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Almost Box Hill

I rose early this morning and headed out on a casual ride to Box Hill before work.  My intention had been to ride from Kingston through New Malden and Epsom, along  Headley Road at the foot of Box Hill, up the Zigzag, down the other side to Headley and then home again via Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher.  However, travelling on some unfamiliar roads without a GPS on my handlebars, I quickly made a lot of wrong turns and had to spend quite a bit of time doubling back and stopping to check the map on my phone.  This cost me so much time that once I’d reached the bottom of Zigzag Road, I couldn’t even enjoy climbing it as there was no way I’d make it to work on time if I did.  I also had to cut short the return, opting for the A243 from Leatherhead through Chessington and Surbiton rather than the marginally nicer and slightly longer A244 and A307 via Esher.

Nevermind.  I now know a few more roads and intersections so I will be able to fit more in next time!  Here’s the route I took (about 50 km):

It was quite a lot colder at 6 am than I had anticipated, about 3 degrees celcius, so I wore long finger gloves and a thermal skull cap.  It was nice and dry though, with a light southerly.  In fact, the southerly might have been a bit stronger than I had thought, as I felt quite a lot faster on the northbound return.

A friend from the Cheam and Morden CTC once told me that for the last fifty years Headley Road has often been referred to by cyclists as ‘Little Switzerland’.  “I shan’t describe this road,” he told me, “not because I think this would reduce the pleasure of riding it, but because I couldn’t do it justice.”  It is delightful.

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