A lumpy ride out from Paddock Wood to Penshurst. 5/10/19

05/10/2019 18:44 | Anonymous member

Russell took the lead at short notice from Paddock Wood,following a GPS route  and it was inevitable that there would be some proper lumps . Six opted to join Russell on the out route up to Brenchley and then crossing the A21 at. Kippings Cross  to Bells Yew Green and the very quiet leafy lanes to Frant. . From there ,the climbs and dips continued ,and a real puff getting up to Langton Green into the usualTunbridge Wells area heavy traffic. Continuing through Fordcombe it was the final climb after Penshurst to a new stop at the environmental Kingdom cafe. Surprisingly it was card payment only, which caused a few problems., but the views from the veranda across the Weald was stunning.The return leg was much less leg crunching ,taking the concrete road through the Penshurst Place estate to Haysden and Tonbridge town centre,and the nice flat of Five Oak Green and Capel back to the finish.  A distance of 33 miles at about 12 mph average,and  2500 ft ascents without problem.

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