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Bike Ride - Sunday 11th October

This Sunday our monthly ride will be a 25 mile loop towards Kingston and Teddington. The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station. We will head east towards Esher and then through the back streets of Surbiton towards Kingston. From Kingston we sneak through Richmond Park to Ham and then across the River Thames at Teddington Lock. Lunch will be at the Anglers pub here with a great beer garden and riverside views. The return leg will cross Bushy Park and then follow the towpath all the way back to Weybridge. Quite a lot of the route is on the Thames towpath so a hybrid or off-road bike might be best. The full route map is here: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/883114427 If you want to come, just turn up, no need to let me know in advance. Our next ride will be on Sunday 8th November.

Surrey Hills - Trail Sabotage

There's some recent talk on the Singletrack forum about wires being placed maliciously across trails in the Surrey Hills. Be careful where you ride: http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic/redlands-surrey-hills-wires-alert

Bike Ride - Sunday 12th July

This Sunday our monthly ride will be a 30 mile loop out through the Crane Valley and back through the Colne Valley.

The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station. We will head east towards Hampton Court, through Bushey Park and then pick up the Crane Valley Park in Twickenham. Heading towards Hounslow we will skirt Heathrow to the north where we come to the Colne Valley. Turning south we will cross Staines Moor and return to Weybridge via Chertsey.

The full route map is here: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/774317273

The distance will be approximately 30 miles at a relaxed and steady pace. The route will be on a mixture of roads and paths, some roads will be quite busy. A road-bike or hybrid would be most suitable for this ride.

If you want to come, just turn up, no need to let me know in advance.

Our next ride will be on Sunday 9th August.

Elmbridge Cycle Strategy

Elmbridge Borough Council have recently resolved to develop a cycle strategy for the borough. This is an excellent initiative which should lead to a more joined up plan for cycling infrastructure and facilities in this area.

A cycling task group has been formed of county and borough councillors and they met for the first time on June 24th. They have chosen Weybridge as the first town to look at and will use that as a template for creating a strategy for the other towns in the borough.

I have been seconded to the task group as representative of the Elmbridge Cycle Group. I intend to keep the group informed of progress and canvass input when required. If anyone is interested in helping with this please contact me. And if anyone has any suggestions or ideas for strategic routes, blackspots and problem areas, or other ways of improving cycing in the borough then please let me know.

Bike Ride - Sunday 14th June 2015 - Open Square Gardens

This Sunday our monthly ride will be a little different from the normal pattern. We will be piggybacking on a ride organised as part of the Open Garden Squares Weekend in central London. We will be meeting at 10:00am at the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens / Hyde Park. From there we will take a circular route around west London visiting 10 or 12 gardens and squares that are normally closed to the public and hidden from view. Full details of the ride including the route and a list of the gardens to be visited are here: http://www.opensquares.org/activities/cycling.html The ride should finish by about 5:30pm. The ride itself will be free, however to visit the gardens you will need to purchase an Open Garden Squares ticket which is £10 in advance or £12 on the day. Details here: http://www.opensquares.org/tickets/index.html Some of us will be riding into central London from Weybridge before the start. If you wish to join us please contact me directly for details of the meeting point. It's about 20 miles and we will be starting early, about 7:30am. The pace will be brisk. If you want to start at the Albert Memorial, just turn up, no need to let me know in advance. Our next ride will be on Sunday 12th July.

Bike Ride - Sunday 10th May 2015 - Bluebell Hunting

The theme for our ride this Sunday will be bluebell hunting. We will head out towards Hatchlands Park looking for the best bluebell woods. They should be at their peak this weekend. The ride will start at 10:00am outside the Hand & Spear pub near Weybridge Station. We will head south to Redhill Road and then across Wisley airfield to Ockham. From there we head into the woodland trails until we reach Hatchlands Park at East Clandon. We will then aim for lunch at the King William IV in West Horsley. Our return route will take us back to Ockham and then across Wisley Common into the back of Byfleet and then through Brooklands back to Weybridge station. The full route map is here: http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/702304067 The distance will be approximately 20 miles at a relaxed and steady pace. The terrain will be quiet roads and quite a bit of off-road trails and paths. If it's wet then these could be quite muddy. A mountain-bike or hybrid would be most suitable for this ride. If you want to come, just turn up, no need to let me know in advance. Our next ride will be on Sunday 14th June.
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