Yalding to Scotney Castle - 15th August

15/08/2018 16:45 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

There being no other suggestions Russell led a group of 19 following a route to Scotney Castle downloaded from the Club's account, such a valuable resource.  Great to have Andy TV out with us.  Out via East Peckham, Golden Green and across the A228 to climb Crittenden Road to Matfield.  Picking up on NCR18 to Baker's Hill and then the fast descent to the challenging A21 roundabout to get on the B2162 for Lamberhurst.  5 of the group unfortunately missing the connection and finding their own way to the castle.  All reaching the castle tea rooms at a similar time along with half of the UK's population of wasps.  From the castle to Finchcock's along the scenic traffic free route leading us rejoin NCR18 and skirt Goudhurst.  Attempting to get through a road closure on route to Horsmonden and having to re-trace our pedalling to take a short diversion, thanks to Gary for yet more mechanical support along the way.  A fast descent out of Horsmonden for a short climb of Castle Hill for a final descent and a flat return to Yalding with some of the group peeling off before the station.  A great route, thanks to whoever plotted it.  32.5 miles, average 12.5 mph with 1950 feet of ascent.

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