First signs of Autumn weather with a chilly and dull start from Lenham,but a really large number of riders went off in various groups. Richard led with 7 others and headed very indirectly to the Old Foundry cafe at Ashford,via Platts Heath ,down Liverton Hill and Grafty Green. From there it was country lanes almost all the way to Great Chart and the break. It has to be one of the best value stops on any of the rides,really good wholesome food and great service.With dark clouds looming,the group set off again ,returning via Hothfield and Westwell with Russell helping out with the lead on occasions,before reaching Charing. From there a straight run along Charing Heath Road to Lenham. A distance of 35.5 miles at 13.5 mph average and 1760 ft ascents,without any incidents .