A combined ride with the D+ Group taking in the completed Barming to Aylesford Medway Towpath and Maidstone CycleFest. See the report under D+ Ride Reports.
John Spencer led and reports there was quite a gathering at Yalding Station for the D Rides but just nine riders for the D Group to Millbrook Garden Centre at Staplehurst. Nothing to report for the outward journey except the usual gossip as to what is going to happen to the closed White Hart at Claygate. A circular route from Claygate, Sheephurst, Marden and then Grave Lane to the refreshment stop. They found the Swale CTC Group already there being one of their standard rides, but with a little shuffling of chairs room for all. Familiar route back with a loop via Churn Lane and Willow Lane passing "Laddingford International Airport" and still no planes and back to Yalding after 25 miles at 12 mph average.
On a sunny day,when most of the D groups opted to go with the Away Day from Appledore to Rye,only 4 joined Mike Griffiths for his lead.However,sometimes small is good,and easier to manage.Mike had an enjoyable ride out to Otford,stopping at the cafe by the pond,where they were well looked after,An uneventful ride of 28 miles.Thankyou Mike
A great turnout at Aylesford with 8 choosing to join Russell's proposed ride to Hoo. We welcomed two new riders to the group, Julie and Martin and set off past the Priory, through the new Peters village to Wouldham and Rochester. A nasty fall at the bottom of Shorts Way at the sharp right bend to the Esplanade left Julie in a bad way but still walking and her bike out of action. Many thanks to Medway Rowing Club for their hospitality while Martin collected his car. Six continued through Rochester and on to Upnor with Mike leaving early to return to meet a commitment leaving 5 to have a break at the Ship Inn where we stunned by their high prices!. We returned through Rochester and the 'high road' to Burham. A shortened ride of just 22.6 miles at 12.3 mph average. Best wishes to Julie for a speedy recovery.
Please see Rachel's ride report on the group forum.
A smallish turn out of 6 gathered at Barming,on a dry,windy morning.Richard led intending initially to go to the Cobtree country park,Aylesford.Firstly going through the rough track into Kings Hill,where it was good to see young boys actually getting some exercise on the football fields.A nice ,wind assisted blast down the cycle path to West Malling,where by chance,Richard Byatt,who was riding alone,after being locked out of his house,decided to join us to kill time.West Malling village just gets more and more busy with vehicles coming at you from every direction.Escaping the High Street,onto Offham and Seven Mile Lane,then around the back of the golf course to Addington.Carrying on to Snodland,Richard decided to use the Pavilion cafe for the break,which was very pleasant sitting out in the sunshine.Richard Byatt had left us by that time ,wanting to get a few hills in prior his forthcoming Alps trip. Out after,Eddie Walker also left with strap problems on his bum bag,and the remainder carried on over the Peters bridge,and for the remainder of the ride into a headwind,via Aylesford,Wateringbury and North Pole Roads,but fortunately without any incidents.A distance of 29.5 miles at 11.5 mph average.
A really windy,but thankfully a dry and sunny morning greeted many riders from different groups at Sutton Valence.Each starting off in various directions,and with a group of 16 Richard led off and decided to go on a shortish ride of 25 miles to Headcorn.Firstly going directly into the strong headwind to Platts Heath,then a respite for a lovely flat run,via Smarden to the Aerodrome.The cafe was packed with parachutist waiting for better conditions..A quick stop for a drink only,then off again ,going to Hawkenbury,then the climb back up to Sutton Valence,via the picturesque village.The groups then met up again for the Birthday lunch,a wonderfully organised and lovely meal,which was thoroughly enjoyed and our sincere thanks to Helen Whibley and the other helpers for their efforts.
Les took a group of 5 out from Snodland going to Lullingstone country park.He usually does the ride from Wrotham,so the further distance extended it somewhat.After Wrotham to Otford on the usual route,coming across loads of cyclists including a large group from Dulwich.A bit of a hilly ride of 2000ft. So well done Graham for making the hills.A distance of 36 miles.
Only 3 riders Jo,Rachel and Graham opted to go with Chris,from Lenham,on a nice Spring day.Off they went to Boughton Malherbe,then down to Headcorn and Frittenden,before returning to Headcorn aerodrome after 17 miles.Following the break,Chris headed offf to Smarden and Egerton,where at the top of the hill,Jo and Rachel took an opportunity to rest on a wall in the warmth,with Chris taking a photo.Back to Lenham after 29 miles averaging 12mph average
An earlier M20 accident caused difficulties for riders driving to Wrotham ,but 10 still showed up.It was decided to do a joint ride,Brian Kavanagh,led and headed off to Yalding.Goingo out through Borough Green. Crouch and Gover Hill,on a big loop via East Peckham and Laddingford for the break at Tea Pot Island cafe,which has just undergone refurbishment.Russell due to the motorway problems met the group at the cafe,having done his own ride.Sitting out in early spring sunshine was very pleasant.Starting off again,a valve problem held up the group,but looking at the Yalding lock gates rushing water was interesting for everyone else.Brian then took the group up Kenward and Red Hills,where Roger got the only puncture of the day,,then through the Research Centre,where twitchers were still trying to see the Waxwing birds.(without success).From there it was to West Malling Birling,Ryarsh and Trottiscliffe onto the Pilgrims Way to Wrotham.A distance of 32.5 miles at 11.5 mph average.Thankyou for a lovely ride Brian.