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 .
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.
Great turnout for the 3 groups meeting at Bell Lane. The B+ and D+ sharing Linton's route to Bodium with the D+ leaving a little later to avoid overloading The Hub, our cafe stop. 7 D+ riders followed the route to Frittenden where Phil joined us having missed his B+ start. A great route skirting Biddenden and through Sandhurst with a few stiff climbs to get to The Hub to find the B+ already seated under a parasol and being served with some great food causing us some serious food envy. Fed and watered and minus Phil, who joined the B+ group for his return, we were back on our bikes for the climb out of Bodium for a route back taking us up Conghurst Lane to avoid Hawkhurst. Through Hartley south of Cranbrook for a fast run to cross the A262 where we then enjoyed a great run down Goudhurst Lane back to Staplehurst. A great route, thanks Linton.
35 miles at an average of 12.5 mph with 2350 feet of ascent.
Route on Strava
On a pleasant Saturday seventeen D+ riders set off from East Malling , heading westwards passing through West Malling , Offham, then up the only hill of the morning; Wrotham Water Road, on to The Pilgrims Way . A dismount at the busy London Road near Wrotham, then back on the Pilgrims Way to Otford, we headed north from Otford, passing through Shoreham eventually arriving at Lullingstone Country Park.
After lunch we retraced our route back to Shoreham, then on to Otford by a longer route, back onto the Pilgrims Way heading eastwards, via Kemsing and Heaversham, around here we lost Richard , who helped a cyclist in trouble, lost Gary (our expert mechanic) who was helping a tail ender back to the start via a shorter route. We did go back, to look and waited, but we had to go on.
The rest of the route took us on a few hills through Seal Chart, Plaxtol and Crouch via Long Mill lane, through Offham . Back to base covering 34 miles at 12.5 MPH with 2400 feet of ascent.
Allan Brown decided to cancel ride on grounds of safety due to high and gusting winds
Ride report submitted via email will be included in the next Milestone
Unfortunately it was raining heavily during the earlier part of the morning,so the ride was cancelled.Pity as it dried out later
Following heavy overnight rain,a group of 12 still turned up at Headcorn to join Linton for a ride to Silcocks Farm Shop , St. Michaels. A nice start on the flat, going out towards Boughton Malherbe,where the leading group had to chickane around a number of frogs and their babies crossing the road,without any squelches hopefully. From there, Linton tried to stay on quiet roads past Egerton to Bethersden and the break. As the weather had greatly improved, everyone was able to sit outside for a good natter. Back out ,and a quick stop to sort out a mechanical on Donna’s bike ,then bypassing Hemsted Forest to Golford , Sissinghurst and Frittenden onto the flat again all the way to Headcorn without incident. A distance of 32 miles at 12.8 mph and a moderate 1075 ft ascents. Many Thanks Linton.
Twelve club members attended the ride from Aylesford to Borough Green. As the number was 12 we split into two groups and thanks to Gary, Bob and Linton for volunteering for safety roles during the ride. We headed off up Rochester Road to the Pilgrims Way, through Eccles and Burham to the under the M2 and back towards and over Pete’s Bridge to Snodland. The group settled down very quickly and collectively we worked our way through Birling and Addington to head up the nice and long steady hill; Church Road to Offam. Once we reached Crouch we headed down and up to our stop The Village Café and Sandwich Bar, Borough Green. Great service and food.
After being in the Club for 9 months , Sarah B.V decided that it was her time to deliver a lead. On a gloriously hot day, a group of 12 joined her at Brenchley ,and with great encouragement she set off for a break at Hartley Farm Shop , near Cranbrook. Very unlike Sarah,she almost lost her voice giving directions,but Inci was on hand to bellow. A lovely initial flat route out via various lanes passing Collier Street and Marden Thorn before the first of several lumps, Hush Heath Hill that. Sarah laboured her troops up for a photo opportunity. With plenty of banter from the 6 ladies, they arrived at their break and enjoyed the fayre. Sarah joyously promised that more hills were to follow on the return, and so it turned out, but everyone coped well,and occasionally waited for their esteemed leader at the tops.The only puncture befell Brigitte, but Neal was quick to assist at Cranbrook. With flailing legs and mutterings of “ What another hill” the group made it back to Brenchley via Horsmonden without further problem. A distance of 35.2 miles averaging 13.4 mph and about 1875 ft ascents. Well done Sarah, great first lead.