Cycle ride: Thames Path blackberry harvest, 31 August 2013

Where: Thames Path blackberry harvest
When: Saturday 31 August 2013
Meet: 10:00 @ Cutty Sark Gardens, SE10 9LW

I realise that Anthony Austin of Greenwich Cyclists organised led a blackberry picking ride along the Thames Path on Sunday last, but the berry season is short, and you can never have enough of the things in your freezer for the year ahead. I therefore propose that my Dog & Bell Crew ride scheduled for this coming Saturday be for the purpose of blackberry picking.

We ride eastwards along the Thames Path from Cutty Sark Gardens in Greenwich, past Woolwich and on to Erith. The best of the brambles along this stretch of the path are to be found just to the west of Erith. After a packed lunch break on Erith pier we then follow the road through Belvedere, and make a detour through Lesnes Abbey Woods, emerging onto the Woolwich Road after a short walk along a rough path through the forest. From there it’s on through Bostall Heath and Woods, down into Plumstead, on to Woolwich via the back roads, and then up past Woolwich Common to Shooters Hill.

The ride will end with a descent from Shooters Hill to Blackheath, and a pootle through Greenwich Park back to Cutty Sark Gardens. We could finally move onto a pub such as the Pelton Arms for some liquid refreshment. The blackberry pie and smoothy making can wait for another day.

The total ride distance will be around 45 kilometres (225 furlongs) in length. Bring food, water, tools, 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.