It was a lovely bright and sunny morning when we started our ride from Woking in Surrey, which is less than a half hour train journey from London Waterloo.
Due to engineering work on the line south of Woking we couldn’t take the original route that I planned which starts from Guildford and I had to alter the route.
I don’t know a quiet road that starts from Woking and goes south east so we had to use a B road toward the pretty village of Ripley, from Ripley we wouldn’t see many cars anymore. We cycled south on the narrow countryside roads of Surrey toward the village of Shere. East of Shere is Peaslake and we stopped here, but the only restaurant in the village was in a hotel which was too posh for us so we decided to stop in the next village.
We climbed the Surrey hills in the forest and we had great views (I took the photos from here) to the south and south east. This was also the moment that the bright sunny day changed and snow started falling. I didn’t say that the morning was warm, but at least we had blue sky. However, from now on it became even colder and from time to time snow flakes fell. After climbing the hill we descended and a driver in a Range rover objected because we didn’t give way to her in this single path road (she has got the right when climbing) and raised her hand and said something to herself behind the closed windows.
We stopped for lunch in a pub in Holmbury St Mary. On the way back north to Woking passing again through Ripley we had to climb a few more hills – nice hills.
We had a lovely day in the country and I hope that the people who rode with me enjoyed it as well.