Ride by Dave, Caroline and Christopher

*****Report by Dave

This ride originally was planned to head over Box Hill, up Ranmore and over to the Surrey Hills, but the Olympic Road Race trial closed those roads, so a new route was planned the night before.

Ten riders turned up in Redhill on a warm, mainly bright day. After some coffee we headed off east along National Cycle Route 21, setting the off-road theme for the day from the start.

The climb up White Hill got everyone puffing, but the views from the North Downs Way bridleway both to London to the north and the South Downs to the south were well worth it. Crossing the busy A23 was a bit tricky, but then back to quiet lanes to reach Mogador and the next section of bridleway accross the golf course. Here there was a near miss as a rider returning from watching the trial race failed to look ahead at all and nearly ran head on into the organiser - despite warning shouts!

A whiz (no brakes required) down Pebble Coombe and a short road section took us to lunch at the Plough, Leigh, where we sat outside and chatted.

Leaving Leigh, the organiser, having just returned from two weeks in Germany, forgot he was in England and started off on the right hand side of the road. Strange looks from a car coming the other way had no effect - it was only when told by someone else that correct cycling was resumed! A short section of tarmac, then more bridleway sections, through Hammond's Copse and past Nutley Dean Farm. Back to the tarmac through Meath Green, then the last off road section to the north of Horley, though Cogman's Lane after Smallfield was possibly bumpier.

Tim's chain got jammed at Outwood, so we stopped at the green and enjoyed watching a group of three practicing slack rope walking. Tim and Christopher were brave enough to have a go! Verna and Angela went over to the windmill in search of toilets and the possibility of an ice-cream, but ended up doing a tour of the mill, while the rest were invited in for a photo in front of the windmill, and some background stories from the owner.

Eventually we left Outwood for the uphill ride back to Redhill, tempted by the prospect of tea, cakes and ice cream, which were earned with the last stiff climb up Redstone Hollow.

Distance was 37 miles, only 2079 ft of climbing.

Tim pumps in more air - Photo by Dave

Lunch at the Plough, Leigh - Photo by Dave

Tim at the pump again - Photo by Dave

The group - Photo by Dave

More bridleway! - Photo by Dave

Along the bridleway - Photo by Dave

Christopher has a go at Slackrope walking - Photo by Tim

Along the bridleway - Photo by Tim

Tim has a go too - Photo by Dave (Tim's camera)

How it should be done! - Photo by Tim

Tandem takes a break too - Photo by Tim

View North over London - Photo by Tim

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