Saturday 29th August MTB Ockham Bites

Six riders met at Cheam Station Southside for the ride to Ockham Bites. Adam Domaingue, Mick Curtis, Sean Slammon, Dave Clarke, Bill Martin and myself leading.

Our outbound journey took us out towards Ashtead Common and then followed two fairly unused tracks on the route I know. It’s fairly unused because somehow Pashesham Park Golf Course, North Leatherhead A24 has managed to get away with having built a driving range that intersects the path! Little used track, like a cycle path through an MOD artillery range!

I then reversed Trevor Hughes’s usual route back from Ockham Bites so that we crossed the River Mole in Fetcham and went up across Bookham Common to Telegraph Hill on Ockham Common. From the top of the hill it was a ten minute descent to the outdoor cafe stop.

After elevenses we headed north-west over Wisley Common with its Constant traffic drone from the M25 towards the Wey Navigation at Byfleet. The canal was choked with a lot of Pennywort, an invasive floating weed from America. The lack of boat use during the lockdown had clearly done the pesky floating plant a big favour. Soon we were in Weybridge and heading for Walton on Thames. At the bridge Bill left us to go visit his Dad who lives north bank of the Thames. The rest of the group headed back via the usual: Thames Ditton, Esher Common, Arbrook Common, Claygate, Chessington South route to Cheam without incident.

Miles: 40.33 (despite what the Strava map says)

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