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Maison du Velo, Reigate. Anticlockwise with hills

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This 57 mile ride takes you to coffee in Reigate. Climb up Crocknorth and along Ranmore Common. Descend to Dorking and a punchy climb up Punchbowl Lane! Flat to Coffee (a flat white maybe!) at Maison du Velo (see cafe review) then once re-fueled some more ups and downs to Merstham and Walton on the […]

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Maison du Velo coffee and bike shop Reigate

Maison du Velo is a recent discovery of Andy “Womble”. He has made repeat visits not only due to the cake but, no doubt, to the “bike porn” on display! Situated in Reigate, Surrey it is a fairly flat ride that can include some hills to taste! Google map link

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How to install detailed maps on an older Garmin – for (almost) free!

Maximise the functionality of your Garmin for navigation This applies to the Garmin Edge 520/705/800/810 GPS devices I recently helped out one Dittons Velo rider to install a map on her Garmin 810 before a trip to Mallorca. Whilst there, she intended to explore unknown countryside and hills. On her return she loaded a UK […]

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DV winter loop

This is the route for the DV winter chain gang. Flat, fast 20 miles average speed over 21mph! See Facebook page for possible groups and times.

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DV summer loop old version

This was the mid-week summer loop route out via Plough Lane to Shere (hell) Road. Fast descent into Cobham and the “bumps” into Esher! New version created July 2020 due to this route crossing the green.

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Velolife is a cafe for cyclists! For many years I’ve cycled along a quiet Warren Row Road on my way back from Henley then in 2012 this cafe sprung up. The menu is limited but great if you just want coffee and cake! It can get very busy mid morning. Recently Clashcity and I popped […]

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Strawberry Fields Tea Room near Horsham

Horsham is a long way on a bike. Cake is required! Strawberry Fields Tea Room is near to the Faygate roundabout on the A264. A little off the beaten track but worth it. Nice coffee and cakes. A typical farm and craft shop with ample space for bikes and cars. I had a chance to […]

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Bay Tree Bakery – Petworth

Tucked away near the Guilt Lingerie shop (where, it seems, you pay more for less material!!) is a small bakery with chairs and tables outside. The coffee is good and some of the cakes are unusual! I discovered this cafe after the Coco cafe disappointed. Very friendly staff. Brett dreaming of the lingerie! Google Maps […]

Christmas Common via Velolife (revised)

A long flat route out to Marlow via Eton then climb up the Chiltern Hills to Christmas Common where you will find the Fox and Hounds pub. Then it’s fast downhill to Henley before climbing Remenham Hill! Reward yourself with cake at Velolife ready for the last 30miles. Route has been revised July 2020 – […]

Classic Henley route

This is the classic 70 mile route to Henley. The usual half distance coffee stop is the Chocolate Cafe (over the bridge and turn left). The return leg includes the climb up Remenham Hill before turning right to Warren Row where you can refuel at Velolife Cafe (39 miles). The route stays off the main […]