Tuesday, 27 December 2016
We'll look forward to seeing your masterpieces. If you have any queries please contact me.
Sunday, 13 November 2016
The pictures show Chairman David Vine presenting the shield (with secretary Tim Court in the background).
~ Mike Morley
Sunday, 30 October 2016
Signing in sheets will circulate once you are sitting down. The Agenda, Minutes of the 2015 AGM, Treasurer's Report and our Annual Report will be available for you to read.
Please be considerate about where you park your bikes.
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
We returned via Finsbury Park, Parkland Walk (which follows the old railway track), through Regents Park accompanied by Will's harmonica and then back for tea in Hyde Park. The ride finished at Clapham Junction for our trains home.
Thanks to Tim G for back marking.
Approx. 30 miles.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
Our picture was taken by a kind passing hiker on the way down from Ranmoor Common. Behind us is a familiar and favourite view of Dorking from above Denbies. We enjoyed a well deserved lunch at the Stepping Stones pub shortly after, then rode home via Ashtead and Epsom Commons, cycleways through Horton and Hogsmill conservation area. Many thanks Liz for an enjoyable day out.
~ Helen Tovey
Friday, 9 September 2016
Sept 17 Ranmore Common and Box Hill with Liz Scrivens
Oct 15 Alexandra Palace with Tony Hooker (meeting at Waterloo Stn)
~ Tim Court
Thursday, 1 September 2016
Ditton, stopping at Squires’ garden centre for tea and cakes. There was no longer ride
designated, so I offered to lead one. The intention was to offer something slightly faster,
slightly hillier than usual with a shorter tea and cake break.
The weather was a little windy but dry, intermittently sunny. Four of us met at Beddington
Park, Wallington, to cycle the 9km to Nonsuch Park. There nine more members joined us,
including Nigel, who rode at the rear.
We went up the off-road foot/cycle paths to Epsom and up the hill on Wilmerhatch Lane,
through Ashtead Park, up Ottways Lane over the M25 on the footbridge. We completed a
brief circuit of Leatherhead and returned via Ottways Lane to the Cycle Bean Cafe in
Ashtead for refreshments.
Returning through Ashtead Park, we turned up Headley Road and then up the hill on Langley
Vale Road to the B290 along the top of Epsom Downs alongside the finishing straight of the
racecourse. From Tattenham Corner we went through Shawley Way (our last significant
hill), Nork Park, The Drive and Garratt’s Lane to the Pistachio Cafe at Banstead where we
parted company. Those who wanted to return to Nonsuch were led there by Nigel; the rest of
us returned to Wallington through Woodmansterne, The Oaks Park and the smallholdings.
Wallington to Wallington was 43km (28 miles) in all, taking 2 hours 34 minutes of cycling at
an average of 16.5 kmph (11mph). Total ascents added up to 950 ft. Those who started at
Nonsuch would have done about 34km (22 miles). In real time we started at ten past two and
finished at a quarter past five.
Monday, 22 August 2016
Sunday, 21 August 2016
The ride was uneventful and all seemed to enjoy the route. The 'Bermuda triangle' around Coxes Mill claimed a couple of stragglers but luckily they joined us at lunch. They got stuck behind at a traffic light and missed the wiggle through the fruit farm. A cyclist called John (sorry, there are so many of them I should have asked for a second name, distinguishing feature was a grey beard ) joined us at lunch, he had seen the blog and decided to join us on his way back from a ride to Guildford.
Crossing Wisley airfield was interesting as attempts are being made to restrict access. Piles of tyres have been placed at either end of the airfield and new railings affixed at the farm gate where we usually squeeze out. All obstacles were easily surmounted as we followed the tyre tracks of the many cyclists who obviously continue to use it. I don't know if planning permission has been granted or not but the farmer is certainly making the most of his land in the meantime with bumper crops of sweetcorn surrounding the airfield on all sides.
We were very lucky with the weather after the torrential downpour at precisely 10 o clock that meant many arrived soaked to the skin. Not a drop more all day, though the wind was beginning to get up as we all departed for home after tea at Garsons Farm.
Monday, 15 August 2016
Thursday, 28 July 2016
Monday, 11 July 2016
Thursday, 23 June 2016
Friday, 10 June 2016
Thursday, 12 May 2016
where we cycle along the river to Richmond - stopping at a café - then Isleworth, Syon Park, Brentford,
Grand Union Canal to Osterley Park. There is a nice café and also bring own lunch if required.
Then back to Isleworth via a different route - to Richmond - through Richmond and up the hill into Richmond Park
turning right to Kingston Gate and then left to the Ladderslide - and down through the opulent Coombs - Maldon and back to
Richmond Park. probably 30 miles although I haven't measured it. Going at a happy sociable pace to suit who turns up.
Tuesday, 3 May 2016
My family would like to thank Midweek Wayfarers and Beginners Club for all the things they have done for and looking after my Les the last few years. Les never gets enthusiastic about anything. After our 2 week guided tour of Sicily the leader said to me I have had no feed back from Les for 2 weeks. I said what are talking about I have had none for 50 years. Les retired when he was 62. I said to him there are these old codgers meet at North Cheam on Wednesday morning are you going to go with them. No comment back! On the first Wednesday of his retirement I mentioned it again before I went to work. When I got home that night this non committal man was full of it. They had 11ses at Cobham and some one who was eighty paid for drinks so I was told all about that. He was saying how much he enjoyed it and how lovely the scenery was. Full of it. He said to me they are not called Old Codgers they are Midweek Wayfarers. That Thursday night he took me to Leatherhead and walked me along the river to show me the scenery. So maybe you impressed him. He is nearly 86 now and has had all this years of pleasure.Thank you. The Johnstons.
Thursday, 14 April 2016
Sunday, 10 April 2016
will stop for a break in Vauxhall Park and then cross the river to
ride through the main Parks to Holland Park for a longer break.
Return will be decided dependent on the weather, either Putney or Barnes.
This will be easy paced with no significant hills, around 35 miles,
and we should be back by 4pm.
Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Thursday, 31 March 2016
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Thursday, 10 March 2016
Thursday, 3 March 2016
The number of riders is limited to 80: please register with Simon Lambourn. The entry fee of £5 covers costs, including refreshments at the base.
Monday, 22 February 2016
Saturday, 13 February 2016
ride around Heathrow to lunch at Osterley Park.
Returning via Richmond Park.
No hills and a distance about 35 miles at an easy pace. Should be finished by about 4pm, so lights are not now essential.
Monday, 18 January 2016
Saturday, 9 January 2016
"The all day intermediate ride on Saturday the 16th January will
depart from outside the National Trust cafe in Morden Hall Park at
1030am. We will head in an easterly direction aiming to visit as many
South London Parks as possible and returning up the Wandle Trail to
Morden Hall Park by 4pm. We will stop for a break in Peckham Rye.
This is an entirely urban ride at an easy pace with the occasional
hilly bit near the start towards Streatham. In the event of extreme
bad weather, the route may be altered."