Joint ride with Kent region, By Dave and Caroline

*****Report by Dave On a clear but fresh morning 6 tandems and one solo gathered at the leisure centre. After an easy start on quiet lanes we joined the first bridleway of the ride - the first of (too?) many. We were soon stopped by a gate closed to allow the farmer to shepherd his sheep with new born lambs between fields. We were soon on the move again, but a muddy section had everyone walking for a few yards. At Dormansland we rejoined tarmac, for about 1/2 mile, before turning off for a pleasant path alongside Lingfield racecourse. Back on tarmac again we were admiring the properties in Dormans Park when we were stopped by another gate. We were al getting ready to lift the bikes over when Christopher noticed that the chain could be lifted over the top of the post - easy then! A busy road took us into East Grinstead, but we escaped the traffic by joining the Worth Way for a mile or so. Turning right at Gullege we took a very bumpy track towards Felbridge, and then past Hedgecourt Lake for the last track of the morning. The chilly headwind made the final section to our lunch stop at Smallfield harder work than the almost flat gradient would suggest. After an excellent meal at the Plough and Furrow we took yet another bridleway up towards Outwood - a good way to get up the ridge without being bu ed by cars. On the next section of bridleway Caroline neglected to turn left, so everyone else went back and took a deviation from the planned route to reach the monastery at Lower South Park, where Tim photographed the statues on the chapel. The last of the planned bridleway sections was now completed. Climbing up to Tilburstow Hill there was a minor split as Nigel and Sarah took another bridleway while everyone else took the road. They report their route was easy and flat while we had to climb up a steep hill! Lanes took us through Hurst Green where we realised that we were going to be too late for the Garden Centre Cafe at Four Elms, and the leaders legs were turning to lead, so the route was cut short, returning to Edenbridge via yet another bridleway past Troy Town (worth looking up in Wikipedia). Passing the golf course Tim had the idea of trying to get tea there - so we did. Thanks to everyone for coming on this ride, and especially to Dave and Bev on their skinny tyres, though I did fail to change the colour of their immaculate white Cannondale to mud.

Why did the sheep cross the path? - Photo by Dave

Near Hooper's Farm - Photo by Dave

Mud - Photo by Dave

Worth Way - Photo by Dave

Worth Way - Photo by Dave

Outside the Plough and Furrow - Photo by Dave

Lower South Park - Photo by Dave

Lower South Park - Photo by Dave

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