East End Cycling Club Ride to the River Peck - 28th Sep 2019

There was recently an event in a pub on Worcestershire when hundreds of Nigels met up to celebrate Nigelness.

Last Saturday there were not as many of us, but 20 people did meet up for an East End Cycle Club ride to Peckham, where we were able to celebrate both East Endness and Southwarkness.

But what is Nigelness, East Endness and Southwarkness? The only way you are going to be able to find out is to come on our rides. Perhaps it would help if we gave out non-Nigel, non-East End and non-Southwark badges?

On last Saturday's ride we met up at Cutty Sark to seek out of the source of the River Peck at One Tree Hill. It was a far cry from the two or three people who has been turning up to Cyclists in Southwark rides recently and it felt like old times when we had no difficulty in getting 20 people to come on our rides.

Establishing a quorum of long term members who can carry out decision making at rides is always very difficult and we noted that Chau, Roxy, Jill, Jason and Birgit, all of whom had signed up to the ride, did not attend. However, Yves, Sion, George, Bill and Lynne, all of whom are well-known to those who have been cycling in SE London, were present. Strangely, not a single one of the 25 Cyclists in Southwark members, who had been invited by email, were present.

We set off to find Earl's Sluice and found that the danger signs that used to mark the outlet had gone, presumably because standards regarding what can be disputed in the Tames have now improved. We did find the bridge parapet ,which used to go over the stream, which had been moved a few hundred years and which had a plaque informing us that it used to mark the boundary between Kent and Surrey (Southwark originally being in Surrey).

We then made our way to the pipe which carried the waters of the Peck over a railway line. We then entered Peckham Rye Park where we cycled alongside the Peck, which was a stream at this point. There was then a climb up to One Tree Hill, where we talk a look at the One Tree, the waters from whose roots form the source of the Peck. We were all amazed to see one ebike which had no difficulty in climbing up the steep hill to the top. There was much hilarity when people asked about exactly where the Peckham Sprigs were (video is here: https://www.thesun.co.uk/video/tv/bottling-peckham-springs-water-in-clas...)

We stopped at the Blackbird Bakery of Queens/Asylum Road and manage to eat there despite it being quite crowded and with there being so many of us.

Most of us then cycled up to Stratford as far as the Mittel Tower. We used an interesting direct route which turned out to be very fast.