A good turnout of 14 riders with Tony Palmer leading. The morning was dull and breezy with rain forecasted to arrive around 2PM. We made our way out through the narrow tree-lined lanes towards Claygate which gave us protection against the strong southerly wind and then on to Marden Beech. We continued at a good steady pace into the headwind across Marden Thorn, past Blantyre House HM Prison and then up towards Goudhurst via Ladham Lane.
Without any prior notification, Caroline and her team in the Weeks Bakery and Tea Rooms at Goudhurst served breakfasts promptly in the upstairs tea room which has splendid views across the Weald. The Bakery is a new venue for the Midweekers and it is certainly worth another visit.
Spots of rain accompanied us during our lumpy return, through Horsmonden, Castle Hill, Knowle Road and Laddingford, back to Yalding Station. The heavy rain started shortly thereafter with those cycling home receiving a good soaking.
A distance of 30.5 miles with ascent of 385 metres at 13.9 mph average.