A group of 13 set off from Harrietsham on a warm and sunny morning with Joan leading and went out via Ham Lane Lenham and down Liverton Hill and through the lanes towards Smarden Bell. As we turned left into Pook Lane a cry of 'puncture' brought us all to a standstill. However, it was a front tyre and this was soon mended and we set off again towards St Michaels near Tenterden going via High Halden and Harbourne Lane. The cafe in St Michaels was new to most of us and provided good, reasonably priced food and efficient service although it is quite small. We returned via Readers Bridge Road (Route 18), Tylden, Snughorne Lane and Bell Lane in the direction of Headcorn. We then took Bedlam Lane to Egerton Forstal and returned by climbing up Church Hill passing Boughton Malherbe church and back to Harrietsham. A distance of 35 miles at 12.5 mph average.
Yalding station car park was rammed with cars and cyclists,on a lovely sunny morning Phil Gerry turned up to say hello before cycling off to meet up with the Wednesday wobblers. .The alternative midweek meander group,with about 8 riders,headed out for their ride to Knoxbridge,whilst 15 others led by Richard ,including new members Denise and Peter,set off to Chiddingstone Castle. A very traditional and often used route saw the group go out to East Peckham,Hadlow to Shipbourne and Hildenborough,and the rolling countryside to Chiddingstone.There they met Joan and Ann from C group,who had zoomed off from Yalding just before us,so really nice to see them.The Castle offers very twee refreshments,using china tea ware,so very unlike the normal greasy spoons,and offers a lovely stop.without feeling bloated for the return.Once again a well wheeled route to Leigh,outskirts of Tonbridge and Golden Green,on the flat wind assisted.A distance of 37 miles at about 14 mph average,without incident.
A group of 16 met at the Chestnut Street start to be led by Chris over to the Isle of Sheppey. We took our usual route over the A249 to Hartlip and then crossed the A2 to go through Otterham Quay on the way to Upchurch and Lower Halstow. Because of the long traffic queues on the Minster road after crossing to Sheppey, we went towards Sheerness and then down to the seafront, following the seawall past Barton Point to Minster Leas. We ate outside in the sunshine at the small café which was extremely busy but very efficient service and good food. In the end the temptation of the ice cream m/c proved too much for most of us. The return from the Island was relatively wind free for a change as we then went through Iwade and Bobbing back to the cars. Total of 34 miles at 13.2 mph average
Thank Chris,for a lovely ride from Chestnut Street to Minster Leas,on a really hot day.Nearly missed several of the group at the start,as people parked in slightly different places to usual,but fortunately all came together just after the start.The break overlooking the Thames estuary in the sun was lovely,for us mad dogs who sat outside.
Richard led 16 riders from East Malling heading to Gray’s Café at Brenchley. We started through the Research Station and up Sweets Lane to Wateringbury lights, then along the A26 to Old Road and climbed up Pizien Well Road before descending to Seven Mile Lane. Riding through East Peckham and Golden Green we headed to Tudeley and Capel with more “undulations” to Pembury by which time some of us thought Richard had changed his mind about the café stop. But no, we changed course and looped back to Matfield and then found food after 20 miles at Grays. Not the fastest of service but all in a good cause. Thinking the return would now be a shorter leg we set off refreshed and climbed yet again, this time to Castle Hill, and then to Collier Street, Laddingford, Beltring and East Peckham, but a final loop to Hadlow, Matthews Lane and Butchers Lane to Kings Hill and the finish. Not a shorter return leg after all. Total of 43 miles at 13.1 mph average.
A total of 13 riders met at Wrotham today including a new member to the club Steve who had been on a couple of Saturday rides but this was his first time joining the midweek group.
Tim led the group straight up Wrotham Hill to warm everybody up followed by a meander around the top of the hill before the descent down to Eynsford via Romney Street. Then some more hills as Tim led the group to the North outpost's of Kent with a loop round Wilmington before the halfway break at Hawley Garden Centre. Then a few more loops near Swanley before heading for home via Horton Kirby and the back of Brands Hatch. A puncture for Ray just before we got to the top of the hill but underway again quite quickly before the fast descent down Exedown and back to Wrotham. 36 miles at 12mph which was pretty good considering all the hills Tim threw at the group !
Today we had 12 riders, and Chris led out through the town of Snodland and up Paddlesworth heading for the A20 cafés at West Kingsdown. The route took us through Birling, West Malling and Offham before turning at Crouch to descend through Basted and then bypass central Borough Green. Arriving at Igtham we diverted off the main road to start the climb onto the downs, using Old Terrys Lodge Road. The Hollyville café had plenty of room and the usual good food and service. Les had to get back for an appointment so took the direct route along the A20, but the rest headed for Stansted and some undulating roads back to join the Meopham road. We then followed the Pilgrims Way at the top of Wrotham Hill and we finally got back to Snodland via Trottiscliffe and Ryarsh. A distance of 32 miles at 12.2 mph average with no problems.
Thankyou Chris Daly for leading a lovely ride from Snodland to West Kingsdown via a few hills.
A new starting point at Dickley Lane,Car park,Lenham with 10 riders,including 3 tasters. .Richard led off in the rain,out to Platts Heath,Kingswood,Langley,Loose village and Boughton Monchelsea quarries,before the stop at the cafe in Coxheath. Tim and Ian J then left the group,to do their own ride home,as they had cycled to the start.Richard took the remainder down the lovely descent of Stocketts Lane to Tovil,and across the estates to Mote Park,and Detling.The remainder of the ride was mainly along the Pilgrims Way,then Hollingbourne to Lenham,with the sun shining.A rather disrupted ride,due to a slow rider,of 28 miles at 12 mph average,but fortunately without incident.
12 of us turned up for the ride from Yalding and with Tony volunteering to lead, set off for Headcorn Aerodrome. He took us through Laddingford to Claygate, where the pub is now completely shut and boarded up, before joining the Goudhurst road into Marden. On into Staplehurst and past Hawkenbury to Headcorn and then a loop around Smarden to the Airfield. A lovely sunny day when we arrived, so we sat outside for our break and watched the first of the Skydiving planes take off that day, which had been delayed so far by the windy conditions. From there we crossed the A274 and along New House Lane, to retrace our route after Headcorn until we turned off to Wanshurst Green and Milebush, then Chainhurst and Hunton to arrive back at Yalding Station. Total of 37 miles at 14.4 mph average.