Leader Tony C. Six Wheelers met at Kings Cross station and after a short ride to the Overground line took a train to Richmond-upon-Thames. There we stopped for elevenses in the sunshine at a café beside the Thames.

Refreshed we set off down the Thames following the north bank as closely as possible. There were idyllic views of Isleworth ‘village’ nestling behind the mudbanks of the Thames at low tide. At Brentford we crossed Thames Lock, the entry point of the Grand Union Canal into the Thames, and then meandered round the nearby boatyards where several boats were under repair. Onwards past the lovely riverside houses of Chiswick to a feast of a lunch at an ancient Hammersmith pub.

On the way to Putney Bridge we had to skirt the attractive Fulham Football club ground on Stevenage Road, ride through the busy Bishops Park and admired a mosaic celebrating the oldest sporting event (?), the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race. We then passed Chelsea Harbour and Hospital, the lovely Albert Bridge, one of some 25 encountered along the river, Battersea Power Station, Tate Modern, St Pauls and Bilingsgate Market before arriving at the Tower. All the time the skyline became fuller with the well known office towers of London.

Our route then took us round St Katherines Dock, where we admired a collection of ancient ships taking part in a festival, and then through the area of the London Docks. We passed Tobacco Dock and went round Shadwell Basin before a farewell ride alongside the now very wide Thames to Limehouse Basin. From here we accessed the Regents Canal towpath which we followed back to Kings Cross and a train to Stevenage.

A very enjoyable touristic day involving some 30 miles of cycling at a leisurely pace, lots of memorable sights and a feeling for the size and diversity of London and the large amounts of recent and current building construction.