Lock Down Rides - 2020
Whilst we all grapple with the Coronavirus pandemic The Fridays is unable to run any large group rides. Instead, we have instigated a series of smaller rides compliant with government policy on gatherings and social distancing. There are a variety of rides - daytime (weekends mostly), evening, and night time. The rides vary in type, distance and difficulty. But all will be consistent with The Fridays philosophy of being accessible to all.
We're adding these rides a few at a time until we are able to hold large group rides again. Details of each ride will be posted here so keep checking back for updates and new rides.
Until government policy changes there are a maximum of five spaces on each ride, plus the ride leader. These spaces are allocated strictly on a first come, first served basis. When all spaces have been taken, we will start a reserve/waiting list. Registration is in the usual way. After you have completed the registration form you will be notified by the ride leader whether you have secured a place, or whether you are on the waiting list. Please wait for this confirmation before making any arrangements, such as booking train tickets.
Please contact us if you have any questions about any of the rides.
So far we've ridden overnight to Kings Lynn, Brighton, Ashford, Whitstable, and the Chilterns. We've done tours of London tracking down topiary, talking statues, some of London's best views and iconic locations. And we've had day time and evening rides along the Thames, around Kent, the Fens, Essex, Hertfordshire and the Chilterns. We've even gone off-road!
Upcoming rides are:
8 November, day time - Grayson Perry's Essex
Ride leader: Jenny
Visiting Grayson Perry's A House For Essex, along country lanes winding from Manningtree, Wivenhoe, Great Baxted and Witham. About 45 miles. More information on train times from London will be provided nearer the date, buying a return ticket to Manningtree will be the cheapest.
UPDATE: Due to injury, this ride has been cancelled.
15 November, day time - Sunday London Ride: Street Furniture (first running)
22 November, day time - Sunday London Ride: Street Furniture (second running)
Ride leader: Ross
A gentle tour around town to explore some of London's more interesting and unusual street furniture. With a little bit of history thrown in. Think bollards, lamp posts, cannons and the like. And pineapples (yes, pineapples). You'll see some things you may well have passed by many times, but never noticed. Social pace, quiet roads, although it's not always possible to avoid traffic altogether in central London, even on a Sunday morning. Around 18 miles, starting from Hyde Park at 10.00am and ending at a cafe in Bloomsbury at around 1.30pm, give or take.
Please note, in the event of biblical weather, this ride will be cancelled.
NOTE: This ride is now full on both dates, all new registrations will go on the waiting list.
22 November, day time - Herons and Hills
Ride leader: Tim
Departing from Rochester Station at 10.15 am. A ride from Rochester out to the Isle of Grain on the delightful Heron Trail with its quiet lanes and magnificent views over the Medway and Thames Estuaries. The second half of the ride heads up into the more hilly North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We will go through picturesque villages such as Shorne, Cobham and Luddesdown and we will stop at a country park for refreshments, before heading back to Rochester. Note - if travelling from London you will have to use the service from Victoria due to engineering on the High Speed line. Cheap advance tickets are available.
29 November, day time - The Fridays Ride Out Of Dartford.
Ride leader: Ross
A ride of 40 miles or so taking in some of Kent’s prettiest lanes. From Dartford we’ll climb gently to the edge of the London basin before plunging down the outrageous Vigo Hill on our way to lunch in the pretty little village of Offham. Offham has one of the last, possibly the last, Quintain posts in the country taking pride of place on its village green. Suitably refreshed we’ll pass through the chocolate box village of Ightham before climbing the legendary Exedown Hill. Our reward for conquering the beast is the sublime descent of Knatts Valley before the final few miles back to Dartford. 10.00am start, back at Dartford by 4.00pm.
13 December, day time - The Tiny Sunday London Ride
Ride leader: Ross
A gentle bimble around London, with regular stops to look at some of London's smallest things. Some you'll be familiar with, others perhaps not. Probably around 20 miles all told. Start from Hyde Park mid-morning, ending up in Clerkenwell for refreshments around 2pm. Definitely not fast. Hopefully interesting.
UPDATE: We're likely to be running two groups for this ride. One clockwise and one anti-clockwise.