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.

Southwark Needle to Mayfield Lavender Farm - Ride Report, Jul 25th 2020

With there being so much rain on Saturday, we were pleased we had registered our ride with Eventbrite as an "umbrella ride". This allowed us to amalgamate the two small sub-rides, whose start points are only revealed on Eventbrite tickets, to give us a full complement of six cyclists to do the ride to the Mayfield Lavender Farm.

Cycling clubs are, of course, defined by their rules, but, for us, it is not at all clear what these rules should be post-Covid. This ride was taking place on the fourth Saturday of the month, so there should have been a group of cyclists meeting for a ride at Peckham Square at 10am. However, there was nobody there. We now have what could be a "new normal" for a fourth Saturday: four of us met at the Southwark Needle at 9.30am and a further two joined us a Dulwich Clock Cafe at 10.15am.

There were long queues at Dulwich Clock Cafe, so we couldn't stop for coffee there and we headed out and up College Road instead. We passed though Croydon and on to the Walndle Trail. One person left us at Carshalton and the other five continued to Oaks Park and the Mayfield Lavender Farm, where we stopped for lavender-themed food (lavender chutney, lavender & camomile tea, lavender lemonade etc.).

We discovered a new off-road route to link up with the cycle path back to Carshalton and then followed the Wandle Trail back to Merton Abbey Mills. A couple of people peeled off there and this left three of us to cycled back to London Bridge.

Southwark Needle to St Albans - Ride Report, Jul 11th 2020

It is only by including the spectacular Verulamium Park in our a north London parks ride that we are able trump the south London parks rides, which have proved to be so popular with groups such as Lewisham and Southwark Cyclists. But the downside of this was that we were faced with doing a 40 mile ride across what turned out to be quite hilly terrain!


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