Upcoming cycle rides over the next few weeks

As well as a huge and varied programme of walks, we have quite a few day cycle rides coming up over the next few weeks.  These cycle rides are easily accessible by public transport from London and great for beginners.   We usually have lunch in a nice pub and either morning or afternoon tea if there is a suitable cafe.

Friday 21st April:  Cycle ride: Old forts, haunted Marshes and the lost Hoo peninsular 34 miles

Sunday 23rd April:  Essex cycling to the sea - actually the Blackwater Estuary 30 miles. 

Saturday 29th April:  Cycle ride: Cycle ride: Coast, Marshes, Medway & Downs (+ Forts)  24 miles Easy

Bank Holiday Monday (1st May): Easy Cycle ride: Ingrebourne valley, Hornchurch country park, Rainham Marshes and Aveley Marshes 15 to 20 miles

Thursday 4th May: Cycle Mostly downhill from Woldingham to the Thames 20 miles Easy 22 miles

Saturday 6th May:  Uxbridge to Windsor 25 mile circular

Sunday May 21st: North Kent Marshes and Coast 27 miles 

Thursday 23th May:  Two Thames forts and haunted village cycle ride 20 miles


Thursday 1st June: Three Rivers Cycle Ride 30 miles Easy

Saturday 3rd June:  Essex lanes and Flitchway 25 miles Easy



Full details of these rides can be found in What's On.  

Some photos from past cycle rides near London can be found here and here.


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Cycling on Lost railways

Cycling through the woods

Cycle routes with unusual sculptures

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Places available on the Llanwrtyd Wells trip, Spring bank holiday weekend, 3nights (28th to 31st May)

Due to a couple of late cancellations, a couple of places have become available on this trip.

Total cost for accommodation, breakfasts and packed lunches (3 nights): £42 plus you would need to join CLOG: £15 (annual fee) if you are not already a member.  If you join CLOG you can also book on future trips - we have around 20 weekend and longer trips away each year   - and come on unlimited numbers of our day walks and cycle rides.  For more information about CLOG see our website.

If you are interested in a place on this trip, email me and I will let you know where or not these places are still available and if they are how to book.  

Llanwrtyd Wells - Mid Wales Spring Bank Holiday weekend 
 CLOG's Spring weekend away will be over the first May Bank Holiday weekend.
We're staying at Stonecroft Lodge in Llanwrtyd Wells, mid Wales.

Arriving Friday 28th April and departing Monday 1st May, we have 3 nights' sole use of the  hostel.
We'll be self-catering breakfasts and packed lunches as usual, and eating out at local pubs in the evenings.We are next door to the Stonecroft Inn, and this "smallest town in Britain" has a selection of pubs and shops including the Neuadd Arms Hotel with its own Heart of Wales Brewery.
There are  25 places on the trip. 

What does this area of mid Wales have to offer ?
Well you could try an eight-mile run, two lengths of a60-yard peat bog trench and a 12-mile mountain bike ride. Yes, this is the home of the World Bog Snorkelling Championships, red kites and prolific breweries, surrounded by landscapes made for walking and cycling.
Llanwrtyd Wells straddles the River Irfon, an upper tributary of the River Wye, and lies at the heart of one of the largest remaining great wilderness areas in Great Britain, gateway to the Cambrian Region and positioned slap in the centre of Wales, making it the perfect base for our weekend.

A landscape of forests, mountains and  hidden valleys with circular walks from the hostel, using the Heart of Wales line to nearby stops or cars. 
Bike hire is available locally - it's on a sustrans route and there's a wealth of mountain bike trails in the area. Also you can explore the area on horseback with short or day long treks available. If you book on the trip, let me know if you're interested in either of these options.

Transport
LLanwrtyd Wells station is just 7 mins walk from the hostel.There are two possible routes if coming by train, though there don't seem to be a great number of trains available on each route.
1) Trains from Paddington to Swansea, then changing onto the Heart of Wales Line, which runs between Swansea and Shrewsbury.
2)Trains from Euston to Crewe, then changing onto the Heart of Wales Line,  down to LLanwrtyd Wells.
Advance fares have jcome available though don't seem to be any cheaper than the current super off peak returns at £82.
There will be the usual car sharing options though lifts can't be guaranteed as it'll be dependent on any drivers who book on the trip. Once drivers have booked on the trip it’s helpful if they can then let the group know if they can offer lifts and when they might be leaving London.

Cost
The cost will be £42.00 which covers 3 nights' accommodation, bedding (but bring your own towel), self-catered breakfasts and packed lunches plus CLOG membership fee £15 if you are not already a member.

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Time for a Walk – Evening Walks for 2017

As British Summer Time approaches, it’s about time to spend some summer evenings outside.

In these brief histories of time, we will cross London in search of ways to track the passing of the days. So unwind, and spend a little time with Clog. These are walks when you won’t need to ask what the time is, because we will pass the time every now and then. Though I don’t guarantee either that all the clocks will be working or that there will be sun enough for sundials.

So expect sundials, clocks of all shapes and sizes, bells, and even a street where the night watchman used to tell the time on the hour. We will pass the randiest clock in Soho, follow a unique trail of 11 sundials, find where bells were made until this year, see Winston Churchill’s face in mid-clock, find the watchmaking district of London, and go to the home of time itself to discover why time is mean.

Some clocks do more than display the hours and minutes. The walks will be timed to take advantage. So expect bells that ring tunes, a couple of giants striking the quarter hours, and Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason doing their hourly exercise. Of course we will have to arrive on time to catch these moments.

The walks will normally begin between 6 o’clock and 7 o’clock, after the walk we may stay for a drink until a pub landlord calls ‘Time Please’.

More details for each walk, including meeting times and places, will come out a few weeks ahead of the walk, by email and on the calendar.



Dave



Provisional Timetable – dates and routes may well change:



The Times they are a-changing – newspapers over time – East from Temple Wed 5 April

Telling the time by bells and stars - Stepney Green to Liverpool St Tue 25 April

South London’s Sundial Trail – Forest Hill to Dulwich May

Time for a little luxury – Westminster to Marble Arch May

Clocks in the City – St Pauls to Tower Hill June

Station clocks and Railway time – Kings Cross area June

The home of time – Blackheath to Greenwich July

The clock and watch industry – Chancery Lane to Farringdon July

A riverside sundial sunset stroll – Richmond to Twickenham August

Imaginative timepieces – Oxford Circus to Temple August


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