Shoreham Evening Walk

 Fri 14th July: Shoreham Evening Walk

There will be an evening walk around Shoreham on Friday 14th July. Meet in The Crown public house car park at 5.30 for a prompt start. The walk will be about 4/5 miles in length and we can have refreshments in the pub afterwards.
Please let me know if you are coming via the Blog or by e-mailing me on

Diary Note: Club Quiz Night – Fri 29th Sept

Following on from the very successful quiz night last year, Cathy and Heather have booked Shoreham Village Hall for the 29th Sept. The format will be as before
– Bring your own drinks and nibbles
– Tea and coffee available at bargain prices
– Fun guaranteed.
– Tables of 8
– This is a non-profit event; ticket prices not yet fixed but will not exceed £5.

Put the date in your diary and invite your friends and colleagues along to make up tables of 8. Smaller groups welcome – we will make up complete tables on the night.
Further details will be added to this post in due course.


DUMFRIES HOLIDAY Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2nd Jul

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If youscotlandr holiday diary is not full why not join the group of 10 who have already booked for a interesting week’s cycling round the Dumfries area of the Scottish Borders. We have a selection of rides to Gretna, Anna, Castle Douglas & Forest of Ae. We are,also hoping to take a train to Kirkconnel 180 metres above sea level for a down hill cycle to return to Dumfries almost at sea level.

At the hotel there is a swimming pool and gym free to guests.

Any queries please talk to Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, contact


  • DATE; Sunday 25th June to Sunday 2rd July
  • HOTEL: Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club Dumfries
  • TARIFF: Twin/Double £455; Triple £420 Single £595 This for 7 nights per person to include Full Scottish Breakfast and 4 Course Table d’Hote Dinner.
  • LEISURE FACILITIES; Free use of indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym plus WiFi
  • BIKE STORAGE; Overnight in hotel.
  • CAR PARKING; Hotel Car Park
  • RAILWAY STATION; 5 minute walk
  • CYCLE RIDES Approx. 40 miles but not quite as hilly as the rides on the Denholm holiday The local trains or our cars may be used for 1 or 2 of the rides.
  • RIDE LEADERS; Rides to be for B and B+.
  • A RIDERS If any A riders are interested in joining us we will help them to organise suitable longer rides.

So far we have had an expression of interest in this holiday from 16 members. Please will members wishing to come confirm by the date of the AGM 9th Nov. and providing we have an viable number we will ask you to book direct with the hotel and pay a £25 non refundable deposit.As there are a number of non cycling partners interested in coming here are some suggestions for activities/places of interest.

  • For those interested in walking please look at WALKHIGHLANDS DUMFRIES AND THORNHILL
  • For history visits in Dumfries may be made to Robert Burns House and Museum, Dumfries Museum and camera obscura in a tower.
  • Trains from Dumfries go to Annan and Gretna Green – big shopping centre here but you could find somebody to marry in the Blacksmith`s Shop now open as a museum.
  • Castles galore – Drumlanrig, Threave ( house castle and gardens) Sweetheart Abbey and Caerlaverock Castle a refreshment stop on one of the cycle rides.
  • If you wish to come on the holiday please reply to Rosemary or Mike Wakefield at

Riccione, Italy Sept 2017

Riccione 2 – 9 September 2017.

This trip is being organised by Bob Craig.

He has contacted the Hotel Poker Riccione who are offering a twin/double room for Euros 350 and a single for Euros 385 for the week, plus Tourist Tax of Euros 1.50 per person per day. For this you get

  • Welcome drink
  • Breakfast Packed lunch if needed
  • Dinner with water and wine included
  • Bike storage and workshop
  • Free laundry for bike kit
  • Free rescue within 10 km Free WiFi
  • Heated outdoor pool.

EasyJet flights from Gatwick to Bologna are currently priced at £162 return including luggage. The hotel will arrange an airport transfer or cheaper option train from Bologna and free transfer from station to hotel.

The hotel will provide 20 riding itineraries with maps and have also offered to organise rides to a medieval village ( Mondaino ) for a pasta lunch and possibly a trip to a Formaggio di fossa ( cheese ) farm.
Bike hire is available and I will source details soon.
All in all incredible value. Please add your name to the interested list ASAP or contact me for any further information.


Time to decide is running out. Please go to the website and register if you are at all interested.
Transport to Bologna is your own responsibility, but I am trying to arrange something from the airport to the hotel and will let you know when I have prices.

Bob Craig
Contact by email  (Contact No: 161)

Comments from Bob Hazell
Certainly great value. I went there on a Dave Sims trip some years ago. The hire bikes, the rides and the guides were brilliant. The hotel buffet was extraordinary!

Dartford Crossing by Bike

In recent months the procedure relating to cyclists wishing to use the Dartford Crossing has changed, the current procedure is shown below.

Cyclists are prohibited from using the A282 Dartford – Thurrock River Crossing, however there is a free-of-charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the river between Essex and Kent.

This service is available 7 days a week at specified times only.

These are
3am – 9am
10.30 – 2pm
3pm – 9pm
10.30 – 2am

This is a Free of Charge service to cyclists who wish to cross the QEII Bridge or use the Dartford Tunnel to travel between Kent and Essex.

Please report to the Essex Point (accessed via the dedicated cycleway adjacent to the M25/A282 clockwise Junction 31 entry slip road), or to
Kent Point (accessed from Crossing Offices roundabout, south orbital road DA1 5PR)

On arriving at either of these points use the yellow phone to request a pick-up. A suitably equipped vehicle will arrive to transport you, and your cycle, through the crossing.

CTC Photographic Exhibition. Sat 4th March

West Kent 75th Photographic Exhibition at Methodist Church Hall, Otford on Saturday 4 March.

We open at 5.30pm for viewing with the Presentation of awards and talk from 7pm. The illustrated talk ”Adventures & Discoveries in Scotland” is presented by our own Meridian member Mike Wakefield, who has travelled widely in Scotland and who is organising another holiday for us in Dumfries from 25 June to 2 July.

Many of you will seen the details on the flyer, that I have been distributing at coffee meetings. 96 photos will be on display including 23 A4 prints. The judge is Keith Evans FRPS. The digital images will be projected with commentary after the talk and refreshments.

I, (or Peter Scott), have tickets at £5, or pay £5.50 on the door. I will see you on the 1st March as I will be in Scotland next week! You may order ticket on the Blog or email me :

Peter Woods

Computer Aided Route Planning

Tues 28th Mar

The intention is to provide worked examples of route creation using some of the different route creation software packages. Whether a created route is transferred to a device, printed as a map or a turn sheet – the principles of route creation are the same.

What we also intend to do is show how routes can be shared between individuals and how to transfer routes to and from a device.

Heather Sim’s son Simon has been approached and agreed that we can use the facilities at Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD. The school has Wifi and so you can bring laptops or other devices in order to work through demonstrations.

The event on Tuesday 28 March starting at 5 pm. Tea Coffee and biscuits will be available courtesy of Heather and Cathy

A charge of £2 will include refreshments and enable us to purchase something for the staff as a way of thanks for the use of the facilities.

The session will end at 7pm anyone wishing to retire for further discussion at the local hostelry will be welcome.

If you have any issues with route creation or file sharing do come along. If you haven’t already given your name to me (eMail ref No 125) or Ken Dean (No 2) let us know.

5pm 28th March
Grange Park School, Borough Green Rd, Wrotham, Sevenoaks TN15 7RD

1. Introduction Paul/Ken
2. Router Planning using Basecamp Malcolm McIntyre
3. Route Planning using Ridewith GPS
and Garmin Connect
GPX or Tcx – what’s the difference?
4. Route Planning using BikeHike
Saving & sharing files
Paul Godfrey


Xmas Lunch – Seating Plan and Menu Choices

Wed 7th December:         Shoreham Golf Club
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xmasThe arrangements for the Xmas dinner are as follows.

Layout by Table

Alphabetic Listing


We meet at Shoreham Golf Club at 12 noon in the bar. We have been requested not to enter the dinning room until the staff have completed the preparations at which time we will be asked to enter the room via the main entrance.
Group leaders should plan their rides to ensure that they arrive at around 12 noon.

Dress Code – ‘Anything goes’

xmasSome guests will ride, some will go by car; some will be in ‘civvies’, others in riding strip.


If riding home after the event, ensure that your bike is equipped with lights.

Changes to Committee

committeeFollowing on from the recent AGM at Swanley, Barry has stood down; John Ropkins and Bob Craig were co-opted onto the committee.


We now have two more pairs of ears to harangue with ideas and suggestions!

The Saturdays Meet @ Shoreham 14/1

Steve uses the bad weather to give us his extended report on the Saturday A ride from Shoreham

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Saturday ride:

09.15 Lewisham to Catford Station, +1c
As I pull out from Lewisham Park a car in the bus lane ejects roof snow into the road, which slithers across my front wheel as ice rather than slush causing me to wonder about the lack of thaw in the morning air, and how safe it will be to ride on unsalted Kent lanes on slick tyres. 09.33 Thameslink train  to Sevenoaks noting there’s more bikes and walkers on the train than usual, which prompts me to wonder if they too had been emboldened by yesterday’s weather prediction that it was going to be “A good day to be out and about” or whether there’s some kind of event in the Sevenoaks area that I could  infiltrate for ‘Social Cycling’ by asking the cyclist taking up the door entrance before noticing the rustiest chain in existence and how I might draw attention to it without sounding like Corporal Jones but alas the touch screen of  his I phone seems to be his premier source of interest, instead, I transfer my gaze to the lack of thaw on the fields and road edges and wonder again whether this is a good idea.  Last time I fell on ice it was such a shock, I vowed never to venture out on the stuff (without studded tyres).

Shoreham to the Golf Club by foot noting carefully the skid free road surface, but wishing I had alighted at Swanley to sample the Easterly descent through Crockenhill to Eynsford, which would have been the perfect boost – but I don’t want to die and suffer alone.

Shoreham Golf Club is empty, wondering if I should ring Chris Simms to see if I’ve got the wrong meeting place again, then Peter Woods appears like an apparition  at the window leaning his bike with that familiar care for detail – a pearly drip on the end of his nose, which he expertly deposits into that equally familiar handy tissue, which he keeps in a pocket at the rear.   The intricacy of this manoeuvre whilst cycling entertained me on that previous fateful Saturday ride to Rochester that coincided with the annual Christmas Fair.  It’s re assuring to see Peter – I’ve been impressed with his bike handling particularly his fearless descents and then there were those tricky dance floor manoeuvres at the Christmas dinner.  We fashion out a tentative agreement for me to follow him back to Orpington for the railway station.

A few moments later our intrepid ride leader appears in civvies for hiking which seems a far more sensible option than Lycra and slick tyres.  Shortly followed by Danny also in hiking mode, having walked from Otford.  From here the ride moves smoothly into ‘Social’ freewheel venturing across decades of summer holidays and trips abroad over coffee – a 3 way conversation which leaves me a  long way behind in La La Land, with thoughts that there isn’t the space to share any of my frustrations or apologies to Peter for my need for a rapid departure.  So at an opportune moment I collect my bike and return to the station seemingly with remnants of the church congregation.  At least they don’t have to prey for me.

I think about Peter returning home on his quest for “100 miles week” alone and whether the rusty chain lasted out for the guy on the train, but for me – I live to ride another day and another lesson learned in the dynamics and communications of being a new member in a ‘Social Cycling’ club.

Steve Pratt