Yalding station was packed out with about 25 riders,and 5 who start from there every. Wednesday set off on their own ride.There were concerns about everyone else staying as one group,particularly with coffee stop availability.,so Richard led off with a group of 9 heading for Snodland,and Phil Gerry who is a very occasional participant,valiantly agreed to lead about 10 to Headcorn aerodrome.
Richards group had a lumpy ride,going out via Hadlow firstly then up to Mereworth and KingsHill.then on to Offham,Trottiscliffe,Ryarsh to the break at the Cricket pavilion cafe at Snodland.A new stop,and good value etc.The return saw the group set off through the Aylesford newsprint site ,then up to the Wateringbury Road to Barming,down to the river crossing to Tovil,where Phil H peeled off.Carrying on the incline to New Cut where Ralph also left..The final leg up to Kenward then through Yalding village,where Bob and Alan leftA distance of 39 miles at 12.5 mph.
Phil went out via Laddingford and Claygate to the aerodrome,with the riders splitting into groups ,depending on their differing speeds,but all meeting up at junctions.The break was as efficient as always,and a flat return ensured an enjoyable ride of about 34 miles .Thanks Phil
Phil has done a more in depth report which will be going in the MWM next Milestone.
A nice morning,and 15 turned up.Unfortunalely that quickly reduced to 14,when Brian K realised he hadn't brought his front wheel! and had taken the day off work. Richard led the rest,well sometimes and did a very traditional ride out to Queenborough.First puncture of the day was suffered by Paul,at Upchurch(thanks Allan for helping),then on towards the Sheppey bridge,with the group realising that 3 were missing,and it turned out that Andy got the second puncture.Off again to Queenborough for the break at the Klondike cafe( formally known as the Xpress),which has changed ownership,but everything was as great as normal.How did you get through that mega breakfast and doorstep bread Rebecca ?A slight return variation,going out to the Queenborough causeway then following the path between the hundreds of newly imported cars area, near Sheerness,then onto Iwade and Bobbing.It was'nt Paul's day,as just before the finish he got his second puncture,and as always Gary kept with him to assist(thanks Gary).A distance of 31 miles at 12.8 mph average.
Well done to Brian,Juan and Lisa for turning up at East Malling,on a horrible rainy morning,sorry I could not join you at the start.
This Wednesday's MWM ride comprised of just three damp cyclists, Lisa, Juan and Brian.
We set off from East Malling in a southerly direction towards Wateringbury , onto Yalding via Kenward Road through flooded roads .
We passed through Laddingford, eventually ascending Castle Hill via Pearsons Green Road. We skirted around the south side of Marden, passing through Marden Thorn , and stopped at Helen's Coffee House Staplehurst.
After a super extended lunch, we headed eastwards along Headcorn Road for a short distance. We looped around Staplehurst, crossing the A229 into Clapper Lane eventually passing Pattenden Lane on our left and staying on this road until we reached the bottom of Hunton Hill. We headed back to Wateringbury via Hunton , Yalding along the Maidstone Road and up Gibbs Hill. The final part of the route to East Malling was via Malling Road . We covered 42 miles at an average speed of 11.6 mph.
On a sunny but cold Wednesday morning, 14 souls gathered with a few brave ones even in shorts ! Tim lead the group along Pilgrims Way and then the climb up Old Terry's Lodge. Then it was the nice descent down to Horton Kirby before a relatively short first part of the ride for the cafe stop at Cafe Cinos in Swanley. Once the group were fed and watered it was onto the North of Swanley via some quiet roads and then some lumps and bumps via West Hill and onto Lullingstone and Eynsford. Then the return to Wrotham via the Knatts Valley for a ride of 37 miles at about 12.5mph.
A glorious sunny morning,starting off from Brooklands Lakes,Snodland,following a chat about the newly posted notices about much reduced spaces in the car park.Richard led a group of 13 on a let's see where we end up ride.Firstly through Neville country park,then up to East Malling around various lanes,then into the Research centre and Wateringbury Road,before cutting through a bit of rough track to Kings Hill.Enjoying the warmth,it was then onto Offham and Platt before dropping down to the break at the Oakdene cafe at Wrotham Heath.Fully refreshed,and following much joviality,Richard carried onto to the Pilgrims Way,and Trottiscliffe,where the group lost Tony and Bob,but fortunately all met up again at Ryarsh.Just before the finish,Alan got the only puncture,but was to push his bike back.A shorter than normal distance of 30 miles at a steady 12.5 mph.
A big turn out of over 20 made up from Inters+ B' C ' and D groups turned up at Lenham,so Joan and Richard decided to split into two rides,but both taking different routes to Wye cafe. Joan took the hillier option going up Hubbards Hill,then down to Westwell,before taking the Pilgrims Way to the break.Richard chose a traditional way through Charing then taking a similar way via Westwell and Boughton Aluph,arriving at the cafe before Joan's group.The cafe coped quite well the influx. Richard then set off with his group,and took a longer loop,out to Brook,Mersham and Kingsnorth,before heading to Hothfield,then joining a similar course along the Pilgrims Way,doing 45 miles at 13.6 average. Joan took a shorter route,also taking the Pilgrims Way via Westwell and Charing back to Lenham,arriving back first.
Following heavy early rain,it was creditable to see16 riders still happy to get out,including a couple who normally go with a Colchester cycling club,and were on holiday in Kent and fancied a ride.By luck,the rain decided to call it a day as the group started from Yalding,with Richard leading and headed off for a new break at the Hawkhurst cafe,at the crossroads in the middle of the village.An outward trip of about 21 miles took them to CollierStreet,Horsmonden then to Goudhurst and Glassenbury,to the back lanes to Hawkhurst,where Bob sustained the only puncture of the day.Well done Gary as always for the help.Really good ,reasonable cafe stop,and ear marked for future rides.Richard tried to keep again off the main roads,it's a bit of difficulty,and therefore did a bit of a loop,out to Cranbrook,Sissinghurst and Frittenden,before heading to Staplehurst and a regular route from Marden to Yalding.A distance of 44 miles at 13 mph average.
A pretty good turnout of 14 turned up at Chestnut Street,on a sunny but windy morning.Richard led and it was decided to stretch our wings a bit and go to Herne Bay.The outward bound went firstly to the housing estates of Sittingbourne,then onto the Lower Road of Teynham continuing all the way through lanes to Faversham.We then really started to battle into a strong wind going past Graveney into Seasalter.After Whitstable,onto Tankerton,where Joan and Ann decided that they had had enough of the challenging head wind,and headed off back to a break in Whitstable at Wetherspoons.The rest kept going,taking an off-road ride into Herne Bay along a very pleasant concrete promenade alongside the Thames estuary.We also went into a Wetherspoons,and got great value refreshments.Coming out,it was a joy to have the majority of the route back with a following wind,and our route via Ospringe and Painters Forstal back to Borden was enjoyable.Richard underestimated the total ride distance,which turned out to be 55 miles,with over 2300 feet of ascent,at 12.5 mph average speed Sorry!
Tony Munn led 19 riders from the King and Queen public House East Malling to Nevs cafe Frindsbury. On a sunny early Autumn day the route took them via Rocks Road and Sweets Lane before taking the Wateringbury Road and North Pole Road into Barming. From there we cycled down Queens Road, Buckland Hill and into the Millenium Park. We then cycled to the Running Horse before the climb up Bluebell Hill, turning off onto the Pilgims way and cycling down into Wouldham via the new road. We made a slight detour to cycle along the newly constructed promenade at St Peters Villlage before continuing into Rochester via Shorts Way and our stop at Frindsbury. Our return ride took us back to Wouldham where we crossed the new bridge and then continued to Snodland, Birling and Leybourne before our return to East |Malling. Distance 32 miles at 12.2 mph average.