by Bruce Lynn January 25, 2014
Eleven riders at Peckham Square for 10am start. Cloudy but dry. David remarked on my ability to find breaks in the weather for Healthy Ride Saturdays! Headed up Rye Lane and along Holly Grove, site for one of the planned “Peckham Pockets”, the Sustrans-led programme to create quiet pockets of calm close to Rye Lane (see http://pocketplacespeckham.wordpress.com). Actually, Holly Grove is not bad as it is! At this point David punctured. He decided that as we were right next to Peckham Rye Station he would just get the train home. So down to 10 riders and lost my reliable tail man.
Followed the proposed Quietway up Bellenden Rd, then through to Goose Green and up Crystal Palace Road and on to Dulwich Park. Short stop at the Café then on south and through to College Rd and Paxton Green Roundabout (still on the new Quietway route). Up Dulwich Wood Park to Kingswood Drive. There the group split with 4 riders doing the ascent to the Col de Crystal Palace and descending Fountain Drive to meet the rest of us at the east end of Kingswood Drive. Then a glorious downhill along College road and back to Dulwich Park. On to Friern Rd (another lovely downhill to make up for all the uphill on the outward leg), across Peckham Rye Park, and on to Nunhead station on LCN 25. At Nunhead tried the proposed Quietway route down Hollydale rather than the existing LCN route down Kimberley Ave. Then across to Rye Lane via Bournemouth Close (another Peckham Pocket). Finally back to Peckham Square past the friendly demo against Bedroom Tax, which we negotiated eventually, gathering some literature at the same time.
Patricia’s app claimed we had burned 550 calories. Lets have some cake, said Jane!
Route at http://goo.gl/maps/5nyZ4. Next ride Feb 8th, Canada Water.