projects that are eligible for £50M of lottery money. One project will get the lot and this will be decided by public vote.

The Sustrans entry called "Connect2" will provide critical cycle route links nationwide.
More info on www.sustransconnect2.org.uk
Right now you can see info about the projects and vote Connect2 on line at: www.thepeoples50million.org.uk

You need to register first and then you will receive a validation email with a link that will enable you to vote. Only one vote can be made per email address. Online voting ends at noon on Monday 10th. Alternatively you can vote by phone. There will be several ITV1 programmes presenting the projects. The one presenting Connect2 will be on Tuesday 4th December at 11pm. Telephone numbers for voting will be broadcast. One vote per phone. Phone voting commences at 9am Friday 7th December. So spread the word! A big vote from cyclists will win the £50M and will also send an important message about the demand for better cycle facilities.

Michael Pontin
Sustrans Liaison Ranger

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sunday 18th November 2007

During my Tour de Dorking finding somewhere suitable for the impending visit of Ed and his merry men and women, I came across the Courtyard Cafe (High St).
Apparently it's been open on Sundays (10-4) since May this year. Talking to the owner, he also plans to open his other cafe, Cromwells in Cranleigh from late March (Sundays) 2008.
Just seven of us at 11's and only five go on to lunch (leaving Andrew & Bob).
I punctured at Rusper and left the others (Ed, Keith, Ian & Jake) to do a loop.
The front tyre was discarded in preference to a tyre I'd been carrying for the best part of a year.
Lunch was at The Royal Oak a short distance away.
After eating my sandwiches in a temporary marquee, probably a left over from a bonfire/barbeque event a few weeks earlier, I joined the rest relaxing on leather sofas in front of a closed fire.
Talking to a local couple, we established the pub used to be two railway cottages and a number of photographs appear to support this fact.
Verdict - A really good pub which requires further visits in 2008 and beyond.
After a mug of coffee (£1) we reluctantly thought about heading home and as we emerged, the forecast rain arrived.
Thoughts turned to hot baths and mugs of tea so it's Goodbye Capel 2007 ..........see you in 2008!
As I write this it's still raining!!!!!!!!!
Mileage 45.5 (from Ewell).

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sunday 11th November 2007

The e-mail said something like "I'll probably arrive a bit late at 11's, going around the houses to avoid the main roads".
11:23am the drowned rats turned up with new leader Ian at the helm.
Something about a beefy shower in the Croydon area. So much for the "mainly dry" day as promised (BBC News 24) although www.metcheck.com was pretty much bang on.
Midday departure for everyone (Ian, me, Keith, Ed, Steve, Ann, new girl-Emma) leaving Bob & Pete/Daphne.
Before that, my pronunciation of "cafetiere" caused the Waitrose lad to serve up a coffee & tea (cafe-tea), Oh dear!
We left Bromley due SE to Petts Wood via the agreeable Jubilee Country Park, then east past the vast and smelly Allied Bakery factory performing the "Chorleywood process".
Green fields were in abundance as we went through Crockenhill, the delightful Farningham (shame about the M20 noise) to lunch at Horton Kirby.
"The Bull" appears in both 2007 & 2008 CAMRA guides and although quite small inside, the beer garden affords fine views across the Darenth Valley.
After leaving the pub, Ian chose to retrace back to Farningham then Eynsford and the rough road past Lullingstone Villa/Castle/Park and Visitor's Centre to a stonker of a climb up to Well Hill.
We sped past Chelsfield BR, the (always) heavy A21 at Green St Green, High Elms GC to a cracking tea at Downe.
A popular establishment, with a good tea/cake menu and reasonable prices. Hard to come by on a darkening night in early November, anyhow they were £18 richer by the time we had left.
Blinking lights were necessary for the remainder of the ride,which took the familiar Jackass Lane to Coney Hall, then West Wickham, Croydon, etc.
A potentially hilly ride which wasn't too bad mainly due to avoiding Halstead, Knockholt, Shellys Lane & Cudham.
Thanks Ian, you passed with flying colours.

Blog of the week:
Read about Seattle cyclist, Peter Mackay, being shot at whilst riding his bike.........astonishing!
http://petermckay.blogspot.com/
Click on "Not a typical commute home" under archive.

(Or direct link here, Lisa)

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Saturday, November 10, 2007

KPRC (in association with C&M) Sat am rides

Excuse my intrusion into your Blog mateys but Jake has asked me to promote the KPRC Saturday morning rides by pointing also to the C&M, who make up many of the riders, that, all are welcome to participate, time permitting, to these medium paced rides starting at Horton Country Park Epsom at 10am. The mix of rides and destinations will in future change each week and details can be seen on the DA shared link with KPRC from this blog home page. It also gives me a chance to demonstrate my occasional support (and an excuse to show off my new bike-don't tell her in doors yet), by posting a picky. Give it a try like Toni de Italia often does and then he goes on in the afternoon to ride with the CTC Beginner's. What a fantastic man, I think we should rename him Fausto Copi or IL Pirate. The reason he goes out with the beginner's is that after becoming so shattered in the morning he can beat some easy competition up the hills.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sunday November 4th 2007 Crawley Down

A healthy number assembled at North Cheam in weather too good for November. The haar was up in Headley but not for long. Here we found a road closure, followed by a second at Betchworth crossing – no problems. Past the Wonham Manor deer we rode before settling down to 11’s at Reigate Garden Centre. By now we were a dozen: Graham, Andy, Bob, Ed, Jake, John, Keith, Roger, Simon, Steve, Terry and newbie Kate. After Lonesome Lane, it was east to Outwood and south to the Hedgehog and beyond, before joining heavy traffic on the B2028. Thankfully a mile later we turned off into Crawley Down and found the Royal Oak hard by NCN21. The menu attracted buyers including moules for Simon; the meal enlivened by reports of Ann pinballing her way from Crawley via Turners Hill! At last we were away down the Worth Way before offroading beside the M23 north of Copthorne. After a tour de Horley, we crossed the A217 and headed towards Irons Bottom. Around here we lost Andy and then Simon off in search. On further cross-examination, it became clear that Andy had assumed the Fox Revived lay on our path - wrong. On the run-in we picked up Simon and then Andy at Brockham church. Trade in teas was brisk thanks to a goodly crowd drawn to the still smouldering bonfire. Our final road closure was a silent A24 – fatality just north of Ryka’s. Around 60 miles.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Info from the AGM

A big thanks to Ed for hosting the meeting again.

Simon's proposal of Colchester as the destination for the Easter Tour was accepted by the meeting, so that will be 3 night's B&B in somewhere in Colchester.

The question of somewhere to stay on the way there, and on the way back was mentioned.
If someone would like to come up with a suitable destination, depending on which way you want to go to get there (Lee Valley, or Epping Forest hostels being two possibilities) I am sure that something can be arranged - or do you all want to make your own plans/arrangements to get there and back?

Lisa

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Sunday 21st October 2007

Wow!!! fourteen riders at NC, it must be a special event.
Well actually just the normal hill climb weekend in Kent but I was taken aback with the turnout.
"Are we going to leave?" muttered one of the KP crowd "but it's only 8 minutes past", I said.
The route: Croham Valley, Featherbed Lane, Fickleshole, Beddlestead Lane then Pilgrims Way, Brasted & Ide Hill to Yorks Hill and a massive queue for 11's which Ed, Ian and myself felt the need to join.
As Pete has mentioned, the results can be found elsewhere.
Unsuprisingly, we all split up and the Fox and Hounds at Toys Hill was my destination joined by Andrew, Pete, Daphne, Keith, Mick & Ian.
Retracing back to White Lane, Titsey and Gary's defence of his joint win last year. (He lost)
I really liked the knowledgeable and drama inducing p.a man and the brioche as provided by the Bec ladies.
C & M members gaining a point not already mentioned (for what it's worth):
Steve, Ann, Jake, Pete & Lisa.
The weather all day was quite beautiful with barely a cloud in sight.

Bec hill climb


The Bec Hill climb winner full result and pictures on this link
http://www.londoncyclesport.com/

Monday, October 22, 2007

Catford & Bec Hill Climbs


Catford & Bec Hill Climbs

Glorious weather and a fantastic day out by all. I trekked out on my own to York's Hill and there I met Andy and his merry band of men. Catford had 101 riders and Bec 95. The hills were alive with the sound of grunting and gasping and that was just the spectators. Lunch was partaken at Toys Hill. I was very grateful to Ian for sharing his Rolls (cotton wool jobs) and cheese with me as the pub only did cooked lunches. See photo.

Unfortunately for Gary (Dodd), his old Bec record was just beaten!
Mike Morley

Monday, October 15, 2007

Sunday 7th October 2007

There was an element of doubt that the NT tea rooms at Runnymede would be open, given it's proximity to the latest foot and mouth restrictions. After all, the surrounding countryside is currently out of bounds to all but residents.
I arrived to find leader Pete attending a puncture. Inside gaining a point: Jake, Neil G, Steve, Bob, Frank, Terry, John, Ed, Daphne & Stephanie.
With WGP off limits, Pete had to take an unconventional route through Windsor to join the B road (B3024) going west to lunch at The Beehive (White Waltham).
Arriving early (12:20) we seemed to have the pub to ourselves sitting outside enjoying the watery sunshine.
Pete & Lisa soon appeared swelling numbers to a dizzy 13.
Pete's insistance of changing the tea venue paid off as we enjoyed a pleasant stop at Shepperton Lock where Ann found us.
The subject of the annual dinner arose and it was disclosed by Steve that we were charged extra for drinks (in the hired room) compared to the saloon bar in the main pub.
Time for change I feel.

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Monday, October 08, 2007

Burnham Beeches Cafe


A Picture of the recently opened cafe 'The Beeches'

Sunday, September 30, 2007

I have been in shock all week: firstly our esteemed councillor does not know who Ken Joy of Medway Wheelers was (shurely some mistake?) , and secondly Wester Ross was admitted for emergency bottom bracket surgery and will be out of action for weeks. Thus it was with some relief that I set out on a sunny but cool day to join Ed, Andrew, Janice, John M, and Richard at North Cheam. The latter's attendance proved fleeting thanks to chain and puncture problems before Tadworth.

Clearly Ed had sprinkled something extra on his cornflakes as at fair pace we sped up Chalk Lane and through Walton On The Hill (sightings of heron and Crystal) to Pebblecombe and thence via The Fox Revived to Tesco Hookwood where we joined Andy, Bob, Ian, Petes B and F and Terry over a drink or two. Andrew, Bob and Janice now exited. The rest sampled Charlwood, the "Zoo" road, and Lambs Green before tackling the final climb to The Dragon, Colgate. During a protacted lunch, Ian was seen buying off the barman after being caught redhanded with firstly cheese and secondly roll in hand. At my suggestion we added Wimlands Lane to the return but still reached Capel well before three o'clock. John and the Petes went for an early bath whilst the rump headed for the cakes (3 if I'm being honest).

Warm when the sun was out; autumnal when it wasn't - about 65 miles.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Sunday 23rd September 2007


Ken's triumphed again on a brilliant day in the capital with 38,000 cyclists competing in a slow bike race around the capital.
Simon took the reins as far as 11's at Butlers Wharf then joining the route at London Bridge,we rode along closed roads with thousands of Londoners enjoying a (very)leisurely cycle on a 9 mile route.
The course and public areas coped well with the large volume of novice riders with only short waits at pedestrian crossing and route convergence points.
The largest bike park London has ever seen was the compulsory area to leave your bike,whilst visiting the "Bike Festival" that consisted of a dozen interested parties.
I noticed considerably more interest in the LCC than the CTC probably on account of the free T-shirt on joining(a good marketing ploy?).
Following meeting up with my sister and 11yr old Hannah,who had travelled up from the coast,we followed the signed route back to Clapham .The remaining C & M members taking tea at the Italian cafe on the Common.

Perhaps more refreshment establishments would help reduce queues at the finish but that aside,I liked the general feel good atmosphere,the cute STOP/GO boards,the free water bottle/bell,the bloke with the masterblaster and the bell ringing/cheering/singing under Blackfriars Bridge.

Jenny Jones(Ken's Green Advisor) has plans for additional road closures next year "to cope with demand" but where were the press photos on Monday?

Bargain of the Week:Boss S1200 Rigid Workstand £42.00 delivered(ribblecycles.co.uk)

Bec Hill Climb


http://www.londoncyclesport.com/

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Our Councilor at Tour of Britain


Rather belatedly but better late than never, as an interloper to the C&M Sunday ride on 9 Sept, I spotted Simon with his charming wife slumming it in the VIP Hospitality suit while the earthling riders, Andy Coxhill, Graham Hill, Ed Sharpe and others, pushed and shoved to get a view of the Prologue from the spectators side. There was a veiled promise of Champagne for the troops but sadly it never came. We had to console ourselves with a Hero "T" shirt from the CTC tent and the odd orange polka dot flower pot hat from Eon but it was worth it for a British win.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunday 16th September 2007

Readers may spot similarities with the 26/8 ride (the teastops, for instance) so new roads had to be sought. At North Cheam regulars were joined by newcomer, Rob, on MTB with panniers. The route was familiar: Epsom, Leatherhead, the Bookhams (surveillance zone), Orestan Lane to West Horsley. We were ten minutes early! In time numbers swelled until we were 13 (Graham, Andy, Daphne, Don, Ed, Irene, John M, Keith, Pam, Pete C, Pete Matthews, Rob, Terry).

Past Sheepleas to Coombe Bottom, Shere, Farley Green, Run Common and Thorncombe Street and into Godalming was the route. But after our rapid start, why didn't we reach Hurtmore? Well a combination of factors, and being discreet I'll mention no names. Firstly another summery day meant longwinded elevenses. When finally we left, Pam, Pete M, Rob and Terry stayed on to enjoy the sunshine. Then A and B turned back thinking that C was behind - not so and 20 minutes were lost. Finally D and E footed the climb out of Thorncombe Street towards Munstead. So it was Jack Phillips for four including Keith who got his money back but no meal due to staff shortages. Meanwhile the BYO mob picknicked in the courtyard.

There were no votes for Newlands, so the route back took in Farncombe, Loseley and Guildford town centre before heading along the A3 to Ripley. Back roads lead to Ockham (exit from the surveillance zone), and Downside and across the Tilt to a new venue, the Ivy Tea Rooms at the Old Plough, Stoke D'Abernon. Outstanding hours but how will this outdoor venue survive in winter? About 65 miles.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mike Morley

Is now invited to be a blogger on the C&M and accepts the kind invitation. Whatch out! there's a new blogger about.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Sunday 9th September 2007


Robert Garbutt writing his editorial in this week's Cycling Weekly is less than enthusiastic about last Sunday's opening prologue of the Tour of Britain. His main bone of contention was the lack of any big screen, poor timing information and general "amateurish"feel to the whole event.
Apparently, the electronic timing required an operative who failed to materialise so the organisers were left to a manual system.
In any case, Graham, Ed, Keith & myself enjoyed an double 11's at the Parador cafe, Crystal Palace waiting for things to get started on the course.
We saw Malcolm Elliot triumph in the preceding event with plenty of choice for viewing (we chose 50m from the finish line).
The main event was a pretty lacklustre affair it has to be said, even the free e-on hats were being refused by the box full (I had 4 thrust into my hand by staff keen to get rid of them).

C&M members seen on the course gaining one point?-Mick Morley, Andrew H, Crystal, Pete & Daphne.

TV coverage is provided on both the BBC & B. Eurosport from 16/09/07.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Monday, September 03, 2007

Sunday 2nd September 2007


Apparently Pete B tried phoning me last night in order to find out my route to Shere, just as well I was unavailable because I was making it up as I went along-first climbing to Headley then harder than expected Ranmore arriving to find Graham, Terry, Pete B, Frank plus wife in The Lucky Duck.

Another "endless coffee" & flushed of £1.80 we were away climbing up past the council workers responding to fillthathole.org.uk and a steady 14mph? ensued as I felt good on the bike and everybody appeared to be keeping up.

Just after Cranleigh Ed made some comment about my speed and him being over 70 which I ignored and just before 1pm we rolled into Wisborough Green.

Some chose the Cricketers PH, the rest a public bench overlooking the green.

After a take-away coffee from Penelope's, we assembled (Graham, Simon, Don, Ed, Pete B, Terry, Keith, Roger and myself) for the return.

"What's the hurry" says Keith as we paused to survey damage caused by low flying metal. Well as it turned out, Holmwood was open and welcoming, a good substitute for Capel.


Distance-too far.

Ave speed-too fast.




The picture shows a sodden Brompton rider in the Smithfield Nocturne.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Sunday August 26 2007

As I passed, the (new to me) Ivy Tea Rooms at the back of The Old Plough in Stoke D'abernon were open; seating alfresco (something warmer in winter?) Meanwhile Deputy Ed was leading from North Cheam via Malden Rushett, Cobham and The Hautboy to West Horsley where a decent crowd(19) was enjoying the long delayed summer. Half were out for the morning only. So it was the other half which witnessed Jake's distress at losing her lock key. However a blunt hacksaw and lusty efforts from Ed and Steve cured that. Belatedly ten (Ed, Ann, Daphne, Graham, Jake, Keith, Paul, Pete, Steve and Terry) headed off towards Guildford.

Unusually we rode Staple Lane to the top of Coombe Bottom; the rest was obvious: Shalford, first left after the crematorium, second left after the level crossing and we were in the garden of The Cricketers at Farncombe. Barbecued fare was to be had at around £3 and we bathed long in the sunshine before heading back on a slightly devious route. Backroads took us to Wonersh then Chilworth and up Halfpenny Lane; Terry and I stopping to admire alpacas in Chilworth Manor. In normal years the track from White Lane to Newlands is rutted concrete but 2007 is very different. Most walked and those with mudguards had gardening to do when they reached tarmac. The waitress service at The Barn was in some confusion and we ended up with an extra pot of tea - it could have been more if we said "we're number 28". Noboby fancied more of the NDW so it was down to the Epsom Road and a split at East Clandon.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Golden Beeches


Golden Beeches

CTC South Bucks has issued an open invitation to its Golden Beeches Weekend, 27-28 October, at Great Kingshill near High Wycombe. Choice of led rides each day, slide show, catering at hall. Booking information and form, and accommodation list, now at www.southbuckscycling.org.uk

Free London Maps

Transport for London (TfL) has today launched the latest edition of its popular free bike maps covering the whole of London.

The new set of 14 maps, developed with the London Cycle Campaign, are double-sided, hard-wearing and contain a wealth of information about 4,000km of routes. This includes the London Cycle Network Plus (a network of signed routes for cyclists across the capital), the National Cycle Network and routes through parks and canal towpaths.

The easy to use maps help cyclists to identify quick or quiet routes wherever they want to travel in the Capital. The cycle routes featured have all been ridden and recommended by experienced cyclists.

The cycle maps are available to order a month ahead of the Hovis London Freewheel, a fun, free bike ride open to all Londoners taking place on Sunday 23 September. Tens of thousands of riders are expected to cycle into a 14km central London route free of non-cycle traffic passing some of the Capital's most iconic sights. For more information and to register for the event, visit: www.londonfreewheel.com.

Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of London, said:
“'Cycling is the fastest, cheapest, most healthy and environmentally friendly way to get around London. These new cycle maps will make cycling in London easier and help cyclists explore a whole new side to the capital by discovering literally thousands of short cuts and little known paths.”

Jenny Jones, the Mayor's Green transport advisor, said: 'Londoners are realising that cycling is fun as well as efficient. These new maps and the Hovis London Freewheel will give everyone a chance to find that out for themselves.'

Charlie Lloyd, London Cycling Campaign, said:
"The London Cycle Guide maps have proven to be the most useful aid for anyone cycling in London. They provide all you need to make cycling the quickest, most effective way of getting around London. The wider coverage of the new edition Cycle Guides is exactly what we need. Discovering new areas and new routes is easier than ever. "

The maps can be requested online from www.tfl.gov.uk/cycling or by calling TfL’s customer service helpline on 020 7222 1234. They are also available in cycle shops throughout the Capital.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Sunday 19th August 2007

Greetings all after a enforced break because of technical problems to do with signing in to Blogger, cookies, passwords, Firefox, IE6 and anything else that shortens my attention span.

A few words about my run to Denham via Grand Union Canal. Just Ed and myself took Thames path to Teddington Lock then north to Syon Park where we found the cafe shut. On leaving the park we met Bob coming the otherway. Osterley Park was to be the alternative and this to was to prove a fruitless trip since it was also shut. Bob left us as we headed toward the GUC and a late 11's at Hayes (Bulls Bridge) Tesco.
My Dutch Vico Perfect, from the Gazelle stable, sustained a puncture, but apart from that our route was incident free arriving at Denham Visitor Centre at 1pm.
Tea was at The Orangery (Upper Halliford).

The rain was coming down but that didn't stop me, I'm keen (on points).
Unusually, I chose the higher road (A246) on account of light traffic to 11's at Shere.
The Lucky Duck produces mixed reactions amongst members with Simon ("hate it") to Ed ("I like it here") the latter more to do with his affection for attractive, young staff than the prices.
That said, by opting for £1.80 unlimited filter coffee (I managed 4 cups), dare I say VFM?
It was midday and we clearly had no intention of going any further so Simon and Keith headed off in the direction of Dorking via the lanes which left Ed, Ray and myself to ascend White Down.
Puffing, Panting, Sweating I arrived at the top with Ray barely a wheel length behind, he's 81 you know, quite remarkable. I think he said his resting heart beat is 43 bpm. Crikey, we have a super fit human being in our ranks.
33 odd miles, 35 max, 12.3 ave.
I'm handing the reins to Ed next week, I'm returning a colleague a favour and working his shift as well as my own, I hope it rains (only joking!).

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

At Henfold Lakes


Henfold Lakes for 11s on Sunday 5th August Pictures by Francoise

Monday, August 06, 2007

Le Tour on ITV4


David Aylett (Phone no on The Sou'Wester) offers to lend the complete 21 days as put out on the highlight programs now recorded on Video if you missed it and wish to catch up contact David

Sunday, August 05, 2007

US Invades Cerne Abbas


On the hottest day of the year so far, Henfold saw an allsorts of cyclists. I counted around 20 C&M, plus Downlanders, Addiscombe, Clarencourt and a handful of independents. Eventually Keith led 11 (Daphne, Ed, Emma, Graham, Irene, Jake, welcome back John M, Paul, Petes B and C, Terry) on an energetic and roundabout route via Capel, Jayes Park and Mole Street to Walliswood then north to the Polo Grounds and south to Rudgwick and the King's Head. Most sat outside though Ed lingered over the Sunday newspapers (or was it the barmaid?). For many thirst could only be quenched by second helpings so a leisurely lunch was enjoyed by those who took that option. The route back was simplicity itself: Oakwoodhill and Weare Street to Capel Church where cakes and the odd cup of tea were downed. Simon and Jen joined us and discussion turned to next year's Easter tour which is on March 23, the earliest date since 1818 and before clocks go back. Speak now if you've any suggestions.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

At Runnymede


Janice on her 'Ferrari Red' machine
Picture by Lisa

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Sunday July 22nd 2007

This ride should have been Pam's but understandably Irene and I would have to do. We rode through Lower Sunbury and Upper Halliford to Laleham and Staines. As on a previous occasion Irene was AWOL! But she soon realised that we were not coming along the towpath and returned in time to lead us over the bridge. The first level crossing was under repair but they kindly let us through. So Egham town centre was next before we cut across to Runnymede. Sixteen was our number being Irene, Graham, Bob, Daphne, Ed, Francoise (long time no see), Frank, Grant, Jake, Janice, Keith, Lisa, Pete C, Pete M, Stephanie, and finally John(Pam's friend, down from Scotland). Much elevenses' talk developed the theme "How deep was your flooding?" - too deep for Grant and Frank, on behalf of his mum. Grant (no surprise), Pete M, Lisa and Janice (on new Ferrari Red? Roberts Roughstuff) were for home. That left twelve who climbed up into Great Windsor Park and through Maiden's Green to Moss End where west and then south took us to the Stag and Hounds in Binfield. Unexpectedly this was closed for renovation. A brief pow-wow, and we headed east. By luck we headed off Bob on Cabbage Hill. The revised stop was the Cricketers in Winkfield Row where the staff turned a blind eye to our BYO brigade. Tea was too close so it was taken instead at Shepperton Lock, reached via Ascot Racecourse, Cheapside, the Park (again), Egham (again), Thorpe and Penton Hook. Around 60 miles on a day very fair by this year's standard.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sunday 15th July 2007

A select bunch gathered at Beare Green being the Cheam Four (Ed, Daphne, Keith, Pete C) with Andy, Bob, Graham, Ian and Terry who arrived one by one. It was Ian's first outing since completing an Island Hopping LEJOG in 19 days. On the way most had (almost literally) run into riders in the Capital to Coast charity event.


Bob and Terry were for home. Thus only seven carried on through Capel, Ockley, Ewhurst and Cranleigh before we stopped rather unexpectedly at the Three Compasses, Laker's Green. No objections were raised; wisely as later we learnt that its 'roast only on Sundays' rule has been scrapped. We dined, or more accurately supped alfresco, as there is now ample outdoor sitting (is the large gazebo smokers only?).

Around two we set off under darkening skies and the first hint of rain. Near the Japanese school, the taps were fully on with flashes of lightning and claps of thunder. Although it lasted no more than thirty minutes, we were soaked; the roads, awash, and trees, a scant shelter - personally the worst storm in at least five years. Near Ellen's Green, Keith and then Daphne and Peter opted for home. The rest continued through Walliswood and up past Leith Hill Place. Debris was everywhere, evidence of the storm, and we were halted at a large and uninviting puddle. The footpath from the Windy Gap car park offered the quickest way up but it's very steep which did Ed's back no good at all. Unsurprisingly Leith Hill tower was quiet so we settled into a leisurely tea and cakes. Andy's rear tyre deflated just before Dorking so then was the time for farewells. Around 70 miles on a day that stayed sticky despite the storm.

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Tour de France en Angleterre (July 8th 2007)


The thoughts of our great leader are set out elsewhere

(www.anothercyclingforum.com/index.php?topic=34156.0)



so I'll restrict myself to the C&M details. The very early start did not deter Simon (naturally), Andy, Frank H, Graham, Jake, Keith, Roger and Steve and KPRC irregulars: Andy, Jackie, Rachel, and eventually Paul (complete with Dad). Around 24 set off on a very non-C&M route and at a very non-C&M pace: A2043 to Cheam, A232 to Beddington, B275 to South Croydon, A235 and B269 to Titsey Hill, B2024 to Westerham before long stretches of A25 and A21 to northeast of Tunbridge Wells. Here we got "lost" due to the road closures before finding the Halfway House at Brenchley well ahead of the caravan but behind our leader who had been shepherding the stragglers. This was a fine spot to view the Tour as viewing numbers were limited to those prepared to walk or ride.

Simon mentioned "Titsey Hill" for the return so I formulated a more leisurely alternative. Our initial stages coincided - along the Tour route to Colt's Hill before heading towards the B2017 and the centre of Tonbridge. To my surprise and later perhaps theirs, everyone followed my roughstuff route to Leigh. They survived and continued towards Four Elms. Here again there was a surprise - again they went my way towards Edenbridge and Tandridge. I should have been more precise and said Marlpit Hill. Only five reached there - the rest were just too quick. Halts at various junctions didnt re-establish contact but eventually in Tandridge a phone call located them in Oxted. Thus an excuse had been found for drinks before heading along Jackass Lane where Andy and Jackie were spotted on the A25 just before we reached the junction. The rest was routine, Godstone, Bletchingley, Merstham, Fanny's, etc.



Around 90 miles on a sunny and warm day. After the last six weeks I think we deserved it but it's just started to rain (2100 hours)!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Fag Free Britain (Sunday July 1st 2007)

By the time I reached the start, the skies were displaying familiar grey tones and we (Ed, Andrew, Daphne, Graham, Keith, Pete) set off fully prepared for the rain which soon began to fall. The route was a familar one: the back of Epsom, Headley, Pebblecombe, Brockham and thence to Henfold Lakes. Already here were Petes B and F and Andy, plus a fair chunk of the KPRC who had been in action around Crawley. Any thoughts of an early return were soon dispelled as the weather settled down to blustery and cloudy. Our departure (all but Andrew) was delayed by the discovery that the resident rook had "decorated" PC's saddlebag. Down Weare Street we rode to Okewood Hill, Ellen's Green and Rusper where there was a sharp reminder of recent weather. This was sufficient to demand a vote and the Blue Ship easily carried the day. Ed's route back was via Walliswood and Forest Green where we tackled a farm road(TQ124407) leading to Mole Street. Ockley lead on to Capel and the church where Frank and Francoise were setting about the cakes. The best weather of the day (sunny and warm with a strong tailwind) was reserved for the last stage of the ride.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Sunday June 24 2007

Whether one trusted one's instincts or John Kettley, it did not bode well. It was not surprising to find only four (Graham, Andrew, Ed, Richard) sheltering under the awnings at Cheam. The route was straightforward: Epsom, Leatherhead (where we met up with Pete B), and Orestan Lane. By now the rain had eased but it was back to full strength by the time we reached Shere. On we plodded past Farley Green and Rowly before turning in Cranleigh towards a welcome refreshment stop at Smithbrook Kilns. Still the rain came down so a second round was ordered. Still the rain came down so "head for home" was the concensus. Some dallied in the bike shop. Still the rain came down, but eventually we were off in our various directions. Naturally it eased not long after and a light drizzle became my constant companion. Will anyone regret the decision? I doubt it - one hard earned point for each of us.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Nuthurst June 17 2007

A baker's dozen minus one showed at Beare Green on a day during which the sun made only occasional showings. It stayed dry but steamy all day. Bob, Don and David W were there for the tea but the rest were out for the day. The group had come over the top to Betchworth and, now swelled to nine (Keith, Andy, Daphne, Ed, Graham, Irene, Jake, Pam and Pete), continued into Capel, past the Royal Oak in Friday Street before heading down the Rusper Road into the centre of Horsham. After several roundabouts and a moment's hesitation on Hammerpond Road, we went south to Copsale and Maplehurst before turning north to the Black Horse, Nuthurst for lunch. The return was through St Leonards Forest to Colgate and Rusper and finally Capel (again) for cakes and tea at the church. It was Open Gardens week so many houses were decorated with scarecrows and other "stuffed" figures. Most enterprising and ingenious as there are no prizes!

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Smithfield Nocturne

Smithfield Nocturne

On the evening of Saturday 23rd June, two weeks before the Tour de France visits the capital, David Millar and Brad McGee will join other top cyclists in a 1 km race around London’s Smithfield Market. Earlier in the evening there will be a folding bike race, and also a race for people who work in cycling – expect an appearance from some CTC staffers.

Andrew was interested in this when it was mentioned to him, but no one was 100% on the date.
So here's the info if anyone else is interested.

Lisa

Monday, May 28, 2007

Sunday 27th May 2007

The fourcast was c--p and come the morning, sure enough it was raining.
Now as leader what am I to do ?
I was all ready to go then I had second thoughts.
"Ed,it's Andy,I'm not going out today".
Four hours later I began to have regrets as the day improved.
Apologies to anyone who made an effort.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

The Highland Brigade 27/05/07

After ten days of more or less rain, the cleaning was over by 1000 hours thanks to 10% cloud cover – in truth a beautiful clear day but with a biting northerly wind. Calum’s road (see www.ctc-maps.org.uk/routes/route/570) was the chosen route; a mere 16.5 miles there and back with 11 (or is that 22?) arrows. At the far end (Arnish) we visited Calum’s house before doing the Fladday circuit on foot. At least three cars passed us with another ten parked at either Brochel or Arnish. To complete a busy picture we met 3 walkers and 4 MTBers who were on a similar outing to ours. Judging by the tyre marks, they had ridden short sections of the Fladday circult and walked the rest. No punters after tomorrow so we may be in for a quiet end to our stay.

Graham and (2 hills walked) Irene

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sunday 20th May 2007

With a new set of wheels, chain & cassette I set off for Wisley.
On approaching Epsom, I eyeball the clubrun and shortly expect to be tail end Charlie. However on West Hill the chain breaks apart and I stop whilst the club, unaware I was behind, disappear over the hill.
It turns out the connecting link was not properly attached (by me) and 15 mins later I had some catching up to do. So it was somewhat of a suprise to find the early arrivals sans clubrun.
The RHS was busy with the car park being relocated and the sunny weather bringing out the day trippers, the queue wasn't too bad but the prices were, £1.45 for "organic" tea (no Typhoo?) in a paper cup.
It's only the second time we've used the stop and I'm not sure if it's practical in the future after all we all have a budget.
We exited via the old road led by Simon to lunch at Puttenham, leaving Bob, Matt, Roger & Mike to make their own way home.
The route chosen was not one I would have taken but then again I like direct routes including rough stuff etc.
The assembled mass that was Simon, Ed, Ian, Steve, Ann, Pam, Keith, Janice and myself were delayed by lousy service on the food front but soon got going with a route largely influenced by me and the obvious route that took us via the NDW to Watts Gallery then uphill to join the A3/A31 junc then back onto the track that drops down into Guildford, up the cruelty that is Pewley Hill to rejoin the NDW all the way to Newland's Barn.
A fine picture of the cafe taken in 1955 hangs inside with a lady cyclist who, Keith thought, looked like Amy (Addiscombe) but with the sun still shining we sat outside.
Simon's Colnago which up until now had suffered several miles of good quality rough stuff was subjected to a further lack of tarmacadam when I suggested the "obvious" NDW route taking us down to W. Horsley.


If anybody read CTC Newsnet 25/05/07 and thought about going to the "cycle jumble" at Bosham, they would probably feel it's inclusion would guarantee a decent number of stalls.
Well there were less than 8 and I'm not happy!


As I write this, BST is on temporary hold, so my run tomorrow will reflect this. Anybody for Ashurst?

Sunday 13th May 2007

Mike writes:

The soaring temperatures of last month seemed a distant memory as five of us (Andrew, Ed, Keith, Simon & Mike) set off in drizzling rain with the weather forecasters only promising worsening conditions. Leaving Westerham after elevenses the weather seemed to ease but this was just a brief respite as Ed, Keith and Mike pedalled through downpours, and claps of thunder, on our way to Chiddingstone. The weather seemed even to deter the twitchers at Bough Beech reservoir as only a couple of binoculars were sighted. The pretty village of Chiddingstone is now largely owned by the National Trust and gets its name after a large carved sandstone boulder called the Chiding Stone. The power was off when we arrived at the pub and candles were lit as the rain poured down outside. The pub is very pleasant and friendly and at least the power cut saved us from the Spanish grand prix on the TV which was hastily turned on when the power resumed for a brief period. Then it was pedalling through more rain round Oxted and over the little hill to the Woldingham garden centre where Ed and Mike stopped for tea before heading home.

Monday, May 07, 2007

May 6 2007

There was 12 of us at East Horsley; the official party coming via Stokeheath Road and the Hautbois. By name they were Daphne, Ed, Graham, Irene, Jake, Keith, Pam, PeteC. Bob, Pete Matthews, Ray and Terry were also there to enjoy a break but headed for home afterwards. The onward route was : Coombe Bottom and Ewhurst to a less than crowded Scarlett Arms at Walliswood. Until lunch it seemed the recent spell of fine weather was over but it improved slightly as we dawdled in the garden. Daphne's route back was energetic: to Forest Green and then past Vaughan Williams' Leith Hill Place before the long descent to Dorking. The afternoon stop was different: the Surrey Wildlife Trust's Open Day at Norbury Park where we met up with Andrew, Jen, Roger and Simon. They had done the guided tour (logs, saws, charcoal, etc) but we settled mostly for the working display of steam engines. The plastic cup of tea or whatever was free with some even grabbing a biscuit or two.

Sunday May 6th




Pictures from Pam of Sundays ride to Norbury Park Open Day

Sunday, April 29, 2007

April 29 2007

This was another fine day though it took awhile to warm up. Eight of us (Graham, Ann, Daphne, Ed, Keith, Mike, Pete C, Steve) took the usual route round the back of Epsom before ascending to the top of Pebblecombe. After Betchworth, we went across Reigate Heath to the A25 and elevenses at Morrison’s. Here Bob and Ian joined us. On the restart it was down Lonesome Lane before turning east to Langshott and then via Broadbridge Lane to Copthorne. Pete and Daphne headed for home as he was feeling under the weather. Turning right out of Old Hollow, we went into Worth before joining the B2036. This is a rather busy road with a nasty 250’ climb to the top of Whitely Hill and the short descent to lunch (Cowdray Arms). We were thus well placed to tackle some roughstuff, namely Whitely Hill to Parish Lane. Very uneven but dry, this is in two sections divided by stream crossing and a railway bridge. The first section was downhill but the second section over compacted hardcore climbed more steeply – overall it was downhill. Two managed most of it but the rest found a hobbyhorse style or walking more appropriate. In Pease Pottage Mike rejoined having (perhaps wisely) opted for an onroad alternative. Next it was Colgate then Rusper and finally Tanhurst Farm where cakes were enjoyed in a desultory fashion. Around 65 miles.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

April 22 2007

The small turnout rather spoilt another fine day; just four (Ed, Keith, Pete, Steve) showing up at North Cheam. They rode via Tadworth and Mugswell to Fanny’s where Graham and Terry joined them. The break was lengthy but noisy as the clay pigeons were flying down the hill. Eventually we set off through Redhill and Reigate to Leigh, then climbed past Charlwood Zoo (as was) before descending to the Gate at Ifield. The Downlanders were there in strength but soon departed whilst our numbers rose by two (Irene and Pam). During another long (3 pints) break, the ayes voted for Capel and so it was a very short journey to church tea and cakes in the afternoon. We left after an hour and went our separate ways in Leatherhead. Around 55 miles at very leisurely pace - perfect!

Friday, April 20, 2007

Capel Cakes

For those suffering withdrawal symptoms (we've already missed three), the 2007 dates are:

Apr 22
May 6, 7, 20, 27, 28
Jun 10, 17, 23(Sat)
Jul 1, 8, 22, 29
Aug 5, 19 (Recreation Ground), 26, 27
Sep 9, 23, 30
Oct 14, 21
Nov 4, 18, 25

Monday, April 16, 2007

Sunday 15th April 2007



Panic stations and I can't find my keys,not in the usual place, it's 8:55 and the train goes at 9:30.
I arrived at Surbiton with 10 minutes in hand after riding like Miller in Time Trial mode.
Eight coaches arrived only to split at Woking. We were already over SWT's stipulation of 2 bikes per 4 coaches but that mattered little to the guard.
Four got out at Bentley: myself, Ian, Ed & Graham for the short ride to Forest Lodge Garden Centre near Birdworld. (We took a well surfaced path going SE past Alice Holt Lodge Research Station to join the A 325 just south of 11's where we met Steve who had ridden from Woking (21 m).
Sitting outside in the sunshine we talked of the enjoyable Easter weekend at Salisbury which was still fresh in our minds.
We retraced our route back to Bentley BR, Lower Froyle, Upper Froyle then NW to climb up towards Golden Pot (Photo).
Descend to Shalden then back up to Lasham and lunch.
Ann soon joined us and we sat under a parasol as the sun unleashed an intensity more akin to July than mid April.
A friendly chat with a quartet from the West Surrey CTC revealed their 11's (Odiham) and later tea to be taken at at Seale.
2pm and it was time to head south to Bentworth and Medstead before heading east to tea at Gilbert White's house tea parlour in Selborne where the delicious lemon sponge is £1.85 and the tea £1.40.
Just an hourly service means strict refreshment breaks or else lengthy waits on the platform.
Given the fine weather I knew the 16:20 was probably going to be a mad rush so the 17:20 proved more attainable.
Nearing the station, the 16:45 from Alton hurtled past with Steve and Ann aboard who kindly took the earlier fast service.
This part of Hampshire is in my opinion one of the finest cycling areas with good views, pretty villages, fine pubs and suprisingly little traffic on the wonderfully narrow lanes.
Total milage: 47.8 (from Ewell)
Ave speed: 11.7
Max speed: 46mph?
Temperature: 21 degrees
Winner of the Paris-Roubaix: Stuart'O Grady

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Coast Ride

April's Friday Night Ride to the Coast was a bit of a success. We had moonlight. There was no wind. It was cold, but not too cold. 25 riders departed Hyde Park Corner at midnight. All 25 rolled in to Brighton. We weren't quick, but we had a good time. There were familiar faces and some newcomers. We had a recumbent, but, this time, no tandems. And Tourist Tony opened his door to us at 3 in the morning and sent us on our way warmed by food and coffee.

These rides have been very gentle affairs, with an open invitation to all to come along whether they were experienced or not, on whatever kind of bike. May's ride is a departure from this formula. The ride will be longer, hillier and faster than previous rides. Not an all out eye-popping blast, but steady, and with fewer rests. A rolling average speed of 14mph, over a 73 mile route. For those of you who haven't joined us before this is a group ride - we don't leave people on their own, and we do keep tabs on all the riders.

We'll depart Hyde Park Corner at midnight and go through Kingston, Esher, Cobham and Guildford. There is a tricky right turn at the Robin Hood roundabout, and we're going to have to have a plan if there is traffic behind us. There are two possible routes from Cobham to Guildford, and I'm inclined to take the A3 to the Burpham turn. This is a stretch of six lane road that we've used before, and it's pretty clear of traffic at 2 in the morning, but it will require a degree of cohesion and discipline on our part.

I don't have an absolute objection to people taking the midnight train to Guildford and meeting us there - it just means a good deal of hanging around.

At Guildford we stop briefly for refreshment chez Mr. Simon Page, who will accompany us for the remainder of the trip.

From Guildford we go to Godalming and then we take God's Own Cycling Highway, the A286. This is the finest road I know at any time of the day or night, but it does go up and down. Somewhere in West Sussex we depart from the A286 and make our way to the coast.

There will be a surprise.....

Arrangements are being made for breakfasting... The return to Chichester Railway Station for those of us not joining the EvilKiwi chaingang will be about seven miles. Trains depart Chichester for London at approximately quarter hour intervals.

Now - could I have some expressions of interest? The reason I ask at this early stage is that there are certain measures to be put in hand, and I've got to have an estimate of numbers...

June's ride will be a return to the gentle pastures of East Sussex - shorter, flatter and slower.

Simon

Follow discussions on this here - Lisa

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter – The Naked Truth

Saturday April 7 – Gold And Zig-Zag Hills

For once someone had a plan and an unwieldy 24 (it seemed more) signed up. Initially their faith was misplaced as the leader set off in the wrong footwear and got lost before Wilton! Fortunately a rough off-road section of the Wiltshire Cycleway was on hand and soon we were back on course. 11’s were taken alfresco in Tisbury where the deli was open. Regrouping after Semley Hill we rode into Shaftesbury where most were content with hazy views from the terrace. Naturally others went in search of a liquid lunch and Mike M amused (?) the crowds by riding up Gold Hill. After lunch Zig-Zag Hill added a competitive element with the leader quickly reduced to also-ran. At the top we split up - some stayed onroad whilst the rest went on to Win Green. Another mile, another split - some descended to rejoin the waiting roadies in Berwick St John. This group continued down the Ebble valley to Broad Chalke where the open Queens Head proved irresistible. In time Pete and Lisa rejoined after a puncture and Simon and Jen appeared from the Salisbury direction. Meanwhile the off-roaders were “enjoying” the Ox Drove (said by Pete B to be paved). Untrue as it turned out and Pete F had a lengthy repair to a tubeless tyre. Eventually they too descended to Broad Chalke just as the back markers were leaving. For the record, the leader returned to Salisbury via Homington – around 50 miles.

Sunday April 8 – Imber And Wylye Valley

A smaller but still considerable group set off up the Test valley and through the Woodfords to Amesbury where the Friar Tuck Café served as temporary home. After crossing the A303, the delights of Larkhill and Rollestone Camp were next before a brief stop outside the Bustard Inn. For the majority it was too early for lunch and so we went on past Westdown Camp to lunch at the Rose And Crown at Tilshead. The service was patchy – whilst Neil was delighted with a ½ pound Stilton Ploughman’s, Mike ended up with nothing* save donations of chips and a gingerbread man. At Gore Cross we turned off onto MOD land and Imber where there was a bizarre mix of daytrippers, and army cadets engaged in a mock battle completed with the crackle of gunfire. The leader was last to arrive - not unusual this weekend. The long and dusty Heytesbury road leads us down into the Wylye Valley and NCN24. Once again the ride came to a premature halt as the village of Stockton was staging its annual Pheasant (Egg) Chucking festival and of course the pub (The Carriers) was open all day! For the record the leader returned to Salisbury via Wilton without getting lost! – about 53 miles

* Leaving plenty of room for the 32oz chicken, which he consumed later that day.

For the "where the **** did we go" brigade, I've added the intended routes (966 and 967) to CTC's routes website eg www.ctc-maps.org.uk/routes/route/966.

Easter Pics

Easter Tour 2007


Many thanks to Simon and Jen for their hard work in locating the digs.
Also thanks go to Graham for his faultless routes and navigation.
It is also worth mentioning all the other C&M/KP members that made for a fantastic weekend.
The weather was the icing on the cake,can't wait till next year!

Sunday, April 01, 2007

April Fools Day 2007

Under half of the eventually 19 sunworshipers came the official route via Cobham and East Horsley to the Mucky Duck in Shere. That was far enough for some (Bob, Deanna, Pam, Pete M). The rest (Daphne, Ed, Florence, Graham, Ian, Irene, Jake, John, Keith, Mike, Pete B, Pete F, Steve, Terry) followed Pete C along Jesses Lane to Peaslake and then with half-hearted protest up Radnor Lane to the shoulder of Holmbury Hill. Descending we went past Ewhurst Green and the brickworks. After the Chequers at Rowhook, the A281 was sampled before branching off to the Greets Inn in Warnham. Here we were joined by Ann who had earlier competed the Kingston (foot) races. After seating ourselves, there was just room for 4 locals to prop up the bar! The route back was via Rusper where things hotted up. By Newdigate the leader was unable to catch the breakaways and only a hasty phone call brought the group back together. Tea was taken at Brockham Church, rather crowded with Easter Egg hunt competitors. A fine but hard day; the sunny, warm weather being balanced by a strong and boisterous northeasterly - not a day for hard lens wearers (as I can attest).

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Burnham Beeches


The Dell Cafe at Burnham Beeches is now just a flat grassy area with two benches! The Glade Cafe has also been flattened but work is underway to build a new larger building in its place. The section has used The Dell Cafe for over 50years.

Sutton Benger in 1941


A picture from the Picton collection of The Volunteer as used by the club in the past

Monday, March 26, 2007

Sunday 25th March 2007

A good turn out today for Jake's run to Sutton Abinger.
But first we assembled at Henfold Lake: Bob, Terry, John, Richard, Ray, Pete, Daphne, Keith, Mike, Ed, Irene, Graham, new lady - whose name I've forgotton, sorry - Jake & myself.
With good prospects of warmer weather and a few sunny breaks, some sat outside where a mug of coffee will set you back 65p.
We were away by 11.30 only to suffer mechanical in Capel (Keith's jockey wheel parted company and he was only able to continue with a screw that was kindly supplied by a friendly white van man).
A little behind schedule, Keith hit the front (as if he had something to prove) and the speed gradually produced 2 groups which only came together on approach to Holmbury.
Bob was already at The Volunteer looking for a discreet place for sandwich eating.
Soup seemed to be order of the day (£3.95) and the place got a general thumbs up despite the rather exotic menu (Crayfish anyone?).
Up & down Hoe Lane to Shere, Coombe Bottom and tea at West Horsley GC where numbers had reduced by 50%.
The dim wit providing the teas managed to put 1 tea bag in a 2 person pot and filled it to the brim producing a virtually undrinkable beverage then charged me £1.20.
Total 54.4 miles (from Ewell).

Blog of the week: http://adrianfitch.wordpress.com/

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Cycling kit at Lidl

I see that Lidl are advertising cheap cycling kit & accessories for the week starting Monday 26th March - if anyone is interested.

http://www.lidl.co.uk


Lisa

Home to Salisbury

Route for Good Friday, from Ann:

START THAMES DITTON, THRU CLAYGATE, SA AT TRAFFIC LIGHTS
A244 THRU GOLF COURSE, BEAR R,
LA307, OVER A3, L FAIRMILE LANE
R @ XRD LEIGH HILL ROAD
R A245 COBHAM
3RD L DOWNSIDE,
R PLOUGH LANE, OVER M25 SA AT XRD
AT T BEAR R, IST L GUILLISHALL LANE
R @ XRDS TO RIPLEY
L IMM R NEWARK LANE
TWD PYRFORD VILLAGE
L @ 7 STARS PH PAPERCOURT LANE TO SEND
R THEN L AT RAB A247
AT 2ND RAB SA THEN L VICARAGE RD
B380 2ND EXIT GUILDFORD RD AT RAB
SA AT RAB B380 TO FOX CORNER
BEAR L ASH RD B380
L ONTO A 324TO ASH
1ST L AFTER LEVEL CROSSING ASH GREEN
1ST R POYLE RD NO SP
L IN TONGHAM, UNDER A31 TWDS RUNFOLD
L @ XRD IGNORE CYCLE ROUTE
@A31 L ON TRACK@ ROCK HOUSE
SA KILNSIDE FARM
R (NOT L ROUTE 22)
L MILL HOUSE
WALK BIKE OVER GRAVEL PAST HOUSE
BEAR R NORTH DOWNS WAY
@ A31 L ON TRACK THEN L ON CYCLE WAY
TO TRAFFIC LIGHTS NEAR STATION
CROSS OVER INTO FARNHAM
FOLLOW ONE WAY SYSTEM, BEAR R
@ T L THEN ON RHS LYONS YARD FOR CAFES
OR R @ T & CAFE ROUGE ON LHS.
OUT WEST IST R BEFORE RAB CRONDALL LANE
ALT ROUTE INTO FARNHAM:-.
SA OVER A31 USING CYCLE PATH ON LGE RAB,
L B3208 BADSHOT LEA,
AT RAB CROSS ROAD CYCLE PATH RHS
INTO FARNHAM
AT XR WHERE NO ENTRY SA GO L
FOLLOW ROAD R, AT T L
THEN SOON R INTO LYONS YARD
PEDESTRIANISED WITH CAFES AND WAITROSE
OUT WEST IST R BEFORE RAB CRONDALL LANE
L TWDS WELL, @ TRIANGLE R WELL
L LOWER FROYLE, R AT T
SA AT XRDS @ GOLDEN POT PH
2ND L LASHAM
GARDEN CENTRE WITH CAFE ON LHS
R IMM L DOWN HILL
SA AT A339 TO BENTWORTH
SA MEDSTEAD , L @ RAB MEDSTEAD
R THEN 1ST L BIGHTON/ ARESFORD ROUTE 23
L AT T TO NEW ALRESFORD (NO SP)
R AT T & DOWN HILL TO TIFFINS CAFE ON RHS
SA THEN R B3047, 1ST L NO SP WEIGHT LIMIT (FORD)
R AT T THEN L BY PUB UP HILL
IST R NO SP BY WALL & PHONE BOX
THRU AVINGTON, R EASTON,
L @ CRICKETERS PUB THEN R NO SP (SW)
(IGNORE SIGN FOR WINCHESTER)
AT XR SA MARKED NO THRU RD
FOLLOW UNDER MAIN ROAD,
BEAR R FOLLOW OVER MOTORWAY,
BEAR L UNDER MAIN ROAD
L WINCHESTER SP WINNALS TRADING ESTATE
FOLLOW ONE WAY SYSTEM
UNION ST / FRIARSGATE / ST GEORGES ST
R WETHERSPOONS THE OLD GAOL HOUSE
11A JEWRY ST SO23 01962 850095
OR LEFT PEDESTRIANISED AREA CAFES
OUT SP ROMSEY UP HILL
PAST HOSPITAL, R @ RAB
IST L SARAM ROAD, (6 MILES OF V QUIET ROAD!)
AFTER 2 MILES SA @ XR
THEN @ 1 MILE FORK R
THRU ASHLEY TWD KINGS SOMBOURNE
R @ T CHURCH ROAD
R @ A3057 IST L (BYWAY) IST L AT TOP OF HILL
MARKED PRIVATE RD (FOOTPATH)
SA WHERE ROAD BEARS R
L AT END TEST WAY (FOOTPATH BUT LIKE BRIDLEWAY)
R AT END (OR L TO PUB AT HORSEBRIDGE, JOHN O GAUNT)
ALT ROUTE TO HOUGHTON AVOIDING TRACK
BUT THIS ROAD CAN BE V BUSY LORRIES ETC
L A3057 SOON GREAT CARE WHERE
A ROAD NARROWS ON BLIND RISE &
NO PAVEMENT THEN SOON
GREAT CARE FORK R HOUGHTON
R SP HOUGHTON (GBG PUB JOHN O GAUNT)
OVER SEVERAL OLD BRIDGES
SA THEN R OPP MOTTISFONT GDNS
L DUNBRIDGE, OVER LEVEL CROSSING
R TWDS LOCKERLEY,
R @ T, L SP EAST DEAN/WEST DEAN
R @ T TWDS EAST GRIMSTEAD
THEN L WEST GRIMSTEAD
TWDS ALDERBURY, OVER A36
R IN ALDERBURY, FOLLOW SUSTRANS ROUTE
L BEFORE HILL SP NO THRU RD
TO A36, SHORT BIT ON PAVEMENT
THEN GREAT CARE PAVEMENT ENDS
V SOON IST R PETERS FINGER WAY (NO NAME AT BEG)
UNDER RAILWAY, BEAR L MILFORD MILL RD
L SHADY BOWER, L MILFORD HILL
L FOWLERS ROAD NO 31 BYWAYS HOUSE B & B
TO GO INTO SALISBURY FOLLOW MILFORD HILL
UNDER A36, SA MILFORD ST / NEW CANAL
R HIGH ST, L BRIDGE ST FOR NON SMOKING
WEATHERSPOONS!

Friday, March 23, 2007

Sunday 18th March 2007

The morning rendezvous was Squires at Godstone where a pot of tea is still £1.
Whilst glancing through "FridayAd", Mike arrived with Andrew, Ed, Pete, Daphne, Steve & Ann with Graham arriving via a different route and much later, John & Terry.
Within 200yds of the entrance to Squires, Pete punctured. This proved to be bad timing when 30mins later we encountered a nasty hailstorm whilst ascending Tiburstow Hill.
Despite this, the day was fine although with a significant windchill.
En route to Cowden, Graham turned back at Lingfield concerned that the N-Westerly may hamper his progress back to Kingston.
The climb up past Dormansland BR was rewarded with the wonderful Smithers Lane, surely one of our most prettiest roads.
I have fond memories of Cowden stretching back to the mid-eighties when we lunched at "The Crown" situated opposite the church. This pub was converted into cottages in the nineties which left the perfectly acceptable "Fountain".
On this occasion there was nothing more substantial than crisps but the jovial landlord and comfortable surroundings made up for the lack of food and it meant I could eat my sandwiches inside the pub.
Mike's chosen route home was blocked at the BR bridge in Edenbridge where heavy cranes appeared to be hard at work.
Remarkably all 7 of us stopped for tea in Tandridge LC then it was straight up Tandridge Hill Lane to join route 21 past Woldingham School.
On nearing home LEDs were activated probably for the last time until October. (BST next weekend - Hoorah!).

Monday, March 12, 2007

11 March 2007

It's been a funny old day - very warm but blustery, two points hard earned from 70 miles, not one behind the designated leader. An early start did not deter Richard, Ed, Jake, Mike, Ray D and Steve. They set off past Royal Marsden, Kenley Airfield, Warlingham School and Jackass Lane Tandridge before hitting the flatter roads which lead to Occasionally Yours. There they were joined by Bob and belatedly by Graham after an injudicious offroad on Banstead Heath. Everyone had plans so the party split. Ray was in search of miles before his opening 25 of the season; Jake and Steve headed off to a TdF extravaganza in Sutton, The leader's preference was Penshurst so he went off with Mike (on a visit to Uckfield). Led by Bob the rest went through Edenbridge to a busy Hever (unvisited surprisingly in the last five years). Lunch was taken in the graveyard though Ed popped in for J2O. Numbers were further reduced when Bob went in search of a train. Tea was taken in Squires Godstone; eventually and reluctantly we left. Then it was past Fanny's and Banstead before the long downhills to home.

Monday, March 05, 2007

March 4 2007

All of Irene's rides start at "Chez Lui" so in dribs and drabs and from diverse directions 12 assembled for breakfast and a viewing of Pete M's Hilly 50 2007 DVD. The sausage eaters were: Irene, Andy, Bob, Daphne, Ed, Graham, Ian, Keith, Lisa, Pete C, Pete M and Stephanie. Most had avoided the impending rains but a mile short of Staines, Ian's rear tyre had exploded requiring a LBS visit for Ian and Ed. On the restart Bob and Stephanie headed for home; there was no escaping the rain and the route of two weeks ago was taken through Egham to Englefield Green. In the middle of the Great Park we were overtaken by a very recent Oscar winner(!?) in a Range Rover which headed off down the Long Mile. Could it be? Who knows but the registration was OXR 1. We exited by Cranbourne Gate but it was clear that we would not reach the lunch stop. After brief inspections of Crispin's and Royal Oak (meals only), once again the Duke Of Edinburgh was blessed with our company. The rains would not relent so there were no takers for tea. Back was direct and familiar: Ascot racecourse, Cheapside, Virginia Water and on to Thorpe. Just short of Chertsey Graham's front tyre exploded but his saviour (Pete C) appeared with a spare tyre. Still raining when I got home - a thoroughly miserable outing!

Monday, February 26, 2007

Sunday 25th February 2007

Today, I was duty Runs Leader after Mike had to pull out due to ill health.
I'd already decided Reigate was to be reached by the most direct route which involved the A217 but that was OK because the speed limit is 40mph and the traffic was fairly light anyway.
Morrison's coffee 79p was good value likewise the cakes (39p - scone).
Jake, John & Terry soon made an appearance that swelled our number to 8 only to drop back to 6 for the ride to Newchapel. (Jake, Ann, Steve, Keith, Ed & myself)
As we were leaving, Ray arrived to be directed the two "old codgers"still in the cafe.
The Blacksmith's Head is a fine pub, if a little quiet but Steve let it be known his intention to lead a run back to Newchapel in the summer.
We were away by 1.30pm and with a brief stop to cape up, I was home with a mug of tea, toasted hot cross bun and my feet up watching the Beeb's coverage of the Manchester World Cup. Well done Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton and the rest.
Mileage 50.2 (from Ewell).

Sunday 4th March 2007 - Due to an oversight, the ride to Irene's will start from North Cheam. (Not Kingston Bridge)

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Monday, February 19, 2007

Sunday 18th February 2007

Compared to the Hilly 50, a rather smaller number, 5 to be precise (Graham, Ann, Ed, Keith and Steve) assembled on Kingston Bridge. There we were entertained by Keith's twice attempted puncture repair before setting off through Bushey Park emerging at its NW corner in Hampton Hill. The railway bridge at the end of Prior Road was closed requiring a retreat to the level crossing by Hampton station. We dropped down to Lower Sunbury Road and from there to the Orangery. There to greet us were Andy, Bob and Irene and after a while Richard put in an appearance. Past film studios and Laleham, we sped joining the tow path to Staines. Delayed at both level crossings in Egham, Tite Hill was tackled before entering Windsor Great Park at Bishopsgate. With time in hand, a left turn after the village meant the behorsed ER2 and an exit at Cheapside. One more climb ended with a left turn into Lovel Lane and another to Woodside and the busy Duke of Edinburgh where Pete and Liza joined us. After lunch we explored a not too muddy Hodge Lane before sampling Ascot racecourse and passing through Cheapside. Here we turned right and reentered the park at Blacknest. We skirted south of Smith's Lawn before mingling with the crowds near Savill Gardens. Englefield Green and Virginia Water pointed us beside M3, M25 and Great Cockcrow railway to tea at Tesco's Addlestone and a parting of the ways. Around 50 miles on a dry mild and cloudy day.