I was going to do this ride in March but the weather was somewhat inclement! I’ve updated the details to include a picnic and the revised SE Trains timetable. No planned engineering work at present. I had originally made this ride a 2a, but it’s really a bit borderline on the hill front so perhaps safer to call it an easier 2b. People that have done a few 2a rides should be fine.
A further update from David on 14/06/18…
Marden Road is closed by the traffic lights, so you can’t get to my house by the usual route. The best alternative is:
Just after entering the 40 mph limit in Staplehurst, turn left into Pinnock Lane. (If you go past the filling station, you have just missed it.)
Continue for a mile or so, then turn right into Five Ashes Lane.
At the far end of FIve Ashes Lane (note the Grand Designs house on your left), turn right into Pagehurst Road.
Continue to cross-roads, go straight across (poor sight lines) and you are in Clapper Lane. My house is the first on the right.
Please allow an extra 5 – 10 mins in case you get lost. Ring me if you do!
If you prefer to park in an estate road, I suggest you go straight on at the traffic lights and then turn right into Fishers Road, which is near the train station.
Teston Country Park ride (N.B. It’s pronounced “Teeson”, not “Teston” or “Teeston”!)
Starting and finishing at Staplehurst Station, this is a mainly flattish ride centred around the Medway Valley in Kent, although there are a few hills.
At Teston Country Park, David will tell you a little history about the river, the navigation lock and the canoe/fish pass. Bring some sandwiches, it’s a nice picnic spot.
Then we’ll pedal on and hopefully find a coffee near Yalding: the girls will be getting desperate for caffeine but unfortunately there is nothing earlier. From there it’s a flat ride back.
Bring plenty to drink, your lunch, some snacks, and sun cream.
Start: We’ll leave from Staplehurst Station at 10:15. The 08:50 from Hastings arrives at 10:08, change at Tonbridge. Please check for engineering work.
Return: We should get back to Staplehurst Station around 15:00. There are trains at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.
Level: 2b (only 1,200 ft elevation gain, so a relatively easy 2b)
Distance: 27 miles
Suitable for road and hybrid bikes.
Please text David on 07709 620267 if you would like to come along.
If driving, you are welcome to park at David’s house (but see note above!) and cycle to the station with him (about 1 mile). If so, please let him know and try to arrive at 09:40 to allow time to unload and cycle to the station. Alternatively, park in estate roads in Staplehurst village (turn left at the traffic lights, into Marden Road – there are some estate roads soon after) and cycle a shorter distance to the station.
N.B. Parking at the station is expensive.