Crossness Pumping Station Ride
UPDATE! - 27 Aug 2013
An additional spectacle of interest on Sunday will be the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Race which is starting from Tower Bridge at 1. 30 pm so I hope we will see the flotilla making its way eastwards along the Thames towards the open sea at some stage during the afternoon.
The Crossness Pumping Station was built by Sir Joseph Bazalgette as part of Victorian London's urgently needed main sewerage system.
The Beam Engine House is a Grade 1 Listed Industrial Building constructed in the Romanesque style and features some of the most spectacular ornamental Victorian cast ironwork to be found today.
It also contains the four original pumping engines (although the cylinders were upgraded in 1901), which are possibly the largest remaining rotative beam engines in the world.
We will meet at Bromley South Station at 10 o'clock (civilized) and cycle to the Cutty Sark along the lovely traffic free Waterlink Way. We will stop for a coffee and a slice of cake at the Old Royal Naval College in their lovely cafeteria. (However if you wanted a shorter ride you could meet us at this point having travelled here by train for instance)
After coffee we will cycle along the Thames Path to the pumping station. There is a £5 entry fee (under 16's go in for free).
There is a cafe in the basement where we could buy tea, a sandwich and some more cake! You could bring your own picnic if you like.
We will stay at Crossness for about 1½ hours and then cycle back to Bromley South on the same route probably stopping for an ice-cream in Ladywell Park and hopefully arriving 4.30 - 5.00 pm.
Distance is about 38 miles but no hills, this a leisurely day out so please don't bring your lycra cos you won't be needing it.
Ride leader: John Wood
More info about the pumping station here.