FINAL CALL Cycle Weekend 2019 HUNTINGDON 31 May- 2 June

We now have 20 people signed up for the weekend. We need to make some bookings for evening meals etc so final numbers are needed. Those who have already told me they are coming have received a separate email asking about their plans.

But anyone who is still thinking of coming, and has not been in touch, please let me know as soon as possible if you want to come, and by 23 May at the latest please.

For details see the last newsletter on the website.

alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

 

RIDE REMINDER Sunday 19th May: Garden Visit – Manor House, Ayot St Lawrence

One for garden lovers – a chance to visit a spectacular garden that is open for the NGS:

https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/22685/

It is a 6-acre garden set around an Elizabethan Manor House, once owned by Sir William Parr, brother of Catherine Parr, last Queen of Henry VIII.

There is a £5 charge to visit – all in aid of charity.  Shortish ride through very pretty countryside, some off-road tracks through woods – 7 miles each way to and from WGC station. Early pub lunch before visiting the garden.

Meet: outside Welwyn Garden Station (near McDonalds) – ready to leave at 11am.           Ride leader: Alison Ewington  01707 376282 alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

Take the train to WGC, cycle from Barnet – or use ‘other methods’….

Train times – take the earlier train if you would like a coffee before leaving:

Finsbury Park            09:42              10.12

Alexandra Palace      09:49              10.19

New Southgate          09:52              10:22

Oakleigh Park            09:56              10:26

New Barnet                09:58              10:28

Arrive WGC                10.19              10.49

Check train times closer to the date in case of disruption

For all rides:

Please remember to bring a spare inner tube in case you have a puncture and some basic tools that fit your bike.

Any questions about rides please contact alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

RIDE REMINDER: Tuesday 7th May

Tuesday 7thMay

Evening Ride: Hampstead

Malcolm is leading southwards across Hampstead Heath. There will be a stop for a meal at The Fish Café, 71 Hampstead High St.

LIGHTS ARE A MUST FOR THIS RIDE.
Meet: 7.00pm Tally Ho, North Finchley N12 or 7.15pm at East Finchley Library.

Ride Leader: Malcolm Nightingale  0208 449 3253

Volunteer – Prudential RideLondon FREECYCLE

Saturday 3rd August – Prudential RideLondon FREECYCLE There will be led ride from Tally Ho into central London for the Freecycle event where a circuit in the centre of town will be closed to cars for the day. We need volunteers who are Barnet Cyclists to either lead the ride – or act as marshalls.

If you can help as a marshall (training can be given) please contact Charles Jennings on info@barnetlcc.org.

RIDE REMINDER

Benington Lordship – Sunday 21st April

NB AMENDED TRAIN INFORMATION + RIDE FROM BARNET

 A train assisted ride from Welwyn Garden City. We will be cycling through quiet country lanes to Benington Lordship gardens near Stevenage (£5 entrance fee). Lunch will be at The Bell in Benington which specialises in Caribbean food (see link for menu below). Refreshments are also available in the church for those that prefer. There will be the option of tea after our visit, either in Benington or near WGC station;.

Meet point outside Welwyn Garden City station – please be ready to leave promptly by 10.45am.

For those that want to ride up from Barnet, Talia will be leaving 9.15am at the Spires outside Waitrose.

https://www.thebellinbenington.co.uk/

http://beningtonlordship.co.uk/

Trains are as follows: 

Kings Cross               09:19
Important Note: connection to Finsbury Park is via tube only

Finsbury Park             09:40

Harringay                    09:43

Hornsey                      09:45

Alexandra Palace        09:47

New Southgate            09:51

Oakleigh Park             09:54

New Barnet                 09:56

Hadley Wood              10:00

Potters Bar                  10:03

Ride Leader: Talia Ross – 07816 767 212 / talia.ross2012@gmail.com

Sunday 21st April (Easter Day) Benington Lordship

A train assisted ride from Welwyn Garden City. We will be cycling through quiet country lanes to Benington Lordship gardens near Stevenage (£5 entrance fee). Lunch will be at The Bell in Benington which specialises in Caribbean food (see link for menu below). Refreshments are also available in the church for those that prefer. There will be the option of tea after our visit, either in Benington or near WGC station.

Meet: outside Welwyn Garden City station – please be ready to leave promptly by 10.45am.

https://www.thebellinbenington.co.uk/

http://beningtonlordship.co.uk/

Trains are as follows:

Kings Cross               09:19

Finsbury Park            09:40

Harringay                   09:43

Hornsey                     09:45

Alexandra Palace      09:47

New Southgate          09:51

Oakleigh Park            09:54

New Barnet               09:56

Hadley Wood            10:00

Potters Bar               10:03

Ride Leader: Talia Ross – 07816 767 212 / talia.ross2012@gmail.com 

EXTRA RIDE: Sunday 31st March – To Hertford

Celebrate the leap forward into spring (remember the clocks go forward this weekend) with an extra ride in the programme. The pace won’t be super-fast but it will be reasonable and there will be hills (so not one for beginners). Back in Barnet early afternoon.

Meet: 9.30am outside Waitrose, The Spires, Barnet – Stapylton Road entrance, by the bandstand

Ride leader: Ray Thorn

Sunday 17th March: Sunday ride: ‘Padders’ for lunch

This month Malcolm will take us into London using back streets and canal towpaths. Coffee stop in the morning – exact venue will depend on the conditions on the day. Always an adventure with Malcolm. Then onwards into the Paddington basin for lunch at one of the many eateries. Again, depending on the weather, there may be an afternoon visit to something interesting.  Then the group will wiggle its way back towards King’s Cross where there should be the option of catching a train if you wish, or else cycle back to Barnet.

Meet:   10am Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley N12

Ride leader: Malcolm Nightingale   0208 449 3253/07538 402147

Cycle Weekend 2019: HUNTINGDON 31 May- 2 June

We are starting to plan a cycling weekend based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. For those that are free on the Friday, we will meet at around lunchtime in Huntingdon for an afternoon ride. We will have all-day rides on the Saturday and Sunday into the local countryside. One ride will feature the nearby Grafham Water. You can come for any, or all, of the days. As in recent years, you are responsible for finding and booking your own accommodation. Huntingdon has a reasonable number of hotels and B&Bs at a range of prices. Booking early can mean lower prices for some hotels. There are a few suggestions below.  To register your interest, and to be kept in touch about the programme, please email alison.ewington@ntlworld.com

There are a number of hotels and B&Bs in and around Huntingdon. This is just a sample:

Marriott Hotel 4*

Holiday Inn 3* (By the racecourse, 2.5 miles west of railway station)

Premier Inn (4.2 miles west of town centre. Located on busy roundabout at junction of A1 and A14. Not recommended for cycling into the town centre – only for those who would use a car to take your bike into town centre for the start of rides)

Sandford House Hotel (Wetherspoon) town centre