A lumpy ride to the Weald. 31/8/19

31/08/2019 16:26 | Anonymous member

On the last official day of Summer,the weather remained kind to the group of 6 that  accompanied Neal Welch on his lead from Wrotham. He promised a fairly lumpy ride,but it started off fairly flat along a busy Pilgrims Way to Otford, with plenty of other cyclists  around. The first climb  took the group up to Knockholt Pound  then through the lanes  and the nice descent to Brasted, before tackling Ide Hill and yet another downhill through Weald to the stop at Teal cafe near Hildenborough.A chance to rest the legs. Too quickly however,it was back on the bikes for a shorter return  ,again keeping to quiet lanes and the final ascent  of Mote Road up to Ivy Hatch,,before meandering through Ightham back to the  finish,at about the same time as the B+ and D Group where convivial ride experiences were exchanged. A distance of 30.5 miles at 12 mph and about 2500 ft of leg crunching. Thankyou Neal and the back marker John Blakeley for devising the challenging ,but  thoroughly enjoyable route without incident.

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