Exploring the 5th continent Version 2: Ashford to Folkstone
The Central London Outdoor Group (CLOG) (founded 1937) has one or two easy cycle rides in the countryside nearly every week between March and October ranging from 20 to 35 miles. These are easily accessible by public transport from London and are on quiet roads or cycle paths. By bike we explore rivers, canals, forts, castles, coast, marshes, gardens, woods, ruins, churches, mansions, cycle-ferries, churchyards, villages, lost railways....
Non members can come up to 3 cycle rides or other events to try us out before joining. Photos from past cycle rides and walks. We also do around 20 trips away(weekend or longer) in the UK and abroad every year. CLOG is aimed at adults rather than families.
Sunday 16th July: Exploring the 5th continent Version 2: Ashford to Folkstone 35 miles
'The World, according to the best geographers, is divided into Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Romney Marsh' Thomas Ingoldsby
'Romney Marsh, where the roads wind like streams through pasture and the sky is always three-quarters of the landscape.' John Betjeman
Another day exploring the mysterious 5th continent by bicycle - this time we are cycling from Ashford to Folkstone. Bring your cameras! Good cycling weather is forecast for Romney Marsh and the Kent coast on Sunday (max 21 degrees) - several degrees cooler than London!
We catch the HighSpeed train to Ashford International where we start the ride. This time we head southwest out of Ashford on cycle route 18 through Chilmington and Shadoxhurst. After 11 miles we stop for morning tea at the Miss Molletts High Class Tea Rooms: http://www.missmollettstearoom.co.uk
Then back on our bikes to head towards Ivy Church where we will have lunch at the 16th Century Bell Inn: http://www.thebellinnromneymarsh.co.uk. After lunch we cycle through Newchurch and Royal Military Canal where we are parallel to the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway (the most complete collection of one third size Steam Locomotives in the world, running on tracks just 15 inches apart!). They are lovely to watch (and photograph).
After Hythe we drop down the coast and cycle by the sea towards Folkstone and Folkstone West station where we catch the train home.
Be on the 9:41 am High Speed Train from Stratford International (not regular Stratford) getting into Ashford International at 10:11. This train starts from St Pancras International. http://trains.im/schedule/W80578/2017/07/22/
Buy a super off peak day return from Stratford International (not regular Stratford) to Folkstone West (via Ashford) £20.85 with a discount card as we will be returning from Ashford.
Alternatively you can catch the slow train from Charing X to Ashford leaving Charing X at 8:40 calling at lots of stations and getting into Ashford at 10:00. Wait for the above High Speed train to get in
Buy an super off-peak day return to Folkstone West (via Ashford International) for £16.85 with discount card.
If anyone doesn't have a discount card, I can get up to 3 people the discount on my gold card if you get to Stratford International early and find me. Or just get a Network Card (or Senior card if you are over 60) as it will soon pay for itself after a few journeys.
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NB Central London Outdoor Group is non-commercial and events are organised by other members of the club on a voluntary basis. All participants should make themselves aware of the risks inherent in walking, cycling and other outdoor activities and take responsibility for their own actions and choices of activity.
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