Eight riders, led by Dwight, tackled the trip to Trent Park. They bravely cycled to and through Enfield, having to stop for a cup of tea at Myddleton House to recover. Then it was onwards, and seemingly ever upwards, to Trent Park to view the Daffodils and have another cup of tea. Taking the shorter route back they quickly passed through Enfield and down the Lea towpath to the Ferry Inn where a necessary restorative was administered and hence home.
Dwight, Leah and David went on a road bike trip at the crack of dawn (8:30!) to and around Epping taking in a few of the hills. An overcast day with a strong westerly wind but otherwise O.K. Apart from the usual cars coming too close (and a couple of the hills) an enjoyable morning out.
10 riders set out to get some culture undettered by it being a windy and rainy day. Fortunately apart from a few spots the rain held off outbound although we did get a bit wet while returning in a short sharp hailstorm. Still the rainbow as we passed through the Olympic Park more than made up for that. Altogether an enjoyable day out. Thanks to Dwight for his usual leadership qualities.
About 10 people set off on a clear day with a biting cold wind to ride the Greenway from the Olympic Park to Beckton and back via Barking and Wanstead Park with a stop at the most awful cafe we have ever had the misfortune to stop at. Otherwise all well.
About 12 people, led by Dwight, went on a tour of parks and cemteries in and near to Leytonstone. These inluded that St john's church off the High Road, Leytonstone Cemetery, West Ham Jewish Cemetery(Closed), West Ham Cemetery, WoodgrangeCemetery , Manor Park Cemetery the ended in the largest of them all the City of London Cemetery.
In all about 15 miles on a fine winter's day, cold and sunny. The cafe in the CoL Cemetery being closed a coffee stop was made at Coffee7 and the ride ended at the Wine Bar adjacent to the Wanstead Tap.
If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise ... it's pretty slippy. Eleven intrepid explorers set off from Carlton House to explore Epping Forest largely following the route in Tom Bogdanowicz's London Cycling Guide recently updated with this ride being reviewed by your's truly. Fortunately, the rain has held off so there were not too many slippy patches but what there were tested the groups cycle control. There were also some interesting undulations which tested heart, lungs and legs. However, after a stop at High Beech all arrived home safely with no major mishaps after a good day out and yes, the trees were rather splendid in their autumn colours and the view from "The View" made a great highlight.
14 people left Carlton House to brave the wilds of South London to cruise the Wandle Trail. All surviviedto tell the tale. Cycling from Leytonstone to London Bridge Station our intrepid adventures took the train to East Croydon (what a delight Southern Railways is). From there they took to the river and followed the Wandle all the way back to the Thames at Wansdworth. Shortly thereafter one abondoned for the bright lights of Kensington leaving the remaining 13 to navigate the E-W Superhighway and CS2 back to Whitechapel where another peeled off to continue on CS2 whilst our survivors went to indulge themselves at the Victoria Park Cafe.