Monday, 21 September 2015

All day ride on the 19th September

  Many thanks to Tony for leading on a very enjoyable ride from Waterloo to
Woolwich.  In addition to The Barrier and ferry crossing there are many
features to note, The Greenway, Regents Canal and other paths, Limehouse
Basin, views of the City and all those dreaded paving stones are just a few.
  Tony chose good weather and good company, The Woolwich Arsenal Museum cafe
offered a varied menu and we were lucky not to suffer any punctures or
mechanical problems.  
  Happy days all.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Surrey Churches ride on Saturday the 12th September

  This is part of the Ride and Stride Day to stimulate interest in Churches in Surrey and Southwest London.
  Shirley led us on a ride around Stoneleigh, Ewell, Chessington and Epsom with the intention of visiting 11 churches. In the event, we managed to visit 7 and had a tea stop at the historic St Mary's Chessington. The other churches were in the modernist style, reflecting the era they were built in.
  After leaving St Mary's we were told of a cut-through to Horton Country Park which consisted of a steep descent on a gravelly track and a bumpy stretch across a field to the old railway line surfaced track.
  As we were running late, we sped through West Ewell to the final stop at St Barnabas, Epsom, managing to lose a couple of riders on the way in the maze of new housing around Chantilly Way.
  Despite a forecast of showers, it was a mainly sunny afternoon.
Many thanks to Colin and Shirley for planning and leading the ride.

All day ride on Saturday 19th September

On Saturday 19 September Tony Hooker will lead an all day ride from Waterloo Station to Woolwich along the Thames via Greenwich and the Thames Barrier. After crossing the river on the ferry the return will be along the Greenway to Victoria Park and thence to Waterloo around 3:30pm.

Meet Tony at Waterloo Station at 9:50am for departure at 10am by the entrance to platform 2. 

Lunch stop TBA. 

Last year several people had punctures, so make sure you bring a spare inner tube.

Distance approximately 30 miles with no hills. 


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Fanny's Farm Shop and Cafe has closed.

  After the death of Fanny, the family has decided to sell the shop and the land and it closed yesterday. No more tea stops for the Saturday afternoon longer ride.
  Keen hill climbers will now have to find another reason to ascend Hazelwood Lane. So far as I know the nearest cafe will now be in Merstham at the bottom of the North Downs which will mean having to come back up Markedge Lane.