London Ride 2015 – Saturday 27th June

Ian M, our Treasurer, will be leading this ride and writes:

All members and guests are very welcome to join us on our annual London ride on Saturday 27th June!

This year’s route is “North and South”.

Start time: 10.00 a.m.

Meeting point: Euston Station ouside Caffé Nero at the Melton Street exit from the station

Distance: 28 miles (we will pass fairly close to Euston at 11 miles into the route, if you want to make a half-day of it)

Pace: Leisurely with tourist & refreshment stops

Finish: 5.00 p.m. back at Euston Station

We will visit two cemeteries – one where old folding bicycles go to die, two premiership football grounds – one with an important Northampton Town connection, a test cricket ground, fields and parks, a Soviet tank & a Soviet war memorial, a Georgian cobbled street north of the river, Georgian almshouses south of the river and a building whose façade puts it into one of London’s top ten architectural sites. And cross two Thames bridges. And a hill climb! Themes on the ride include Marx & Engels, Exmoor & Shropshire, and folk-dancing.

Practical notes:

1. We will visit the eastern half of Highgate Cemetery (graves of Karl Marx, George Eliot, Douglas Adams, Bert Jansch among many). This is (a) half-way up a steep hill – by London standards – which is one-way only: up! and (b) now run by the Friends of Highgate Cemetery and there is a £4 admission charge. Choices:
– Climb the hill, visit the cemetery, continue up to Highgate Village to glimpse famous literary houses, and descend on the planned route
– sit out the climb in one of the cafés at the bottom for elevenses – we will return to pick you up
– climb the hill, ignore the cemetery, circle to the bottom for elevenses, or do this two or three times – you’ll have some London roadies for company
– climb the hill half-way, visit the cemetery, walk back to the bottom.

I’ll explain the choices before we set off from Euston.

2. A good train to catch from Northampton is the 0850 which arrives at Euston at 0949.

3. I’ll be at the meeting point by 9.30 a.m. to greet anyone who is travelling there by an alternative route or at an alternative time.

4. If you want to buy cheap “advance” tickets for specified trains then please specify a train which departs Euston after 1800. We should be back at Euston by 1700 but if there’s anything unforeseen … (You can always have a drink in the Bree Louise to pass the time!)

Many thanks to Iain D for accompanying me on the recce!

Any questions? Ask on this forum or phone 07960 302095 (which is also my number on the day)!

Really hoping to see you – it will be a great day out!

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