John Spencer said that a decent turnout of 7 turned up at Yalding,in spite of high wind warnings.He took the group out to Knoxbridge on a familiar route,through Laddingford,Collier Street and Claygate.Rachel had forgotten her gloves,so as they passed her house,she popped in to get them..The Knoxbridge cafe,was really jumping,and gave good service.A strange object ,called the sun appeared on the way out,but quickly disappeared.No problems on the return favouring a circular route back to Yalding,arriving after 26 miles at about 11.5 mph,depending whose Garmin was believed.
Thank you John
Thanks to John Spencer for leading,and he reported that 10 riders started from Larkfield village hall for the ride to the Jungle cafe.Nice to see Clive Bradbury taking a break from the B group,and Mike Griffiths ,who is a mine of information with local knowledge and history..As the crow flies,the cafe is only a couple of miles from the start,but firstly they went through Aylesford village,Eccles,Burham and across the new Peters Bridge,which was due to be closed soon for repairs,then to Snodland.After that,a familiar route via Birling and Ryarsh to the cafe.After the break,a circular route to Offham,avoiding the Hill of Church Lane,then on through the lanes at the back of East Malling.A problem at the A20 which was gridlocked,but with local knowledge this was avoided through the side roads and alleys to Larkfield.A distance of 24 lumpy miles at 10.6 mph.
No ride due to overnight frosty weather
My first lead today, on the D ride and it was an eye opener - I had no idea of the responsibility leaders take on. So thank you all Leaders and thank you to my team of 8 today for bearing with me and my little piece of paper. I’m happy to have ‘done my bit’ and will look forward to following leaders in future, blissfully aware of the good work they do!
Contrary to weather reports, there was no frost, no fog, no rain, some mist, very mild. My google info told me we were going to do 24.6 miles and 1300 ft. As it turned out, I am informed (thank you Chris) that we did 23.2 miles and 2000 ft. A worthy ride for a D group, I think – particularly so soon after the excesses and illnesses of the season.
We wended our way over many ‘undulations’ to Scotney Castle where we settled in the café for our reward and where Darren caught up with us having missed us at the car park. Refreshed and having 'caught up' we found the long driveway out of Scotney Castle, past Finchcocks, a large and impressive Georgian manor house. On this ovely quiet track we met what may well have been the owner of all we surveyed, judging by the very polite request for us to ‘please stop, my horse is afraid of lycra’!!. We were sporting some very scary colours between us, so we stopped and let him pass, stroking the horse on the way (ok, that was me) in the hope that next time he will not be afraid of us ... and back to Brenchley avoiding the centre of Goudhurst and Horsmonden. I’m convinced that Yew Tree Green Road gets longer each time we ride it!
The Midweek Meanders, the D plus and the D group took the opportunity at their Christmas Eve Meal of thanking their Leader Richard Valentine for his organisational skills, hard work and dedication to the groups over the last few years. Richard was presented with a thank you card signed by the members and a Restaurant Gift Card to be used in any of nine Maidstone Restaurants. The members really appreciate the work put in by Richard on their behalf. "Thank you" from the D groups.
Many thanks to Mike Lambourne for suggesting and organizing a Christmas Eve fancy dressed bike ride.Twelve riders in various festive attire turned up,including Chris Moon who rode in looking a cross between Father Christmas and Widow Twanky,with Traditional carols playing on his bike.The pictures are on the photo section for posterity,sorry Chris.Mike came a fairly close second,but as the organizer had to hand the tin of chocolates first prize to Chris.A lovely flat ,dry and sedate ride ,looping around Staplehurst along quiet country lanes took the group to the pre Christmas break at the George and Dragon pub at Headcorn.All very relaxed with service that ambled a bit.With the sun out ,the return leg was just as unfazed and casual,past Hawkenbury and Staplehurst to Marden.A nice distance of only 21 miles at about 11.5 mph average,just enough to get everyone in the Festive spirit.and Chris opened his tin of chocolates at the end for all to enjoy. Thanks again Mike.
When we gathered at the Lenham meeting point in Dickley Lane there was some debate about who was to lead as Chris M was not aware he was down on the list to lead for that day. Since he really wanted a D+ ride and I was doing the D ride anyway, I volunteered to make up a ride. Six of us headed up Fairbourne Lane then down Ulcombe Hill and looped around Headcorn along Stickfast Lane, before crossing the A274 and going down New House Lane to join the Frittenden Road. Crossing the A274 again we came close to Headcorn Aerodrome, our planned stop, but I decided to do more miles before that by looping through Smarden. The Aerodrome was deserted because of the bad weather so very peaceful having or food and drinks. The return was back through Headcorn and along Grigg Lane to reach the climb up Rock Hill Road to Egerton village. An undulating ride after that back to Lenham Heath and Sandway before finding the A20 back to our start. No incidents or punctures and 33 miles at 11.8 mph average.
The group met at Wrotham,just before the High Street closed for the pre Christmas market.After the joint group riders divided,Les took his flock of 6 and headed via the Pilgrims Way to the coffeee stop at Poult Wood golf course(I think Les has shares,as it is a regular watering hole of his).The ride commenced to Kemsing and Noah's Ark,then climbing up to Goodden Green,before the long descent of Carters Hill(better than going up it) to Underiver,then back up again to the well deserved break.The undulations continued on the return,when Les took them up the slog of Longmill Lane ,Crouch and Comp,before arriving back to Wrotham.About 2000 feet of climbing,over 28 miles at 11.7 mph average. Well done,and Thankyou Les.
This D group started with seven folk. We started from the usual car park in Staplehurst, we headed towards Marden Thorn via the Marden Road. Working our way towards Claygate, taking the B2162 south until we took the gentle slope of Yew Tree Green Road, then the decent of Pearsons Green Road, we headed due north via Laddingford to our lunch stop at theTeapot Island cafe.
Darren can be forgiven leaving us after lunch,as he had an epic 22 mile ride to today's start. After lunch we headed into Yalding taking Vicarage Road to the base of Hunton Hill, turning right heading towards Marden, passing Pattenden Lane on our right , we turned into Tilden Lane , making a small loop, before ending back at base via Marden Thorn.
There was one puncture, taking 7 minutes and 28 seconds to replace the inner tube.
We covered 28.1 miles, at an average speed of 11.7 MPH
Thanks Les for leading and taking a group of 7 out from East Malling,including Valerie and her French female friend ,going on her first club ride.Firstly to Wateringbury,and Mereworth then out to West Peckham and onto the break at Poult Wood golf club,with good food and service.Returning via Dunks Green ,Crouch and Mereworth again,to West Malling.Only 3 actually went to the finish,as the others all dropped off nearer to home.No incidents or punctures.A distance of 26 miles at 11.5 mph average.
Thanks again for leading Les