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Bike Ride - Sunday 8th January 2017

This Sunday we are "Beating the Bounds". The circular route traces the outline of the borough of Elmbridge without at any time going outside it.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 25 miles.

The route will take us clockwise around the borough. Passing through Weybridge, Walton-on-Thames, Molesey, Thames Ditton, Long Ditton, Claygate, Oxshott, Stoke D'Abernon, Cobham and back to Weybridge. We will stop for lunch at the Old Plough in Stoke D'Abernon.

Total distance about 25 miles. The full route is described here: https://www.strava.com/routes/7333216

The route is mainly on-road although there are a couple of gravelled paths so a hybrid would be best for this ride.

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 12th February.

Surrey Cycle Map

Surrey CC have launched an on-line map that shows current and envisioned cycle facilities for the county: Cycle Infrastructure map. It shows all existing cycle facilities and suggested routes where they think a new cycle path or lane might be feasible. Take a look, it's quite interesting.

Bike Ride - Sunday 13th November 2016

This Sunday our monthly ride will head north to Crane Park and beyond. The Crane Park riverside is at it's best at this time of year and is a delight to ride through.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 30 miles.

The route crosses Walton Bridge, through Shepperton via the delightful ford in Watersplash Road, around the back of Sunbury, then through Hanworth Park and on to Crane Park. Following the Crane River for 3 miles we reach Twickenham. From there we pick up the River Thames for a mile or so in front of Marble Hill House, before crossing the bridge into Richmond. Up the hill and across the park we will stop at the Boho Cafe for a light lunch. From Kingston we will take the Portsmouth Road and the back route through Thames Ditton and Hersham to bring us back to Weybridge.

Total distance about 30 miles. The full route is described here: https://www.strava.com/routes/6993782

The route is on-road or on good quality cycle paths for the whole length so a road bike or hybrid would be best for this ride.

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Next Ride / Christmas Lunch

Our next ride will be on Sunday 11th December. This will be our Christmas Lunch ride. We will take a short ride before a long festive lunch at the Jolly Farmer in Weybridge. If you have been on any of our rides this year (or previous years even) then you are very welcome to join us. Please let me know by Friday 18th November.

Bike Ride - Sunday 11th September - Cancelled

Unfortunately, due to a conflicting commitment, there will be no ride this Sunday. Our next ride will be on Sunday 9th October.

Apologies for the cancellation and for giving such short notice. Hope to see you all in October.

Bike Ride - Sunday 14th August

Our ride this month will be on this Sunday 14th August at 10:00am. Weather permitting our lunch stop will be a picnic by the Heron Pond in Bushy Park.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 30 miles.

We will be following roads and a selection of paths through the back of Hersham, Esher and Long Ditton to Kingston. From there we will complete a circuit of Richmond Park and then head back through Ham and Teddington to Bushy Park. We will stop at the Heron Pond for a leisurely picnic so bring with you a packed lunch and something to sit on. We will return to Weybridge by following the Thames towpath from Hampton Court.

The full route is described here: https://www.strava.com/routes/6073950

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 11th September.

Bike Ride - Sunday 10th July

This Sunday's ride will be out to the North Downs.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station, and will be about 25 miles.

Our route will take us through Downside and across Great Bookham Common. Then through Effingham and up Greene Dene. Then down Shere Lane to West Horsley where we will stop for lunch at the King William IV pub. After lunch we head back via Ripley and West Byfleet.

The full route is described here: https://www.strava.com/routes/5656796

If you want to come on the ride, you can just turn up.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 14th August. Weather permitting this will be our summer picnic ride.

Campaign Updates

The application to upgrade Muddy Lane to a bridleway (to allow cyclists to be able to use it) was submitted to the Surrey Planning and Regulatory Committee on 8th June. The committed voted to approve the application and the council will now prepare a Map Modification Order. This is unlikely to be the final episode of this long running saga because those opposed have the right to appeal and this could give rise to a public enquiry. Watch this space.

Norman Johns' petition to have the footway on Byfleet Road upgraded to a shared use cycle path was presented to the Elmbridge Local Committee on 27th June. It was well received and the committee was sympathetic to the need. As is often the case it would be very expensive to do and there is no available budget for this kind of think. There was some discussion about a more modest approach which would make life easier for both motorists and cyclists without creating a fully fledged shared use facility.

As a result of work done by members of the Elmbridge Cycle Strategy Task Force, on 6th July Elmbridge Borough Council agreed in principle to a cycleway in Weybridge between Brooklands Lane and Weybridge Station. This will form part of an aspirational route dubbed the Byfleet to Thames spine. This would ultimately provide a much needed link to the Basingstoke Canal and all points south.

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