Seven cyclists (including Phil a new cyclist from Ashford) in this D+ plus group set off on this the last group ride of 2018 from St Andrews Road, heading due west along North Pole Road, catching up to the B+ group. We worked our way to the Birling via East and West Malling , then onto Trottiscliffe, carrying out all small circuit passing the church of St. Peter & Paul, ending up at the base of Vigo Hill, leaving that hill for another day. We stopped for lunch at SpadeWorks arriving there via Ford and Aldon Lane.
After a good lunch, we headed for Hadlow via Crouch , we headed along the A26 in a northerly direction turning off at Goose Green, heading for Seven Mile Lane, we took said road turning off and heading up a steep hill to the Church of St. Michael's at the top, mini rest here, then through some muddy and stony lanes ,passing a folly on our left. We worked our way back via the slope of Red Hill, and retracing our route back along North Pole Road.
We covered 35.9 miles , with 2372 feet of ascent at an average speed of 12.5 mph.