*****Ride and report by Tish and Andy We were a bit nervous as it was our first time setting out a club ride. The numbers went up to 19 and I was worried I might have to bake another cake! Finally we left Tattenham Rec at 10.15 in the dry. Heading past the racecourse and weaving through the back of Tadworth towards Headley, we gradually lost height, arriving at Rykers café below Box Hill for coffee. Brian and Helen caught up with us after their puncture and we set off over Ranmore Common in steady rain. A slightly more direct route from Effingham Junction and we made it to The Cricketers at Downside Common a little after 12.30pm. It was lovely and warm in the Stables bar where we all crammed in, managing to get our wet gloves on a hot radiator. I had the chicken and leek pie which was delicious and everyone seemed to enjoy their food.

We were just ready to leave the car park when Russell and Rachel discovered a puncture. A speedy repair and we were off again. A lovely, quiet track through the trees, across Bookham Common brought us to Bookham. Crossing the main road and heading back to Westhumble, we completed our broad circumnavigation of the Polesden Lacey NT estate. Ahead loomed Box Hill. We climbed the well graded zig-zag road and had our first and only rays of sunshine. The trees glistened silver and the last few golden leaves shone brightly. The view was great from the top as we sped back to Headley Heath. Round the racecourse and the long drag up from Langley Vale, the thought of tea and cake back home at Tattenham Way spurred us on. Damp socks draped round the woodburner, we chatted and planned next years rides. We’d thoroughly enjoyed ourselves on the 32 miles but were left wondering, who does that mystery sock belong to?

At the start - Photo by Dave

Sheltering at Ryka's - Photo by Dave

Ready to leave Ryka's after morning coffee/tea - Photo by Dave

Something is missing! - Photo by Dave

Regrouping at Box Hill - Photo by Dave

101114 SS Banstead - The route we took. If you wish to download right click on the link and choose "Save Target As..."

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