It was a cold spring morning at Cutty Sark Gardens where nine riders assembled for an amble to the east. This took us along the Thames Path, using the short diversion through the Baratts development, and on to Plumstead. Here we lost two riders to the cold and football.
The Ridgeway was accessed opposite the station and provided a straight flat run to the Bexley border on a surface improved two years ago. The may was in part blossom, some of it hiding from our cold spring. After noting that Bexley have begun to improve their own section of the Ridgeway Path which sits on Joseph Bazalgette’s southern outfall sewer line, the group worked it’s way up to Abbey Wood, crossing the rail line at the difficult Harrow Manor Way bridge.
Brunch was taken at the lively Abbey Cafe and the group left to see the remains of Lesnes Abbey and park improvements in the Woods. We then retraced our steps and cut through the green and cycle-friendly space of Thamesmead to the river. A right turn here took us on the recently improved section of Thames Path at Tripcock Ness. Here the skies began to clear and the day finally warmed up a little. Then on to Woolwich and back to Greenwich with Gareth leading on the final section. Thanks to him and to Sarah who back-marked and to all who joined us on a brisk and short day which ended about 14.30.
I felt that a major learning point was the vision and ability of our great Victorian engineers though we can applaud many of the smaller-scale engineering improvements and, as a cycling group, continue to play an active role in their design and delivery.
Design Museum Ride
A solid 10 at Cutty Sark Gardens on what felt like the first weekend of spring. We rode westwards along the river passing loads of joggers. We arrived at the Design Museum just before 11.00. Two decided against going in to view the Cycle Revolution exhibition so were in charge of bike watching. Those who saw the exhibition thought it interesting and enjoyable and could maybe have spent longer going through it. We left Shad Thames just after 12.00 noon arriving at a very busy café at Surrey Docks Farm. Four left us at this point to make their own way home. Everyone finally got what they’d ordered to eat before we had a chat with Gary the Farm Manager erstwhile Southwark Cyclist. The remaining six returned to Cutty Sark Gardens which
was very busy by 2.00 pm. Thanks to all who joined us and hope you enjoyed your day out. -Sarah
New Year’s Day 2016
A healthy eight left Cutty Sark Gardens promptly at 10.30am after one extra had decided he was too unwell to make the ride. We met one further rider at Ballast Quay and struck east.
The path was not too busy at the beginning of the ride but got busier throughout the day with walkers and other cyclists all trying to shift a few Christmas ounces and New Year hangovers. Four joined at Woolwich Arsenal Riverside where one left. One of the joiners soon got a puncture but was able to fix it with the equipment he was carrying so only a short delay.
Arrived at Erith at about 12.40pm where two left as they lived nearby. We had lunch at greasy spoon Starburger which was very hospitable and made space for us. We started our return journey at 1.40pm as the weather was beginning to cloud over a bit. Some left us at Woolwich and others at various points along the path.
We met the cycling group from St John’s Church, Blackheath (hello Andrew, hello Henry) at the Barrier. Four arrived back at Cutty Sark Gardens just as the rain started. We all felt virtuous, uplifted and refreshed. Thank you all for joining in and hope you all had a good day.
(Sarah and Ian)