Starting at Marden Station along with B+ and Intermediates, we sorted ourselves out, deciding to do a joint D+/D ride. Thirteen of us set off along Pattenden Lane, through Chainhurst and along Lughorse Lane (successfully negotiating a 'road block') to pick up the warm and sunny downhill road to Wateringbury. To avoid the busy A26 we cut through on a byway to Love Lane passing by a very pretty area by a shady mill pond. We then picked up another byway which was not quite so bike friendly (Ray has forgiven me!) but we walked/cycled along here to join a shorter section of the A26. We went through Mereworth, past West Peckham, down Matthews Lane and Stanford Lane to Brookside Garden Centre in East Peckham. We enjoyed a good break here (photo on D+ webpage) before repairing Russell's puncture and setting off again via Yalding, Laddingford and Sheephurst Lane. We made a loop via Hush Heath Winery without losing anyone (a little surprising as their champagne has won awards) and round a bit further before returning to Marden Station. There was an accidental added loop via the A229 - I put this down to a conversation with Russell about student loans resulting in a missed turning! A beautiful warm, sunny day, this may have been the Last of the Summer Rides. Maybe we should have organised our break at Hush Heath Winery!? Thank you everyone. 35 miles, a little over 1,000 ft and 12.9 mph average.
Report to be on D group rides
Kevyn led 8 riders on what turned out to to be an eventful ride to Cliffe Leaving Snodland the group were stopped using Ladds Lane due to the dreadful fire at Holborough. Undaunted they continued via Lower Halling where they were met by a group laying pennies on the pavement for charity. A generous donation made by one of our members saw us on our way via Upper Halling, Cuxton and Bush Road to Cobham then through to Higham before our stop at The Cliffe Cafe Bush Road.. The ride back roughly mirrored the way out except Tony on his brand new bike managed a puncture. Then in true American hospitality the group now 7 were invited to Kevyns for lunch which included Possum Soup followed by chocolate, the group were relieved to know you didn't dip your chocolate in the soup !!!!! Kevyn then showed the group the amazing amount of artefacts she has collected on her travels before a lecture on the coffee bean. Having listened Tony decided that would be the last freeze dried instant decaf coffee he would buy from Lidl. After lunch the group continued there ride. There are winners and losers in this world, the winners were Tony and Sarah who becoming detached from the group took Vicarage Road down to Lower Halling the Losers Kevyn and the rest of the group who tried Ladds Lane again only to find it still blocked. Sorry for long report a lot to cover. Distance 36 miles Average Speed 12.5 mph
With the absence of a D group leader,for a Lenham start,it was decided to do a joint group ride.Inci turned up to find she had a puncture,so as always Gary was on scene to get in action and fix it.It was also a warm welcome to Lizzie and Peter Marley,out on their first D ride.Starting a bit late,Russell took the lead with a group of 12, on a bright morning set off to Sandway and the nice flat country lanes around Stonebridge Green and Egerton,then Pivington Lane to Pluckley and Rippers Cross.Just before Great Chart,when Lizzie was changing gears,the chain became totally stuck in the front rings and even with Gary's and Russell's skills it was a lengthy break to disentangle it.With a certain relief,it was then onto the break at the Old Foundry cafe,Ashford,a great cheap stop.Sitting out in the sunshine was most pleasant.Russell then continued his lead by returning again through Great Chart, an on to Hothfield and Westwell,before the Pilgrims Way,Charing,and Charing Heath into Lenham.A distance of 31.2 miles at about 12 mph average.Thankyou for a great ride Russ.
Ride report is on the D group section
Fifteen riders set off from Bell Lane Staplehurst , completing a 3 mile loop NE of Staplehurst, before crossing the A229 into Pinnock Lane , and heading south, then taking a road which took us past Blantyre prison. We made our way to and along to the end of Sheephurst Lane, turning left at the end , after 1.6 miles taking the gentle slope of Yewtree Green Road. We then descended Pixot Hill and other roads which eventually took us in a beeline to Teapot Island cafe , completing 20 miles before lunch. The homeward route took us into Yalding and along Lughorse Lane, eventually arriving at the base of Linton Hill via Redwall lane. Crossing the A229 , we stayed on small lanes until we ended up on the A229. We headed south until we took Clapper Lane on our right, we stayed on lanes that took us past Staplehurst, to add a few more miles to our trip, before arriving at base from the south. We covered 35 miles at a respectable pace of 14.4 MPH , and ascending 1350 feet.
With a large amount of riders turning up for today's joint ride and Tony Munn now able to attend it was agreed with John that we do a D and D+ ride. Tony led 7 riders on a loop to Ditton before cycling out via Aylesford to Eccles. The group then continued through Wouldham across the Medway Bridge and down to Cuxton. Continuing the group cycled via Dode and up the long climb to Harvel, a long drop then followed down Holly Hill before continuing via Ryarsh and the stop at The Jungle Cafe. Then back via Offham with a loop around the back of East Malling which saw the group arrive back 5 mins before the Ds
Distance 30.5 miles Average Speed 12.1 miles Climb 1900 ft
A really big gathering of Easyriders and D groups converged at Mote Park,to find the the parking charge had gone up by 100percent,also that a part had been cordoned off for a police incident.However,each group mustered their flock,and Russell led again for a second week(Thankyou Russ).He took the group out of the park,up to Otham and Kingswood and Platts Heath to Lenham. It was then up Stede Hill,over the North Downs to Wormshill Bexon and the break at the Bredgar post office cafe.A nice sit out in the sunshine before the return journey.Russell continued the many undulations out towards Oad Street, and on narrow country lanes up to Hucking encountering many motor cyclist going to a festival at the village pub. It was then on to the steep descent of Coldblow Lane and the Pilgrims Way to Detling,before arriving back at the park.A distance of 33 miles over 2000 feet ascents at about 13 mph average.Great ride Russell Thankyou.
Yalding station car park was amassed with 25 riders,who fortunately sorted themselves out between the D groups,with Rachel leading 11D's and Russell taking his group of D+ riders out on a bright morning to Goudhurst. Trying to stay in 2 packs,the journey ventured firstly on the nice flat,open countryside of East Peckham to Tudeley before the undulations around Capel. Russell found very quiet lanes,and even a tiny bit of off road,over a footbridge crossing the very busy A228 ,before entering Pembury.The undulations became somewhat steeper towards Matfield but was helped by the lovely scenery.Inevitably ,there is always a Hill going up to Goudhurst,but with the thought of the break in sight eased the strain.The stop was at Weeks Bakery /cafe,and an upstairs room had already been set aside for us.I think the staff were overwhelmed a bit,as it took some time for all to get served.Also worth thinking about is the disparity in prices between eating in and take away.Starting off again,the sky blackened and waterproofed were donned just in time for a really heavy downpour,which fortunately didn't last.Russ continued the circular route with some more ups and downs,again keeping to quiet lanes,before getting on the flat again towards Milebush,where Darren drooled over a Carlton pre 1987 road bike which was up for sale for £70 outside a house.Apparently ideal for the annual Eroica Derbyshire peaks event.The final leg to Yalding remained uneventful,with various riders dropping off near their homes,before the Really thunderous sky deluged again.A distance of 35 miles,with over 2000 feet ascents,at about 12 mph average.Thanks Russ,great ride.
A joint group ride,with the report on D group website.