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West Surrey Cyclists' Touring Club

All-day Sunday Intermediate Rides

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With effect from 1 January 2011 I handed over the organisation of this riding group to Angela Byrne and David Wood;  see http://westsurreyintermediates.webs.com/.

In 2014 they handed it on to Hilary Stephenson;  see West Surrey CTC homepage.

Chris Jeggo, 27 York Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 7XH.  Tel. 01483 728237.

chris at jeggo dot org dot uk

The remainder of this page is historical stuff as of 2010 -- what we did that year plus hyperlinks to previous years.

Introductory stuff

This group of CTC West Surrey aims to cater for those who find beginners' rides too slow and experienced cyclists' rides too fast.  The average riding speed for a day’s ride usually falls between 11 and 13 mph.  We go at the pace of the slowest, no-one gets left behind, we start together and we finish together.  The day’s distance is usually between 50 and 60 miles, less in winter when we start later and aim to be home before sunset (but bring lamps just in case).  We stop for mid-morning coffee and lunch, which is usually at a pub, and sometimes for a mid-afternoon cup of tea.  Sometimes we stop to look at places of interest.

While every effort is made to keep to the itinerary published on the Rides List, i.e. start point, coffee place and lunch place, within that framework the plan can be varied “on the fly” to take into account the weather, participants’ wishes and dealing with problems such as punctures.  The aim is to enjoy exploring the countryside using the quieter roads, to have a good day out on bicycles.  Occasionally short stretches of main road or easy off-road tracks are used where lane routes would be too circuitous.

We are fortunate in having a good variety of landscapes in which to cycle in Surrey and neighbouring counties.  Nevertheless, it is good to get further afield, and you will find a few train/car-assisted rides and the occasional weekend tour offered.

To cater for our scattered membership, and for variety, rides start at various different places around our area.

Notes for newcomers:  If you are not a CTC member you are welcome to join us for a few rides to find out whether they suit you.  You don’t need a special type of bike, but it does need to be comfortable for you and in good mechanical condition.  You also need clothing appropriate for any weather that might reasonably be expected, a spare inner tube and a simple tool kit (at least a couple of tyre levers and a puncture repair outfit) and some food and drink just in case you run out of steam between our regular refreshment stops.  It would be a good idea to take a look at the CTC West Surrey local group’s website if you haven’t already done so.  Note that our various “Wayfarers” rides are our easiest.  There is also useful information on the CTC website.

(The Cyclists’ Touring Club now calls itself simply “CTC” because it is not just about touring.  It also calls itself “the Cyclists’ Association” because it caters for all forms of cycling except racing, including utility cycling and most forms of leisure riding, and it acts to protect the interests of all cyclists.  Also, the “D.A.” in the logo in the top right-hand corner of this web page means “District Association”, the former name for a CTC local group.)

Start points

Start point OS 1:50000
sheet no.
& grid ref
Ash Station 186 SU900508 Station car park. No problem leaving your car here on Sundays.
Chobham War Memorial 186 SU973619 Bus shelter at jn of A319 & A3046. (It’s actually across the road from the war memorial.)  Car park nearby.
Frimley Green 186 SU887567 Bus shelter on the green.  Near jn of B3012 & B3411;  opposite Shell filling station.  Car park nearby.
Guildford, Central Library 186 SU998496 Right outside the library, towards the top of North Street.
Mytchett crossroads 186 SU890551 There’s a bench on the corner of Mytchett Road and Coleford Bridge Road.  Park in the Community Centre if
there’s nothing on, or ¼-mile away over the canal bridge at the side of Mytchett Place Road.
Normandy crossroads 186 SU927516 Bus shelter.  Car park nearby.
Pyrford Common 186 TQ029591 In the car park.
Ripley Post Office 187 TQ052567 Outside the PO, or in the bus shelter nearly opposite if the weather’s unkind.
Shalford Green 186 TQ002469 At bus stop adjacent to roundabout of A281 and A248
Woking 186 TQ005587 Meet outside Boots the Chemist, Commercial Way.  Park in Brewery Road car park or in York Road area.

Where we went in 2010

Date Start Time Coffee Lunch Remarks
19 Dec Woking 0925 - - CANCELLED -- snow and ice!
21 Nov Pyrford Common 0930 Abinger Hammer Scarlett Arms, Walliswood Leader:  Chris
31 Oct Woking (Boots) 0915 Dorking - Leaders:  Angela & David.
Sat 30 Oct Mayford Green 1000 Bird in Hand Bird in Hand CTC West Surrey Annual General Meeting at 1030, followed by lunch.
17 Oct Guildford Spectrum 1030 onwards Hurtmore Inn, Peaslake Cycle Promotions' One-day Sale.  Ride afterwards.  Tea at Capel Church. A quite cool but beautifully sunny day.
SAT 9 Oct Micheldever Station 1015 Whitchurch (The Shop Next Door) White Lion, Wherwell This ride was the one postponed from last Sunday.  Trains running, weather mild and dry (but grey), quiet roads, beautiful valleys.  Tea @ John O'Gaunt, Horsebridge.
3 Oct Micheldever Station 1000 - - RIDE POSTPONED  --  (1) heavy rain forecast all day;  (2) no trains because of engineering work;  (3) my right hip was somewhat painful from Friday evening to Saturday afternoon.
26 Sep Shalford Green 0915 Tiffins, Petworth The Foresters Arms, Graffham (excellent) Tea chez Helen & Chris
19 Sep Seale Craft Centre 1030 CTC W. Surrey  Benstead Cup Events:  Pace Judging (1) and Freewheeling (2) competitions. Organiser:  Dane Maslen.  (1) Cycle both ways round a short circuit and try to get your two times equal.  (2) See who can freewheel furthest down one of the loveliest lanes in our area.  Fun!  Events over by 1230.  Lunch at 'The Good Intent', Puttenham.  Ride into Hampshire afterwards.  Tea at the Rural Life Centre, Tilford.
12 Sep Woking 0915 Notcutts Garden Centre, Cranleigh The Cricketers, Wisborough Green Tea at Hector's, Farncombe Boat House
29 Aug Ash Station 0915 Grayshott Pottery The Foresters, Kirdford Leaders:  Angela & David
20 Aug
- 6 Sep
Tour of French alps - Grenoble, Vercors, Die, Lac du Sautet, Embrun, Col de l'Izoard, Col du Galibier, Col de l'Iseran, Cormet de Roselend, Col du Granier and the Chartreuse, Grenoble.  Good weather, virtually no rain.
15 Aug Shere Village Hall 1000,
CTC W. Surrey  Benstead Cup Event:  Audax rides:  ‘Tour of the Hills’ (115km) and ‘Tour of the Greensand Hills’ (52km). Organiser:  Don Gray.
1 Aug 27 York Road, Woking
Shalford Park, S of Guildford
Shalford Green, A281
Wiston Tea Rooms Marlipins, Shoreham August audacity!  Ride to the coast and back.  Mileage from Woking 92.
August Audacity 1
On Shoreham Beach
August Audacity 2
On Shoreham Beach
23-6 July Rhosgoch, 5mi NW of Hay-on-Wye   Welsh Festival of Cycling -
18 July Pirbright Village Hall car park 186 SU945559 0830 CTC W. Surrey  Benstead Cup Event:  75 or 100 mile reliability ride Organiser:  Mark Waters.
4 July Chobham 0915 Bird Hills Golf Centre Cedar Coffee Shop, Marlow Tea at Wren Chocolate Theatre Café, Windsor
9-25 June Tour of Brittany - St Malo, Côte d'Émeraude, Côte de Granit Rose, Monts d'Arrée, Les Abers, Brest, Presqu'Île de Crozon, Quimper, Carnac and Quiberon, Dinan, St Malo.  Good weather nearly every day.
6 June Guildford Station 0920 Darnley's, Haslemere Half Moon, Northchapel Tea at Hector's, Farncombe Boat House
30 May Micheldever Station 0900 Stockbridge The interesting Newport Inn at Braishfield 0828 train from Woking.  Perfect weather.  The Test Valley was as beautiful as ever.  Tea at Stockbridge.
16 May Woking (Boots) 0915 Notcutts Garden Centre, Cranleigh The Foresters, Kirdford Tea at Hector's, Farncombe Boat House
9 May Elstead Youth Centre 0800-
CTC W. Surrey  Benstead Cup Event:  Audax rides:  200 km ‘Stonehenge and Back’, Danebury 150 km, Elstead 100 km plus various shorter non-Audax rides. Organiser:  Mark Waters.
Fri 30 Apr -
Mon 3 May
    Dorset Weekend, based at Lulworth Cove YH. Organisers:  Derek & Anne Tanner.
25 Apr Pyrford Common or Godalming 0800-
CTC W. Surrey  Benstead Cup Event:  50 mile reliability ride Organiser:  Phil Hamilton.
11 Apr Woking (Boots) 0915 Lucky Duck, Shere Red Lyon, Slinfold  
4 Apr Normandy crossroads 0915 Hindhead NT café Dog & Pheasant, Brook Tea at Seale Craft Centre
Sat 27 -
Sun 28 Mar
Basingstoke train station 0940 Weekend trip to Salisbury, train-assisted to/from Basingstoke. Contact Chris.  0846, 0849 or 0916 train from Woking, 0903 or 0913 train from Farnborough.
Near Longparish
Near Longparish, Test Valley.
Longparish Mill
Mill House, Longparish, Test Valley.
21 Mar Frimley Green 0915 Next Door at The George, Odiham Coach and Horses, Rotherwick.  Good. Birthday tea chez Derek & Anne
20 Mar
Four Marks Village Hall, Lymington Bottom, Four Marks, GU34 5AA. 186 SU667345 1000 Phil Hampton Memorial Ride -- visit CTC North Hampshire’s website for further details. 30 or 50 scenic miles.  Contact Ron Liptrot, 10 Chawton End Close, Four Marks, ALTON GU34 5BF.  Tel 01420 563999.  prklip@btinternet.com.
14 Mar Woking (Boots) 0930 Notcutts Garden Centre, Cranleigh  ('Bricks' was closed yet again!) Wheatsheaf, Ellens Green Hector's, Farncombe Boathouse
7 Mar 4 Quarry Hill, Godalming. GU7 2NW. 186 SU959434 0930 CTC W. Surrey  Benstead Cup Event:  ‘Bicycle Icycle’ 70 scenic kms.  Organiser:  Mark Waters.
28 Feb Woking (Boots) 0930 Notcutts Garden Centre, Cranleigh TBD Ride cancelled because of weather forecast - heavy rain and gales.
21 Feb Ash Station 0930 Alice Holt Forest Visitor Centre The Hawkley Inn, Hawkley Tea at Frensham Garden Centre
7 Feb Pyrford Common 0930 Abinger Hammer tearoom Wheatsheaf, Ellens Green Tea chez Helen & Brian
31 Jan Mytchett crossroads 0930 Next Door at The George, Odiham Fur and Feathers, Southrope, near Herriard. Leaders:  Derek & Anne.  Tea at Redfields, Church Crookham.
24 Jan Woking (Boots) 0930 Farncombe Boathouse, 186 SU981445 Onslow Arms, Loxwood  
17 Jan Woking (Boots) 0915 Savill Garden Sun, Windlesham  
3 Jan Normandy crossroads 0930 Hector's, Farncombe Boathouse Half Moon, Northchapel Ice!  Main roads only, so had elevenses at Farncombe instead of Hindhead.
Fri 1 Jan Woking (Boots) 0930 Seale Craft Centre 186 SU896479 - The traditional New Year's morning meet at 1030.

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