MTB Saturday 27th April Ashtead

Three riders met at Cheam Station Southside at 09.00hrs, Mick Curtis, Chris Messsett and myself leading.

Storm Hannah had been blowing most of the night, but it was dry and we decided with the strong winds and unreliable weather to head out for a shorter ride to Ashtead. Mick knew a cafe in Ashtead which made it easier to re-route  the morning’s ride from the Medicine Garden, Cobham to somewhere a bit closer.

We followed the Hogsmill River’s north bank which was now dried out from its usual boggy winter condition and so bumpy instead of boggy! We passed through Bonesgate Nature Reserve and into the back of Horton Park. Our route today I’d decided, due to the wind, would make the most use of tree and hedgerow shelter as possible. After Horton we crossed  onto Ashtead Common heading along the north side of Rushett Farm before turning left and dropping down towards Ashtead railway crossing and the elevenses stop. Our tea stop turned out to be the old ‘Biker Bean’ cafe now know as ‘Action Cafe’ or something similar! After refuelling we headed back via Ashtead Park, back over the railway line onto Epsom Common, Horton, Ewell and home to Cheam.

A short and sweet ride just shy of twenty miles for me.

Paul White


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