Monday, December 1, 2008

Richmond Rides Sunday 11th January

A 35 mile burn-off-the-Xmas-pudding ride. Low traffic /mild off road route to Leatherhead, through the Mole gap then up Box Hill Zig-Zag. Pub lunch at the top then down through Headley and Epsom.
7 of us turned up on a less cold and bright morning. The white surface to the tracks across Horton Country Park and Ashstead Common looked worrying and the headwind trying but , encouraged by the sunshine, we reached Box Hill and ground our way up to the summit (172m) enjoying the views. After lunch at the Hand in Hand we flew along the downhill, downwind return.

Date Sunday 11th January
Meeting Teddington Station
Time 10.30am
Contact Paul Luton 02089774016 /

Richmond Rides for Everyone Saturday 17th January

Ride from Strawberry Hill down the Thames to Richmond then up the River Crane to the Crane Park Nature Reserve.

Well the five of us who turned up had a good ride in the sunshine and a tour of the nature reserve where 40% of us are past/present volunteers. No water voles though and just the nesting holes of kingfishers. We will try again later in the year when we hope that more people will join us.

Date: Saturday 17th January 2009
Meeting Point: Strawberry Hill Station
Meeting Time: 10:45
Contact: Paul Luton (02089774016

Monday, November 17, 2008

Invitation Ride - from Andy Longfellow

I'm keen to lead a ride to Borough Market on Saturday 13th December and hope that Ealing and Richmond LCCers can join me!

We'll meet and leave promptly at 0930 from the south side of Kew bridge on Saturday 13th December. Wrap up warm, fit panniers for goodies and bring lights to guide us home if necesary.

RCC pre Xmas Ride and Lunch 14th December

A refreshing ride in Richmond Park before meeting up with other LCC groups for lunch in the White Cross in Richmond. (12.00)

Date Sunday 14th December
Meeting The Little Green Richmond - by the Library.
Time 10.30 am
Contact Paul Luton 02089774016 /

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone Saturday 15th November

Meeting in Bushy Park and making a circular tour into Richmond Park with a coffee stop.
Date: Saturday 15th November
Meeting Point: Bushy Park, Fountain Car Park, by the kiosk
Meeting Time: 10:30
Contact: Paul Luton 02089774016

Friday, November 7, 2008

A Halloween Story - Round Richmond Park In The Dark

We set off, all of us, huddled together in the dark. Lights loomed from either side and flashes of red, green and orange made us stop and start in fear. We found our path and wound our way up the hill to search for the gate and its keeper. He stood in our path, large and wrought with anger. We sneaked in by his side and found ourselves in a magical place, so dark, so very dark. We shouldered our fears, put our lights and smiles on full beam and set off to lighten the darkened lands before us.

The wind whistled through our clothes, numbing feet, ears and toes but still we pressed on. Lights dangled, spilling globes of enlightenment on the ground. We split into groups to weave our own magical spells in the dark, talking incantations to ward off the demons in the dark.

Soon we had a hill to climb; a mysterious shape loomed in the dark distance. We pooled our tricks and spells, flicked our gears and trod on our pedals to conjure an allure to take us over the looming giant. Our spell took us clear and we sailed down and onwards.

At the crossroads, a creaking signpost forced us to split with its craggy fingers pointing the way home for part of our group. We separated, showering enchantments on each other, jinxes to be guardians over our departing friends.

Another gate, another keeper, this one friendlier than the last but still encircling us with breaths of chill wind. And then we were once more in the land of lights, rushing past, crushing the air in front of us. We turned away and meandered towards the river, a gentle slow giant, reflecting the whites of our eyes and steering us towards warmth and ale. We entered the Cross and soon were settled, supping ales drawn up from the heart of the hostelry, telling tales of demons fought and wars against witches won.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Halloween Ride - Friday 31st October

We will be taking a spooky tour of Richmond Park on Halloween night after dark and after the gates are closed to all but cyclists, wildlife and ghosts from yesteryear. Afterwards we will head to our favourite haunt, the White Cross in Richmond. Bring lights, and wear something reflective.
Meeting Point: Richmond Little Green, opposite Richmond Theatre
Meeting Time: 19:15
Contact: Sue Higham (07940 338820 /

Richmond Rides for Everyone - Saturday 18th October

We will be meeting in Bushy Park and then heading out to Walton and back. The ride will be about 10 miles long and we will be stopping for coffee.

Date: Saturday 18th October
Meeting Point: Bushy Park, Fountain Car Park, by the kiosk
Meeting Time: 10:30
Contact: Sue Higham (07940 338820 /

Richmond Rides - Sunday 5th October

We will be taking the train to Winnersh and then doing a 28 mile circular route. It will be largely on country roads with easy gradients, with some busier roads for the first three miles in and out of Winnersh.

Date: Sunday 5th October
Meeting Point: Richmond Railway Station
Meeting Time: 09:45
Depart Time: 10:08 train to Winnersh
Contact: John Goddard (07712 013 001 /

Note that on the return route, the train will terminate at Twickenham on the return journey.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone - Saturday 20th September

On Saturday 20th September, we will be taking part in the "Give your Car the Day Off" festival at Barnes Green.

We will be leading a ride from Barnes Green across Richmond Park and out to Ham and Petersham. We will meet up at the LCC stand on the Green at 10:30. The ride will be about 10 miles long and will be suitable for riders and bikes of all types.

Come along a little early and visit our stand. You can talk to our volunteers about cycling in the borough and can take away leaflets and maps covering the local area.

Date: Saturday 20th September
Time: 10:30
Place: Barnes Green, LCC stand. Look out for the green and white logo
Contact: Sue Higham / 07940 338820

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone - Saturday 16th August

Starting from Bushy Park, we will be riding out to Claygate. We will be crossing Littleworth Common and Arbrook Common and our route will take us along leafy roads, cycle paths and bridleways and will total about ten miles. The ground across the commons should be firm at this time of year, but it might not be suitable for skinny wheeled bikes. There are a couple of small hills on this route but nothing too challenging.

Date: Saturday 16th August
Meeting Time: 10:30 am
Meeting Place: Fountain Car Park in Bushy Park
Contact: Sue Higham (07940 338820 or

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone - Saturday 19th July

Easy paced ride along the riverside through Twickenham, Richmond and St Margaret's and along the River Crane cycle way to the Shot Tower and Nature Reserve. Byo food. About 9 miles.

Date: Saturday 19th July
Meeting Time: 10:45
Meeting Place: Strawberry Hill Station, west side on Wellesley Road
Contact: Sue Higham (07940 338820

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Richmond Rides - Sunday 6th July

On Sunday 6th July we will be leading a around the quiet country roads in the Windsor area. Meet us at Richmond Railway Station at 09:30. We will get the 09:45 train to Windsor and Eton Riverside and will start our ride from there. Leaving Windsor through Windsor Great Park, we pass through Maidens Green and head out to Binfield. We then ride to White Waltham for a pub lunch and head back to Windsor passing through Bray and Dorney on the way. The ride will be approx 28 miles. We will use the cycle path through the park and the rest will be on road.

Date: Sunday 6th July
Meeting Point: Richmond Railway Station *
Meeting Time: 09:30
Ride Leader: Sue Higham
Ride Contact Phone: 0771 252 8573
Ride Contact Email:

* Alternatively, you can meet us outside to Windsor and Eton Riverside station at 10:15.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Bike Week - Richmond Rides for Everyone

A gentle, easy paced ride from Bushy Park and out west along the Thames towpath to Walton Leisure Centre for tea/coffee. Return by same route with optional extension around Bushy Park. 8-10 miles.

Date: Saturday 21 June
Meet time: 10:30am
Meet Place: Bushy Park - kiosk at Fountain Car Park
Contact: Jonathan Rowland (0797 6294626

Bike Week - Bike+Music Tour

Come and visit venues in the borough that made musical history. See the houses the Beatles lived in the film 'Help!', cycle past the place where Noel Coward was born, visit the venue of the Rolling Stones first gig and many more venues. We'll visit as many places as possible and give you a brief history of each location. We'll end up at the Cabbage Patch pub in Twickenham for their regular Sunday night folk club. Entry will be a discounted £5 and there will be some food available. The Cabbage Patch also hosts the continuation of the legendary Eel Pie club on a Wednesday (the original is part of the tour).

Meet at Richmond train station at 16:30, opposite the site of the Rolling Stones first gig - The Crawdaddy Club. We hope to end up at the Cabbage Patch at 19:00 in time to have something to eat and then move on to their folk club for some music. Folk doesn't take your fancy? Come along anyway, there will be a history leaflet and some music available, so you can stop once we reach the pub and take home a memento of Richmond's musical history. Can't make the ride? Meet us at the pub for an evening of Richmond's finest musical entertainment.

Date: Sunday 22nd June
Meet time: 16:30
Meet Place: Outside Richmond Station
Contact: Jonathan Rowland (0797 6294626

Bike Week Ride - Solstice Ride

Well, it's nearly the solstice when this ride takes place...

With all the other South West London LCC groups meeting at the Roebuck for a drink and chat, who are we to argue that that's not worthwhile? We'll pootle about for an hour or so and then head for the pub and a drink and chat. Don't fancy the ride? Meet at the pub around 20:00.

Date: Wednesday 18th June
Meet Time: 19:00
Meet Place: Little Green, Richmond
Contact: Jonathan Rowland (07976 294626

Richmond Rides - Sunday 1st June

Ride out from Richmond around urban and rural roads and cycle paths towards Chertsey. Calling at real ale and cider pub and visiting one of Surrey’s best kept secrets, the Great Cockrow Railway, one of the world’s most elaborate railways. About 25 miles

Date: Sunday 1st June
Meeting Time: 10:15 am
Meeting Place: Richmond Little Green (Opposite Richmond Theatre)
Contact: Sue Higham (07940 338820

Friday, May 2, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone - Saturday 17th May

Come and join us for an easy paced ride around West London. Starting at Mortlake Green we will ride through Barnes, Putney, Roehampton and Sheen covering approx 10 miles.

Date: Saturday 17th May
Meeting Place: Mortlake Green - lower end
Meeting Time: 10:15 for 10:30 departure

Contact: Sue Higham
Telephone: 0771 252 8573

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone - Saturday 19th April

Come and join us for a ride around the towpaths and roads of Richmond and Petersham. We will stop for coffee at the YMCA/Hawker Centre where there is an enclosed childrens play area. Approx 9 miles.

Date: Saturday April 19th
Meeting Time: 10:15 am
Meeting Place: Richmond Little Green (opposite Richmond Theatre)
Contact: Sue Higham
Telephone: 0771 252 8573

A Ride For All Seasons

Woke up to a blanket of snow, and immediately thought about going back to sleep, but remembered oh no, it’s RCC ride day! Went to meeting point and hoped no one would turn up, but there were 3 hardy individuals, including me, all fired up with enthusiasm. It was still snowing when we set off and continued for a while. We went past Henry VIII’s palace at Hanworth, which he gave to Anne Boleyn when she was still in favour. From there we continued northwards, and the thought that struck me was that the weather was actually very suitable, as even Feltham looks pretty in the snow.

A tour around the perimeter road on the eastern side of the airport then took us to the “lost” villages, Sipson and Harmondsworth, which will be demolished if the 3rd Heathrow runway is built. Harmondsworth in particular is very pretty, with a quaint square, complete with cottages, pub and church, and this is where we had the hailstones. We continued through Harmondsworth Moor country park, sandwiched between the M4 and the M25 which was beautiful, especially in the snow.

We continued round to the new terminal 5 which has only been open for 2 weeks, and decided to pop in for lunch. The cycle provision is not very good, hardly any cycle routes and no bike parking that we could find. We parked in the motor cycle area, then warmed up in the terminal, and had coffee, cake and soup, which was very welcome. We could watch the planes arriving from the café.

For the journey back to Twickenham, the skies cleared and the sun came out. We saw a woodpecker hammering to build his nest in Crane Park, and then it started snowing again, and one of us got a puncture. All in all, a good, interesting ride, despite the weather and the urban, commutery feel of it. Well worth doing. Thanks to those brave souls for turning up with such enthusiasm.

Words and Pictures by Sue Abel

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Richmond Rides - Around the outskirts of T5 - hand baggage only

Come and join us for a topical tour around the outskirts of Heathrow and past the new Terminal 5 building. Our ride will take us along roads and paths with some off-roading too. The ride will be approx 25 miles long. We will stop for a pub lunch along the way, or bring your own lunch if you prefer.


Date Sunday 6th April
Meeting Time: 10:00 am
Meeting Place: Whitton Train Station
Ride Leaders: Sue and Ian Abel

Contact Name: Sue Abel
Contact Phone: 07919 402005
Contact Email:

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone - Saturday 15th March

Come and join us for a gentle ride from Mortlake, along the towpath, up to Putney and on to Fulham. We will break for coffee at Fulham Palace with gardens and great home made cakes.

Date: Saturday 15th March
Meeting Time: 10:15 for 10:30 departure
Meeting Place: Mortlake Green - Lower End
Ride Leader: Susan Scorer

Contact: Sue Higham
Telephone: 0771 252 8573

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Richmond Rides: Hills and More Hills - North Downs

2nd March
Come and join us for a seriously hilly ride around the North Downs. We will be covering approx 35 miles with great scenery, very few cars, and if you aren’t sold on the ride yet, we’ll be visiting the famous pie shop in Peaslake.

We will be meeting at Richmond Railway Station at 08:50 am and will get the 09:09 train to Boxhill and Westhumble. Return rail tickets are £7.80.

Date: Sunday 2nd March
Meeting Time: 08:50
Meeting Place: Richmond Railway Station
Contact Name: Sue Higham
Contact Phone: 0771 252 8573
Contact Email:

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Richmond Rides For Everyone

Saturday 16th February
Meet: Mortlake Green - lower part
Meet Time: 10:15 for a 10:30 departure
Contact Name: Sue Higham
Contact Email:
Contact Phone: 0771 252 8573

Meet us at Mortlake Green for a ride along the Thames towpath. Starting off from Mortlake Green we will follow the towpath up to Hammersmith Bridge and will come back on the north side of the Thames, returning via Strand on the Green and Kew. There will be a coffee stop along the way. We will cover about 9 miles, mainly on the towpath with some parts on road.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Richmond Rides - Shepperton to Chobham

Sunday 3rd February
Meet: 09:45 at Fulwell Railway Station or 10:15 at Shepperton Railway Station
Ride Leader: Jonathan Gurney
Contact Name: Sue Higham
Contact Email:
Contact: Phone: 0771 252 8573

Come and join us for a circular ride around the Surrey countryside. Meet us either at Fulwell railway station at 09:45 or at Shepperton railway station exit at 10:15.

Starting off from Shepperton, we will head out to Chobham, passing Chertsey and Chobham Common, returning to Shepperton through Addlestone and Weybridge. We will cover a distance of 27 miles and will stop for a pub lunch along the way. The ride is on-road so suitable for all bikes.

Route Map:

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Richmond Rides for Everyone - A Joust to the TiltYard for Tea

Saturday 19th January
Depart: 10:30
Location: Teddington Station
Leader: Susan Scorer

Contact: Phone: 0771 252 8573

Meeting Points:
Either at Teddington Station exit on Station Road at 10.15 for a 10:30 departure

Or at Ham side of Teddington Lock at 10:45 for an immediate departure.

Crossing the river at Teddington Lock, this ride makes its way to the Tiltyard Cafe at Hampton Court and then back through Bushy Park. About 9 miles.

In case you were interested, tiltyards were built for jousting matches. The one at Hampton Court was built by Henry VIII and the cafe is named after it. There is also a Tiltyard Tower, where the jousting could be watched. Not all of this info came from Wikipedia.