Lenham ride 30/11/16

30/11/2016 17:01 | Anonymous member

A beautiful clear sky,but very cold morning,greeted 14 heavily dressed souls at Lenham.The frosty breaths,and looks of what are we doing here,were quickly forgotten when Allan started dishing out his tasty home made shortbread biscuits.Richard led off and decided to go to Woodchurch rare breeds centre,which was a new venue for a midweek ride.Fortunately,although the fields were covered in an ice hue,the roads in the main were very dry,with few frost patches.Without incident thankfully the group headed out to Boughton Malherbe,and Grafty Green towards Headcorn before changing directions to Egerton,Pluckley and Bethersden.It seemed easy cycling ,being mainly downhill or flat,right to Bethersden,and the countryside,with the sun shining on the fields,and trees,with their last semblance of leaves,looked magnificent.On to Woodchurch and the cafe stop,which was quiet and enjoyable.Out again,and continuing a circular route,(not always intentionally),sorry guys!,the group carried on along extremely empty lanes,with hardly any traffic for a change,and went to Warehorn,before heading back to Woodchuch and Bethersden again.A hill was inevitable,so the rise to Pluckley was chosen,before carrying on the undulations to Egerton ,Charing Heath and Sandway to Lenham.Overall distance of 46 miles ,oops again!!,at about 13 mph average,depending on whose sat navy you believe,and 2270 feet climbing.Thanks to Andy for looking after Lisa at the back,and Allan for keeping a further supply of shortcakes at the end.


  • 30/11/2016 17:35 | Anonymous member
    Should have included our best wishes to Steve Wilcox,who will be off cycling for a while,as he got knocked off his bike in Pikefish Lane,near Laddingford,yesterday by a hit and run driver.Steve has sustained a broken hand?,and we wish him a swift recovery.
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  • 01/12/2016 09:22 | Anonymous member
    That was a fantastic route Richard, so enjoyable. Thanks.

    Get well soon Steve, Haste ye Back. Allan
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  • 01/12/2016 19:24 | Anonymous member
    Great ride through some beautiful countryside in winter sunshine well done Richard
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