Ride to a Copped Hall Open Day - 26th May 09.30

Meet on Sunday 26th May at 09.30 at Cutty Sark Gardens, by the entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, SE10 9HT.

We meet for this ride at Cutty Sark Gardens, and start by walking through the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to the north bank of the Thames. We then cycle up the Regent's Canal to the QE Park. We then follow some of the Dunwich Dynamo route, which takes us to Epping Forest. There is a cycle path in the heart of the forest which takes us up to Copped Hall (https://www.coppedhalltrust.org.uk/), which is holding an Open Day. We stay there for a couple of hours (entry to the House and Gardens costs £10) to walk round the stalls, visit the house and extensive gardens and have lunch. We then return by cycling across to the Warlies, Upshire and Waltham Abbey before following the Lee Valley towpath back to Cutty Sark Gardens, where the ride finishes.

To book, go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/491791. The route can be seen at https://www.strava.com/routes/18276867

Dulwich Clock Cafe to Claremont Landscape Gardens - Ride Report 18th May 2019

There were six riders on this 50 mile ride to Claremont Landscape Garden. Four had initially signed up on strava.com, but one had texted to cancel the place. However, fortunately, there appears to be some sort of bush telegraph operating amongst Southwark's cycling community and 3 additional riders, who had not signed up, joined us. We might have got more people on the ride if we had been able to put inks to strava.com on the letsride.co.uk website, but unfortunately we are not being allowed to do this!

This ride had been organised as a protest against the tendency for London's non-Breeze rides community to only organise rides in SE London.

Relive 'Ride to Claremont Landscape Gardens'

One rider had come off his bike when cycling to the start point because of a grease spill on the road. However, he did manage to make it to Richmond Park, where he left us to take the Overground back to North London.

At Brixton Windmill we were surprised to see that a visitor centre was being constructed - we wondered if this meant that, on future rides, we would be able to stop off there for coffee and cakes.

The remaining 5 of us then continued via Putney Village to Richmond Park, where we following the path down thorough Ham to Twickenham Lock. We then followed the Thames Path on the east side of the Thames to Kingston River Front. There was a nice segregated cycle path which took us past Surbiton to Esher where we followed the rather busy road to Claremont Landscape Garden. We stopped there for lunch, but did have to content with some rather aggressive crows that threatened to steel the bread that came with the curry.

We then took a different route though Claygate back to Kingston and then returned to Richmond Park. The signs indicated that we could cycle to Wimbledon, but the path was gravelly and not suitable for cycling. However, it was better than cycling by the busy A3 and, despite having to push our bikes for a while, we did make it to the Wimbledon Windmill, where we stopped off, under the watchful eye of the food police, for a second break, before returning to Dulwich Clock Cafe.

Source of the Quaggy Ride Report - May 11th 2019

5 riders on this ride: 3 starting at Cutty Sark and a further 2 joining at Beckenham Place Park. This was an excellent turnout given that only two people had signed up to this ride on Strava and one of these cancelled because of the forecast rain. All the riders had been in contact with each other before the ride by text messages and this is becoming quite important for us now that we are not allowed to use letsride.co.uk any more for competition reasons.

It has become clear to us that the only way we are ever going to be able to part of a viable cycling group is if we join forces with the relatively small number of people who want to do regular social cycle rides in London. Whether we should be to affiliated to British Cycling, Cycling UK or LCC is a matter that can only be decided at a formal AGM. It has also become clear that it is word of mouth rather than internet publicity which determines who comes on our rides.

Whilst waiting at Cutty Sark Gardens we noticed that there was an enormous liner moored on the Thames.

We were joined by someone there who had been a member of Greenwich Cyclists in Barry Mason's time. She had moved away, but had recently returned and was surprised to find that Greenwich Cyclists was no longer organising Cutty Sark Rides. She was then met by some others who had attended the Good Friday Breeze ride for men and they then left us to do a feeder ride to the Canada Water Healthy Ride which was taking place that day.

We then set off down the Waterlink Way and started to imagine what the world would be like if we could persuade Bromley Cyclists to organise Healthy Rides. We skirted round the northern edge of Beckenham Place park to avoid getting lost in the the woods and were pleased that the gate was unlocked to allow us to cycle up to Saftesbury Park.

We got a bit lost and had to stop when we saw a cycle path leading to park we didn't know about. A passer by offered to help. We told he we wanted to get to Chislehurst and she told us that we could get there by going through Kings Meadow and turning left when we got to the far end.

We then went past Chislehurst Station and found Jubilee Park, which took us to Petts Wood. This is a very suburban area which few landmarks to help us naviagate and little sign of the Quaggy, which is subterranian at this point. We did get confused and took the wrong right turn onto a main ride followed by a left turn. We didn't realise our mistake because there were signs saying we were on a cycle route and there was a small roundabout in the middle of the road, but which was the wrong one. We almost ended up in Orpington, but realised we had gone wrong wh we started going down a steep descent. We retraced our steps and then did manage to find the correct combination of left and right turned to get to the Locksbottom Bee Cause garden and the source of the River Quaggy, where we stopped to take pictures.

We were then in Breeze territory and there was no danger any danger of us getting lost as we headed to High Elms Country Park, where we stopped for lunch.

On our way back we want past Holwood Farm coffee shop and made our way back to Beckenham Place Park. We crossed the A232 from Gates Green Road onto Coney Hill Road, but it would have been safer to do what the Breeze riders do, which is cycle down to the Addington Road roundabout and turn right there. We tried to avoid going through central Bromley and found an interesting cut-through on the north-east side of the railway close to the town centre.

We took the eastern path through Beckenham Place Park to return to the Waterlink Way and people then peeled off to go home.

Unfortunately Strava is very clever. Not only does it automatically detect people who are riding together, but it also automatically detects people who inadvertently submit GPS traces done party in a car. This, of course, is an occupation hazard which arises from our being a group which does rides that start in boroughs that don't belong to us. As a result one of our GPS traces was disqualified from being entered into our leader board and had to be deleted. However, this ride did give us an opportunity to demonstrate that Cyclists in Southwark is for non-Southwark cyclists, in contrast to Southwark Cyclists, which is is for Southwark cyclists, and that we compete with them in the same way that train operating companies compete to offer train services.

Ride to Teapot Island - 29th Jun

Meet on Sat 29th Jun at 10am at Orpington Station, Station Approach, Orpington BR6 0SX.

This is a 54 mile cycle ride to visit Teapot Island (http://www.teapotisland.co.uk).

We meet at the eastern entrance to Orpington Station at 10am. You can also join the ride by catching the 09.39 train from London Bridge, Platform 6, which arrives at Orpington at 09.55.

When start by cycling to Badger's Mount, Shoreham and Otford, where we join the Pilgrims' Way. After cycling eastwards for a few miles we turn off and cycle via Kemsing, Plaxtol and East Peckham to Yalding, where we stop off at Teapot Island for a refreshment break.

We return via Golden Green using a slightly different route, which takes us back to Orpington Station.

To book, and see the route, go to: https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/493571. The route can be seen at: https://www.strava.com/routes/18465276

Ride Leader: Nigel Bee (tel: 07415 315 690, email nigel.bee@cyclistsinsouthwark.org.uk ).

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