Ride by Dave and Caroline

The ride starts from the Leisure Centre cap park in Cranleigh at 10.00 am sharp. The proposed morning route heads south along the Downs Link before cutting across to Dunsfold via some gentle bridleways and quiet lanes. After lunch at the Sun, we head North, using more bridleways and quiet lanes before starting the days only real climb from Shamley Green to Winterfold. A seriously step descent then takes us back to Cranleigh for some well deserved coffee.

*****Report by Caroline

It was sunny and fine as 11 tandems departed from Cranleigh Leisure Centre. This included a new couple Mark and Mags. Another new pair Andy and Tish, riding a Pino caught us up later on. We had to remind ourselves that they weren’t Tim and Anne!

We travelled along the Downs Link as far as Baynards, roads to Drungewick Aqueduct and then a rather muddy towpath to Loxwood. Pressing on on tarmac through Ifold and Plaistow, we passed the rather grand Shillinglee Park.

Although the bridleway content of the ride had been reduced after the wet weather of the previous few weeks, Dave couldn’t keep away any longer! The section near Burningfold Manor was however considerably wetter than expected. Still it was entertaining watching everyone trying to get through. Nobody was successful but the many muddy bikes and feet showed that everyone had been trying!

A short ride brought us into Dunsfold and lunch at The Sun. Because of the warm and sunny weather most people chose to sit outside.

After Loxhill and Thorncombe Street we joined the Downs Link at Bramley until a sharp drop and turn took us to the bridleway to Shamley Green. The fairly flat route so far changed as we began the climb up Winterfold. At the top of the climb the group split briefly so that some could try the shorter bridleway, which turned out to be quite rideable. We were very glad of the break whilst Liz expertly dressed a cut on Ken’s arm - not caused by falling on rough stuff but by being distracted by the Stocker's shout and driving into a holly bush!

We continued to climb and were rewarded by a very steep and fast (max 49 mph) descent down towards Cranleigh. It would have been even faster for many of us if we hadn’t been slowed by the cars! Very soon we were back at the start where we called in at the Costa Coffee for well deserved drinks and cakes.

Route Profile:

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Distance 38.1 miles

Sept08 proposed route - To save Right Click on the link and choose "Save as". Change the file extension to .GPX

Regrouping at Baynards - Photo by Dave

Drungewick Aqueduct - Photo by Dave

Chris and Helen - Photo by Dave

Andy and Tish - Photo by Dave

The Sun, Dunsfold - Photo by Dave

Back in Cranleigh - Photo by Dave

The actual route - To save the route, right click on the link and choose "Save Target As". The file is in .gpx format.

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