Ride by Rob and Ruth

*****Ride and report by Rob and Ruth We were a select group on Sunday, comprising of ourselves, Liz, Mark & Jake, David, Caroline & last but by no means least Christopher. It was a perfect day, gloriously sunny with a clear blue sky when we set off from Appledore. We cycled along the deserted lanes of Romney Marsh with mostly sheep & a strong head wind for company. We cruised into the deserted Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch for elevenses before stopping to look at the church of St Thomas Becket in Fairfield. It is very unusual because it stands by itself, on an artificial mound, in the middle of a field.Prior to the 1960s, when a modern drainage system was built, the church was often surrounded by water and it was only possible to reach it by boat!

Lunch was taken at The Star pub, St.Mary in the Marsh, opposite to the church where Edith Nesbitt, author of The Railway Children, is buried. Most of us favoured the homemade steak & kidney pie which went down a treat. We managed to take a look at St. Augustine's church in the tiny hamlet of Snave, despite two very noisy dogs! This thirteenth century church only has one service a year at harvest time. To finish off the day, we lurched into Miss Mollett's High Class Tea Room, to stuff our faces with tea & cakes before pootling back to the car park. A good day was had by all!

Rare Breeds Centre, Woodchurch - Photo by Dave

Chatting - Photo by Dave

Fairfield Church - Photo by Dave

St. Mary in the Marsh - Photo by Dave

Snave Church - Photo by Dave

Scone with jam and cream - Photo by Dave

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