By Dave and Caroline. Christopher as passenger

This ride will start from Ditchling and head east using some easy(hopefully) bridleways to reach Fletching in time for lunch. After lunch the route passes via Horsted Keynes before heading south for tea at the garden centre near Ditchling. From there it is an easy few miles back to the start. Hope to see you there - please contact Dave and Caroline if you wish to ride. *****Report by Dave Four tandems and a solo - an unusually low turnout for a January ride - met at Ditchling for the first ride of 2012. The weather was really quite pleasant as we left Ditchling, soon joining a well surfaced bridleway towards Streat. The surface then degenerated a bit, still better than some Surrey roads, but enough to generate a few complaints from stokers. We returned to tarmac at East Chiltington, only to leave it again as we headed up a steep slope through the brickworks at Chailey. The leader was most disappointed to find that the short bridleway section had been resurfaced, though everyone else seemed to be pleased! The well surfaced bridleways meant we were proceeding rather too well so to avoid waiting outside the pub for 30 mins while it opened an extension loop up to Nutley was added. From here it was mainly downhill to lunch, and we all enjoyed an informal freewheeeling contest. The Rose and Crown in Fletching was welcoming and provided the necessary fuel and drink for the afternoon session which started out by heading up to Horsted Keynes. The undulating route then took its toll on the organisers legs (too few miles over Xmas) as we skirted Haywards Heath and headed down Slugwash Lane. Sharp eyed Helen spotted the unusual sight (for January) of a Rhododendron bush in flower. The roads became rather busy around Burgess Hill, but we soon stopped at the Garden Pride garden centre for tea - the mincemeat tart proving to be an excellent choice for many. A short ride then brought us back to the start after an enjoyable 36.6 miles.

Jan_2012_Provisional - Provisional route in .gpx format. Right click and choose "Save Target As" if you wish to save the .gpx file for transfer to a mapping program or GPS device.

End of Bridleway Section 1 - Photo by Dave

Freewheel Contest - Photo by Dave

Leaving for the afternoon session - Photo by Dave

Rhododendron in flower - in January! - Photo by Dave

Phil & Verna - photo by Liz

Bell Lane - photo by Liz

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