Five Riders met at Carshalton Ponds at 09:30hrs for the socially distanced ride to Wimbledon Common. Mick Curtis, Sean Slammon, Dave Elliott, Adam Domaingue and myself arriving from the Cheam Station meeting point to lead the ride. The skies were threatening with the odd spot of rain; it was overcast, but warm and humid. Would we get away with it or would we get soaked I wondered?
The reason for meeting at Carshalton Ponds was to follow the River Wandle down to Earlsfield. Ten minutes after leaving Carshalton around Hackbridge we did get a brief shower just enough to get damp from. At Earlsfield we headed west towards Wimbledon Park, cycled through the park and out onto Home Park Road, which after climbing up the hill was christened “The Col De Wimbledon.” It’s not a very long hill, but probably around 12%. We all had a good laugh at the top, some more than others! After trundling through Wimbledon Village we crossed onto the common which was strangely quiet. Dave Elliott said, “Of course it is, all the shops and pubs are open again!” Soon we were at the Windmill Tearoom and tucking into elevenses of various types.
Our ride continued after by dropping down slowly to the Queensmere to admire the bright yellow lilies on the water as we passed. Soon we were on the north side pavement cycle path of the A3 because sadly Wimbledon Common has some snooty rules about cycling some of their bridleways. This is a pity because one of the most useful would be a direct link path between The Windmill and Richmond Park’s, Roehampton Gate. Once in Richmond Park we climbed towards the Pen Ponds, passing the ‘Plan B, back-up cafe’ and then turned west towards Park Gate and Ham Common.
We joined the River Thames at Teddington Lock and headed to Kingston where we then followed the Hogsmill River to the residential back streets of Worcester Park and into Nonsuch Park where we all headed in various directions for home.
Thankfully despite the threatening skies all morning we avoided a good soaking.
Good ride chaps.
28 miles for me.