Saturday 1st August MTB Walton on Thames

Four riders met at Cheam Station Southside at 09:00hrs: Mick Curtis, Barry Gregory, Dave Clarke and myself leading the ride. It was a lovely sunny day around 25c, a big drop from Friday’s 35c frying pan conditions

We used the bottom south west corner of Nonsuch Park to cross the Ewell bypass and then proceeded to follow the Hogsmill River all the way into the Kingston Market area to access the bridge. After crossing Kingston Bridge we headed into Bushey Park where we passed a lovely herd of young deer to our left by the main path that were quietly watching the humans wandering by. After leaving the west side of the park we cycled through the residential areas of Hampton and Kempton following byways to Walton Bridge north side.

After crossing the Thames we rolled up at a fairly quiet Wild Brunch outdoor cafe, guess the masses are all now back shopping, sitting in pubs or coffee shops on Saturday morning! We sat outside for some time enjoying the sunshine, but alas eventually we had to get back on the bikes and ride home.

Barry Gregory headed off on his own to nearby Hersham and home whilst we briefly followed the busy Thames Tow Path before heading east to Thames Ditton, Esher Common and Arbrook Common south of Claygate. We climbed towards Claygate and crossed a deserted Claygate Common (dogs can relax once more, for the shops and pubs are open so only one walk a day now!) and just as deserted, the climb to Barwell Farm.

Like good citizens we used the bridleway south of “Fortress Barwell.” Three weeks ago the owners put up ‘No entry, private road’ signs after forty years of cycling through, go figure! We crossed the busy A24 as Chessington World of Adventures is open again (!) and one last push was the climb up Castle Hill to access Horton Country Park. Dave left us here and headed for home in Epsom which left ‘The dynamic duo” Mick and myself to tap back to Cheam.

Good ride chaps, thirty-three miles for me.

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