Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk.
Battersea, St. James, Green, Hyde and Holland Park, a bit of the river Thames and an optional visit to the Leighton museum.
This is going to be a flat ride starting at Clapham Junction from where we head towards Battersea Park. The first part of the trip will include some main roads, which tend to be quiet on a Sunday morning. But even on a busy day we can safely cruise along the generous, wide, glowing-blue cycle highway from Albert Bridge to Westminster. After that we will glide from one park to the next. If the weather is good we will have to weave through groups of tourists and ‘Sunday cyclists’ (the ones who are oblivious to the world around them and have forgotten about any rules; including happy tourist cyclists who come from countries where one drives/cycles on the right, very good cycling skill practice).
Certain aspects I have not worked out: for instance the distance. That is going to be the challenge for the riders with the gadget. Where we eat will depend on when you are going to be hungry. One option is the cafe in Hyde Park. There we would have a great view of the lake, and a lighter purse. It is expensive! Soup £5, Pizza £13.
If no refreshments are needed at that point and energy can last for another 30 minutes one can have lovely food for more reasonable prices in the Holland Park Cafe.
Some of you might like to pop into the nearby Leighton museum. He was a Victorian painter and his house has been fully refurbished. It has the beautiful Arabian Hall. Unfortunately they charge £5 entrance.
The return will be to Victoria Station, unless you feel energetic enough to cycle all the way back to Clapham Junction.
Time and interest permitting we can have a look at the Elfin Oak tree in Hyde Park: Elfins carved by the sculptor Ivor Innes in 1911.
Meet: 10.40 am at Clapham Junction, BACK ENTRANCE, GRANT ROAD.
Train from Brighton leaves at 9.34 am arriving at 10.30.
Cycling distance: ??????????? But definitely not more than 20 miles, if that.
Not a single hill. Sometimes walking instead of cycling.
Refreshments: Either Hyde Park cafe or Holland Park cafe.
(Just in case, bring a little something to eat with you.)
Getting home: From Victoria Station
Best return times without having to change are by the hour 16.02,
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