North Downs (1) - 65 miles: leaving from Wimbledon, the route exits London via Banstead and skirts the edge of Redhill after a sharp climb up the Downs. Thereafter mostly flat or rolling heading Northwest before two steep climbs back over the Downs on the way home via Esher and Surbiton. Route map 

Windsor loop - 75 miles: almost entirely flat terrain except for a brief flirt with the beech woods of the Chilterns before descending back to Windsor and returning via Sunningdale, Chertsey and Kingston. Those wanting a shorter ride can miss out the loop north of Windsor. Route map

Farnham, Midhurst loop - 110 miles: scenic country lanes in Surrey and West Sussex, but a more challenging route, combining longer distance with rolling hills out to the mid-point in Easebourne (visit Cowdray Cafe), and then 3 tough climbs back home across the North Downs. Route map

North Downs Hills from Hell - 102 miles: a hundred miles of bruising climbs in the North Downs. The scenery might be good, but you probably won't notice. 2,370 metres of climbing doesn't sound like a lot, but it's mostly steep. Route map

North Downs (2) - 59 miles: south from Wimbledon through Banstead to Bletchingley. Continuing on mostly flat to Oxted before a sharp climb up Chalkpit Lane back to the top of the North Downs near Woldingham. Descent and climb back to Bletchingley (cafe), before another steep gradient up Whitehill Lane. Route back to Richmond Park via Epsom. Route map

Kent sortie - 60 miles: south from Putney past Croydon and into Kent via Westerham. Past Winston Churchill's home at Chartwell (good National Trust cafe) and back over the Downs via the Bec CC Hill Climb of White Lane.  Return via Woldingham, past Sutton and Wimbledon. 1,100 metres of vertical. Route map

Coffee/Cake Stops

Esher: Giro Cafe, new style of cycling cafĂ©. On the High Street. Inside and outside seating. Great coffee, great selection of cakes, friendly. Open 7.30-5.30 (M-Sat) and 7.30-4.30 (Sun). 01372 701701.

Windsor: Olivia Cafe, Thames Street (on approach to bridge into Eton). Outside seating only. Limited selection of cakes, but picturesque setting, friendly.

Nutfield near Redhill/Reigate, Surrey: Priory Farm (Garden Centre), Sandy Lane. Extensive cafe, seating in & out. Open 9-5 (M-Sat) and 10-5 (Sun). 01737 823304.

Newdigate, Surrey: Tanhouse Farm Shop, Rusper Road. Lots of cakes, wide variety of food. Great coffee. Open 9-5 (7 days). 01306 631891.

Merkham, near Redhill/Reigate, Surrey: Fanny's Farm, Markedge Lane, Merkham. Quirky cafe in farm shop, coffee filtered only, decent cake. Offers hot water bottles in winter! Open 9-6 (7 days). 01737 554444.

Easebourne, nr Midhurst, W.Sussex: Priory Cafe, Cowdray Park Farm, off A272. Seating in & out. Good food - cakes, coffee, sandwiches, full mains, quite pricey. Probably busy in summer. Open 9-5 (7 days). 01730 815 152.

Bletchingley, Surrey: Lamington's Gift Shop & Tearoom, High Street. Good coffee and a great selection of cakes, but service can be a touch slow. Also serves some hot food e.g. quiche. Opens at 10am, except Sunday 11am.

Chartwell, near Westerham, Kent: National Trust cafe in Winston Churchill's Chartwell. Large cafe with plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. Opens at 10am daily, until 5pm. Mapleton Road, TN16 1PS.