A select band of three, Linton, Tony and Phil met at Marden on a bright and sunny morning. We soon warmed up with a climb up Knowle Road to Brenchley. Crossing the busy A21 at Kippings Cross there were beautiful autumnal colours in the woods we passed through. A good pace was maintained along the long main road through Little Bayham to our café break at Scotney castle where Linton was dismayed to find that his usual snack of a bacon sarnie was unavailable so had to settle for a cheese scone and crisps instead ! We were met at the café by Tony's wife and their lovely dog Bramble who was made B+ mascot for the day. Bramble appeared in the group photo despite not wearing a SFA jersey ! Return to Marden was via Claygate and some quiet lanes. A total of 35 miles at 14,4 mph.
On an unexpectedly sunny and warm morning Tony Palmer and Tony Wells set out from Yalding Station towards Burwash into a brisk southerly wind. The lanes of the wooded valleys of Great Sandhurst Wood, Oxpasture Wood and Camden Wood minimised the impact of wind; however, the route was very lumpy to Wadhurst. Upon ascertaining that the Lime Tree Tea Room in Burwash was closed Plan B was invoked to break at the Greedy Goat Café in Ticehurst. The midday curfew at the Greedy Goat Café was avoided by 15 minutes.
The return route along busier roads through Flimwell, Hartley, Goudhurst and Horsmonden, aided by a stiff tailwind, ensured that the two riders made good haste back to Yalding.
A distance of 42.2 miles at 14.2 mph average speed with elevation gain of 2,385 feet.
Just a select group of 4 turned up on a cold, foggy and damp morning. The forecast of rain later led to agreement to shorten the planned route. A warm welcome to Angie for her first B+ ride.
Starting off with the climb to Borden followed by the climb of Stockers Hill to Rodmersham warmed us up. Using the quiet lanes to arrive at Faversham to negotiate its streets and make our way out of town to Graveney. A fast run to the coast with it getting noticeably colder. Excellent service in the Forget Me Not cafe taking the option of eating inside. Back out in the cold for a photo shoot on the coast then back wind assisted to Faversham. Having escaped the town, not without the challenge of an unscheduled exploration of an estate, we joined NCR1 to get to Teynham and back to Rodmersham. Retracing our route back to the start we arrived back before the rain picked up avoiding a drenching.
36.5 miles at an average of 13.7 mph with 1750 feet of climbing.
Route on Strava
Jonathan led 4 riders out of Lenham with Keith feeling a little delicate after a visit to the pub the night before. It was another lovely sunny day with hardly any wind and it didn't take long to blow the cobwebs away. We took the roads to the south of the M20 skirting Egerton, Pluckley, and Bethersden before looping round Ashford and arriving at Smeeth via Mersham.
After an enjoyable stop at the Blue and White cafe we climbed gradually through Brabourne and onto Wye. From there we headed to Westwell where Tony had to make an emergency stop at the accommodating Wheel Inn - not for a pint of beer. We passed through Charing village and made our way back to Lenham via Charing Heath Rd and Lenham Heath Rd. We covered 46 miles at an average of 14.9 mph and 2,300ft of climbing through some splendid countryside.
On a glorious bright and sunny day Phil Harvey led a group of six riders from Headcorn to Brogdale fruit farm on the outskirts of Faversham. After climbs at Boughton Malherbe and Hubbards Hill, quiet lanes with open views of the countryside look the group through Lenham and Painters Forstal to the café stop at Brogdale. Despite a coach party and a large group of Sittingbourne triathletes resplendent in their smart red and black club jerseys service was quick and food excellent. The return took us through Charing Heath, Pluckley and Smarden. In total, a distance of 36 miles was covered at an average speed of 14.1mph with 1844 feet of ascent.