"The West Surrey Cyclist" - October - December 1993
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What shall I write? Well having travelled around a bit, to Yorkshire and Wales I have two B&B's to mention. The first was a new venture which had shelter for cycles in a brick out-building, and although my visit was by car the owners were very friendly and said they would welcome cyclists.
Pat & Bob Lloyd, Melbourne House, Sutton - under Whitestone Cliff, Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 2PR Tel. 0845 597724
The second was due to my need for accomadation before attending a conference in Cardiff, and again I went by car. I usually find B&B's from the CTC Members Handbook, and decided to phone Mrs M E Newman, The Old Rectory, Tintern. (in Handbook see Gwent) Her single room was booked, but she was very helpful and suggested the B&B next door, where I had a very pleasant stay.
Gerry & Myrna Mark, Holmleigh, Monmouth Road, Tintern, Gwent, Wales, NP6 6SG. Tel. 0291 689521
And now for something completely different, while extracting a chain link, I used a bent piece of wire coathanger, each end hooked to bridge the link. Thus when the link was removed the chain stayed in place, and by repositioning one of the hooked ends the chain could be closed up again without being under the tension of the rear derailier.
News for those cyclists who navigate at night by the stars! The previous issue's Astronomy article registered in Ed's brain. Hence having found an interesting Equatorially plotted book of star charts, complete with magnitude tables, I thought it well worth a mention:
Star Gazer £4.45 available from Base5 Technical Graphics P.O. Box 378, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4DF.
Yes, and there's more !!! In the Forest of Dean ( if you speak Welsh, Fforest y Ddena ), the Forestry Commision have a cycle centre, and cycle trails. This is in the Cannop Valley, off the B4234 ( section between A4136 & B4226 ) OS162 609 125.
Happy cycling, Ed.
AGM 14th Nov 14.00 Pirbright Village Hall. Nomination forms for committee members are in this magazine, and should be returned to the Secretary no later than 7 days before the AGM 14th Nov 14.00 Pirbright Village Hall.
Thank you to all those members who have voluntarily given much of their time and effort working behind the scenes for us all.
STOP PRESS The National 400k organised by the West Kent DA needs half a dozen volunteers from our DA. The task is to stamp cards and sell food at the Control Point, Brockham Village Hall, July 10th 1994, late afternoon/evening. Please contact Roger Philo for details.
DECEMBER 25th HAPPY CHRISTMAS. Come and Join us for Coffee and mince pies, venue to be decided.
JAN. 1st The now traditional ride starting at Woking Market at 9.15am then to the H.E. on the Hogs Back for coffee and then to the Ram Cider House in Farncombe for lunch. Tea to be decided on the day
The Intermediates will have a "huddle" in the bus shelter at the start of the ride on SUNDAY OCT. 24th to choose a "chief" for next year. I am not standing. If you are unable to be with us on the 24th you can send your "postal" vote to me. Please then support the new person as much as you have supported me and continue to lead at least one ride every three months. It really does make the job much easier. New ideas are always welcome, however mad! We have a good group at the moment so let's build on it.
I do not wish to go on the committee during 1993/4. We desperately need more people. Perhaps YOU would like to volunteer this year? You only have to say "yes!"
I am pleased that everyone has had an opportunity to discuss the future of the clubroom, it is a pity that the last plan did not succeed, we needed another 10 - 12 people to join in the scheme.
Our thanks to everyone who has helped over the years.
KATH and KEITH.
David also has a copy of this letter, so if anyone is interested have
a chat with David.
|CLUB'S ANNUAL DINNER AT YMCA GUILDFORD
NOVEMBER 27TH - CONTACT KEITH
I found this a useful opening introduction when I attended - the SURREY SCOUT AND GUIDE ACTIVITY CAMP at Ardingley, 25th to 27th June. Unfortunately I could not start off until Saturday afternoon because of a Junior ride in the morning.
' I didn't see him is no excuse. If you don't take adequate care you could be fined, disqualified or even jailed.
A paper has been produced on 'Helmets and bicycle users'.
Improving road safety is a laudable aim for many organisations, but road safety is often a complex issue with wide-ranging implications. C-PAG argue that 'real road safety' involves making our streets safer for people of all ages choosing any form of Transport.
If anyone would like to know more on this just contact Keith.
You can obtain a copy from the 'INFORMATION CENTRE ON NEWLANDS CORNER.
It is a single A4 copy describing the different symbols used to differentiate between Bridleways, Downs Link, BOAT and Footpaths.
It is situated just inside the door.
13 members formed a committee. The first meeting took place on JULY 27th. Since then a further 3 have taken place.
Two people from this committee had a meeting with Guildford Borough Staff, it seems to have been a useful meeting. If you want to know about this group ring Roland 0483 68487.
MUCH MORE NEWS - NOT ENOUGH TIME !!
The ride started from West Clandon Village Hall at 10.30. Shorter (6 miles) and longer (15 to 20 miles) routes were planned for the morning and afternoon.
On the shorter route there were about 20 riders, including children and parents. A start was made just after 11.00 from Newlands Corner, after everyone had cycled up there or in the case of the younger riders been taken up by car. The route descended to Water Lane and on to the A248 at Albury. We turned right at the church turning into Blackheath Lane and onto bridleways until the Farley Heath road was reached. Here we turned right and down the lovely lane to Shamley Green and lunch.
The more adventurous on the longer route used the bridleways to Netley Heath then on towards White Downs. Afterwards the group descended to Abinger Hammer; this was a very rough path. They all arrived at Shamley Green at about 13.00 hours.
Everyone had a pleasant time at the Bricklayers Arms, not leaving until 15.00 hours. Originally it was thought that some riders might have preferred a short route back to Newlands Corner, so an alternative route was planned. However, the consensus was to all go back together along the disused railway track to Bramley. From there we made for Wonersh and over to Chilworth via Blackheath. The final stages around St Martha's involved some rather arduous climbing through thick sand, but we all made it and it ended up being an enjoyable day's cycling for everyone.
Thanks to Sally and Clare for organisation and to the cyclists who volunteered to help us lead the rides.
Our reward was seeing so many cyclists, some perhaps for the first time, enjoying themselves on a bike.
Kath and Keith
There may be a hostel weekend on Oct. 23rd/24th.
Junior rides start from WEST CLANDON VILLAGE HALL at 9.30.
Phone Sally 0483 503743 or Clare 0483 765578 for more details.
|15/16th||10 ladies enjoyed a weekend in the New Forest which included a visit to Exbury Gardens.|
|20/27th||Harry and Marguerite had a week cycling in Norfolk staying at Sloley for the first three days and then moving up to Cley-Next-the-Sea for the latter part of the week.|
|3rd||23 members had a good "Pub and Skittles" evening at the Surrey Cricketers at Windlesham. David and Helen Pinkess took the top two prizes with the "wooden spoons" going to Carol Taylor and Alan Blackburn.|
|8/10th||7 Mid-week Wayfarers (including Hamish Smith) had a very relaxed and enjoyable mini-tour on the Isle of Wight.|
|13th||50 (approx.) people rode the popular 'Stonehenge 200' with everyone finishing including 82 year old Bert Bartholomew.|
|23rd||The Mid-week Wayfarers went train assisted to Micheldever.|
|11th||The Intermediates' breakfast ride. We had 8 starters - including Ken Bolingbroke - and no-one was late so we were away by 5.10am!! Breakfast at the H.E. Hindhead was more than welcome. Chris Jeggo then went home while Bob, Sue, Marguerite, Ken, Carol, Geoff and Michael carried on to Rowlands Castle for coffee and Hayling Island for lunch. We all crossed on the ferry to Southsea and caught a train back from Portsmouth Harbour.|
|21st||The Mid-week Wayfarers went train assisted to Hook.|
|23rd||5 people rode along the canal towpath from Woking to Greywell while two others kept to the roads. We all met at the Fox and Goose.|
|31st-Aug. 7th||At least 10 West Surrey members went to the Birthday Rides at Tame.|
|15th||The Tour of the Hills. Many thanks to those of you who "volunteered" to marshal.|
|5th||100/75 mile reliability rides from Pirbright.|
|9th||Ladies re-union at Marion Houltons' -- 12, Harelands Close, Horsell. 0483 763816. All ladies are welcome whether or not you have been on a ladies weekend. Please let Marguerite or Marion know if you intend coming.|
|17th||Tricyclathon organised by Ken Bolingbroke. Please support him.|
|14th||A.G.M. 2PM AT PIRBRIGHT VILLAGE HALL. Tea and biscuits afterwards. Please stand or nominate someone for the committee.|
|27th||D.A. Dinner at the Y.M.C.A. in Guildford. Tickets from Keith Parfitt.|
I drove to Ilfracombe on a Thursday and spent the following day walking around the shops, riding on a bus and walking on the coastal path. It rained a little in the afternoon but nothing too serious.
On Saturday the sun shone, which it continued to do for the rest of the week, thank goodness. I was packed and ready to go as soon as breakfast was over. I had decided to carry a packed lunch to save time and money. Anyway I didn't know if I was going to pass any cafes or pubs.
As I said earlier, Bryan had been out and about in the winter months so he didn't know anything about wearing shorts, or brambles or nettles. I had only travelled about one mile and I was already stung and scratched as I found my way onto the old railway track which took me most of the way into Barnstaple. After negotiating the town's traffic I was then "off road" on the Tarka Trail for the rest of the day with one minor diversion into Great Torrington.
My first night was in a Farm House where I was the only guest so I had the lounge to myself and was able to watch England play football.
During the week I stayed in three farm houses, one private house and one hotel (not counting Combe Lodge at Ilfracombe). I caught two passenger ferries, cycled on the newly completed Plym Valley Cycle Way and had two lorries reversing back up a hill to let me cycle past. The cycling in places was tough and twice I had to phone my B&B to say that I would be late. I'd spent far too much time visiting churches, castles and gardens etc. I also took a lot of photographs and stopped on numerous occasions to "test out" various cafes.
On the last day I was feeling very pleased with myself. I'd cycled from the most northerly to the most southerly resort in Devon and back; I'd been over Dartmoor and Exmoor; I'd almost done the 260 miles; I'd proved that "Cycle Devon" was possible. I felt that a little celebration was in order so I headed for the best cream tea place in Devon which I'd found last year and it's only about six miles from Ilfracombe. I sat outside in brilliant sunshine for an hour and a half and leisurely ate my cream tea - bliss!
Bryan had booked all the accommodation and everything was paid for in advance. He also supplied me with his excellent route sheets so all I had to do was cycle. It was a lovely feeling going in and out of all the B&Bs without paying. The wild flowers in the hedgerows were superb - I couldn't get over the number of foxgloves I saw and took several pictures of them. Some farmers were cutting their hay and the smell reminded me of my childhood when I used to go to Yorkshire and help my uncle in the hay fields. I had a wonderful week.
If you're interested in "Cycle Devon" I can show you the route sheets and some photographs. Bryan might also be able to offer you a week with a 'sag wagon'. Maybe some one would like to get a group together ........ You will find Bryans' advert in the magazine.
Marguerite June '93
It's 12.15pm now and I've changed trains and am well on my way to Penzance. There are about six bikes on the train but I've only seen one other cyclist. Maybe we shall say "hello" when we collect our bikes at the end of the line.
I've cycled to the hostel at St. Just and met all the others - 22 in all.
I've cycled down to Lands End, a distance of about 5 miles, took several photos and off we went at 9.30am. We used minor roads (nearly) all the way and visited Mousehole, Penzance, St. Michael's Mount and Goldsithey where we found our wonderful "sag wagon" distributing coffee and fruit cake. Then on to the King Harry ferry to cross the river Fal before reaching Boswinger Hostel. 55.5 miles.
Felt like giving up today but Harry wouldn't let me...I wonder why?
Has he a young lady in? or is his bike in the kitchen?
A hilly ride today with two ferries to cross. I spent the afternoon on my own 'sightseeing' and taking photos thoroughly enjoying myself. I arrived at Plymouth Y.H. and immediately disliked it! It is far too big, noisy and pennypinching. 46.44 miles.
Lovely feeling of escaping this morning as we headed for Exeter. I spent the afternoon on my own (again!) as we crossed Dartmoor in the sunshine. It was a superb ride into Exeter. The youth hostel is fairly large but it has been totally refurbished and is spacious - in the ladies room anyway - welcoming, and we were offered more good food than we could manage. 53.18 miles.
Felt good this morning so spent the day with Brian (our Leader) and the "hardriders". I had a really good ride to Street Hostel which is a lovely,
fairly small hostel with a very friendly feel to it. It's a 'do it yourself' place so it will be cereal and boiled eggs for brekky and a trip to the Pizza
place tonight. 58.88 miles
Left Street this morning at about 9.20am and arrived at St. Briavels dead on 7 o'clock!
We had ridden up the Cheddar Gorge before crossing the Avon Bridge and the Seven bridge. Hamish and Gillian were at the Seven Bridge Service station between 1 and 2pm but we didn't arrive until about 3.50pm! St. Briavels Hostel is in an old castle and the ladies are sleeping in the chapel. 75.10 miles.
DAY 6 - and aching knees!
A toughie today so I chose to ride alone. I only had a lunch stop and arrived at Bridges Y.H. at about 5.50pm, 15 minutes before Brian and his group of five - all men! !
We reckon that we are about one third of the way and only have 13 days left. 79.38 miles.
An easy day today - almost flat the whole way apart from a 'black arrow' first thing this morning. I'm spending tonight with my brother and his wife - they have a washing machine! Three others have gone away tonight while everyone else is at Chester Y.H. 56.33 miles.
My brother returned me to Chester Y.H. just in time to leave with the others. We negotiated the centre of Manchester without too much difficulty and are now encamped at Mankinholes Y.H. 63.54 miles.
Up on the Yorkshire moors today which were superb in the sunshine. I managed to visit relations in Burnley en route to Gargrave before coming to my Mothers flat, in Grassington, for the night. She, unfortunately, is in Germany. The others are at Malham Y.H. 41.63 miles.
I left Grassington early and went to Buckden for coffee - at 9.30am - and on to Hawes for lunch before climbing over Buttertubs to Kirkby Stephen where we are tonight. The hostel is in a converted chapel and is very comfortable with excellent food. 41.57 miles.
An easy day today with coffee in Appleby after about ten miles. Then on to our last hostel in England at Carlisle (a bit of a dump - no wonder it's up for sale). Tomorrow we cross the border into Scotland. 45.9 miles.
Entered Scotland today with a photo session. Now climbed to the highest village in Scotland - Wanlockhead, about 1513ft. 68.83 miles.
Away by 8.15am - ¼ hour after the main group - and a real 68 mile 'burn up' down the A76 to catch the 3.15pm ferry to Arran. Everyone made it looking varying degrees of 'totally bushed'. After an hour on the ferry and a beautiful ride of about 14 miles we arrived at the Y.H. at Lochranza, a good self catering hostel. 71.78 miles.
An early start to catch the 8.30am ferry to Claonaig, back on the mainland, and then another hard ride to the hostel in Oban. 63.49 miles.
Today it was quite cold with a head wind. I just want to get from hostel to hostel by the shortest route possible so kept mostly to main roads with one or two minor, scenic diversons. Spent the night at South Laggan Hostel which is at the north end of Loch Lochy. A fairly large self catering hostel with plenty of Germans and Italians. 68.12 miles.
I left the hostel at 10.30am as it was raining and we had only a short ride. I came through Fort William and rode beside Loch Ness and visited Urquart Castle before coming up to the hostel at Cannich. Getting quite excited about finishing now. Due there in 3 days time. 42.18 miles
Had a really good ride today bombing along at 16mph to coffee - then a little slower for the rest of the day but still arriving at Carbisdale Castle Y.H. at about 3.30pm. This hostel is a 'real' castle that was left to the Scottish Y.H.A.. It is open all day and worth a visit even if you don't wish to stay there! 48.74 miles.
Had a lovely ride through heather-clad hills; some drizzle but nothing too serious. Tonight is at Helmsdale Y.H. which is a SYHA grade 4 hostel so it is very basic, yet adequate. Tomorrow is THE day. 59.78 miles.
The last day and I don't want to arrive!
I chose the long route so as to delay my arrival and cycled along some wonderfully remote roads with so little traffic and heather-clad mountains on either side. I visited Dunnet Head, which is the most northerly point in Scotland - and the most out of the way!
I arrived at John O'Groats at 3.40pm having done 82.51 miles and was most surprised to discover that I was the first one there! We'd had a choice of three routes of varying lengths - mine being the longest. I had my photo. taken under the signpost showing my total mileage for the 19 days cycling, of 1121.62 miles.
We all had dinner in the John O'Groats Hotel and then returned, by minibus, to the JoG Hostel at Canisbay - about three miles.
The whole trip had been well worth the effort. I really enjoyed most of the cycling and just managed to tolerate the hostels. I was with a lovely group of people with ages ranging from 23 to 68 years, and with bicycles ranging from well used top tourers to 'shoppers' one of which had a basket on the front with the handbag in the basket! Everyone, except one gentleman, finished and thanks go to Brian Wood for organising the tour which brought us all together.
I shall certainly consider another moving on tour - especially one which has a support vehicle that not only carries the luggage but also keeps turning up with coffee, tea, fruit cake and bananas!
|Smiley faces are graded from 1 to 5, 1 being OK, 5 being excellent. Food and service have been taken into account with the chaps assessing the waitresses and the ladies, the barmen. Pubs very low on the list have been given a|
|5 Brook - The Dog and Pheasant
5 Walliswood - The Scarlet Arms
5 Petworth - The Star
5 Thursley - The Three Horseshoes
5 Whitchurch - The Crown
5 Lasham - The Royal Oak
5 Hazeley - Shoulder of Mutton
4 Arford - The Crown
2 Shamley Green - Bricklayers Arms (can be smokey)
2 Chiddingfold - The Swan (but expensive)
1 Bentworth - The Star (H.R. suggest The Sun)
Pitch Hill- The Windmill (not welcome, very expensive)
Lickfold - Lickfold Inn (called "those wretched cyclists")
If other Groups have Pubs that they would like to reccommend, or otherwise, please let me know and I will include them in the next magazine.
Marguerite 26th July 1993
Commuter or town bike
|Chertsey Meads Centre,
Addlestone, KT15 2EP.
Tel. 0932 560488.
Commencing 27-9-93 for 8 weeks
Commencing 10-1-94 for 8 weeks
Fees £34.40p, £27.52p, £8.60p.
|Tutor: Roy Banks
Repairs on the road.
Maintenance and repairs at home.
Bigger jobs and overhaul.
Keep the family's bicycles on the road.
The course includes:-
The tools and spares needed for roadside repairs and how to use them.
Routine maintenance and adjustments at home - tools needed and know-how.
Tackling bigger jobs and overhaul.
Some of you will be more knowledgeable than others, but this can be accommodated. All you need the first week is information about the type of bicycle you own.
The CTC is particularly concerned to protect Britain's unique network of country lanes so that we have lanes fit to cycle on. However, in order to protect something you first have to identify it. While cycling have you ever considered how you would define a country lane?
Characteristics include the lane's surface, location and route; the architecture of the buildings it serves; and the type and volume of traffic that uses it. Less obvious things include viewpoints, sounds and maybe even smells.
Damage to our lanes often occurs insidiously rather than dramatically. What can we do to protect our well-loved cycle routes?
|CYCLE THROUGH BEAUTIFUL DEVON COUNTRYSIDE|
|*||Suitable for Club Cyclists and Experienced Cyclists. Ideal for club outings, ASK ABOUT a supported tour of the route (luggage carried etc.)|
|*||A marvellous 1 week (or longer if you wish) Holiday|
|*||AS INAUGURATED by MARGUERITE STATHAM in June 1993, with her recommendations for cream-tea stops, toilets, etc.|
|*||The Book Including the Route is included in the Holiday OR can be purchased for £15.95 inc. P&P (G.B.) or £18.95 inc. P&P (Europe), from Combe Lodge Hotel, Chambercombe Park, Ilfracombe. Devon EX34 9QW|
|*||The Cost of the Holiday will vary, depending on the Time of Year, Number in Party, Duration of Holiday. QUOTES GIVEN ON REQUEST|
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