Appledore to Winchelsea Beach via Pett on 23 June

26/06/2018 23:24 | Anonymous member

Six riders, smothered in sun block, departed from Appledore Village heading in a westerly direction towards Wittersham on a lumpy route which passed through Peasmarsh, Udimore, Icklesham and Pett to Winchelsea Beach. The wooded lanes selected by Tony Palmer provided shelter not only from the sun’s rays but also neutralised the effects of the prevailing westerly breeze. Most of the lanes had been resurfaced recently making the ride conditions more pleasurable (and faster) than the normal pot hole dodging routine. After descending down the very steep Pett Lane and riding along Pett Level Road, now supported by a tailwind, the group, having clocked up over 27 miles, lunched at the Winchelsea Beach Café. The group continued along the traffic free coastal path through Rye Harbour Nature Reserve, with views over Rye Bay, to then return to Rye beside the River Rother. Phil decided to leave the group at Rye to return directly while the group opted to head on through Camber to Lydd. The steady pace was aided by a strong tailwind and the flat landscape. Tony missed the left turning to Brookland which called for some extra map reading. The unplanned scenic loop through Old Romney, Ivychurch and Brenzett in the glorious sunshine was an unexpected bonus. A distance of 56.2 miles at 14.7 mph average with an elevation gain of 1,940 feet.

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