Southwark Needle to Bushy Park & Hampton Court - Ride Report, Aug 8th 2020

As there had been four cancellations for this ride, there were only four of us who met up for this ride at the Southwark Needle (Andrew, Hashim, Mike and Nigel). We also bumped into Jane, Sue & Adrian, who were one their way to the Canada Water ride, which started half an hour later. We started by cycling via The Cut and CS5 to Battersea Park, where we did a relay, with Mike leaving and Birgit joining. We crossed the Thames at Chelsea Bridge and cycled out to Imperial Wharf and Fulham Palace, where we stopped for a much needed coffee break, given the heat. We then went back to Putney and passed Jane Champion an Jamie's group going the other way for their coffee break. Once at Putney we followed the Thames Path to Barnes, Kew Bridge and Richmond. We then passed Strawberry Hill House and St Margaret's Station and then cycled though Busy Park to Hampton Court. Unfortunately the cafe there had been put inside the pay zone, so we went on to Kingston Riverside, where we stopped off for a meal at the Gazebo pub. Richmond Park is now open for cyclists at the weekend, so we cycled through it and then followed a route through Wandsworth Town to Clapham Junction, where the ride finished.