Last of the Summer Rides?

23/09/2017 20:33 | Anonymous member

Starting at Marden Station along with B+ and Intermediates, we sorted ourselves out, deciding to do a joint D+/D ride. Thirteen of us set off along Pattenden Lane, through Chainhurst and along Lughorse Lane (successfully negotiating a 'road block') to pick up the warm and sunny downhill road to Wateringbury.  To avoid the busy A26 we cut through on a byway to Love Lane passing by a very pretty area by a shady mill pond.  We then picked up another byway which was not quite so bike friendly (Ray has forgiven me!) but we walked/cycled along here to join a shorter section of the A26. We went through Mereworth, past West Peckham, down Matthews Lane and Stanford Lane to Brookside Garden Centre in East Peckham.  We enjoyed a good break here (photo on D+ webpagebefore repairing Russell's puncture and setting off again via Yalding, Laddingford and Sheephurst Lane. We made a loop via Hush Heath Winery without losing anyone (a little surprising as their champagne has won awards) and round a bit further before returning to Marden Station. There was an accidental added loop via the A229 - I put this down to a conversation with Russell about student loans resulting in a missed turning!  A beautiful warm, sunny day, this may have been the Last of the Summer Rides. Maybe we should have organised our break at Hush Heath Winery!?  Thank you everyone. 35 miles, a little over 1,000 ft and 12.9 mph average.  

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