Rides for Explorers : 12th January : Box Hill

Meet Twickenham Riverside – by Eel Pie bridge 10.30.

Our traditional post-turkey jaunt. On/off road quiet route to Box Hill then a steady climb to the viewpoint and lunch in NT Cafe at the top (as the pub we used to patronise is now a trendy wine-bar). Enjoy  a switchback descent taking us most of the way home. About 35 miles in total. Better bring lights.

Twelve of us turned up on a bright sunny but part flooded Twickenham riverside. Unfortunately the sun was gone by midday and we detoured away from  the Country Park and Ashstead Common due to the muddy surfaces. Box Hill cafe was crowded but provided welcome hot food and we enjoyed a swoop back via Headly ( 2 members swooped too rapidly and came off but without injury ) in grey but essentially dry weather.