Cycle ride: Darent Valley of northwest Kent
Where: Darent ValleyWhen: Saturday 9 November 2013Meet: 10:00 @ General Wolfe statue, Greenwich Park (by the observatory)
Apologies for the short notice.
Brought to you by the Dog & Bell Crew, an autumnal and possibly slightly squelchy ride through the Darent Valley of northwest Kent, starting and ending in Greenwich Park.
I do this route several times a year, and it's nice to track the seasonal changes in this part of rural northwest Kent. The weather forecast for Saturday is for sunny periods with light showers, a temperature of up to 10 degrees, and a stiffish southwesterly breeze.
Route: Greenwich Park - Eltham - Chislehurst - Orpington - Badger's Mount - Darent Valley to Eynsford - Farningham - Horton Kirby - Sutton - Hawley - Crayford - Erith - Thames Path.
Feeding and watering at The Bullin Horton Kirby (excellent beer, basic pub grub).
A slow climb to the top of the North Downs by Badgers Mount followed by quiet country lanes through the Darent Valley to Sutton-at-Hone, road to Crayford and Erith, with the aid of an orbit-skimming manoeuvre in the gravitational well of Dartford, and finally a 115 furlong stretch along the Thames Path back to Greenwich.
You are advised to bring a clothes peg for use near Crossness on the Thames Path if the wind has a southerly component. Bring tools, a puncture repair kit, a spare inner tube or two, and lights. Lights are essential, as it will be dark by the time we return to Blackheath.
Total distance ~350 furlongs (70 kilometres in modern money).
RSVP, but it's OK to turn up unannounced on the day.
Francis Sedgemore (07840 191336; www.sedgemore.com)