Cycle ride: Greenwich to Richmond Park (aka Fenton’s Fancy)

Where: Greenwich to Richmond Park (aka Fenton’s Fancy)
When: Saturday 17 August 2013
Meet: 10:00 @ General Wolfe statue in Greenwich Park (by the Observatory entrance)

Owing to Dog & Bell Commissar and Matriarch of Lewisham Cyclists Jane Davis’ postponement of her ever popular South London parks ride, originally scheduled for this Saturday, I have shifted my Sunday slot to Saturday. On that hopefully fine summer day I shall lead a ride that takes in two of Good Queen Brenda’s parks, being Greenwich and Richmond, and a few people’s parks for good measure. This is the world famous Fenton’s Fancy ride (Lewisham Alps variation).

From Greenwich Park we head down into Lewisham, and follow the Waterlink Way as far as Ladywell, where we turn toward Brockley, the jewel of Sarf London. Our route then takes us up and over One Tree Hill in Honor Oak, before making its way around LCN25 to Clapham Common. From Clapham we head to Battersea Park.

After Battersea Park we join the Thames Path by the Albert Bridge, and from there westwards the terrain is marked by lots of plush riverside housing developments, and the local fauna by its lack of chins. We leave the Thames Path by the London Wetland Centre, and then head south through woodland Barnes and Roehampton.

After a clockwise circuit of Richmond Park, which will involve some steady climbing and descents, and a lunch stop at the park café, we rejoin the outward track at Sawyer’s Hill. At Battersea we will then continue along the Thames Path through Vauxhall to Westminster and beyond, finally leaving the riverside at Greenwich.

The ride could if we so wish end with some well-earned liquid refreshment at the renowned Dog’s Bollox hostelry in Deptford.

For those of you unfamiliar with Richmond Park, the following video portrays an everyday scene from this wonderful space…

The ride is around 350 furlongs (70 kilometres) in length, and there are several train stations en route for those wishing to bail out. Much of the ride is on riverside paths in very good condition, and the ride is suitable for all bikes.

Bring plenty of water and snacks to keep you going through the day, puncture repair materials, a spare inner tube or two, and lights in case of poor visibility.

RSVP, but it’s OK to turn up unannounced on the day.