On a lovely cold but bright day, 15 of us took to our bikes from Leytonstone and, led by Alan, followed an interesting route around Redbridge. First we passed through a very muddy Wanstead Park to join the Empress Way cycle route up and over the A406 and hence on into Valentines Park, with the lake and associated waterbirds looking splendid in the sunshine, passing by Valentine’s Mansion we then headed north, went under the A12 at Newbury Park and then followed the future Quietway along Oaks Lane and into Fairlop Waters. A circuit around the lake was followed by a heads down plod along Forest Road (it never improves regardless of how many times you ride it) and off into Hainault Forest Park where we had our lunch stop; cyclist healthy food like chips and bacon butties and lots of tea. From there we went up and down through Hainault and Grange Hill until we joined the Roding Valley Way. Which we then followed down to Wanstead where we recrossed the A12 by the footbridge and so on back to Leytonstone losing a few, en passant, to Wanstead Market. Overall, an interesting ride of about 20 miles along routes not often ridden before.
A ride down to the Chinese Restuarant opposite Docklands Airport to celebrate Chinese New Year. 12 people cycled down, led by Dwight, taking their time to avoid arriving too early. As it was we arrived about 11:30 which was good as we did not have to queue as did those arriving later. An excellent meal at a reasonable price, with a great view of the airport, followed and then we cycled back, returning at about 13:30 with lots of the day remaining. A really pleasant way to spend a Sunday morning.
Just to let people know before diaries fill up; I’m planning on leading the usual LCC feeder ride to and from the Prudential RideLondon on 1st August 2015 from Wanstead Station through Leytonstone or possibly Hackney (depending on demand). Any assistance will be appreciated.
We set off as usual from Carlton House, led by Dwight, on a cold but dry day on a route based on the London Cycling Guide Greenwich Palaces route. First we cycled to Stratford where we took the DLR to Island Gardens where we walked the tunnel under the Thames to The Cutty Sark. From there we took to our bikes once more and put a glow in our cheeks climbing up to the Observatory where we had a short stop for a breather. Then off again over to Charlton, passing through the grounds of Carlton House which unfortunately is closed on weekends, to a very welcome café just beyond. Then through Maryon Wilson Park to the river at the Thames Barrier where we followed the Thames path to the Greenwich Yacht Club where we were invited guests. The club, being set on an old dock someway off shore had spectacular views both up and down river which somewhat mitigated the boredom of an excessive wait for lunch. After the lunch stop a short hop along the Thames path took us to the Emirates SkyLine which we then took across the river and then taking the direct route we headed home. Unfortunately a puncture delayed our leader but we muddled through and all returned safe and sound.
Posted by Dwight, Sunday, 4th January 2015 @ 5:20pm
Well organised by David from the book of London Cycle rides.
We cycled 18.5 miles (according to john Daly)
Route via Q E park into Victoria Park.
Then via Hackney including the downs to Clissod Park also passing Sutton house. A well deserved coffee stop at Clissod House .Then onto Arsenal football ground to Highbury clock tower . Then downhill beside Highbury fields to upper street. To see the cafe where Blair and Brown made their pact as who would do what in the new Labour government.
Back via the grand union canal to Victoria Park and the heading home.
David gave us lots of acts about places that were on our route.
20 people or so. It wad great to see many families faces.
Weather wad cold but kind.
7 of us has a later lunch back in Leytonstone at the Bella vita. Much chat about future and past rides and looking forward to the year ahead.
Next ride First sunday in February.'Greenwich Palaces.' With a stop at the yacht club for lunch I hope.
Led by Dwight, 10 adults and 4 children followed the Thames Estuary route from Tom Bogdanowicz's book "The London Cycling Guide". The ride began in Leytonstone and went, in the rain, to Canning Town from where, using the Jubilee and DLR, the group travelled to Woolwich. From Woolwich the group then cycled along the Thames Path east for some miles before turning directly inland to the ruins of Lesnes Abbey. Then after a visit to a café by Abbey Wood station continued east until reaching the Thames Path once more after which the route headed back to Woolwich along the Path on the south bank of the Thames. From there some of the group, including the children, took the DLR back to Stratford and hence home while others took the Woolwich ferry and cycled.
A really enjoyable ride despite intermittent rain and a repeating puncture with some lovely views of the Thames, the Waterbirds, the Dartford bridge and the Crossness Pumping station. For us "Northerners" it was interesting to ride the Ridgeway, the south London equivalent of the Greenway and to see Joseph Bazalgette's Crossness pumping station that mirrors that at Three Mills.
Great Ride and good Team effort. 15 plus
Andrew the star made a great effort and despite the challenge of a bike thats a little on the small size and aflat tyre made the distance.
We made springfeild park via hackney marshes and the big climb from the lea navigation up to the top cafe with veiws over north east london.
The change of ethinicity going into hackney Stoke Newington was marked and we found the roads with lots of no entries except for cycles most welcome that made navigation very easy. (google on the phone). We made the manor park climbing centre in good time (its less than 2 miles from Springfield park). It was so popular we decided to leave it to climbers and come back another day as there was a lovely tranquil 'new river' reservoir lake with and activity centre down the same road. We stopped for a welcome lunch break then back via the new river path (unfortunately having to get onto via a back road (thank you John) due to the unbeleivably impossible gate at the centres entrance....
We came back directly in less than an hour (3hrs going!) and yes slightly early at a respectable 2.30.
(note; everyone turned down the easy option of return using the Overground from the nearby South Tottenham 3 stops to High Road Leytonstone.. must have enjoyed the ride!)
We acheived the aim of seeing if we would go to the climbing centre agin under our own steam athe answer was aresounding yes. Thanks to all especialy the 6 youngsters who seemed to enjoy each others company no end.
See you next month.