B+ Lenham to Smeeth 18th February 2018

20/02/2018 09:56 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Spring sprung and 3 met up in the Dickley Lane, Lenham car park for my planned route (December 9th route reversed).  Having made off and heading down Ham Lane heard calls of 'Wait for me' from Bernadette who had missed our start by minutes.  Now 4, just into Old Ham Lane and 3 danced on ice, well it is Winter Olympics time, fortunately all stayed upright.  Followed the intended route to Platts Heath and on towards Egerton then a wrong turn lead us on a great route to Barnfield.  Usual route along Pivington Lane to reach Pluckley for another deviation to Hothfirled and Goddington House.  South of Ashford via Great Chart and Singleton reaching Mersham to emerge on the A20 for our break at the Blue and White Cafe, Smeeth.  Up to Bradbourne Lees, Bradbourne Downs to accept Peter's challenge of the ascent to the top of Wye Downs.  Fantastic views, first time for some made it well worth the climb for a photo shoot.  Down from the Downs and Peter left us to return home to Brook having cycled to the start from there earlier.  Kept to the route returning via Boughton Lees, Eastwell, Westwell, Charing, Charing Heath, Lenham Heath and Lenham Square.  Roly who had expected the start to be from there had missed a great ride, sorry Roly.  47.5 miles with 2600 feet of climbing just making the 13 mph average.

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