As only Tony Munn the leader,and Bob Elliott wanted to do the ride amongst a group of 14 at the start,it was decided just to do a joint D group ride to Paddock Wood
On a sunny late September morning 11 riders opted to join Russell's undulating ride to Brenchley via Pembury. A welcome to our new rider Allan Brown, making his first ride with the club and what was to be his first 30 mile plus ride. Meeting at Marden was unusual for us and it was good to meet up with the other groups who regularly start there. Out towards Marden Thorn and Stapelhurst then the climb to Curtisden Green. After Ladham House joining Cycle Route 18 to skirt passed Goudhurst. Plenty of undulations to challenge us as we passed Marle Place after crossing the B2162. On through Old Cryals then crossing the B2160 to Romford and some good short climbs. Through Pembury to cross the by-pass using the old footbridge at the end of Old Church Road. Passed Amshurst Hill Farm to cross the busy Colt's Hill A228 for the longest challenge of the day, Crittenden Road. A flat ride through Matfield and on to our well deserved refreshment stop at Gray's Cafe, Brenchley. Then to the top of Castle Hill with some stopping to admire the view. At Castle Hill turning left for the fast descent to Pearson's Green, along Churn Lane then Sheephurst Lane and back to Marden. 30 miles at 12.00 mph average. Four riders, including Allan, then choosing to do a loop through Yalding to add another 12 miles on such a great day.
Think that Russells's strava entry just about sums up everything in the ride.Thanks to those 8 who joined me.Hope you enjoyed it.Good break at Taggs cafe Hoo St Werburgh.No incidents or problems.
Brian Kavanagh only found 2 people who wished to do a D + ride,so he joined a joint group D ride from Harrietsham
A joint group ride at D pace,with report on D group home page.
A great turnout at Bell Lane but only 5 wanting to join the D+ challenging ride to Brenchley via Goudhurst and Pembury. Russell leading (a loose term for anyone experiencing one his routes with unplanned deviations). Out down ..................
Discovered at the end of Church Lane a safe way to cross the Pembury By-Pass, a footbridge (well safe if not being demolished by an over height lorry as a similar bridge over the M20 was the same day) taking us down .........
Great refreshment stop at Grays Tea Rooms, Brenchley, well deserved at 20 miles
Thanks to Tony Munn for leading 6 out from East Malling to Hadlow.Strong winds .Out via Wateringbury,up Kenward to Yalding and the flat through Collier Street,then climbing to Brenchley.Stopping at the viewing point to see rain clouds in the distance.Continuing to Matfield,Tudeley and Golden Green to the break.,a distance of 23 miles.The return was shorter with two climbs of Matthews and Butchers Lane hills.One puncture and a derailment.Total distance of 33 miles at 12 mph aberage
A beautiful sunny day meant a monster turn out of riders. Seventeen left Yalding station and made our way to the village and an early climb up Kenward, not that we needed much warming up. There was an early mechanical issue shortly followed by a puncture for Chris Moon which Gary soon sorted out. We cut across the A229 at the bottom of Linton Hill and followed the lanes down to Hawkenbury, through Frittenden and on to the cafe stop at Knoxbridge. They were quite overwhelmed when we all walked in and the owner soon locked the door behind us. The food was worth the wait and while most of us tucked into the usual savoury fayre Kevyn had her first experience of Spotted Dick and Custard. The flattish and shorter route back took us past the Hush Heath vineyard, the outskirts of Marden, through Laddingford and into Yalding. We came back at a fair lick given the terrain and the splendid weather. It was one of those mornings when it was a joy to be on the bike. A distance of 34 miles was covered at an average of 13.3 mph.