Saturday 14th August, MTB Wild Brunch, Walton Bridge


Nine riders met at Nonsuch Mansion at 09:15hrs, Adam Domaingue, Dave Rapson, Dave Clarke, Mick Curtis, Tracy Caudle, Trevor Kite, Bill Martin, Sean Slammon and myself leading. The morning was overcast warm with a breeze from the southwest.

Our route took us out over Horton Park using Butcher’s Row to the Chessington South, climbing slightly up Barwell Farm Lane, club nickname, “Stalag Luft Barwell” after recent, ‘Private Road’ no entry signs went up after thirty years of riding through!

We passed through the south west suburbs of Claygate and soon were passing through Esher Common the way to West End, Hersham area and byways leading us to the tow path on the Thames at Walton Bridge.

At the cafe we met Barry Gregory, caught up on the latest news and enjoyed the view of a lovely blue-looking Thames.

The return journey was via Kempton, the back streets of Hampton and into a quiet Bushy Park. The Thames crossing point was Kingston Bridge and then back through a fairly busy Kingston. The rest of the route followed the Hogsmill River back through to Cheam with Dave Clarke and myself heading back home via a coffee stop at the little 1960’s Citroën panel van in the car park at Horton Park.

Nice ride chaps, 36.66miles for me.

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