The Heron Trail

  • From: 09:00am 20 Oct 2013
  • To: 06:00pm 20 Oct 2013
  • Event type: Ride
  • Contact: Eve Evans/John Wood - pace relaxed - several hills. Contact
  • Difficulty: Hard
  • Off road: No

Sunday, 20 October 2013, 09:00 @ Orpington Station, Station Approach side 

This one of our flagship rides.

From Orpington Station we will head out on country lanes to Gravesend, via Swanley Village , New Barn Park, and Betsham.

The autumn colours will be quite stunning and there is often a peaceful tranquility at this time of the year as the days shorten. There will be the smell of woodsmoke from bonfires and a lovely stillness over the newly ploughed fields and meadows.

At Gravesend we will take a look at the magnificent Sikh Gurdwara at Gravesend, before stopping for our morning coffee and cake at the Promenade Cafe overlooking the Thames Estuary at Milton.

Next it's a few miles of traffic free paths as we head out to Lower Higham to the Hoo peninsula and start of the 20 mile circular Heron Trail, so called because we pass by the RSPB Northwood Hill Reserve where there are pairs  of breeding herons.   The ride will take us through Cliffe, to Cooling Castle (the home of Jools Holland) and past St James’s Church mentioned by Charles Dickens in Great Expectations.

From here we will head back to Orpington; time permitting we may stop at The Lamb, Swanley Village for some  refreshments.

This is an all day ride.

Total distance around 55 miles.

Ride leaders Eve Evans/John Wood - pace relaxed - several hills.  Contact


You can register for this ride on our website

This post was edited by JHW at 05:27pm 02 Oct 2013.

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