A slightly delayed start at Ditton Community Centre,with a puncture repair,and most riders touring around the car park to keep warm on a dry but cold windy morning. Richard then led a group of 17 ,mainly directly into that westerly wind and headed to Poult Wood Golf Club for the break. The route was fairly traditional ,going out via Offham, Crouch and Dunks Green. The staff looked after the group well, and provided a pleasant break. .Hoping that the wind had not changed direction, Richard then led up to Plaxtol and fairly grotty country lanes to Ightham .and on to Wrotham and Birling before returning to Ditton without any incidents. A distance of 33.5 miles at a sedate 12.5 mph and 2326 ft ascents.