Ride by Liz and Ken. An excellent turnout of 13 tandems met up in Lingfield for the joint Kent and Surrey & Sussex region ride. The morning was overcast and a bit chilly as we gathered in the car park but the first gentle hill up to Crowhurst soon warmed us up. Some of the lanes in this area pass through numerous small patches of woodland and we were lucky enough to have timed the ride with the bluebells flowering which provided an excellent show. There was a small section of hard but bumpy bridleway to negotiate on the way to coffee. Unfortunately we didn’t manage the gap beside the gate very smoothly and Chris behind had to stop rather suddenly and managed to lose his stoker, Jake off the back. Luckily Jake is young enough not suffer from bumps and bruises and didn’t seem to mind too much. Coffee stop was at the leisure centre in Edenbridge just as the skies cleared a little and the temperature rose pleasantly.

The first main climb of the day came just before lunch up from the river Eden to Markbeech. Lunch was in the Kentish Horse and was a somewhat protracted affair to say the least, the nice weather had brought a lot of people out and the kitchen struggled! Eventually we were all fed and we headed for Hartfield along a few lumpy but quiet lanes. Unfortunately the downhill whooshes weren’t quite good enough to get to the top of the ups, but the views were good. The next section was a flat run along the Forest Way past Forest Row and onward and upwards to East Grinstead.

A coffee shop in the high street provided refreshment and, for some a chocolate kick sufficient to complete the last section back to Lingfield. Ride distance approximately 41 miles.

April route - Right click and choose save as to save the route as a .gpx file to your computer

Leaving Lingfield - Photo by Neville

Gate between Gaywood and Troy Town - Photo by Neville

Coffee Stop in Edenbridge - Photo by Neville

Approaching Hartfield - Photo by Tricia

Approaching Hartfield - Chris & Jake, Russell & Rachel

Approaching Hartfield - Photo by Tricia

On the Forest Way - Photo by Neville

Tea Stop - Photo by Neville

The outside contingent - Photo by Nick

Nearly finished - Photo by Christopher (with thanks to Russell)

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