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2016-10-27 00:00:00EastLondon
Local Cafes

I have complied a list with the help of some members, that gives details of cycle friendly cafes and tea rooms where we like to stop in our area when we are out riding.   I thought this might be useful if you ever visit this part of the country and wanted to plan a ride in the lovely countryside.

If you are aware of any that we might have missed then please email me with details and I will add them to the list which can be found in the document section at the bottom of the  East London/Essex Region pages.

Hope you find it useful.

Vivienne Woodroffe

Also, I have found a very useful website,, which shows on a map cycle friendly cafes, country wide.

Alan Peck

2018-03-14 00:00:00EastLondon
Ken Saunders - In Memoriam

It is with regret that I have to pass on the news of Ken Saunders death.  He, together with his wife Margaret, were founder Regional Officers for the North Essex, South Suffolk area of the Tandem Club. He passed away on Tuesday 6th March after a return of his throat cancer. They had a tandem trike and were often to be seen out in the byways of Suffolk and farther afield, with their dog Lulu in a carrier behind. Ken was a great character, very friendly and with a good sense of humour, he will be sadly missed.

Chris Peachey2022-04-13 12:26:14EastLondon

You have sent a message to David but I received it on "technical@tandem-club"

Chris Peachey2022-04-13 12:28:03EastLondon

As I am standing down as Tech officer I will need a login I have requested this but it is not functionning yet, perhaps because I an still tech officer until Sunday.

Peter Harvey2024-03-29 08:33:06EastLondon

What a good idea to have a booking sheet it will save a lot of hassle. Could we suggest please, that those of us who are parked up in the field use our vehicle registration number as we don't have a pitch number.

DunwichAlan and Wendy Baird did a great job organising the camping weekend at Wickham Market. They had produced routes for all 4 days. There were 15 tandems and 3 solos so the Sunday ride was split into 2 groups The first group left Wickham Market at 9.15am with the 2nd group departing at 9.35am. It was overcast and a bit cool for the time of year with a moderate wind. First stop was at Peasenhall after 12 miles, the cafe had been pre booked and the faster group were about to leave as the 2nd group arrived. Excellent planning by the Bairds. The next stop was at Dunwich after 27 miles for lunch. It was pleasant enough to sit outside and eat our fish and chips. Again the timing was perfect and the 2 groups managed to have a chat while dining. With 7 miles to go the 3rd stop was at Snape Maltings. After a welcome drink and a short break we set off on our final leg back to Wickham Market where there was a small celebration for one of the riders 80th Birthday and of course cake was involved. The roads we took were small and hardly any traffic. The ride was very enjoyable thanks go to Alan and Wendy Baird for organising a great weekend. We went back to the cottage, bathed, has a pizza and spent a nice evening in front of the fire with a few friends.
January 2017 After a hot drink we set off from The Coffee Shop at Thremhall Park on a tour of the Essex and Hertfordshire countryside. The weather was kind to us with the sun making a welcome appearance on several occasions. The ride was uneventful apart from one puncture and having to stop to round up a stray dog at Hatfield Forest. On our return to the start Allison and her staff were ready for the hungry hordes and served us quickly with our pre ordered lunches which were of the usual high quality that we always receive from this Coffee Shop.
July RideEpic 100 mile ride through the Essex countryside calling at Timbers Rayne, Waterside Cafe Witham and a pub somewhere near Writtle
Id: 535
Map Reference: 51.9722, 1.01101
Ride length: 36 km
A short but comparatively hilly ride. Start from the public carpark in East Bergholt just off Gaston St, postcode CO7 6TB (free parking with toilets). Elevenses after approx 9 miles at Alton Water where there is a cafe. Lunch stop at either "the case is altered" Community pub or the Royal Oak before ...
Id: 429
Map Reference: 51.986, 0.75439
Ride length: 29 km
Optional short ride (weather permitting) followed by a Christmas lunch at the Lamarsh Lion, Bures Road, CO8 5EP. Meet at this Community Pub by 10am if riding (parking is available), or at 12:30 for lunch. Please let us know by the end of November at the latest but preferably within the next two week ...
Id: 346
Map Reference: 51.947, 1.06046
Ride length: 53 km
Start at Co-op car park, Riverside Ave East CO11 1US (free with toilets nearby). Picnic lunch on Frinton greensward (bring your own or take-away options in the High St). Note there is a short off road section just before Frinton, there is an alternative but along fairly busy roads. As always, please ...

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