Out to the Isle of Grain from Wrotham 19/4/17

19/04/2017 17:03 | Anonymous member

A cold,dry and sunny start welcomed a very impressive turn out of 20 at Wrotham.Richard led and headed off in a very indirect route to Cliffe on the Isle of Grain.Firstly,the lump of the A20,Wrotham Hill, before the lovely descent to the picturesque hamlet of Stansted with a short stop to regroup and admire the memorial on the green.It was then a flat ride along Hartley Bottom Road,adorned in places with bluebells along the banks,then into Longfield.Carrying on,into the equally pretty village of Cobham,passing it's ancient church and old worldie pubs.Journeying on down hill along Thong Lane to the Lower Higham Road and to the break at the cafe in Salt Lane,Cliffe.It was the first time the Midweekers had used it,and with the numbers,the staff were a bit overwhelmed but with everyone sitting outside in glorious sunshine  overlooking the fishing lakes,it was  a most enjoyed stop.Reasonably priced,and will be used again.The return became a bit disjointed,with the three groups getting separated at various places,one particularly being the footpath section from Crutches Lane to Shorne Country Park,but the wonders of mobile phones got everyone back together again eventually.  (Well done Russ).The last few miles were on more main roads,along the quiet(thankfully) A227 through Meopham and Culverstone Green,then returning to the quieter lanes past Fairseat,back to Wrotham,with all the flock safely gathered in.A distance of 35 miles,over 2100 climbs at about 13 mph average.



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