A bike friendly place!
It is a beautiful summer day on 17th July in Ewell. I am in the UK to try & get my visas for both Gabon & Angola. I am staying at Nicci & Justin's place but they are out at children's parties today. So I am free! I get my bike out of the garage & plan a ride to Bushy Park, which is around seven miles away, close to Hampton Court.
Kingston upon Thames
This really is a lovely spot in summer.
A Grey Heron under the bridge!
Using a supermarket trolley as a fishing post!
I plan the ride to pass through as many green areas as possible & my plan works! It is a beautiful ride through Hogsmill on to Tolworth & Kingston upon Thames. Kingston is a lovely town next to the Thames. I pass through the busy Sunday market & some lovely old buildings & ride into Bushy Park.
I have not been here before & I am not disappointed. It is a lovely Royal Park with some great parkland & patches of woodland. Both Red & Fallow Deer are seen.
I ride passed the Cricket Club & ask if I can enter & get a drink. People are welcoming & I have a chat & watch the match unfold with a cold one!
The Pony Club were out in force!
The park is extremely well laid out.
Red & Fallow Deer
With a Jackdaw!
Red crested Pochard: unfortunately plastic!
There were many pairs nesting.
A young one.
I tear myself away & ride to the Pheasantry Cafe. I order burger & chips & it proves to be extraordinarily good. What a great place for lunch! I then carry on exploring the park & circumnavigate the lakes which are very pretty.
What an English Pub should look like in summer!
Oh yes, I did pop in!
I then ride back to Ewell via a slightly different route & arrive slightly sweaty & a little stiff from my 30 miles ride. First time I have been on a bike for a while! A great day though & my bike performed perfectly. I really love the gears! Magic!
The local park in Ewell.
Black - headed Gull
Rock Dove drinking in he evening.