Monday, September 18, 2017

17 September - Addlestone - Jeallots Hill - Great Cockrow

Well it wasn't the balmy late-summer ride that I'd imagined.   Sunday was a day for knocking the icicles off your bike before leaving the house - grey but thankfully windless.   We huddled in the Golden Café for warmth and nobody seemed in a hurry to venture out.  Eventually we set off leaving Maureen, Alan and Bob plus Margaret and Bill to return home from 11s.   Familiar roads through Lyne led to a risky detour through Wentworth - past the clubhouse in fact - trying to act as if we had left our golf clubs with the caddie.  But we got away with it, riding through across Ascot Racecourse to arrive at the New Leathern Bottle just before 1pm.    The pub looked strangely familiar - and then I remembered: we had been there on Neil's ride, only the previous Wednesday.  We were served good food very quickly, opting to sit indoors as it was still cold.

Then came the most dangerous part of the ride: climbing into the play tractor for a photo, before heading back through Maidens Green and Cranbourne towards Windsor Great Park, dodging the crowds around Virginia Water (the lake) and exiting towards Virginia Water (the village) on the way to Great Cockrow, site of the miniature railway.   Decision time: should we brave the outdoor café at Great Cockrow, or play it safe by going back to Addlestone?  The lure of the nearby café won the vote.  While we were there the sun came out for the first time, making it almost warm.  On the way home from tea we had a couple of heavy showers, which I hope most will have missed.    32 miles from 11s to tea: a very enjoyable day out, but definitely autumnal.

Welcome to Geoff Gregory who joined the C&M for the first time, and thankyou Geoff for back marking and taking photos.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Change of lunch venue

Please note.
The lunch venue next Sunday, the 17th, will now be the New Leathern Bottle Jealots hill. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Sunday 10th September 2017 Stoke D’Abernon - Guildford King's Head - Painshill Park Cafe

Nine greeted Pam, Alan and myself when we arrived at Squires GC for 11s. It was quite a dull day so we anticipated getting wet!!!  After Alan, Bob, Margaret and Bill left, eight (Simon, Ed, Terry, Pam, Vic, Graham, Brian Bent and I) started our ride to Guildford turning right out of the garden centre, over the railway bridge then left into Station Road. A first right into Bray Road led to River Lane and offroad into Downside. We continued on Chilbrook Road and Ockham Lane and over Hungary Hill. After crossing the A246, Staple Lane was climbed and Coombe Bottom descended to Albury and Chilworth before a right turn into Hornhatch Lane and over the level crossing. After Shalford Lane a right turn into Tilehouse Road led us to the Pilgrims Way. We used the cyclepath alongside the A281 into Guildford town centre. Finally the lowest part of the High Street and a right turn into Quarry Street brought us to the King's Head. There to greet us were Ray Wren, Vic and Ed. Unusually they serve sandwiches and baguettes on Sundays.
On leaving we walked through the lovely castle gardens which are a picture throughout the year. They are on three levels, flower beds lead up through a lovely tunnel to a second level where bowls were in full flow and then up to the top level which has a bandstand. A brass band was playing; it would have been great to have stayed a bit longer. We continued to the High Street and its cobbles and rode on past Stoke Park, and down to the cycle route on the A3. After passing the Jovial Sailor we turned right into Grove Heath Road and continued to Painshill Park and its lovely tea shop which stays open until 5 on Sundays. Although threating all day , rain didn’t materialise until evening.
Thanks everyone for making it a trouble free day and thanks for the company.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Sunday the 3rd September

Uxbridge-Seer Green-Cranford

I got to Hampton Court a tad early to find Ed already waiting with Graham arriving minutes later. Off through Hampton, Hamworth, Feltham  Bedfont and back roads to Colnbrook where Irene and Niall were waiting. Back roads again and Iver, Cowley and on to 11's the Rusty bike Cafe. Just after we arrived a friend of mine (John Hare) from Uxbridge arrived showing Mick (Furnival-Adams) the way to the cafe from Uxbridge station.

Tea-Toast, Coffee-Cake in the light Sun and off by 11. A nice little climb up to Iver Heath and past Pinewood studios. Fulmer, Stoke Common, Hedgerly and past the White Horse pub, a C&M favourite, and a loop round to Gerrard's Cross and back roads to Chalfont St Peter and a left turn into Welders lane and a brief stop outside Ossy Osbourne's estate and past Jordan's youth Hostel and onto lunch at the 3 Horse Shoes, Seer Green as the rain started to increase.

I had booked a table and we had a nice comfortable booth. Orders for drinks and food were taken quickly and arrived just as quick, 4 had the childrens roast (must be big children in Seer Green!) and 2 had soup. Off into the light drizzle to Chalfont Chllafont St Giles and into Bowstridge Lane back to Chalfont St Peter and the stiff little climb up Chiltern hill through a private estate. Then Denham lane down to Denham and past Sir John Mills old house and through the Golf coures back to Uxbridge. At this point Niall and Mick left us to take the direct route along the Uxbridge road to Isleworth and Kew receptively.

It was felt that Moniz cafe at Cranford was to far East for some so Vermeulens was the next choice. On reaching the cafe and finding it closed, it was only 3.50, Irene decided to head straight for home and Ed, Graham and myself headed for Ashford and a pub or cafe there. Graham left us just as we reached Ashford and Ed and myself found a Cafe Nero still open and settled in for coffee and cake. On leaving the drizzle still continued and me and Ed parted company, I headed for Bedfont and the Staines road nearly all the way home. In spite of the weather a pleasant day on the bike with a good crowd. 73 miles door to door.


Monday, August 28, 2017

Sunday August 27

It was August Bank Holiday weekend and I had expected most C&M members would either be away or else sitting indoors watching the rain fall, so imagine my surprise then when no fewer than 12 arrived at Guildford to savours the delights of Wetherspoons!   Eleven wanted to continue to lunch and our route took us around the towpaths, footbridges and back streets of Guildford to Wood Street Village, and from there to the lanes of Wyke and Tongham then by the easy route over the Hogs Back.

The Barley Mow at The Sands has a very pleasant garden and it was the ideal day to enjoy it!   The menu and prices are somewhat quirky but most of us found something to satisfy.   After lingering over lunch we set off back towards Shackleford with Brian and Keith soon peeling off to make their own ways home.    The main group first took the pretty roads along the foot of the Hogs Back, then the cycle route to Compton which was reasonably passable given the recent rainfall.  After the stiff climb up to Guildford there was another parting of the ways.   Jeff, Paul and I continued to Ripley after traversing yet more of Guildford's footbridges and alleyways, with the rest following by another route.

Thanks to all for a very enjoyable day.

11's - Don Clarke, Vic White, Paul Day, Keith Rook, Graham Hill, Irene North, Ed Sharpe, Rachel, Bob Eberhard, Brian Greenwood, Jeff Tollerman, David Ward

Lunch - Vic White, Paul Day, Keith Rook, Graham Hill, Irene North, Ed Sharpe, Rachel, Bob Eberhard, Brian Greenwood, Jeff Tollerman, David Ward

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lunch Venue Change for Sunday the 27th August

The lunch venue has now changed to The Barley Mow at The Sands GU10 1NE


Monday, August 21, 2017

20th August - Runnymede-Bourne End-Windsor

It was a tale of four tea stops: but more of that later.   A lucky 13 met for elevenses at a sunny Runnymede, including new riders Michiko and Niall, friends of Tony & mine through another cycling group.   Bill & Margaret, Alan and Bob were heading home after elevenses, so nine set off towards Bourne End, through Datchet, crossing Slough via a couple of parks and a cycleway with several chicanes to make life interesting.   A few short sharp hills, through Burnham Beeches and some quiet lanes on the way to Hedsor with a steep downhill into Bourne End.  

At the Cinnamon Café.  Niall and Michiko in foreground.
The Bounty at Bourne End is not reachable by road, so bikes had to be carried across the railway bridge, down & up steps before a short walk along the towpath to reach it.   The situation, right on the river bank, and the eccentric nature of the pub, is worth the extra effort, although when we reached the pub and found it full to overflowing, I was worried whether we'd get served before sundown.    I needn't have worried - we found a table outside and the service was very efficient.    The original plan for tea had been Vermeulens, but the route developed in a different way so was changed to Savill Gardens: then there was a prospect of late afternoon rain so we shortened it to Windsor Farm Shop, but finally Tony came up with the idea of the Cinnamon Café in Windsor, where we ended up.  Only about 30 miles in all but a good day out with good company.   Thank you to Niall and Michiko for offering to back-mark and we hope you will join us again on a Sunday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

20 Aug - Change of tea stop

The Bounty
Just to let you know that the tea stop after our ride to Bourne End will be Saville Gardens, rather than Vermulens as previously advertised.   In the morning I plan to visit Burnham Beeches on the way to the rather eccentric but beautifully sited Bounty pub at Bourne End, with a couple of short off-road stretches along the Millenium river.  There is no road access to the Bounty - it's reached over a pedestrian bridge across the Thames, but I'm sure help with lifting bikes up the steps will be on hand, if needed.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sunday 13th August 2017 Dorney Court - Green Man Hurst - North’s Cafe Staines

It was a lovely warm day for the ride to Hurst. Alan and I were first to arrive at Dorney Court soon followed in by Ed & Graham which turned out to be the full group as most had been on the Birthday Rides last week and/or V.C.C. rides this week and/or holidays. Chris turned up at 11.30 am but was too late!!  
Undaunted by the size of the group, Alan returned home so three turned left on leaving and continued on NCN 4 over river Thames to Monkey Island. There we turned left and went straight over the very busy A308 through Fifield and right on to B3024. After a left to Touchen End and a right fork through Paley Street, we took a left just before the M4 bridge. Through Beenham and Shurlock Row led to Hurst.  As usual the food was first class. All three tucked into child size roasts (goodness knows how big the adult size must be) 
On leaving pub we turned left, left and left again wending our way back through Billingbear to Moss End then across Ascot racecourse and into Windsor Great Park., down Tite Hill through Egham and home to Staines where we had tea and cakes.
Thank you Ed (who had a very long day but I gave him cake to help him on his way) and Graham.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Sunday the 6th August

After leaving a very crowded (with cyclists) Dabbling Duck at Shere, Lilian, Jeff, Brian, Keith, David, Ed,Vic and I (leaving Bob) headed south. Brian left us at the railway bridge, we carried on via quiet, deserted lanes to Brook, Farley Green and Winterfold Heath before entering a rather congested (roadworks) Cranleigh. The eagle eyed amongst us might have noticed a couple of Irene and Graham lookalikes munching lunch on a bench. We continued south, eventually turning onto the A281 briefly near Bucks Green then turning off it to The Blue Ship at The Haven. Lunches had been pre-ordered and were ready and waiting for us. What service !

David left us after lunch, for the rest the afternoon route was the ‘usual’ – Rudgwick, Okewood Hill, Weare Street (quiet geese today) to Capel. A brief discussion here – everyone was in favour of Brockham cakes rather than Denbies. Jeff left us here, the cake fanciers rode on via Newdigate and Parkgate to the usual wonderful display. Worth remembering – as closing time approaches a ‘two for one’ offer may be made.

A very enjoyable day, no rain, not much wind and plenty of sunshine. Thanks to all for company, also corner markers and back markers.


Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Sunday 6th August

Lunch on Sunday 6th August is at The Blue  Ship, The Haven. They don’t normally do sandwiches on Sundays but  will if we order in advance. I will  have a copy of the menu on Sunday but you could also look it up and choose. The long range weather forecast is better than today.

PLAIN - £8.00
CHEESE - £9.00
CHEESE & HAM - £10.00
CHIPS - £3.00
SIDE SALAD - £3.00
BREAD - £1.75


Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunday July 31 2017

Flooded roads and the threat of rain have jinxed this ride in the past two years so I did hope for better this time, but the very large puddles I had to dodge after risking life and limb to cross the Pru Ride London route did not bode well!   Nevertheless, Tony, Ray Wren and Graham were not deterred and joined me in the sunshine at Sunbury.    We took a quirky route close to the western perimeter of Heathrow, and Tony helped us cut off a corner into Harmondsworth, from where it was a straight road to Uxbridge.  Several members were missing with cast iron excuses, but Pam, Irene, Lillian were already ensconced in Wetherspoons when we arrived.

The route to Hedgerley was not a long one but the clouds were gathering all the while and we had to to struggle through undergrowth on the Denham roundabout and minor floods at Tatling Lane.  Despite this, we made it to the shelter of the White Horse just in time to miss two very heavy showers.

After a good lunch we toiled up Hedgerley Hill where Ray detected bottom bracket trouble.   He bravely soldiered on with us past the Genevieve ford and many splendored Pinewood and through the eastern outskirts of Slough.  Tea was not possible at Vermeulens, the obvious stop, as it was closed for the day, so we soldiered on to Shepperton's Cafe Mocha, avoiding the centre of Ashford thanks to Graham this time.   Rain threatened again but we made it to tea in the dry.   Thanks to all for good company and we'll hope for better weather next year!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday the 30th July Changes

This Sunday the 30th is Ride London so meeting at Hampton Court is now NOT viable. So the new meeting point is the Walled Garden Sunbury at 8.45am.

11's is still the Good Yarn Uxbridge and lunch at The White Horse Hedgerley. Vermuelens will be closed all day on the 30th so tea will be at Walton Bridge.


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Fingest or.....

I arrived at Windsor garden cafe and some had already arrived. The first time C&M have used this venue, I have been here a few time.  Pam, Irene, Lillian, Ed and Graham were already enjoying beverages. Dave then turned up, late for him, but he had already been to Wetherspoons for breakfast. Vic and Paul also arrived.
Because of the weather forecast for rain around lunchtime I asked for opinions on a change of lunch venue, somewhere nearer so home would be easier in the impending rain, all agreed. With no real destination we set off, following my original route towards Marlow. Maidenhead, (Dave left us here) Cookham and into Terry's lane and onto Winter Hill then Grubwood lane and Winter Hill road to Pinkneys Green and through Maidenhead to Bray and Monkey Island to Dorney and lunch alfresco, but undercover, (no tables inside) at the Palmer Arms pub. Service was good and the majority had child's portion Sunday roasts!

A suggestion by Ed for tea at Vermeulens (now apparently Stanwell Moor Farm Shop And Cafe) was agreed by all and off we set. Tea outside in the warm Sun (b&$£% weather forecasts) and dispersal for home, still 58 miles for me and home early. Thank you all for you company and sorry we didn't get to Fingest.


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Sunday 16th July 2017


There was a  nice manageable number at Bourne G.C. for todays ride.  Bill, Margaret, Don, Alan and Bob made their own way from elevenses whilst Irene, Graham, Ed, Vic, Terry, Dave Ward and John Bellamy continued to lunch where Chris joined us.

My intention was to turn right out of the garden centre, over the hill to Woodham Park Road thence along the A247 to Monument Road to join the Basingstoke canal.  Vic came up with a good suggestion, hence we took the off road track on the right at the bottom of the hill leading us to join my route on the A247, with cycle lane.   Thanks Vic, nice one!

Upon leaving the canal at Brookwood we turned right into Cemetery Pales to Pirbright; A324, Cobbett Hill Road, Frog Grove Lane, into The Royal Oak for lunch where we were well looked after.  

We departed some time later, turning right out of the pub then another right onto a  bridle path taking us to Applegarth Avenue.  After a couple of roundabouts it was into Guildford University, exiting on to Walnut Tree Close.  Here one has to look out for a gap between the buildings, opposite the station, which took us over the River Wey into Guildford next to the cinema.  One or two lefts and rights, a walk across the A322, then a couple more lefts and rights lead us into Nightingales Lane where we turned into Stoke Park.

Yes.....we did go along the River Wey to the A3 cycle route!   Not so bad when one is looking forward to stopping for tea at Pinnocks in Ripley!   Lot's to chat about - as well as the Tour de France!!!

A very enjoyable day, thanks all for joining me and especially for back markers and corner markers. The only photo I am aware of is the one Dave took and put on his Strava!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday July 16

Rather belatedly!

Another glorious day, so good that Alan and I were ten minutes early at Runnymede. Ten arrived but only eight departed. The outward journey needed to be stretched so Ed took in Windsor, Eton, Dorney and Maidenhead before turning south to Bray. The White Hart in Moneyrow Green had plenty of beer (festival) but no food. On their advice we retreated to The George On Th Green in nearby Holyport. With no trenchermen present we settled for starters from the limited menu.

A change of teastop was debated. We headed along B3024, passedthe  Liz and Phil looking distinctly aged to Dedworth and Clewer. Here we used the road bridge (only climb of the day) to reach the towpath on the north side of the Thames. And then the very familiar: Eton, Datchet, Wraysbury, Staines, Laleham for a final stop at Cafe Mocha in Shepperton. Just under 60 miles door to door.

Two points: Ed, Graham, Irene,Lillian,Pam,Terry,Tony, Vic
One point: Alan,Bob

Monday, July 03, 2017

Sunday July 2 2017

This was a perfect day for cycling, not too hot, not too cold. All (most?) made it to the revised 11s (Elm Nursery), a smallish venue made more crowded by a Food and Craft Fair. We bade farewell to Bob and Don on the restart, and to Alan and Tony shortly afterwards at Jacobs Well. Beside the Wooden Bridge we crossed over Guildford's two "bypasses"  (A3 and A25) and continued to the station where Ed and Lilian were standing with backs to the traffic! Short use of NCN22 was ended besides the waterworks/church in Shalford and a direct route (Peasmarsh / crematorium) found us in Farncombe and amongst hills. Behind Godalming station we were urged on by descending traffic despite this being a footpath (though tarmaced). Business must be good for The Supervet and another Channel 4 series in prospect as a massive extension is under way. With time to spare, Eashing's Grade 1 listed double bridge came next. To the surprise of all (except perhaps Irene) - just before A3, we took a "hidden" bridleway to The Squirrel with raised voices being heard on the short sandy section. All that remained was the swift descent from Norney to Elstead. Within a minute of our arrival at The Golden Fleece we were joined by Terry (family duties) making eight for lunch.

A quick drink and a packet of crisps and Dave was off; the rest lingered alfresco for a further hour before leaving. The Wey was crossed for a sixth(! but not final) time. Cut Mill and Shackleford and the familiar route via Charterhouse, Farncombe (Chris disappears!), Loseley, Guildford (Chris reappears!!) and the A3 led to a leisurely tea stop at Pinnocks in Ripley. 65+ miles door to door.

2 points : GFH, Dave W, Chris, Ed, Irene, Lillian, Pam, Vic
1 point  : Alan, Bob, Don, Terry, Tony

Monday, June 26, 2017

June 25 2017 - The Green Man at Hurst

Dorney Court to Hurst

Our leader Irene took us through highways and byways known only to her from Dorney to Hurst for a challenging children's lunch with a cocktail of ice cream to follow.

The children's menu was more than some could take, but the leader put on a brave face and all put on a smile (well, Paul nearly did) in appreciation of a lovely ride.


Sunday June 25 2017

Bob, Ed, Dave, Chris, Graham, Paul, Alan, Jeff & Irene met up at the Dorney Court G.C, for tea, coffee & cakes.  At 11.15 am Bob, Alan & Ed returned home while six went on to lunch.  We turned left out of G.C. to Dorney Reach, then onto route 4 over the Thames before turning left past Bray Marina to A308.  Here we went straight over to Fifield and right onto B3024 to Paley Street and continued through Shurlock Row to Hurst for lunch. Three partook the childrens' menu which came with ice cream for dessert (lovely).
We returned past Billingbear Golf course to Moss End then across Ascot Racecourse to Windsor Great Park. We left through Bishopsgate to descend Tite Hill. Dave, Paul and Jeff pushed on for home leaving just three for cake and tea at Café North in Staines.
Thank you for a very pleasant day. The rain tried to spoil it at lunch time but decided to wait another day.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

25th June Change of lunch Venue

The lunch venue for the 25th of June has changed to:

The Green Man, Hurst.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Change of 11s July 2

As Tony (et al) are "raiding", here's early warning that 11s will be at Elm Nursery. Sutton Green GC is on the A320 whereas the (near adjacent) Nursery is on the more cyclists friendly Sutton Green Road and has a children's farm! It opens from 1000 on Sundays.

References: 7QD/TQ004543/51.27915,-0.56248. Oddly the runslist link currently points to Elm Nursery!

After 11s, the ride continues via the Railway Station and Wetherspoons so you could join in Guildford town centre but do email in advance.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Phew! Wot a Scorcher!

The hottest day of the year so far:  Ten of us went to Chertsey for elevenses, but only eight found the Chertsey Café.  We found Ed and Bob in a café just up the road, which might have been a cooler option, as the Chertsey Cafe is in an arcade which is built a bit like a greenhouse.  Margaret & Bill, Bob, Ed, and Alan were not joining us for the ride, leaving just five of us to brave the heat.

We headed across to Lyne and then around Virginia Water, seeking shade, emerging from Blacknest Gate to climb up to the mighty Peanut roundabout.  Then downhill all the way to Fifield, and across the Thames to Dorney, where we cycled along Dorney Lake and mostly tarmac'd cycle track towards Eton.  Irene suggested a quicker route into Eton itself which worked well and got us to the Waterman's Arms a couple of minutes after one.  We found tables reserved for us, outside but with some shade, and after a lengthy wait to order our drinks and food, the food came very quickly and we were away by just after 2pm.

Still, it was still a still, hot, sticky day (see what I did there?) - 32 degrees in fact - so we took it easy along the river and along the cycle track back to Windsor Great Park.  There was a glimmer of hope that we might stop for ice creams at the village shop, but it's shut on Sunday afternoons, so we enjoyed the views over Windsor and pedalled on.  Graham suggested a diversion to Runnymede for tea and ice creams, which worked out very well.  After tea Irene took us to see the nearby sculpture (or is it an installation?) called The Jurors, marking the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.  And I now know where it was signed.  At the bottom, of course.
The Jurors, at Runnymede