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Peter Martinelli

posted this comment on May 17, 2024

Peter Martinelli
A2 Ride: Wed 15th May

With three on holiday and one non arrival, only five of us rode out from the Blueberry Cafe. I shamelessly borrowed Grahame’s route out to the Spinning Wheel and Tatsfield Church then down to the Pilgrims Way. We turned right to the bottom of Titsey Hill then into Limpsfield Village and on to Hurst Green. Turning left at Holland (yes, Holland) we encountered some resurfacing work before a picturesque ride to the bottom of Crockham Hill. Some debate ensued whether we were actually going to go up it but we all managed it well and the view from the top was worth it. Turning right at Limpsfield Chart we dropped down to the Grasshopper then up Clacketts Lane back to the Pilgrims Way. We eventually reached our destination at the Stanhope Arms where the sandwiches went down well although there was some discussion as to whether garlic confit goes with smoke salmon. The four who joined me on my first expedition as team leader were, Grahame Parkinson, Roger Marshall, Malcolm McIntyre and Nick Leng-Smith.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on May 16, 2024

Wed 15th May: B1 ride to Copthorne

8 riders: Mike & Rosemary, Chris B, Des, Neil K, Chris Brett, John Wilks and Dave Binks. The last two were particularly welcome as they are getting back to full fitness after a period of enforced layoff.

The ride to Copthorne was outside of our normal ride area; the ride there was fine but the ride home resulted in a few tired legs. For me the day was 50m. (that’s miles not minutes).

Olivers Cafe worked very well as we had good food and service and were able to eat in their outside area in warm sunshine. If you ignored the planes landing at Gatwick the location was perfect.

Afternoon drinks in the afternoon at Wetherspoons in Oxted were most welcome.

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on May 16, 2024

Yesterday’s B2 ride from Coolings to Godstone was attended by a select group consisting of Dave Parker, Peter Woods, Trish, myself and the welcome return to cycling of John Ropkins. John left us at Downe and the rest of continued on to Woldingham and through the girl’s school to Godstone The grounds of the school looked especially verdent in the welcome sunshine.
We dined in the Old Forge cafe in Godstone. A large selection of food at reasonble prices on offer. A trifle noisy though.
Nobody fancied a ride back up Gangers Hill, so back through Oxted home>

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Richard Green

posted this comment on May 15, 2024

Prems 14th May
Some ups and some Downs!
So it was my first ride as ride leader and after taking all of 5 minutes having carefully plotted and submitted my route (pinched from Andrew Bradley) and place of departure, I was duly told by HQ that we needed to start from the Blueberry cafe in Knockholt. After an hour or two later, a route was done and lunch destination sorted.

So preparing to leave promptly this morning to impress as ride leader, after turning my bike computer on, it quickly informed me that my battery on my back derailleur was flat, oops!

Anyway, after missing coffee, but making it in time for the 10.30 depart, we set off on our route, which was down to Cudham, then via Tatsfield and then making our way over to Fordecombe for lunch at Chafford Arms. A lovely day to be on a bike with the sun on our backs, but I still managed to upset a few of the more mature members in our group by taking them down Bassetts Lane. what’s a few puddles and potholes among friends, after all we live and ride in Kent!

Lunch was duly taken at the impressive Chafford Arms with a lovely garden and good food and efficient service. Then off again, after persuading John Baker to join us for the latter part of the ride to enjoy yet more hills! I think he enjoyed it imensley!

Joining me on my maiden lead ride and making it a very enjoyable one were, Colin Kane, John Baker, James Gallagher and Richard Bingham.

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David Parker

posted this comment on May 14, 2024

Attention all B2 riders who are not going on Di’s awayday tomorrow.

There is an additional B2 ride tomorrow from Coolings Knockholt leaving at 10:30.

The leader for this ride is Emrys and the destination is Godstone.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on May 13, 2024

Mainly, a response to Chris Simms. Forget the Pilgrims Way from Otford, it is a gas leak chasing exercise. The bridlepath coming from Otford is ok, but once in Kemsing, take the first left thrn a right bit of a weave around gets you onto Childsbridge Lane. A left will take you up to the Pilgrims way, a right will take you to a cross roads, choice of going to Seal or left to the Bell etc. Though this road is scheduled for closure later in the month.
I dare say if you are ok doing some bits as a pedestrian you can do things more direct, but as a group might be problematic.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on May 13, 2024

Just a note for ride planners for the next couple of weeks at least. There is a whole stack of roadworks going on in Kemsing. Pilgrims way from Otford is closed, even using the bridlepath from Otford delivers you to road closures and diversions. The road by Kemsing station is closed.
Frankly it is beyond a joke.

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Chris Simms

posted this comment on May 13, 2024

Thanks for the heads up, Reg.
The important thing for me is, Can you still get through on a bike?

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Robert Bunce

posted this comment on May 12, 2024

A1’s ride 8th May destination East Peckham pub lunch at Man of Kent.
What great day for a cycle ride. The weather was sunny with light winds. We departed Polhill (Chris Brown, Ian Marsh, Chris Simms, Ray Hardinge, Martin Gill, Chris Price) heading for Star Hill (going down it I might add). Through Shoreham village past Lullingstone visitor centre before turning right at Eynsford for Bower Lane. Straight on at the end into Cotmans Ash past the Rising Sun pub (is it still open?) before turning onto Pilgrims Way and heading towards Igtham. Once through Igtham we turned left into Mill Lane (not the best road of surface’s) and rode into Basted. Past the Plough Pub and up to Crouch. Turning Right we headed along to Gover Hill and the nice decent towards West Peckham. Then over the Maidstone Road, past Goose Green and onto East Peckham and lunch at The Man of Kent. The pub dates from 1588 and has some pretty low ceilings plus a great fireplace. The sandwiches and baguettes were fresh and tasty some even coming with a side of chips (excellent).
All in all a very enjoyable day.

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Joe McClenaghan

posted this comment on May 10, 2024

B1 Ride on Wed 8th May. Eight riders set off from Polhill on a gloriously sunny morning. I was accompanied by Kevin, Paul McAteer, Rosemary and Mike Wakefield, Roy Knight, John Wilks and John Conroy. We had a fast descent down Shacklands, then through Shoreham, Dunton Green, Chipstead, Pilgrims Way, up Rectory Lane, Clarks Lane, Rag Hill, through Knockholt and on to lunch at the Rose and Crown in Halstead, where we were joined by Roy Marks and where Roy Knight headed for home. The pub was excellent. Very welcoming, with a good range of reasonably priced sandwiches and Larkins beer. Worth returning to. Thank you all for your company and thanks to Paul for being back marker and ensuring that everyone made it to the pub.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on May 9, 2024

CLUB KIT
An ex member of the club has donated items of clothing for sale. Currently there is an Autumn/Winter Jersey in size Large available for £20. Condition is excellent as the item has hardly been worn. Money from the sale will be donated to the Cheshire Homes charity Chipstead. Anyone interested should contact me.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on May 9, 2024

Prems now and 10 years earlier

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on May 9, 2024

Prems 8th May
Riders come and riders go.
They leave the area to join other clubs or maybe just change to another group within our club that better suits the needs.
Some sadly leave us for good.
But the rides continue, whether it be to a local favourite pub like The Bell in Kemsing, The George, Trottiscliffe or Spoons in Oxted.
We returned to The Rose & Crown in Mayfield this week. The High Weald route as it’s become known. A link to the route is on the runs list if you would like to see it.
I’ve posted a comparison photo on our Meridian Facebook page showing us almost a decade ago and now, outside the pub ready to ride home after lunch.
Three of us appear in both the earlier photo and the current one,
We had almost a full compliment of Prems out yesterday (two deciding that two feet were better that two wheels, headed off over the North Downs, in preparation for a sea to sea hike from St Bees to Robin Hood bay) one circumnavigating the UK in his floating caravan and one on a sick note.
So a great day to be out on foot or bike in the Kent or East Sussex hills or hopefully calm seas.
Those joining me were John Baker, Richard Bingham, Richard Green, Steve Burns, Steve Seagrove, Duncan Hodge, James Gallagher , Clive Benham and Colin Keane.
The Prems, like all the other groups will continue to weave their way across the countryside. It’s just the people within the groups that change.
Where ever you cycling stay safe, enjoy your ride and the company of those along side of you.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on May 9, 2024

A2 ride Wednesday 8th May
Leaving Polhill with me were Bob Stock, Nick Leng-Smith, Malcolm McIntyre, Danny Gazzi, Paul O’Donnell, Peter Martinelli, Grahame Parkinson, Roger Marshall and just by the skin of his teeth Chris Torbet-Smith ( a new rider who joined us last week). We had an uneventful ride down Polhill through Otford and along the Pilgrim’s Way until I stopped and waited at the entrance to Terry’s Lodge Road where I was going to turn off and waited and waited. Only to realise that four of my party had turned left at Cotman’s ash. Having gone back for them and climbed halfway up Cotman’s Ash I had a message that they were going to make their own way to the pub. Back on the original route having collected the five that were waiting at the bottom of Terry’s Lodge, we had no further mishaps until Grahame got a puncture at the exit to Knatt’s valley. It was soon mended only to find it had gone down again before we even set off. Grahame said he would see us at the pub, so we set off until going up Crockenhill Danny’s chain broke. We managed to fix it with a quick link which gave Grahame the chance to catch us up. We arrived at the pub a little late but as I had not booked because they were not answering their phone did not matter.
Thanks for the company especially those who stayed with me.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on May 8, 2024

B2 Ride – Starting from Polhill, (not as the leader thought from Coolings) the ride took us through Halstead and Knockholt then down onto the Pilgrims Way, Clacket Lane, Limpsfield, down Treveraux Hill and through the lanes to Staffhurst Wood and on to Oxted. Wetherspoons was reasonably quiet and we sat out in the sunshine. Joining me were Trish, Di, Cathy, Linda, Emrys, Pete Ham, Carol, Dave Stringer, Peter Woods, Cliff Bell and Dave Parker. Dave P and Peter W joined at Coolings having fallen for the leaders error, Dave and Carol left at the Velo Barn. Honorable mention to Anne who came for coffee but rode back. Super weather and excellent company thanks to Pete Ham for being back marker.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on May 3, 2024

REMINDER QUIZ AND FISH AND CHIP EVENING SATURDAY 11TH MAY
FORMS SHOUKD BE SUBMITTED BY SUNDAY 5TH. HOPE TO SEE THERE.
ROSEMARY WAKEFIELD

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on May 2, 2024

Prems Ride report Weds 1 May,

First 100 miler of the year and five riders set off from Teal café for the coast in lovely conditions with exposed arms an legs and on our summer bikes including the Chairmans old retro Litespeed

The route down to Rye took us through Goudhurst, Rolvendon and Wittersham with the return leg via Appledore, Tenterden and Staplehurst. Lunch was at The Old Grain Store in the Strand which is very popular with cyclists for good reason- great coffee, a nice well priced menu and plenty of outdoor seating in the sun. With the seagulls swooping down to clear any unattended tables and morris dancers gathering in the street the Litespeed attracted the attention of a Frenchman giving the Chairman the opportunity to explain the virtues of this truly classic machine. Conversation included the merits of indoor decorating on such a day and the toll on the body of hiking too much!
Riders out were Colin Kane, Duncan Hodge, Andy Bradley (for a shortened cameo), guest rider Clive Benham and me. Thanks for your company chaps. A great day in the saddle

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CPrice

posted this comment on May 2, 2024

A1 ride on 1st May. Lullingstone to 3 Horseshoes (Knockholt)

5 riders set off from LVC on a ‘circular’ route. The route comprised heading along Sparepenny Lane, Knatts Valley before coming down Cotmans Ash and then back on Pilgrims Way to Otford. Thereafter, we passed through Dunton Green, Chipstead, back onto Pilgrims Way before climbing Clarkes Lane to take us through Tatsfield and finally Knockholt.

The pub was fairly busy so service was a tad slow, but the sandwiches were decent value. However, there was a sting in the tail as a service charge of 10% was added without us being informed. Cheeky to say the least!

Riding with me were Ray Hardinge, Chris Simms, Ian Marsh and Ian Rogers.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on May 1, 2024

Hope I am doing this right. I am the culprit for coming up with the Meridian cycling club name. It was lunch at a pub in Godstone as a need was felt to depart from the 40+ cycling club. My philosophy was that geographically most of us lived not far the international meridian line which signifies a change in direction, and as many of us due to retirement etc were at a point in our lives things were changing. I made the suggestion to Ray Ransome who shared it with others in the then ad hoc comitee. It was accepted, hence the club name.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on May 1, 2024

Wed 1st May – B1 ride LVC to Porcupine Cafe, Penshurst

9 riders, me, Joe Mc, Kevin, Roy Knight, Mike & Rosemary, Mick Cleary, Des and Danny Eagles (on new eBike).

Traditional route up the valley, Otford, Seal, Plaxtol looping round through Hildenborough and Approaching Penshurst using the concrete farm track. Uneventful ride (22m) , lunch outside at the café was good value with prompt service.

Lunchtime discussion centred round Austrian culture – Opera, right wing politics and The Sound of Music! Whilst on the second table golf feature prominently.

Prior to the start of the ride it was noted that the BBC weather forecast predicted rain whereas the Met Office was more optimistic. Fortunately The Met Office won hands down

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Rogerjm

posted this comment on May 1, 2024

A2 ride on 1st May – Lullingstone to Oxted

A2 had the doubtful pleasure of a novice leader this week. The fact that he couldn’t keep up with the others on the first hill of substance didn’t seem to concern them greatly. The magnificent seven were Nick Leng-Smith, Bob Stock, Graham Parkinson, Barry Barlow, Paul McDonnell, Chris Torbet-Smith and myself. Barry and Graham left before the end but the famous five made it to Oxted, with no punctures or other bike problems to report. We were impressed, as always, by Witherspoon’s range of food options and incredible value for money. This pub also features a poster on the Prime Meridian, to make us feel at home (I assume). A warm welcome to Chris, on his first ride with the club.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on May 1, 2024

You are correct. We had a debate at the time the club was formed and the name Meridian was chosen as many of our rides lay in the vicinity of the Meridian Time Line.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on April 25, 2024

A2 ride 24th April 2024

6 of us set out from the Olympic, and on Wested Lane picked up a seventh still on his way to the start. Through West Hill, Shoreham and up Fackenden, at the top of which the display of bluebells was stunning. Down to Cotman’s Ash and Heaverham. Up to Stone Street and down to Ightham Mote where I had a puncture. This gave the opportunity for some to mock my lurid green polyurethane inner tube. After replacing it with a butyl one, somebody snapped off the valve core while trying to pump it up. After a second inner tube had been fitted, Mick realised that he also had a puncture. While this was being sorted we discovered how much colder it was where he was, compared with just a couple of yards away, sheltered from the wind. Nearly all ready, and Bob realised that his rear wheel inner tube was bulging through the sidewall. We were only about 4 miles from the destination, so he decided he’d ride on, and he made it. From there he was walking distance from his house. I wonder if he made it?

The Kentish Rifleman had been anxious to ascertain our exact numbers, an estimate of 6 – 8 people not being good enough for them, which was a first. When we arrived, about 15 minutes late, it was packed with diners, and they had held their large table for us. Very friendly and efficient, with decent ciabattas and chips, if a tad pricy. It might be better suited as a warm weather destination, sitting in the garden.

The roads were quiet and surprisingly dry compared with recent weeks, which made it pleasant.

Riding with me were Barry Barlow, Mick Cleary, Roger Marshall, Malcolm McIntyre, Bob Stock, and the late Paul McDonnell.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on April 25, 2024

B2 Ride 24 April

7 started and 7 finished so got to be a record! With chilly wind persisting with sunny moments, if you didn’t blink, a pleasant ride was undertaken to a welcoming Ship Inn at Southfleet to warm up with hot soup and sandwiches. Civilised motorists to boot but perhaps due to relatively quiet roads but appreciated nonetheless. Those joining me on my jaunt today were Paul Hills, Di, David Parker, Peter Woods, Ken Mould and Paul Godfrey (thanks for volunteering back marker).

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on April 24, 2024

QUIZ AND FISH AND CHIP EVENING SATURDAY 11th May

Lots of forms have been handed out. Please can you complete your forms and forward them by 5th May to

sjhsevenoaksurc@gmail.com If you have not received a form please contact me by email rosemary.wakefield@sky.com

Look forward to seeing you at the Quiz Night

Rosemary Wakefield

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Chris Simms

posted this comment on April 24, 2024

A1 Ride Wed 24th April
In weather feeling more like January than April, eight of us set off from the Olympic. Martin H and Dom H fell by the wayside within the first mile and headed off home. The rest tackled Mussenden Lane and Billets Hill before heading up to the A20 and on through the lanes to Vigo. Trosley, Ryarsh and Birling came up quite fast before West Malling, East Malling and up to the North Pole for lunch. The pub was being painted brilliant white – presumably to fit in with the snow – but was warm and welcoming inside. Those who made it on two wheels were Ray Hardinge, Ian Rodgers, Ian Marsh, Chris Price, Rob Bunce and myself. Bob Craig joined us for lunch but used four wheels to get there and Tony Reeve, who was making his way there independently, suffered a puncture and arrived after we had all left. A chilly ride home completed the day.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on April 24, 2024

B1 Ride Wed 14th; Swanley to Wrotham

11 riders comprising me, Chris B, John Conroy, John Wilks, Mike Wakefield, Mike Yeo, Dave Collier, Joe M, Roy Knight, Des, Paul Mc and for lunch Roy Marks.

Chilly ride with a few hills but helped by a tail breeze. We went thro Horton Kirby, Ash, Ridley looped round thro Trotiscliffe to the G & D at Wrotham. The highlight was the descent down Birling Hill which presented some magnificent views and was a just reward for all the preceding climbs. The G & D dragon gave us a warm welcome and good food – but was otherwise empty.

Thanks to Joe for acting as back marker.

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ABradley

posted this comment on April 24, 2024

Ten Prems set off from Teal Cafe for a 46 mile ride to the Man of Kent pub in East Peckham. The route, which had been designed to be as flat as possible, took us through Golden Green and Five Oak Green before skirting round to the south of Paddock Wood, Marden and Staplehurst, after which we looped back up for the westerly run back to East Peckham via Yalding. The roads east of Paddock Wood were generally well-surfaced and quiet – certainly compared to the Sevenoaks area – which helped contribute to the decent pace; the moving average for the 46 miles was 19.5mph, albeit with only 258m of climbing. The Man of Kent seemed to be appreciated by all – good and reasonably-priced food, friendly, fast and efficient service. They did ask for a deposit when booking as we were a large group – not something we have come cross on our rides before, but they were happy to refund the deposit as soon as we arrived. Joining me today were John Baker, Richard Bingham, James Gallagher, Richard Green, Duncan Hodge, Colin Kane, Colin Keane, Nigel Masding and guest rider Clive Benham.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on April 21, 2024

2024 Holland trip. I was thinking about leading a ride from Colchester to Harwich (the same as Paull Godefrey’s last Holland trip) on Monday 8th July. A flat 25 gentle miles at B2 pace, starting about 2 pm . Can you let me know if you are interested.

Thanks. Mike Yeo

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David Parker

posted this comment on April 18, 2024

Eleven B2’s started out for Lingfield, the route took us down Brasted Hill to Pilgrims Way, which we followed to Titsey Hill, then down to Limpsfield and skirting round Oxted we continued to Lingfield.

Riders today with me were Sally Maxwell, Di Outram, Peter Woods, Dave Binks, Trish Hewlett, Roy Knight, Paul Hills and Paul McAteer (making sure I didnt leave anyone behind) plus Linda Kemp and Emrys Wilson who left part of the way to Lingfield.

We enjoyed lunch at the Star Inn which we hadn’t visited for a long time. The food and service was good.

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James Gallagher

posted this comment on April 17, 2024

The Prems set off from Blueberry cafe towards Tatsfield and unusually turned into Beddlestead Lane to ascend the steep climb at the end back up to the ridge. We headed towards Woldingham and rode the lovely road that included the impressive grounds at Woldingham school. We avoided Gangers Hill this time around and headed towards Godstone. Crossing the A25 we rode towards the bottom of The Enterdent that we ascended and turned into Rabies Heath Road that took us to Bletchingley. We were traveling on a number of less well travelled roads for us towards Smallfield and looping back to Lingfield. The sun was out and the views were seeing the countryside at its best. Dormans proved to be a little testy as the ascend isn’t steep but is a long stretch that strung out our posse. Furnace Lane was as messy as usual but passed without too much drama other than a close call that set a riders Garmin into panic mode. After riding through Cowden we ascended the final hill that took us to the Kentish Horse for a well earned lunch. The pub was pleasantly busy that was nice to see as we need our great country pubs to be doing good business. Food was very good and service prompt despite being very busy. The Prem posse had a very enjoyable ride and the weather was warmer than expected with decent sunshine. My thanks goes out to my fellow riders whose company as always make the ride more enjoyable . Joining me today were Steve, Richard (in part), JB, Nigel, Duncan (in part) and our guest rider today was Clive Benham.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on April 17, 2024

An almost full complement of A1s left Coolings on a blustery day with April showers and sunshine. Problems with tech for the ride leader necessitated the use of AI (Anthony’ Inspiration) to create a route on the fly. We headed west along the Pilgrim’s Way through Limpsfield, Pootings and past Chartwell with a few minutes on the A25 to makeup time for time lost to a puncture to the Stanhope Arms.
Food was good and promptly served – except for those who had opted for baked potatoes.Discussion ranged from the Higgs Bosun the insignificance of our galaxy to the price of new pedals.

Riders were: Chris S. Ian R. Ray H. Martin G. Robert B. Chris P. and Tony R.

Honourable mention must go to Dom H. and Danny E. who both peeled off early.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on April 17, 2024

Undeterred by the freezing wind and threats of rain, nine A2s braved the climb to Titsey summit, Route was; Cudham, Downe, Keston, and up Beddlestead, then Limpsfield to Oxted’s Meridian ‘Spoons.The adventure was enhanced by a picturesque woodland walk after the useless leader forgot to look at his Garmin.
Today’s Titfield Thunderbolts were; Barry Barlow, Mike Cleary, Danny Gazzi, Nick Leng-Smith, Paul McDonnell, Peter Martinelli, Trevor Sim and Bob Stock.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on April 16, 2024

To confirm; A2 ride tomorrow from Blueberry Cafe to Oxted Wetherspoons will depart around 10:30.
Shortish ride, so no need for us to rush off if there are stragglers.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on April 14, 2024

11 souls left Polhill on Weds for the B1 ride to Shoreham (The Kings Arms, via the scenic route). Riding with me were: Paul McTeer, Roy Knight, John Wilks, Trevor Sim, John Conroy, Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, Mike Yeo, Joe McClenaghan and Paul Godfrey (part). Unusually for a ride I had planned, there was more descent than ascent on the route, so we were able to keep up a relatively brisk pace. It was a largely uneventful ride except for a dropped chain and one of our members taking the scenic, scenic route, but somehow ending up at the pub at much the same time as the rest of the group. Also, it’s worth noting that, while the Kings Head is a good venue for both food and drinks, they have a pensioner discount on meals on a Wednesday so they do book up – and they were a bit stressed when we turned up with more people than I had booked for. Fortunately, the weather was good enough that some of us were able to sit outside. Thanks to Mike Yeo for doing an excellent job as back marker, our lost soul took a wrong turning while in front of the group, so there’s a bit of learning for me there!

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on April 11, 2024

Meridian Cycling Holiday 2025

This will take place 14-18th July at the HF country house in the South Downs; Abingworth Hall, Pulborough, West Sussex. As previously mentioned rooms will be allocated on first come first served based on the payment of the £50 deposit into the Meridian bank account Payment is preferred by bank transfer and should be made to:

Meridian Cycling Club
Sort Code: 09 06 66
A/C No: 43226774

Please email me (heather.sim85@gmail.com) with your 1st and 2nd choice of room. If you have already sent an email, thank you very much, for indicating your interest but we require the deposit to finalise room allocation.

Travel to the hotel – as it is approximately 55 miles so for most we hope to be able to cycle there but everyone is responsible for their own travel though we will have various cycling groups making the journey.

Room categories

• Standard – there are 2 single rooms, one is a pleasant room with a wash hand basin but a separate bathroom, with sole use but on a lower floor. The cost will be £465 for 4 nights
• Classic – Cost £525 / person

• Premium – Cost £565/ person

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on April 11, 2024

10th April. Nine A2 riders set out on a 22 mile cirrcumnavigation of Sevenoaks. The route was Old London Road, Stonehouse Lane (to get the heart pumping), Halstead, Knockholt, Sundridge Hill, Chipstead, Bessels Green, Dibden Lane, St Julian Road, Bitchet Green, Stone Street, Ivy Hatch, Ightham, and Wrotham.
The George and Dragon was excellent – very generous amounts of food, and the very agreeable presence of George, the St Bernard.
Thanks to Peter for back marking diligently, and a big welcome back to Paul.
The riders with me were: Malcolm McIntyre, Danny Gazzi, Barry Barlow, Graham Parkinson, Peter Martinelli, Bob Stock, Paul McDonnell and Roger Marshall.

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on April 10, 2024

A1 ride 10th April to Chiddingstone, which we had failed to reach the previous week. 9 riders set off in spring sunshine, descended Brasted Hill, rode over Ide Hill and climbed up to Chiddingstone Hoath. Moat Lane led to a loop through Cowden and on to Markbeech. The Castle Inn was welcoming though service was a bit slow. On the ride were Rob Bunce, Martin Gill, Stephen Hardy, Ian Marsh, Chris Price, Chris Simms, and, on his first ride with the A1s, Ian Rogers. Joining us at the pub were Ray Hardinge and Tony Reeve.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on April 10, 2024

B2 Ride Polhill to Penhurst Cafe: 10th April

A bright fresh morning saw what looked like a record turnout at Polhill.
A slightly delayed start caused by relocated Loos at Polhill and the time taken for me to set up an increasing number of electronic devices on the bike. Good that a number of normally B2 riders decided to go with the B1s, a bit of flexibility between the two groups must be a good thing.

I set off with smallish group of 7 riders but my disappointment was dispelled by 2 others joining us en route making a total of 9 which comprised ,apart from myself, Davids, Parker Collier and Binks, John T (first ride of the year), Emrys, Linda K, Trish and Peter Woods. A hilly ride prior to Bayleys Hill but not too many complaints.

Service at the porcupine cafe was prompt and the food good value. Discussion topics included Bluetooth headphones and the benefit of crank vs hub motors. No politics.

We exited via the farm route and headed towards Carters Hill which was a bit of a challenge (despite 6 of the 9 riders being battery assisted). Good to get home in the dry.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on April 10, 2024

The BikingBarn.co.uk has closed down and is selling off its final stock. They have lots of Mavic spares at knock down prices, but also have some spares for Hope, SRAM, Shimano, DT Swiss and Fulcrum.
If anyone want to browse the stock list just let me know and I’ll email it over.
Ray (RayHardinge@gmail.com)

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on April 10, 2024

Meridian P1 Ride, Wednesday 10/04/2024

Today’s ride saw nine Prems meet at Polhill and with another joining us on route, made almost a full complement. The destination was an old favourite, the Swan on the Green at West Peckham via Wrotham, the Mallings and Yalding, cutting through the NIAB agricultural site to hopefully enjoy the blossoming apple trees.

Under sunny skies with the wind just the right side of chilly, we dropped down Shacklands to Shoreham, picking up the Pilgrims Way at Otford for a fast blast east through Wrotham, with a short sharp climb before Trottiscliffe to keep things honest. Passing through the ever-pretty West & East Mallings saw us into apple country towards Yalding, taking in the dragging climb of Ewell Lane at West Farleigh,

The flatlands after Yalding tempted the Bingham/Burrell road train to move into maximum attack mode and we arrived at the Swan in good time, with only a cruel visit from the puncture fairy less than a mile from the pub blotting the copybook. Food & service was excellent as always with the usual warm welcome and atmosphere.

Incidentally the Swan is trying to avoid possible closure by organizing a Community buy-out so please visit this wonderful pub if you can, to support their efforts. Or better still if you are able, join the Community Group – details here: https://theswancommunityproject.co.uk. N.B. They didn’t ask me to do this by the way, it just seemed like a nice thing to do as I was typing the report.

Riders were: Andy Bradley, Jon Baker, Richard Bingham, Nick Burrell, Jon East, James Gallagher, Paul Geradine, Duncan Hodge, Colin Kane and Steve Seagrove; all of whom made it safely home before the rain.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on April 8, 2024

Hubbards Hill – Sevenoaks to Weald
The bridge over the A21 is impassable – roadworks continue to mid month.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on April 8, 2024

Hello Heather

Great to see you are booking HF for July 2025 Michael and I would like a Premium room if possible

Rosemary

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on April 7, 2024

Meridian Holiday 2025!

In 2025 we are going to another HF Hotel – Abingworth Hall, Pulborough, West Sussex. It will be for 4 nights; bed, breakfast, evening meal & packed lunch 14th to 18th July 2025. There are 2 categories of room Classic or Premium, the premium has a supplement of £80/person. There will be some single rooms available, but there are never enough, so first come first served with the payment of deposit.

I need to double check a few things before arriving at an indicative price but hope to open up for booking within the week, so this gives you some time to plan.

Best wishes

Heather

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Kenneth Dean

posted this comment on April 5, 2024

Brands Hatch Charity Day – Bank Holiday Monday 27th May

An opportunity to ride (and race if you’re that way inclined) the Brands Hatch circuit.
There is an entrance fee with proceeds going to the Chartwell Cancer Trust.

Further details have been posted to our Home Page

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on April 4, 2024

CLUB KIT
Our order of club kit has now arrived. For those who placed an order, if you are able to attend Polhill next Wednesday let me know and I will bring your item(s). As an alternative either let me know a convenient date or if you wish contact me to collect from my address.

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John Baker

posted this comment on April 4, 2024

Hello Paul,

I ordered quite a bit of kit so can I collect from you. Can you suggest a time that would suit? I can be flexible apart from Wednesdays obvs.
Regards
John Baker
07802445466

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Rogerjm

posted this comment on April 7, 2024

Paul, what time do you expect to be leaving Polhill on Wednesday? I don’t expect to be there in time for the ride starts at 10.30 but should be by 11.00 or soon after.

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Steve Seagrove

posted this comment on April 4, 2024

P1 Ride 3 April. With our group having halved in size following drop outs, four riders left LVC for a rolling ride to the Castle Inn in Chiddingstone. The roads were wet and muddy, but we didn’t get rained on at all during the ride. We proceeded without incident via Knatts Valley, Tinkerpot, Ivy Hatch, Hildenborough, Speldhurst, Groombridge, Ladies Mile and back north to Chiddingstone and Castle Inn, where we met a lone A1 rider. As usual, the team at the Castle Inn (which apparently dates from 1420!) was very welcoming and served excellent and good value food. I can recommend the Coronation Chicken sandwich on brown. Overall, an excellent day’s riding with great company and a hilly 50 miles+ for all of us with the rides from/to home. Riding with me were Nick Burrell, Richard Green and Duncan Hodge.

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Joe McClenaghan

posted this comment on April 3, 2024

B1 ride Wed 3rd April. Five riders left Lullingstone in somewhat overcast conditions. We made our way through Shoreham, Otford and on to the Pilgrims Way, then through Seal, Godden Green and past the wonderful Bucks Head pub. We turned into Knole Park with more deer than I have ever seen there – a fabulous sight. Then on via Chipstead to the Stanhope Arms at Brasted, which was very welcoming. A good range of sandwiches, baked potatoes, decent beer and reasonably priced. We had a couple of showers on the way and lots of puddles to negotiate, but we had no incidents on route. I was joined by Trevor Sim, Des Farthing, John Conroy and Rosemary Wakefield (who turned off just before Knole). Ken Dean flew in from Munich just in time to make it to the pub. A good day’s cycling and thank you all for your excellent company.

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on April 3, 2024

A 1 ride, Wednesday 2nd April. We had planned to go to the Plough near Leigh but they were not answering the phone so I booked a table at the Castle Inn, Chiddingstone. A spate of last minute withdrawals left just Stephen Hardy and me setting off to ride to the pub where we were to join Tony Reeve who was going straight there. Chris Price set off with us. We had only got to Farningham when I had a puncture. We rode up Knatts Valley and down Cotmans Ash. Chris left us at the Pilgrims Way and only 200 metres further on I had a second puncture aligned to the same place on the tyre as before though no foreign object could be found. We decided to abort the ride. Steve and I got home without further incident but Chris had a puncture near home. Tony was at the pub before he saw the text saying we weren’t coming. One of those days.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on April 3, 2024

B2 ride Wednesday 3 April from Lullingstone to Tatsfield
Joining me at the start were;- Di Outram, Paul McAteer, Davids , Binks, Parker and Stringer, Emerys Wilson, Roy Knight, Peters woods and Ham. joining en-route were David Collier and Linda Kemp .
Though a bit damp from earlier rain weather pretty good. We rode through ( some big puddles) :- Crokenhill, Chelsfield, Pratts bottom. Cudham lane (were Di Roy, Dave S and Dave C left us ) Hawley corner and into Tatsfield. Lunch was taken at the Olde Ship. food was good, service likewise and the banter excellent , thank you all for your company and to Emerys for such diligent works as back marker.

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Parky

posted this comment on April 3, 2024

Hilly route via Shoreham, West Kingsdown, Ightham, Plaxtol, Ivy Hatch (where Barry and Nick left us), Ightham Moat, Hildenborough and Underriver.

Took a turning up a private road just outside Hildenborough where a very irate lady left us in no doubt we were breaching her territorial rights. Apart from that glitch and lots of mud on the roads in my opinion a really good ride finished off by lunch at the White Rock Inn at Underriver. A spacious venue with good food and service and a large garden.

Present on Ride: Graham Parkinson, Danny Gazzi, Robert Stock, Barry Barlow, Nick Leng Smith, and Peter Martinelli.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on April 3, 2024

Meridian Holiday to Holland July 2024

Last Opportunity to book the remaining room! If you like to take this room please let me know by Saturday midnight at the very latest. Details are on the website. It is 4 bedded (2 sets of bunk beds) ensuite, we are using mainly for 2 adults, but you can book sole occupancy.

Any questions please ring on: 01322 865147 or 07502 035983.

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Ian Marsh

posted this comment on April 2, 2024

A1 Ride Wednesday 27th March.
Nine A1 riders departed the Olympic Swanley at 11am on a windy, dry and sunny morning. The route was to take us across North Kent along the cycle track near the Gravesend cycle centre and back to the lunch venue at the Black Horse, Stansted via Sole Street. Bob and Dom left us before lunch leaving 7 members to ride on until Chris P had a front wheel puncture. This was at 12:30 as the rain started, he had issues with taking the tyre off the rim and we all waited for him to fix it. 25 minutes had passed and we resumed the ride, as it happened the GPS route had a flaw in it where the ride had doubled back on itself so the ride to the pub was under the published length and we arrived at just pass 1pm. The group consisting of Ian, Ray, Martin G, Stephen, Chris P, Chris S and Rob enjoyed a nice lunch as the rain intensified and then stopped as we headed home.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on March 31, 2024

A2 ride Wednesday 27th march
Six set off from the Olympic in quite blustery weather they were Danny Gazzi, Bob Stock, Nick Leng-Smith, Malcolm McIntyre, Peter Martinelli, and me. We were on a pretty flat route, and we kept dry until about a quarter of an hour from the pub. Unfortunately, we got pretty wet before entering the pub (The Three Horseshoes) where the food and service was good. After lunch it had cleared up but it was rather cold coming down Rushmore Hill.
Thanks for the company.

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nburrell

posted this comment on March 27, 2024

Four Prems headed south from Teal Cafe into a blustery wind towards the Ashdown Forest via Groombridge and Hartfield. Kidd’s Hill (The Wall) was successfully dispatched before the forecasted rain clouds darkened the sky. Jackets were soon donned as conditions worsened and the planned lunch stop at Lingfield was substituted by an earlier break at the Crown in Turners Hill, where the welcome was warm and food of good quality. Departure was timed to coincide with the arrival of gentle sunlight which soon warmed the journey home. Riding today were Nick Burrell, Colin Kane, Richard Bingham and guest Neil Murray.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on March 27, 2024

The Famous Five B1s Mike W, Mike Y, Joe, Ken and Trevor set off from the Olympic, stopped to admire some alpaca and then to circumvent two fly tips before Mike Y left us. We took a rain avoiding shorter route to The Bull at Kemsing, where we had a pleasant and dry lunch before returning home in the dry.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on March 25, 2024

For complete clarity – where I have defined the inclusive price in brackets – I should have included evening meal as well as bed and breakfast and ferry. Apologies for any confusion.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on March 25, 2024

Would you like to join the Meridian Holiday to Holland 8th to 15th July 2024?

We have one ensuite room available it has 2 sets of bunk beds, so could hold up to 4 people, however most of our members are using similar rooms for 2 or even 1 people. Full details are on the website, go to the home page and follow the link to the holiday. There will be planned rides for A, B1 & B2.

In summary the holiday is for 7 nights, 2 are on the ferry – where most people have booked ensuite cabins, with 5 nights at the Stayokay in the Hague. The price includes breakfast and evening meal for the 7 nights. An example of the inclusive price (ferry, room, bed and breakfast) return from Harwich in one of the 4 bedded rooms would be £809 (double occupancy) to £1159 (single occupancy), some variation in between depending on the cabin choice on the ferry.

If you would like to find out more please give me a ring on: 01322 865147 before midday on Thursday 28th March.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on March 24, 2024

Runs Library / Summer Ride to The Hague

The Runs Library (not the Runs List used for our Wednesday rides) has been changed, primarily to accommodate rides being created for our summer adventure.
More information is available by examining the relevant item under ‘Events’ on the home Page.

It will be note that certain categories are no longer displayed – don’t be dismayed they are still available in the accounts of the person who created the ride and can be reinstated if required.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on March 26, 2024

Ken, at the request of some A2 regulars, I’ve been uploading our past rides to the Runs Library, to make planning of future rides easier, particularly for new ride leaders.
Now they’ve all gone! We had no warning that this might happen. Please could they ALL be reinstated ASAP.
Why not have a new section in the library for Wednesday rides?

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on March 26, 2024

The Midweek section has been reinstated including rides registered since Jan 23

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Parky

posted this comment on March 22, 2024

Nice undulating ride with some fast downhills and long straights in pleasant slightly warm conditions taking in Cudham, Tatsfield, the Pilgrims Way, Chevening, Chipstead, Sevenoaks, Riverhead and Shoreham before the final climb up Shacklands Road to Halstead and the Rose and Crown for lunch.

The Rose and Crown is a nice cosy pub with good food and beer.

Present on Ride: Graham Parkinson, Danny Gazzi, Robert Stock, Barry Barlow, Nick Leng Smith, Tim McCaffrey, Malcolm McIntyre, Mick Cleary and new member Peter Martinelli.

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Dominic Haslam

posted this comment on March 21, 2024

A1 Ride, Wednesday 20 March 2024

Spring at last! On a truly pleasant day (finally) a horde of A1s set off from Blueberry Café and immediately sacrificed the height we had gained on the way to the cafe by plunging down Sundridge Hill, then up the other side towards Ide Hill turning left before the top to take in what is familiarly known to the local Nordic Walkers as ‘B*st*rd Hill’- I think I know why. Yorks was then calling us, down, that is, not up on this occasion. The road condition was not great and one of our number had a modest coming together with terra firma, the damage being confined to twisted bars which were soon rectified. That, and a bit of mud to the legs. The nice thing about falling off on Yorks is that you just kind of lean against the bank…… Keen for another climb we headed off via some quick flat stuff to Mote Road which entailed the usual debate about whether to go through the car park or up the road. I prefer the road. One last little lump took us over Seal St Lawrence and we were just imagining the sandwiches awaiting us at our destination when we ran into some arboriculturists who had closed the road, though they were very nice about it and told us they had just turned away another group of cyclists so they weren’t picking on us specifically. Following an about turn and a minor detour we found our way to The Bell at Kemsing. Always a warm welcome there and reasonable prices – and a lot of chips. The service would have been quicker if that other bunch of cyclists with the Chairman among them hadn’t got there 5 minutes before us. Enjoying a lovely spring day were myself, Ray H, Chris P, Martin H, Martin G, Chris S, Steve H, Chris B and Rob B. Thanks to Rob B for back marking such an unruly mob – we’ll pick up the back marker training again next week, Rob!

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on March 21, 2024

11 intrepid people set off from Coolings for the B2 ride to Wetherspoons in Oxted. Riding with me were: Paul McTeer, Roy Marks, Peter Woods, Emrys Wilson, Sally Maxwell, John Wilks, Dave Binks, Trish Hewlett, Di Outram and Linda Kemp. All went smoothly for the first few miles until Di became concerned about some untoward noise coming from her bike and decided to make a pitstop at the Velo Barn. We pressed on for about a mile further when I succumbed to yet another puncture. So we had an unscheduled stop while my brilliant puncture repair crew got to work – thanks to Paul and Roy for their expert work with the tyre levers! After that we enjoyed a pleasant, mostly uneventful ride through the Kent/Surrey countryside in balmy weather – which made a pleasant change – finally finishing up at Wetherspoons. The food was (as ever) cheap and cheerful and the service prompt. Thanks to Paul G for an enjoyable, picturesque route, also thanks to Paul M for being backmarker and thanks to everyone else for their good company.

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Paul Geradine

posted this comment on March 21, 2024

Prems ride, 20 March: unusually good Spring weather resulted in 10 of us setting off in high spirits from Blueberry Cafe for a 39 mile, largely flat route across the ridge to Titsey, down Titsey Hill, out through Limpsfield, Marsh Green and Hever, for a loop back through Bough Beech, Hildenborough, Shipbourne, Plaxtol and Ivy Hatch to The Bell at Kemsing. Although the route was planned in the hope of sticking to drier and better quality roads, this proved forlorn as we still found plenty of water and muck around Grant’s Lane, Water Lane (the clue should have been in the name!) and Hever. At Bough Beech we parted company with Duncan who – with a certain amount of relish – explained that he was leaving us early as he’s spending the next week in Seville….strangely without a bike! As the route was largely flat, average speeds varied from brisk to exhausting (at least for some of us) with the second sub-group catching the slower horses just before Plaxtol where the only extended climb of the day put some of us firmly in our place. Service at The Bell was friendly and quick and lunch was all the more enjoyable for having it outside and wide-ranging discussions covering the usual subjects, such as last weekend’s elite racing and forthcoming hiking plans, as well as – more unusually – what use we could make of Duncan’s recent discovery of a “World Famous Astrologer” residing in the unlikely surroundings of Lee High Road. Apart from the early departing Duncan, those out yesterday were John Baker, Andy Bradley, Nick Burrell, James Gallagher, Richard Green, Colin Kane, NIgel Masding, Steve Seagrove and Paul Geradine.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on March 20, 2024

Date for your diary

The Summer Party will take place on Wednesday the 24th July from 12.30pm at Farningham Cricket Club. More details to follow.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on March 19, 2024

Just a quick note for the B2s: In case you haven’t seen the WhatsApp messages, Paul has been given a surprise medical appointment for Wednesday morning so I’ll lead the B2 ride. No change to the destination or the route. Regards, Des

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Diana Outram

posted this comment on March 17, 2024

B2 13th March 2024
14 set off from Pole Hill Garden Centre for Edenbridge and collected one as we passed Etonmess and lost one shortly afterwards. We cycled via Chipstead, Back Lane and half way down Ide Hill we ventured onto the farm track after being distracted by a van that sadly had a confrontation with a farmyard hen. We passed the Four Elms Garden/Cafe Centre from where 2 of our group have reported that the new management were cycle friendly unlike the old management. We continued to Edenbridge and the square at the far end where we locked our bikes and tried the cafe there also under new management. There was plenty of room upstairs and the food arrived fairly quickly and was reasonably priced. Return was via Hever and the farmyard track to the top of Ide Hill where the remnants of the group dispersed. Riding at various times were Pauls H,G, Peters W,Binks ,H Dave C,S ,James,John (new).Cliff B, Linda,Kami,Carol,Tricia and Di. Many thanks to the backstop Peter Ham.

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Robert Bunce

posted this comment on March 17, 2024

A1’s 13th March
The 7 of us departed Polhill on rather a damp and drizzly morning, destination The Crown in Shoreham.
My original choice The Bell @ Kemsing was not serving food as the chef was on holiday.
Down Shackland’s road we rode towards Lullingstone and on to Sparepenny Lane. Once through Farningham we crossed the A20 and then the long but steady haul up Mussenden. Next we dropped down into Fawkham up Crowhurst Lane, back over the A20 up Pells Lane before heading down Exedown Road and pickup Pilgrims.
My route then took us back to Otford onto Twitton lane before turning onto Filston lane where for once the wind was behind us and we sped to Shoreham.
Thankfully no punctures or mechanical’s to report on this ride. The pub gave us a warm welcome and served good food.
Thanks.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on March 17, 2024

MERIDIAN QUIZ AND FISH AND CHIP EVENING

With the Sevenoaks URC in their hall the above will take place on Saturday 11th May commencing at 6pm. Please make
a note in your diary so you do not miss this event. More details will follow nearer the time.

Rosemary and Mike

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on March 14, 2024

B1 13 March
9 left Polhill on a light drizzly morning on a direct route to the Plough Inn, Dormansland. The route included many large puddles and road lakes but know incidents except Des who succumbed to slow puncture on Pilgrims Way and went home.
The Pub was welcoming despite not having pre-booked! They sat us at a large candle lit table. Food and drink was a bit pricey and slowish in arriving. Ken led us back into Edenbridge the road wasn’t too busy but we were passed by several maniac drivers who had no consideration for us riders having to negotiate severalty more large puddles
A few then made their own way home but 5 continued on up Ide Hill and had tea in the cafe at the top. Then home bound.
Riders were:-
Ken Dean, Rosemary and Mike Wakefield, Trevor Simpson, Roy Marks, Paul McAteer, Des Farthing and new Club Member Malcolm Austin – big welcome Malcolm.
Thanks all for your company.
An enjoyable day for me and my longest ride for months – 49m.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on March 14, 2024

A2 ride to Wrotham, Wed 13th March 2024

Eight of us emerged from coffee at Polhill to find that the weather had unexpectedly changes to a light drizzle. Our number included a member whose name I don’t know, but who did say that he would be turning off early.

We went down Star Hill, through Riverhead, up Kippington Rd, and through Knole Park where several of the stags were displaying their large antlers. Down Carters Hill, far enough south that the drizzle stopped. Northeast past Ightham Mote, and back into the drizzle. Stone Street, Watery Lane up to Heaverham, through the St Clere Estate, and to the George and Dragon in Wrotham. 21 miles in all.

This is the only pub in Wrotham that welcomes cyclists, and they have previously said they would like to see us more often. They don’t take advance bookings. A good choice of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, soup etc, and their usual friendly service. Not quite the weather for eating in their enclosed and sheltered garden, so we used a large table indoors. They have some lovely dogs as well. There were only two other customers there. Like so many local pubs – us it or lose it!!

After I got home, hay fever symptoms erupted – the earliest time yet! Spring is coming!

The six non-anonymous riders with me were Barry Barlow, Nick Leng-Smith, Malcolm McIntyre, Tim McCaffrey, Graham Parkinson and Bob Stock. Thanks for your company.

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on March 11, 2024

B1 ride 13 March
I’m taking the ride to Lingfield.
If you want to join me and have lunch in The Plough Pub please let me know asap as I need to let the pub know numbers.
Thanks. Chris Brett

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Christopher H Brett

posted this comment on March 12, 2024

I’ve just checked pub menu. It’s very expensive (15.50 + drink). I’m taking my own sarnies.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on March 11, 2024

Peter Bulmer remembered invitation . For those knew Peter Bulmer, we revived news last year that he has sadly died, As there was no funeral or memorial service a few of his friends and neighbors have arranged a “remember Peter” meeting at the Bull inn St Mary cray (BR5 3HS) this Saturday 16th at 2 pm (this would have been his 85th birthday)

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David Sims

posted this comment on March 12, 2024

Mike,
Sorry I can’ be there to remember Peter with you on Saturday.
I recall that Peter was a true gentleman very polite and never had a bad word to say about anybody
I used to see him almost daily after he stopped riding as I rode to the gym and he walked to Orpington for his daily exercise after his heart problems.
He was a founding member of the Meridian and a member of forty plus before that
Cheers

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on March 7, 2024

B2 ride to Stansted yesterday was blessed with an unexpected bonus of sunshine. Accompanying me were Trish, Sally, Peters Ham and Woods, and Dave Collier who made it as far as the pub and went home. Cliff and Heather left me at Farningham. A nice trip back down Knatts Valley. Thanks to Peter Ham for back marking. Service at the pub was good, food ok-ish. A nice day out.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on March 7, 2024

Prems 6th March.
With a change of season and the promise of a dry and sunny day, it was time for us to shake off the winter blues and stretch our legs on a route over The High Weald with lunch at The Rose & Crown in Mayfield.
Six of us set off from LVC on a well trodden route through Plaxtol and Tudeley where Steve Seagrove had to leave us and return home for domestic duties,
leaving JB (with a fully charged booster battery) Nick Burrell, James Gallagher and Nigel Masding to tackle Colts Hill on route to Matfield, then on to Lamberhurst, Wadhurst and Stonegate and Whitherenden Hills before turning North for Mayfield.
The Rose & Crown is a friendly traditional pub with a good selection of lunch options at reasonable prices and a well kept Harvey’s bitter.
It’s a tough climb from the pub to the High St followed by seemingly endless climbs to Rotherfield, Eridge Rd, Groombridge Rd, Bradley hill (aka white post hill) and finally Ide hill where we made our own ways home.
We all felt our legs had been well and truly stretch on the 80+ mile route with over 6,000 ft of climbing.
Thanks to all for your company.
Roll on the summer 💪

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CPrice

posted this comment on March 6, 2024

A1 ride 6th March

7 riders set off from LVC in pleasant conditions heading for the Kentish Horse in Markbeech, hoping for a less eventful ride than last week. Our ride took us through Shoreham and then along Ovenden Road (with its lake!) before turning towards Brasted. Martin H took the sensible option and headed for home along the A25 rather than go up Toys Hill. The remaining 6 took on the challenge before turning into Emmets Lane and then up into Ide Hill, where Tony R peeled off. We then rode along Gracious Lane before descending Bayleys Hill turning off along the way to head towards Bough Beech. It was here that Ray H noticed his front tyre was going down, so had to some tubeless magic. From Bough Beech we went through Hever, where I’d picked up a rear tyre puncture, and then had the uphill drag to the pub. As usual service was prompt and efficient and food is good value. Making it to the pub with me were Chris S, Ian M, Martin G and Ray H.

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on March 6, 2024

Ten A2 riders set off from Lullingstone Visitors’ Centre, destination The Bell, Kemsing, via: Eynsford, Horton Kirby, Darenth, Sutton at Hone, Fawkham Green, Pells Lane, Old Terry’s Lodge Road and Kemsing.
Unfortunately, the leader managed to lose 7 riders at a turn-off from the main road in Sutton at Hone (Longmarsh View). 5 backtracked and rejoined the group, but 2 did not, despite telephone calls and a long wait.
The riders joining me at the start, were: Barry Barlow, Tim McCaffery, Malcolm MacIntyre, Roger Marshall, Danny Gazzi, Bob Stott, Mick Cleary and guests Dave and Karen. Apologies for losing Bob and Karen. Bob, after a tour of Kent, joined us at The Bell, but Karen, after the same tour, decided to call it a day.
The food at The Bell was excellent and abundant, and the reception, friendly, as always.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on March 6, 2024

Paul Godfrey, the Roys, Marks and Knight, Mike Yeo, Chris Brett, Kevin Wood and Trevor Sim joined me for the B1 ride to the Stanhope Arms in Brasted. We set off in sunny but cool conditions, and it was particularly nice to enjoy relatively dry road surfaces. Dry that is, until we reached Rye Lane, where water draining off the surrounding fields created a lot of standing water on the road. Worse was to come in Ovenden Road where I thought we were going to have to break out the water wings to get through a completely flooded section – but we made it mes braves! After the sharp climbs up Rectory Lane and Church Hill, we looped back and enjoyed descending Hogtrough Hill, affording sweeping views of the Kent countryside, before arriving at the pub. The food at the Stanhope Arms was good and service prompt, although they weren’t that busy. Somewhat optimistically, we elected to sit outside enjoying the rare sunshine. All good until some cloud came over! Conversation covered ski resorts and equipment and, bizarrely, why it isn’t a good idea to pay your newsagent bill by attaching a cheque to an arrow and firing it through a window, Thanks for the company and an enjoyable ride today.

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Parky

posted this comment on February 29, 2024

Ride 28th February 2024

Present: Danny Gazzi, Robert Stock, Nick Leng Smith, Barry Barlow, Graham Parkinson and A N Other

Ride off on time, weather cool but dry. Hilly route – plenty of uphills but also long fast downhills which I hope everyone enjoyed.

No mechanicals and got to Wheatsheaf pub near Hever in time for a light lunch.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on February 29, 2024

An almost full house of A1s (where were you Tony?) set off on this rarest of dry days for the Angel at Addington. Early on, Martin H. stopped to successfully sort out a mudguard issue but was then later attacked by a post near the Cyclopark where a bent hanger ended his day. With a minor Garmin routing hiccup (yes, it’s always Garmin’s fault), we split into two groups with our back marker taking (an “unofficial” gravel-averse) group on an unchartered route. Happily, the “official” group later on caught up with our back marker just in time to confront some road works at the top of Birling Hill (6 vans cleverly parked to block all but the most determined cyclist or pedestrian).
Lunch at The Angel was warm and lively with prompt service and good food at a reasonable price – recommend it to all.
Leaving the pub took longer than usual, since Steve had a couple of goes at a puncture repair, and then demonstrated his impressive mechanical skills and comprehensive tool kit repairing Chris B’s bent chain. Thanks to all for a memorable day out and to Rob for back-markering. Hopefully everyone arrived home without further incident and in daylight. We were Martin H., Martin G., Chris S., Chris P., Chris B., Ian M., Dom H., Bob C., Rob B., Steve (the mechanic) H. and Ray H (that’s me)

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Paul Hills

posted this comment on February 29, 2024

12 B2s headed out on Paul’s Getting Prettier Ride. This supersedes Paul’s Not Pretty Ride because so many of the building and landscaping projects along Thameside between Dartford and Gravesend have now been completed. We didn’t go beyond Greenhithe which leaves scope for another ride to explore the significant developments taking place nearer to Gravesend. Our lunch destination in Hextable was passed after 10 minutes of riding, and just before the 1st mechanical. Over Dartford Heath to the Dickensian looking Darenth Creek before heading out across the marshes to the pleasantly landscaped Bridge Estate. Cue another mechanical just after taking the “bus” bridge over the M25 at the Dartford Tunnel.
Another delay meant at Greenhithe the decision was made to abandon the joys of Bluewaters lakeside path and head more directly to Dartford. A short cut through Dartford FCs Princes Park lead on to Wilmington and eventually to the Hextable Cafe. Great lunch venue. Good prices, quick service and a covered cycle rack. The only down side was being harangued by a customer who called us dangerous because she had had to go on the other side of the road to get past and almost hit another car. No mention of waiting until it was safe, or we were pretty much in single file would reduce her anger. Too many of you riding together. Enjoying her anger were Linda, Carol, Di, Paul G, Peter W, Heather, Ken M, Roy M, Dave S, plus rearguard gunners David P, and Mike Yeo. Paul Hills

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on February 28, 2024

Seven B1 riders departed Swanley, on a circular tour of NW Kent. Tim McCaffrey took a short-cut to the pub because he didn’t like the look of Tinkerpot Hill. The remainder enjoyed an incident-free, undulating ride, in pleasant weather, to arrive on time for our lunch booking at the Chequers, Darenth. There, we received cheerful speedy service and good food. Recommended.
Riding with me were; Paul McAteer, Des Farthing, Trevor Sim, Chris Brett and Kevin Woods.

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James Gallagher

posted this comment on February 28, 2024

The Prems left Blueberry Cafe in decent weather. The climate was appreciated and infinitely better than last weeks atrocious day. We descended Brasted Hill to enable us to ascend Toys Hill on our way to delightfully named Puddledock Lane. We ascended up to the magnificent Chartwell House and estate and descended into the valley steering towards Oxted and Tandridge, Crowhurst and Edenbridge. We were pleasantly surprised there was some new tarmac along the way for a change. We turned out of Edenbridge along Four Elms Lane on our final leg of the route. We took the lovely short cut through Henden Estate that brought us half way up Ide Hill. Having completed the days c 3,000 feet climbing we quickly descended Back Lane on our way to the pub at Bessels Green. Lunch was at Kings Head where the service was hospitable and the food appreciated. Conversation included nautical navigation skills, camping holidays, confusion when ordering a Light and Bitter or a pint of heavy. We also discussed some experience of Sportives we had completed prompted by last weeks Hell of Ashdown and next weeks Kent Killer. I recalled doing the Surrey Hills event that started in Dorking. The guy parked next to me had got himself ready for the start and took his bike out the boot of the car. He had however forgotten to put his front wheel in the car and had travelled from Bury St Edmunds for the event. He wasn’t too pleased with himself. I was joined in todays peloton by Duncan, Colin x 2, Paul and NIgel.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on February 27, 2024

Change of plan for B1 ride tomorrow.
Change of Horses at Farnborough are not serving lunches, as have no chef.
New Destination is; Chequers at Darenth. However, they have a funeral in the afternoon, so want us by 1pm at the latest.
Therefor,e we need a prompt departure from Swanley, and NO punctures allowed!

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James Gallagher

posted this comment on February 21, 2024

There were 3 brave Prems who met at Blueberry Cafe for our planned c 32 mile route. As we left the cafe the weather forecast had proved to be accurate. We were well and truly soaked through by the time we reached Tatsfield. We ventured down Beddlestead Lane for a change that included the very steep rise at the end that we tackled from a standing start after letting a car pass by. This certainly warmed us up and got the heart rate going. We turned left and headed along the long drag up Beech Farm Rd. We turned left again onto the ridge known as Limpsfield Rd. The rain and wind was a real test of fitness, tenacity and mental discipline with all the elements against us. Thanks to Steve for pulling us along. We carefully descended Titsey Hill and at the bottom decided to abandon the remainder of the route. We turned into Pilgrims Way and headed to Velo Barn were 2 of us had a well deserved coffee and toast. In spite of the foul weather we reconfirmed our love of cycling and being part of a great cycling group (albeit most of them were far more sensible than us today). Riding with me were strong as an Ox Steve Burns plus a welcome return of Paul G after not being able to ride with us for a while. Let’s hope for better weather for next weeks ride. Lunch at Blacksmiths Arms in Cudham will need to be another day.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on February 20, 2024

MERIDIAN HOLIDAY TO THE HAGUE, HOLLAND on 8-15th July 2024

It is now just under 5 months until our holiday. Barry has booked the ferry, including your room and meal choices; Chris has sent you all individual emails indicating the TOTAL amount you are due to pay into the Meridian Bank Account before the 1st April 2024.

We are looking forward to a great time and your company.

The Club made the booking on behalf of members so that we can benefit from the ‘group discount’. The Club do not underwrite or guarantee the financial performance of the hotel, ferry company or any other organisations with whom we deal.

Members are invited to join the trip on the basis that they arrange their own travel/health insurance prior to the trip. The club can take no responsibility for the welfare of individual members, nor for their safe return to the UK in the case of accident or sickness. In addition we request that everyone takes a current ‘UK Global Health Insurance Card’ with them on the trip. Please check that yours is up to date and renew if necessary.

Please also ensure that you have up to date 3rd party insurance cover which is a condition of club membership.
Click here for more details

In summary by booking as part of our group for the holiday you agree that:

• You are aware that the club is not acting as agent for the hotel and carries no responsibility for non-performance of their contractual responsibilities.
• Riders are advised to inspect the relevant websites to satisfy themselves that they are able to fully comply with the latest governmental health and vaccination requirements (for example Covid) in the UK and in any country we plan to visit (i.e. Holland).
• When sharing with another person, both people are jointly and severally liable for the full cost of the room.
• Should anyone fall ill during the holiday it is their personal responsibility to arrange for medical care and any delay in their return home. You are encouraged to ensure that you have adequate insurance cover, and a valid UK Global Health Insurance Card.
• Have 3rd party cycling insurance cover Click here for more details

Luggage
The Hotel at the Hague is only approximately 20km from the ferry port. Stayokay have agreed that we can leave our bags in the luggage room on the morning we arrive, enabling us to have an unencumbered day of cycling on our first day in Holland.
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Carol Lin

posted this comment on February 16, 2024

B2 ride 14th February

Due to the rainy weather, we decided to shorten the ride and change the ride destination to Eat N Mess instead of Ide Hill. Five of us (Dave P, Dave S, Di, Heather, and myself) set off from Polhill Garden Centre, rode passed Halstead and along the Main Road at Knockholt while Dave P had a puncture. We used a can of foam canister as a temporary fix (but we learned afterwards that it did not last long enough for Dave to get home, and luckily he got a lift home). Four of us continued our ride and cycled down to Pilgrim’s Way via Hogtrough Hill, stopped at Eat N Mess for lunch and returned home afterwards.

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CPrice

posted this comment on February 15, 2024

A1 ride 14th February.
After a number of riders got wet on the way to meeting up at Polhill and the uncertainty over the forecast for the next few hours, it was decided to cut short the ride and not make our way out towards Hurst Green.
6 riders left Polhill descending towards the A25, then climbing up to Ide Hill and along Gracious Lane to the Bayleys Hill summit. Originally we would have descended, but due to the truncated nature of this ride we carried on where shortly after the group split with Martin G and Ray H heading back to Sevenoaks and Dom H peeling off not long after. The remaing 3 of myself, Rob B and Chris B ventured back through Dunton Green and Shoreham for sandwiches and coffee in Farnborough Village.
The idea is to try again reaching the Diamond Inn next Wednesday, although the current forecast suggests rain again next week! Lets hope that changes.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on February 15, 2024

Prems 14th Feb 24
At the grand old age of 64 years 364 day and weighing 75kg and with a blood pressure of 120/60 blood type A+. (incase anyone needs to know). I broke the Prems golden rule.
Never leave home for a ride when it is actually raining! And certainly not when there’s a perfectly good turbo trainer in the garage.
It was still raining when I along with the others arrived at Polhill GC.
Now it’s less that 3 miles from there to The Three Horseshoes at Knockholt, but for some reason we headed south into the rain to climb Ide hill before descending to Heaver then up Uckfield lane to Markbeach (still raining) descend to Penshurst, through Leigh and Weald village to climb Baileys. Along the switchback of Gracious lane before descending to Chipstead only to then suffer the sucker punch which is Star hill.
Thankfully the service in the warm pub was swift and friendly and we were able to get back out on the road for home before the rain had stopped 🙄
As I sit here writing this on my 65th birthday I realise that something else that was at one time so close has by some elected member of government been moved a bit further down the road. I have to wait another year for my “old age pension” 🤬🤬🤬
Joining me on this dreadful day and keeping my spirits up we’re:
Duncan Hodge, Jon East, Steve Seagrove and Steve Burns, Nick Burrell, James Gallagher Richard Bingham and new member Nigel Masding.
Then having got home I discover in the post ride chat that Jon East who has done practically the same ride as me has recorded 3,400ft of climbing to my recorded 1,680. Short changed again!
Well at least I’ve got my bus pass. Haven’t I?

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on February 14, 2024

CLUB KIT – Final reminder for Club Kit closing date for orders is this Friday.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on February 14, 2024

Wed 14th B1 Ride – Polhill to Teal Cafe

Had I not been down to lead it might have been 4 wheels rather than 2!

A surprising number of riders were at Polhill and 7 of us set off in damp conditions via Chipstead, Sevenoaks Common, One Tree Hill, and UnderRiver to Teal Cafe. I had been encouraged to use this venue as the Prems have reported using it as start venue on their rides into Kent. Dryish until we got to Knole Park when we had 15 mins of heavy rain which encouraged me to shorten the planned route.

First time we’d used this venue and it worked out OK. It was surprisingly busy; fortunately I rang them mid morning and they’d reserved a table for 8. Food and service good. Only downside is that we had the climb up Carters Hill on the way home.

In addition to me we had Rosemary W, Bob Stock, Trevor S, Paul Smith, Paul Mc, Chris B and Mike W joined us by car at the cafe.

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Barry Barlow

posted this comment on February 14, 2024

A2 Ride on Wednesday 14th February (St Valentine’s Day)
We set off on a very damp ad dreary day, but at least it was not raining I don’t think. I could not be sure as it was so damp in the air. I have to admit to losing Bob Stock before we even started.
All went well until we started to climb Mussenden hill then it went wrong big time for Roger Marshall who’s rear mech snaped off and ended up in his wheel. Fortunately, it did not break any spokes and after half on hour we managed to get him going again with a reduced chain on one ring at the rear. Enough to get him back Polhill car park where is car awaited. Having said goodbye to Roger we continued up Mussenden only until the top of Sun Hill where Martin had a puncture which took him ages to repair as he could not get the front tyre off.
After 24 miles we got to the pub about 2 o’clock where the food was excellent and the service very quick.
Those joining me were Malcolm McIntyre, Nick Leng-Smith, Martin Howe, and Roger Marchall for part of the way. We did not get really rained on for the whole ride. Thank you all for your company.

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Rogerjm

posted this comment on February 14, 2024

Thank you A2s for the running repairs to my broken bike this morning. Got back to Polhill by 11.00. Now to get it fixed!

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steveburns

posted this comment on February 9, 2024

Six Prems excitedly set off from LVC and it felt like there was a frission in the air, but it may just have been the EM waves radiating from one of our bikes. We got to enjoy and savour a 36 mile rolling route through Shoreham, Kemsing and Crouch before attacking the flat lands connecting Hadlow and Tudeley. Our route then took us close to Pembury and on to Bidborough and Leigh before finishing at The Little Brown Jug in Chiddingstone Hoath. The roads were covered in water and debris and between us we managed five punctures before making our destination. Only one of us was sporting tubeless tyres and kindly refrained from smugly delivering the usual type of “I told you so” rhetoric………………….NOT! The most bizarre stretch was climbing up Half Moon Lane where we had to navigate a torrent of water rushing the other way. Nick bravely took the lead and surfed his way to safety. JB sadly departed before lunch to pick up his wife’s car(proper schoolboy error!) and the food and service at the pub were first rate. The post lunch ride took us up Hale Oak and Bayleys before we split to go our separate ways. Despite the crud on the roads I was relieved to get home and realise that my bike didn’t actually require a clean!
Stylishly riding their velocipedes with me this week were Colin Kane, JB, James, Duncan and Nick.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on February 9, 2024

CLUB CLOTHING – Deadline 16th Feb
The process to submit our annual order for club clothing is now in place. This year the range of clothing has been increased to include a number of additional items such as shorts, caps and bandanas. To see the full range and to place an order go to the ‘KIT’ tab on the home page of the club website where you will find full details and a link to the order form. If you have any questions relating to clothing or the order process please contact me.

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on February 7, 2024

B2 ride on Wednesday 7th February: 12 riders set out from Lullingstone Visitor Centre for a ride to Knole Park via Shoreham, Otford, Kensington, Ightham Village, and Bitchet Green. Those who joined me for lunch were Di Outram, Heather Sim, Pauls Hills and McAteer, Daves Collier and Parker, Roy Marks and Peter Ham. Paul Godfrey, Carol Lin and Emrys Wilson left the group earlier. Lunch was reasonably priced and swiftly served. There was also plenty of seating inside the Brewhouse cafe. Thank you to Peter for back-marking and to all for your company.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on February 7, 2024

B1 Ride today

Despite a flooded road coursing a diversion Rosemary, Chris S ,Trevor S, Ken D, Paul S Followed me to Speedgate Service good, cheap food but a bit below standard. You pays for what you get!
Mike W

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on February 3, 2024

B1 RIDE WEDNESDAY 7TH FEB.

THE ROUTE PUBLISHED ORIGINALLY WAS A BIT LUMP . A REVISED ROUTE IS ON THE RUNS LIST.

MIKE WAKEFIELD

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on February 2, 2024

Meridian Holiday 2024

We are going to Holland 8-15 July; the details are on the website. This message is to all those who have already booked but also to anyone who may like to go on the waiting list, as whilst at the moment all the rooms are taken, I think there may be a few opportunities for others to join us. If you are interested or would like more information please contact me on: 01322 865147 or heather.sim85@gmail.com.

Barry has now booked the ferry and cabins as you have requested. We will need to make the final payment in early April so would like everyone to made a bank transfer of the balance into the Meridian Account by the 1st April 2024. Chris Simms will be writing to everyone who has booked with the amount you personally need to transfer.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on February 1, 2024

A2 ride, Wed 31st January

Five set out from the Olympic, heading south into a stiff headwind.
Crockenhill, Well Hill, Norsted Lane, Letts Green, Tatsfied, then testing our brakes down White Lane.
Four of us turned on to Pilgrims at Titsey Church, while the fifth overshot, and snapped his chain when he turned back uphill. Luckily Nick came to the rescue with his chain tool. Then a steady ride along Pilgrims to the Stanhope Arms at Brasted.
The food and drinks were good, with speedy service.
19 miles. According to RideWithGPS it was just over 1300 ft of ascent, while my Garmin said over 1600. To me it felt more like the latter.
The pub’s location meant it was an immediate hard slog up Hogtrough for three of us to get home.
Nick and Bob would have had a much easier ride home, except that Nick had to chaperone Bob and his slow puncture.
The 5 of us were Nick Leng-Smith, Malcolm McIntyre, Graham Parkinson, Bob Stock and myself.

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Steve Seagrove

posted this comment on February 1, 2024

Seven riders met at Teal Cafe for the Prems ride, with JB ordering an excellent-looking full English breakfast to fuel him (the rest of us were more circumspect). We headed south via Penshurst and Groombridge to Ashdown Forest. We faced a stiff and cold southerly breeze but there was some decent form shown for January by some in particular, while the frequent hills warmed us all up. A puncture and other delays meant that we decided to skip the 4 mile Weir Wood loop and headed north to Markbeech via Forest Row and Cowden, arriving bang on time at the Kentish Horse. Their welcome and food was as good as always and fairly priced. The only downside was that the Bromley contingent (ie.just Chairman Colin on this occasion) had quite a long ride home, compared to the Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks members.
Joining me on the ride were Colin Kane, Richard Bingham, John Baker, Nick Burrell, James Gallagher and guest/prospective new member Nigel Masding.

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Bob Craig

posted this comment on February 1, 2024

A1 ride Wednesday January 31 from The Olympic to The Bell Kemsing.

An undulating ?? ride took us through S Darenth and up School Lane to West Kingsdown and back through Ash and Stansted and a grind up Tumblefield and thereafter downhill all the way to the pub which was crowded with an unruly bunch of B2s LOL.

Good lunch at reasonable prices.

Joining me on the ride were Ian Marsh Martin Gill Chris Simms and Price Ray Hardinge Martin Howe Dom Haslam and Rob Bunce who had to peel off early.

We were met at the Bell by Tony Reeve and Danny Eagles.

A good days riding but bloody cold.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on February 1, 2024

B2 ride Wednesday 31st January:- from Olympic Swanley to the Bell Kemsing.
Route:- South Darenth, New Ash Green, West Kingsdown, finally swooping down Terrys lodge road to a welcoming lunch at the Bell
Joining me today on what I have been told was a slightly hilly route were:- Linda, Trish, Paul’s Godfrey and Hills, Peter’s Woods and Ham, Roy’s Marks and Knight, Ken Mould and Dave Collier.

Thank you all for you company and for Roy Knight’s impeccable back markering

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on January 29, 2024

CLUB KIT
Following a request I have been able to add pics of the colour scheme for items such as shorts to the kit order form. Any other questions just let me know.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on January 26, 2024

A note to all Meridian’s e-bikers. There’s a theft track and recovery service called BackPedal, which not only tracks a stolen bike, but crucially goes out to recover it and return it to its owner. I’ve no idea of the cost of the service, but a friend had his cargo bike nicked in London a couple of weeks ago and had it returned , undamaged, in 4 hours.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on January 29, 2024

BackPedal Recovery
Interesting concept.
1. GPS tracker fitted £70 – £200 one off.
2. Monthly fee of £9pm to for insurance and recovery.
If you’re out and about every day in London looks a good idea. For the occasional ride in Kent possibly too expensive?

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Dominic Haslam

posted this comment on January 26, 2024

A1 Ride, Wednesday 24 January 2024

On a reasonably pleasant, if breezy, day sandwiched between a miserable Tuesday and a not-much-better Thursday, a number of A1s foregathered at Blueberry Café to venture out into some rather mucky lanes to the west, ultimately heading in a large loop back to lunch at Halstead. There was some talk of turning left out of Coolings rather than right, but that would have been a very lazy day. There was some uncertainty about who would come with us, and Steve Hardy decided against – but you will be back very soon, won’t you, Steve?! So eight set off, until Rob informed us he could not resist the lure of the climb up Fox Lane at the top of which he decided to carry on home rather than come back down again. Bob C also departed not long after, leaving six of us to carry on. At this rate I was going to be lunching alone…. Highlights for me were some lovely countryside which I do not know very well, a visit to the wonderfully named Fickleshole (which in reality barely exists apart from a pub which Bob says he used to frequent as a youth) and the Col Du Skelly, a really satisfying climb of 950 feet over 2 miles which always seems to encourage you to go a bit faster than you want to, leaving you gasping at the top of what is in truth a gentle climb. We arrived without drama at the Rose & Crown to find the A2s already there and monopolising the bar, tables, service etc. But a pleasant lunch was finally consumed, followed by a gentle tootle back down the hill home (for me). A very pleasant day out, shared with Ray H, Chris P, Martin H, Martin G, Ian M, Bob C and Rob B.

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roy knight

posted this comment on January 26, 2024

B2 ride report 24th January Knockholt to Velo- Barn.
A route planned by Paul G lead by Roy K.
A group of 5 riders left Coolings on route to the Veto-Barn via Sundridge
then onto Brasted.The weather was nice and sunny but with a chilly wind.
We arrived at a very quiet V-Barn hot drinks and light beverages taken
before we said our goodbyes.
Joining me today was Emrys W, David P,Mike Y and Linda K.
Thanks all for your company.
Roy K.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on January 24, 2024

B1 Ride 24th Jan Knockholt to Chiddingstone.

Like the Prems we departed Coolings in good weather, down Clackets Lane and Pains Hill on the way to Chiddingstone, where we arrived at The Castle Inn first. Unfortunately we took a more direct route than the ride that included Hartfield.

First time I’ve been to The Castle Inn for many years; we were made to feel welcome, good food and reasonable prices. Following this we had our coffee break at the cafe at Ide Hill. on the return journey.

I was accompanied by Joe McC, Trevor S, Chris Brett (on his new ebike), Kevin, Paul Mc, Mike & Rosemary.

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Parky

posted this comment on January 24, 2024

Graham Parkinson ride log 24th January 2024.

Present; Graham Parkinson, Tim McCaffery, Barry Barlow, Malcolm McIntyre, Danny Gazzi, Bob Stock, Nick Leng Smith.

Ride was Halstead Circular starting from Coolings Blueberry cafe via Star Hill, Shoreham, Chelsfield and Knockholt finishing at the Rose and Crown PH at Halstead.

Weather good, sunny but a strong cold wind. Route undulating comprising mainly narrow country lanes with little/no traffic.

I found the route challenging due to the combination hills and layoff from cycling due to bad weather but enjoyable nevertheless.

The Rose and Crown has been described before. To recap a traditional cosy country pub with good beer, good service along with a reasonable choice of food.

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nburrell

posted this comment on January 24, 2024

After a couple of weeks without Wednesday road rides due to frosty conditions 5 prems took advantage of the mild weather to tackle a lumpy circuit to Chiddingstone. The riders first headed west from Coolings and onto a poorly surfaced Pilgrims Way into stiff headwind. A turn south down Clackets and then Pains Hill provided some respite before continuing further south through Edenbridge and Hartfield. Return leg north started at Withyham. The punchy 9% climb branching left off Bradley Road triggered some debate regarding its name – Bradley Hill? White Post? Strava thinks it is called Top Hill.
Chiddingstone was arrived pretty much on schedule at 1pm where the Castle Inn provided a very warm welcome and good food.
On the road today were Nick Burrell, Andrew Bradley, James Gallagher, Steve Seagrove and John Baker.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on January 23, 2024

Re Walks on a Wednesday, to replace or as an alternative to a ride in the winter. Thank you very much to the people who have organised them.

I have been asked as Social Secretary, to request that this is advertised on the Meridian Blog, as the primary source of information. These walks are open to members of all the groups, meaning that the use of WhatsApp ONLY may prevent effective communication to everyone.

This does not exclude the use of your WhatApp groups but please can they be the secondary means of advertising these really helpful events which are taking place.

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Peter Woods

posted this comment on January 17, 2024

Enjoyable walk led by Roy.

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Peter Woods

posted this comment on January 17, 2024

Pictures. How do I add today’s photos I took on ourwalk? ?

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Bob Craig

posted this comment on January 16, 2024

All the best for your move Dave. I shall miss your wit and banter at the club meets.

Best wishes and happy West Country cycling.

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Roy Marks

posted this comment on January 15, 2024

Thanks Dave for organising Rose’s, Dordogne
and other fab holidays. Your hilarious banter will be missed and our
loss will be Yovils gain. Best wishes for the future

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on January 15, 2024

All the best again Dave, missing your cheeky chat already! Don’t upset the natives down in Yeovil!!

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on January 13, 2024

Bye Dave. Many thanks for all you have done for the Club. I shall miss the abuse 🤣.
Happy Trails.

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Daniel Eagles

posted this comment on January 13, 2024

Hi Dave, hope everything works out ok, thanks for
All your work in the past especially the Le Jog
We went on, still one of my highlights, perhaps
We will meet again?

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David Sims

posted this comment on January 12, 2024

Hi All, Well it’s time to say goodbye, house is sold and we are off to Yeovil to be closer to our children and grandchildren in our twilight years.
Going through some papers I came across a membership list from the early Meridian years 175 members a few no longer with us and many who are not members now which brought back a few memories.
When I retired i noticed lots of cyclists riding on their own and wondered if they would prefer to ride in a group but not be part of a racing club. I found the solution., South East London Forty plus section run by Ray Ransome which had been run by Ray for the previous 14 Years. We were not happy in being managed by a committee in Essex and their reluctance to agree third party insurance as a condition of membership so broke away and we both founded the Meridian CC.
Not an easy time with some particularly acrimonious moments but generally enjoyable and a success.
My fondest memories are of group rides with all abilities riding together albeit very slowly and of course the holidays.
I organised 15 holidays, LEJOG, Calais to the Med, Luxembourg, Dordogne, Italy Hotel Poker, Rosas on the dreaded Bike Bus, isle Of Wight Cricket St Thomas. The holidays organised by Ray to Calais St and Omer and Boulogne every year were great fun.
A club will develop in a way the members want so change is inevitable so I wish all the best and stay safe. Cheers

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Bob Hazell

posted this comment on January 12, 2024

Hi Dave – I’ll be very sorry not to see you if/when I manage to get back to Kent. Apart from everything else you’ve done for the club I’m incredibly grateful to you for the huge amount of effort you put into organising & leading the LeJog & Channel to Med trips. They were both fantastic, iconic even! All the very best for Yeovil. Bob

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Chris Simms

posted this comment on January 13, 2024

Hi Dave – I’ll be sorry to see you go but I suppose we all have to move on as age catches up with us.
In the fifteen years or so that I have been a member of Meridian I have benefited from your organisational skills on holidays in Dordogne, Luxembourg, Riccione, Rosas, Isle of Wight and Cricket St.Thomas. They have all been, without exception, most enjoyable holidays that I remember with a great deal of pleasure. They set a standard for the club that we are still trying to maintain. Good luck and best wishes for your twilight years.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on January 14, 2024

Dave, I will miss our good hearted and playful exchanges.
Great to read the potted history of the club and you must be thanked for your efforts over the years.
I will miss your light guiding hand 😜
Hope you find a club in your new location that gives you as much enjoyment.
Chapeau

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on January 15, 2024

Sorry to see you go and thank you for your efforts over the years. I much enjoyed your unique style of banter.

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Rogerjm

posted this comment on January 7, 2024

Message picked up from another local cycling club (Foxgrove)

Some of you might have heard of the tragic death of a fellow cyclist from Bigfoot Cc during the week. He suffered a fatal heart attack on Polhill whilst cycling with a few of his mates on Wednesday.

The reason for my message it has come to light that the Ambulance service couldn’t locate their exact position and they asked the caller if they could give them the What3words location. This is a free app that gives you the exact location of where you are down to 1 metre. It doesn’t require internet or wifi. None of the cyclists had the app, it wasn’t until another cyclist came up the hill and he had the app and could give the ambulance control room the location. The ambulance was able to find them and wasn’t delayed but unfortunately despite their efforts nothing could be done to save his life.

We all cycle and walk in locations that don’t have street names or postcodes and I think we should be aware on how we could one day need the emergency services for ourselves, family or friends.

Please download the app from here https://what3words.com/products/what3words-app

Roger Marshall

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on January 4, 2024

A2 ride, Wednesday 3 Jan 2024

5 of us set off south from the Olympic, through Eynsford and Farningham, and up Knatts Valley (failing to go fast enough to make the e-bike rider suffer). Then we all suffered a bit climbing Tinker Pot Lane. Then down through Fawkham and Fawkham Green, feeling apprehensive about the many “Road Closed” signs, which proved to be redundant as the fallen tree across the road had been sawn up well before we reached it. On to Canada Farm Rd, where I accidentally turned right onto Rabbits Rd, just as I did the last time I led a ride this way. This time we carried on to South Darenth and the pub at Darenth, which cut a good three miles off the planned route, and meant that we got to the pub 10 minutes early instead of late, and although we caught a short shower, we probably missed the worst of it.

The Chequers provided decent beer and food, with very friendly and efficient service. The price of the sandwiches is probably towards the upper end of today’s range, but come with chips and salad. Good value overall, and they later found my wallet that I must have dropped.

The five ware Barry Barlow, Malcolm McIntyre, Graham Parkinson, Bob Stock and myself.

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on January 4, 2024

P1 Ride, Wednesday 03/01/2024

The first Prems ride of the New Year was met with sunny skies and a brisk southerly wind to keep things honest. The 32 mile route to loosen off the holiday legs took us to Seal via the Pilgrims Way then followed a rough figure of eight to the east of Sevenoaks before heading back to the Bell at Kemsing.

A well-travelled path through Ivy hatch, Plaxtol, Shipbourne and Godden Green kept to roads that were largely free of debris from the previous day’s storm. Climbs of Long Mill Lane and Mote Road helped work up an appetite for the food at The Bell which was up to its usual high standards, as was the service and reception.

Riders were: John “Are friends Electric?” Baker, Richard Bingham, Nick Burrell, Duncan Hodge, Colin Kane, Colin Keane and Steve Seagrove.

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roy knight

posted this comment on January 4, 2024

B1 Ride Wednesday 3rd January 2024 Report
Lead Rider Roy Knight
6 Riders left The Olympic Swanley on our first ride out of the new year all hoping the rain would stay away.
The planed route of 18 miles taking us to The Bell in Kemsing via Horton Kirby through to Trottiscliffe then Wrotham.
Our only delay was a large fallen tree totally blocking our way, and so lifting 5 electric bikes over was quite a Challenge for us men taking care not to cause any damage, the same care was given to Rosemary 🙂
We all agreed that The Bell offered us good Service/Food.
With me today was Mike and Rosemary W, Des F, Roy M, and Paul D for doing a great job keeping up with the power assisted riders.
Thank you all for your company .
Roy K.

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on January 4, 2024

A1 Ride – Swanley to Chelsfield – 3 January 2024
Lead – Martin Howe
Happy New Year everyone !!
An amazing number of A1 riders turned up at Swanley, no dobut eager to escape home life after the Xmas/New Year festivities. They were Martin Gill, Chris Price, Bob Craig, Ray Hardinge, Danny Eagles, Dom Haslam and Rob Bunce.
Also, a warm welcome back to Stephen ‘Near Miss’ Hardy after his prolonged absence. As talk turned to updating gear shifting software, I thought it was time to go. I mean, come on. Next time ,someone will be suggesting we have powered bikes, really………………..
Anyway, the Maginificent Seven (plus 2), headed out to Swanley Village and a number of riders were unclear if the were a) doing the ride b) not doing the ride c) doing part of the ride d) just not sure !! Like the classic film, a number fell by the wayside by the time we made our way to Hawley Road and more as we crusied towards Longfied. From there we passed through Fawkham Green and up Billet Hill to Ash and then across the A20. After a slow ascent and then fast descent of Terrys Lodge we rode along the Pilgrims Way to Otford and onto Shoreham. At the back of Shoreham we slogged up Chelsfield Lane to the Bo Peep pub (the Five Bells is closed on Wednesdays). I cunningly let my three remaining riders (Rob B, Martin G and Chris P.) pass me to check on their climbing prowess. Overall, pretty good !! As our food arrived (after 40 minutes – they were very busy) Tony Reeve put in a guest appearance for a quick drink and a chat before returning home. The Bo Peep is a nice friendly pub, prices about average. Service was slow but they did have a event on. Would visit again.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on January 1, 2024

Apologies, but there used to be a for sale section. Situation is I need to sell my Boardman hybrid ebike. Will come with a spare battery. I need a quick sale, so only £600. Contact me via email regoak@btinternet.com or 07717 106555.
Happy new year to all.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on December 30, 2023

B2 ride 11 Jan: Destination is Ightham Moat and will be the cleanest way possible… Could whoever put on Runs List please.

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Parky

posted this comment on December 21, 2023

6 A2 riders including myself being Neville Hazel, Danny Gazzi, Tom McCaffery, Bob Stock and Malcolm Macintyre. Hilly circular route around Knockholt with plenty of mud on the road from recent rain and large puddles as well. Shortly before Shoreham one of the group had a puncture but all good. As time pressing ride cut short so we could get to our lunch stop at the Rose and Crown, Halstead in time for 1.30.

Rose and Crown a traditional cosy little pub with a nice beer garden for when the weather gets better. Food, beer and service all good and will certainly be going back there.

Unfortunately my bike had a mechanical just a mile from home. Chain got tangled in rear derailleur with the derailleur jamming the back wheel. Didn’t fall off but not best way to finish the ride!

All the best everyone and have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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David Parker

posted this comment on December 21, 2023

Six B2 riders left Coolings on this dry December morning. We went down Brasted Hill to Pilgrims Way then down Clackets Lane to cross over the A25. We then went up to Limpsfield before descending Treveraux Hill. On route to Hurst Green we ignored some Road Closed signs, finding a section of road that was being laid where we had to walk down the verge.
After Hurst Green Paul suggested an alternative route going through Old Oxted using the tunnel under the A25, this was an improvement to my original route. With me today were Carol Lin, Emrys Wilson, Paul Godfrey, Peter Ham and Dave Stringer (who departed where we left Pilgrims). Merry Christmas to all.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on December 21, 2023

Eight B1 riders left Coolings on a breezy morning, riding to Chipstead (Bricklayers Arms) via Farnborough Village, taking the opportunity to explore the Biggin Hill one way system on the way. Anxious to maintain my reputation, I threw in a couple of extra climbs en route, but the pay off was a wonderfully bucolic view over rolling fields before dropping down Charmwood Lane to the A21 cycle path. We arrived at the Bricklayers in good time (ahead of the A1s, so plenty of space on the bike racks!) The food and service were both excellent. Joining me were: Mike and Rosemary W, Roy M, Roy K, Roger M, Chris B, Trevor S. Thanks for the good company and Merry Christmas and a H
appy New Year to everyone!

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Ian Marsh

posted this comment on December 20, 2023

Eight A1 ‘Grimpeurs’ departed Cooling Garden Centre for a 21 mile ride to Chipstead. We rode along the North Downs dropping to the Pilgrims way then headed West. Bob C. and Rob B. headed for home and we continued to Clacket Lane. The ride went over the green sand ridge passing Crockham Hill and Four Elms before turning north for Ide Hill.
Four of us headed on the official route up Yorks Hill where the road surface was clean not pot holed and was rideable. Most of use ascended the hill without needing to walk and there was a suggestion to include Yorks Hill in a summer ride in the future, maybe?
Ian M. Ray H. Dom H. Martin G. Chris S. And Chris P. enjoyed a well earned lunch at The Bricklayers Arms in Chipstead.

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James Gallagher

posted this comment on December 20, 2023

The Prems met at Coolings and were delighted to commence our ride on the best Wednesday weather we have had for sometime. We dropped down Brasted Hill to join Pilgrims Way to avoid the likely carnage on the roads at the far end of Knockholt. We made our way across the A25 towards Treveraux Hill and descended into the valley. There were a number of closed roads on route we had to navigate that involved a degree of brief walking whilst avoiding eye contact with the workmen that impacted our average mph. The recent wet weather had made the roads particularly mucky and another bike clean would be required. We met a fellow cyclist on route who objected to an overtaking manoeuvre and made their feelings felt. We apologised and wished them a Merry Christmas and hoped they felt better soon! Two of our riders disappeared into the distance whilst ascending the final climb up Ide Hill and we could only admire their effort from a distance albeit one of them had the advantage of their new electric Ribble. We took the long descent down Back Lane and finished the ride down through the lovely Bessels Green to the Kings Arms. Lunch was very pleasant with good service and a nice Xmas atmosphere with a few Xmas office gatherings (give away was quite a few of the patrons looked as though they would rather be poking themselves in the eye with a sharp stick). I was joined by the legends AKA JB(these roads are s***e), Duncan H and Nick B (he never knowingly sweats on the bike). Merry Xmas to all.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on December 19, 2023

All groups- For those leading rides from Knockholt tomorrow there are significant road closures and diversions in the area due to Westerham Hill being closed. In Particular Grays Road between Cudham Lane and the Spinning Wheel at Westerham Heights has been made one way traffic West to East. It is therefore not possible to reach the Spinning Wheel directly from Knockholt.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on December 17, 2023

Happy Christmas

Thank you very much for the lovely flowers you gave me. Some of you noticed that a 10% discount would be available on next years Christmas Dinner if we booked before March. I have booked for the 11th December 2024! Please put the date in your diary.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on December 15, 2023

Sadly I have to report the death of a previous club member, Peter Bulmer. A nicer, more gentle humorous and amiable man you could ever hope to meet,

Mike Yeo

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on December 13, 2023

Prems 13th Dec.
An impromptu ride saw two Prems sharing the road with two non e-bike ridding B2s, a rare thing these days 😜
We left High Elms at 11:00 and made our way through Downe village and on up through Berry’s Green to the old Spinning Wheel restaurant where we turned left towards Cudham lane and then down hill the Green St Green before returning to the golf club for a very enjoyable the company of other club members at the Christmas lunch.
Those on the road with me were Steve Burns, Dave Binks and Rodger Marshal.
Thanks all for your company on the road, at the bar and at the table.
Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to all.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on December 12, 2023

Changes to Rail Travel as from 3rd Dec

Things are changing!
1. Trains leaving London between 16.00 to 19.00 will now be considered as Peak travel
2. Return tickets will now be approx 2 x price of a single.
3. On-Line tickets are available on some journeys – and will be spread to most journeys during 2024.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on December 12, 2023

Meridian Christmas Lunch TOMORROW – Would you like to join us?!

High Elms Golf club 12.30 for 1pm start.

We have 2 places available due to illness. Please let me know if you are interested on 01322 865147.

Best wishes

Heather

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on December 7, 2023

Prems 6th Dec
When Duncan and I left Bromley in the cold mist of the morning, we had no idea how the condition would change so dramatically on route to LVC.
The roads were still ok as we crested Well Hill but as we reached the decent of Redmans Lane we were forced to dismount and it was even tricky to keep our footing in cleated shoes all the way to LVC where we found ourselves surrounded by souls sporting various injuries sustained on the ice.
Thankfully none too serious.
After an extended coffee break five Prems gingerly made our way up to the Shoreham Rd and then abandoning the planned route made our way via main roads to The Stanhope in Braisted where we were joined by the rest of the Prems (who had the good sense to make the journey by car) for a pre Christmas lunch.
An excellent venue with great service.
Those sliding their way with me were Duncan Hodge, Colin Keane, Dave Hickman and Richard Bingham.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on December 6, 2023

Icy conditions in the vicinity of Lullingstone resulted in several members taking a tumble. Fortunately it would seem that no one sustained serious injuries and all got home safely. An impromptu B ride set off from Lullingstone initially staying on the main road to Otford. Rye Lane was frost free if mucky and we then headed to Riverhead and Chipstead on the way to Eat’n Mess. A new lunch stop for us, covered area is a bit damp, food is good although can be slow to arrive if there are large numbers. We were also serenaded by a mechanical Father Christmas. Joining me were Dave Sims, Paul McAteer, Trevor Sim, Pete Ham, Roger Marshall, Malcolm McIntyre, Tim McCaffery. Dave dropped off at Otford, the Wakefields, Ken Dean and Des joined us for lunch.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on December 4, 2023

B1 ride Wednesday 6th December:
Slight change of plan for this Wednesday’s B1 ride. There are a number of organised events going on at Knole Park on the same day and I’ve been told that the Brewhouse cafe will be busier than usual. Given the miserable weather I doubt anyone will want to sit outside so I’ve replanned the route to go through the park and carry on to the EatnMess cafe in Chevening. I’ve posted an updated route on the runs list and Joe will very kindly update the destination details. Thanks, Des

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Pete Ham

posted this comment on November 29, 2023

B2s ride on 29th November.
Ken Mould, Dave Parker, Emrys Wilson, Paul Hills, Dave Collier, Roger Marshall, Paul Godfrey, Peter Woods, Di Outram, and myself started from the Olympic riding the 10.8 miles to the welcoming Black Horse at Stansted. The weather was surprisingly pleasant and, needless to say, the company agreeable.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on November 29, 2023

Good Morning – its frosty out there, predicted to be 2 degrees, feeling like zero.

We will be going on a circular walk from the Black Horse Pub in Stanstead, leaving the car park at 11am. Feel free to join us. It is hilly so walking poles may be useful.

We will be at coffee at the Olympic at 10am

Heather & Trevor

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Nicholas Leng-Smith

posted this comment on November 25, 2023

A2 ride on 22.11.23 from Coolings, Knockholt to The Bell, Kemsing.

8 riders started the anticlockwise circle route around Sevenoaks. The route was: Sundridge Hill, where Joe picked up a puncture, Church Road to Ide Hill, the Gracious Lane roller-coaster, but turning off onto Rycroft Lane (to avoid the last and worst Gracious Lane hill), and round the southern end of Knole Park.

At One Tree Hill, Barry led a party of 5 riders straight to the pub: Barry Barlow, Malcolm McIntyre, Bob Stock, Tim McCaffrey and Mick Clearly. The remaining 3 riders, Danny Gazzi, Joe McClenaghan and Nick Leng-Smith, dived down Carter’s Hill and completed the original route via Ightham Mote, Ivy Hatch, Stone Street, Pillar Box Lane, Watery Lane, Heaverham and Kemsing, where both groups were reunited for a substantial lunch of sandwiches (large), chips (large) and salad (not large) at very reasonable prices and served by friendly staff.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on November 24, 2023

Lots of A1 fingers got cold on the way down Star Hill, but nicely defrosted on the way up Row Dow, where Dom H. called it a day. Then on to Tinkerpot and up Stansted Hill for a breather. Rob B. turned for home soon after, leaving 7 of us to continue on to the North Pole for lunch. The pub doesn’t disappoint with good food at a reasonable price. The group comprised Chris S., Chris P., Martin H. and Martin G., Bob C., Ian M. and myself, Ray H.

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joneast

posted this comment on November 23, 2023

This week’s Prems ride was a 36 mile loop from Coolings to The Bricklayers Arms at Chipstead. Leaving Coolings, we headed up to Hawleys Corner where our offers of help to the lady cyclist were spurned so we continued down through Biggin Hill to descend Salt Box Hill and climb Jewel Hill. We made our way across to Haribo Valley Rd where Chairman Colin picked up a puncture at the top of the hill. With that sorted, we continued up through Woldingham School before a pleasant descent past Godstone onto a long flat section with generally good surfaces through Crowhurstand and Haxted before climbing up Crockham Hill / Hosey Hill. Our time trial stretch along the A25 was cut short by traffic and Thames Water roadworks at Sundridge but we made it to to the pub in good time.
As usual the pub was very welcoming and provided good value food. The sausage and onion baguettes were particularly popular.
On the ride with me today were Colins Kane and Keane, John Baker, James Gallagher, Nick Burrell and Hubert Heijna and we were joined at lunch by Prems veterans Paul Gerardine and Richard Bingham.

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on November 23, 2023

B2 ride from Coolings to Holland. We got as far as Hawleys Corner when a young female cyclist was spotted having problems with her bike. Four male members (oo er missus!) of our ride descended upon her and spent 25 minutes unsuccessfully trying to fix her puncture. Trish got cold waiting and went home. The rest of us carried on and got as far as Woldingham where Linda feeling the cold and Mike Y left to find a near pub. The remaining riders – Peter Woods, Paul MacCateer. Roger Marshall, Peter Ham and myself carried on the Diamond Inn in Holland. Chilly day but pleasant. Cliff Bell was with us part of the way, not sure where he left.

Responding to Ken’s request for leaders to give a brief review of lunchtime pubs and cafes –
The Diamond is not often visited. We found it quite good. The service was quick and friendly. They serve soup and baguettes at reasonable prices. They also have sides like chips ( with a cheesy option) and Mac and cheese) . Mains were expensive, bitter is Larkins. I think it is a good venue. There are few if any other reasonably priced pubs in the area ( apart from Wetherspoons in Oxted)

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on November 19, 2023

B1 RIDE WEDNESDAY – CHANGE OF ROUTE AND DESTINATION

AS THE WEATHER FORECAST IS FOR ONCE NO RAIN ON WEDNESDAY BUT IF IT HAD BEEN FOR INCLEMENT CONDITIONS THEN WE COULD HAVE RETURNED FROM TONBRIDGE BY TRAIN. THEREFORE, WE WILL GO TO THE FOUNTAIN PUB AT COWDEN. THE DISTANCE IS ABOUT 18.5 MILES AND IS A PUB MERIDIAN HAVE NOT VISITED BEFORE. ROSEMARY AND I WENT THERE LAST SATURDAY WEEK WITH THE SEVENOAKS GROUP. THE ROUTE WAS GOOD AND THE FOOD AT THE PUB WAS REASONABLY PRICED AND THEY WERE PLEASED TO SEE US.
LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU.

MIKE WAKEFIELD

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on November 18, 2023

I have received an email form GearClub, the company who supply our kit, with details of a black Friday sale. Whilst none of the items will be in our club colours and I have no idea as to stock levels, some of the reductions are significant and may be of interest. This link is for the sale page of their website. https://shop.gearclub.co.uk/product-category/sale/

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on November 16, 2023

Ai Ride 15th Nov. I hadn’t realised that the Greyhound, Hever, no longer serves food at lunchtime so I had to change the destination to Markbeech. 9 riders set off from Polhill but after descending Hogtrough Bob, Rob and Tony peeled off at various points along the Pilgrims Way. We crossed Limpsfield Chart and continued through Haxted and Dormansland, along Furnace Lane and through Cowden. The Kentish Horse wasn’t as busy as usual and service was quick. The route and the sunshine gave the opportunity to enjoy the autumn colours though there were complaints that too much of our attention had to be on dodgy road surfaces. On the ride were Rob Bunce, Bob Craig, Martin Gill, Ray Hardinge, Dom Haslam, Mike Howe, Ian Marsh, Tony Reeve and Chris Simms.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on November 16, 2023

B2 – Big turnout for the ride sunshine all the way on a brisk and blowy day. The route took us down to Pratts Bottom then up to Downe (no pun intended), Keston, Nash, Fickleshole and Botley Hill to the Golf Course at Park Wood. Food was good, prices reasonable. Joining me were Ken Dean, Ken Mould, Dave Parker, Roy Marks, Roger Marshall, Steve Nunn, Paul McAteer, Pete Ham, Cliff Bell, Trish, Di, Peter Woods, Mike Yeo and Tracey Parker. Many thanks to all for your company particularly Tracey who acted as back marker for a larger than normal group.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on November 16, 2023

A2 ride, 15th Nov

We planned an 11am start, to allow the weather to warm up a bit. However, the service at Polhill GC is sooooo slow with the automated ordering, that you need to order your coffee half an hour before you want to set off.

Five of us set off, a few minutes late, on a gloriously sunny and cool day. Down Shacklands, through Otford and on to the Pilgrims Way, through Noahs Ark, Seal and Godden Green before saying hello to the deer in Knole Park. Down Brittains Lane, and onto the rough road surface through Dunton Green before looping round to Chipstead. The Bricklayers Arms served good food and drink, with friendly service.

We left there with plenty of time to arrive home in daylight.

The five were Barry Barlow, Graham Parkinson, Ian Rogers, Bob Stock and myself. Thanks for your company, and for telling me where and when my rear light had decided to fly off.

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on November 15, 2023

P1 ride 15/11/2023. Polhill to The Blacksmith’s Arms, Cudham

After the previous Wednesday deluges, it was either 3rd time lucky or three strikes and you’re out for today’s ride. Happily the former prevailed and four Prems set out from Polhill under sunny but chilly conditions. Our route took us east along the Pilgrim’s Way, through Plaxtol, Claygate and Comp. A northerly turn via Wrotham Heath introduced the main attraction of the day, Vigo Hill which was dispatched with a minimum of fuss, despite the slippery conditions.

Following a loop through the badlands north of the M20, we cut back via Farningham and Chelsfield, ending with a picturesque but leg-sapping meander through the small lanes between Rushmore Hill and Cudham. Only a puncture near Well Hill impeded progress. The Blacksmith’s was a new venue for most of us and I am happy to report that service & food were excellent. The location also had the added advantage of a (mostly) downhill ride home for everyone.

Riders were : Nick Burrell, James Gallagher, Duncan Hodge and Colin Kane. Jon East joined us for lunch at the pub after an exhausting seven mile ride from home – although to be fair he did have to climb Church Hill.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on November 8, 2023

Prems 8th Nov
Today’s ride started with a short walk to the garage.
Three others were in their garage or Man caves sitting astride their static beasts.
After burying ourselves in the world of Watopia, we made our individual ways to the Kentish Horse at Markbeech where took refreshments and refuelled on ham egg and chips or the like.
Service as always at this establishment was both fast and friendly.
Having discussed the important issues of the day: power output on the turbo and JB’s ridiculously expensive all singing and dancing electric gazebo, we made our ways home. All beating our personal best times from said pub to home, thanks to the internal combustion engine.
Thanks to JB, Richard B and Dave for a most enjoyable lunch.
Next weeks forecast?

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Martin Howe

posted this comment on November 8, 2023

A1 Ride – Lullingstone to Farnigham (abandoned) 8 November 2023
– Lead – Martin Howe
Despite a number of rider withdrawls due to the atrocious weather, two other hardy riders turned up at Lullingstone Cafe. Even though my arrival looked like somone off a North Atlantic trawler, the other two were keen to undertake the ride as planned. I explained that my ride of getting to the cafe was quite challenging and I felt that the club ride should be abandoned due the unrelenting dangerous conditions.
We settled down to luke warm PG Tips and interesting looking bars which had clearly been discarded by a passing squirrel. As we watched the rain sweep across the park, lengthy discussions about tubeless tyres, cycle suppliers, previous ride experiences and unmentionable medical matters ensued.
As the other two riders were going to undertake a ride the following day they were persuaded to return home.
Joining me at the cafe were Martin Gill and Ian Marsh.
PS : Next Wednesday forecast – 70% showers !!!

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Linda Kemp

posted this comment on November 7, 2023

B2 ride from Lullingstone to Southfleet on Wednesday 8th November
Due to rain being forecasted all morning, I am afraid I will not be leading the ride. The route is on the website if anyone would like to cycle in the wet weather.
Linda

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on November 4, 2023

This popped up in my Facebook feed: https://letstalk.kent.gov.uk/kent-cycling-and-walking-infrastructure-plan?utm_medium=email&utm_source=ehq&utm_campaign=website&fbclid=IwAR1Ywq2McGeK6oRylDf7Hvnv7ztUFxYoKiYINNWkGSI7mPfRGDUtaLPjjU0

If you follow the link it takes you to the public consultation on the proposed active travel network which will form the first Kent Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (KCWIP).

KCC are carrying out this consultation to gather views on proposed cycling routes and walking and wheeling zones to enable residents and visitors to make more journeys on foot or by cycle. “Your feedback, local knowledge and insights will be invaluable in understanding the challenges and opportunities for active travel improvements across Kent.”

The main focus appears to be Maidstone/Ashford/Canterbury and the Kent coast, but there is one zone that comes into our area of interest. Nevertheless, as cyclists with many years of experience you may well have views on any number of these proposals. I hope it is of interest.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on November 3, 2023

The Hague trip; July 2024
The last two rooms have now been taken; anyone else wishing to attend depends on them being able to share a room with an existing booking.

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on October 30, 2023

For sale on behalf of Derek Hunter –

Pair of Altura waterproof panniers, 40 litre, roll top closure (similar to Ortlieb). As new, only used once – £40.

I will bring them along to the AGM on Wednesday if anyone would like to look at them.

Bernie and I visited Derek and his wife Caroline last week. He is looking forward to the Christmas lunch, but is frustrated by his lack of mobility. He would welcome visitors.

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Sally Maxwell

posted this comment on October 27, 2023

I approached my first time leading a B2 ride with some apprehension and was amazed that 13 riders were brave enough to join me! We started the ride with the luxury of a long descent of Charmwood Lane, soon meeting another Meridian group taking the more strenuous uphill route. We ignored their shouts that we were going the wrong way. The remainder of the ride was a gradual climb up to Downe and Hawleys Corner and on to Halstead, but without encountering any killer hills. On the ride were Di Outram, Cathy Sharman, Carol Lin, Linda Kemp, Mike Yeo. Paul Hills, Paul McAteer, Paul Godfrey, Peter Ham, Tracy Parker, Mick Cleary, Roy Knights, Emrys Hughes, Sally Maxwell. Paul G set off for home at Hawleys Corner, a few drifted away as we passed Coolings and seven jolly riders lasted the extra mile to the Rose and Crown where we had some excellent food at reasonable prices and enjoyed some convivial chat. Thank you all for your company and support.

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Neville Hazell

posted this comment on October 26, 2023

Last week the A2’s ride was shortened to miss storm Babette, so this week a few extra miles, and climbs, were added so we didn’t lose out.

We shot down to Sundridge, idled towards Ide Hill, toiled upto Toys Hill, dropped down and past Bough Beech before taking on Baileys.

A gentler loop then took us to the Bell in Kemsing, where we enjoyed the beer and sandwiches.

Thank you to Danny Grazzi, Bob Stock, Nick Leng-Smith and guest Neil Archer for tackling my route.

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joneast

posted this comment on October 25, 2023

This week’s Prem’s ride was a 36 mile jaunt over Ide Hill and round Bough Beech before on through Penshurst, Poundsbridge, Fordcombe, Markbeech and Four Elms. We then embarked on the long climb up through Crockham Hill to Limpsfield Chart. The pain of the latter part of the climb was soon forgotten on the descent down to the A25 and the smooth surfaces of Clacket Lane and Pilgrims Way and arrival at a regular haunt, The Stanhope Arms.
Joining me on the ride today were Duncan Hodge, Nick Burrell and James Gallagher, with Dave Hickman doing his own ride to join us for lunch.
An enjoyable day out and thanks for your company.

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Malcolm McIntyre

posted this comment on October 25, 2023

The B1 ride comprised; Cudham, Keston, to the summit of Titsey and down to Oxted. In the midst of the aftermath of some extreme fly-tipping we were beset by a troublesome puncture which took the efforts of the full B1 pit crew to separate the bead from the rim. Shortly after the re-start, we were stopped again by a wobbly cleat.
Riders; Paul Dean, Ken Dean, Paul Smith, Mike Wakefield, Chris Brett, Kevin Wood, Malcolm McIntyre.
Thanks for your company.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on October 24, 2023

Runs List

Pleased to confirm that everything is now working as it should

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on October 23, 2023

Runs List

For reasons not yet determined, the Runs List on the home page is incomplete – in particular it is not showing the links to these week’s rides. This will be remedied ASAP.

In the meantime scroll half way down the page to see a complete version

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 22, 2023

Final Call for Christmas Lunch – Bookings CLOSE at midnight today (Sunday 22nd October).

Date 13th December 12.30 for 1pm at High Elms Golf Club. 3 courses plus Coffee and mince pie. Cost £19 for members (£29 for guests)

Details and booking form via the Meridian Website – home page, Events on left hand side, click on Book your Christmas Lunch it will take you to the booking form with information on making a payment.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on October 18, 2023

B1 Ride Today

5 of us decided in spite of the forecast to go on the planned ride to Laddingford. We took the scenic route through Knole Park seeing the rutting deer and plenty of lady deers

We made good time and 4 arrived for lunch at the Chequers Pub by 12.30 Mike Cleary having left us on route.

After a good but quick lunch we started back. All was well until past Hadlow the rain became heavier but we arrived back near Sevenoaks having had a good days ride.

The 4 who completed the ride were Paul Smith Des Farthing Michael & Rosemary (Leader) Wakefield

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Neville Hazell

posted this comment on October 18, 2023

Today, the A2s:
Rushed by Rutting stags in Knoll Park
Tore up Terry’s Lodge
Supped in Stanstead
Beat Babette
I was joined by Nick Lang, Graham Parkinson, Ian Rogers and Bob Stock

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on October 18, 2023

B2 Ride 18 October. In view of the predicted bad weather a shortened ride was undertaken from Polhill. We rode via Chipstead, Bessels Green and Gracious Lane to Ide Hill where we descended to the Stanford Arms at Brasted. Very nice pub with a wide selection of good food served promptly. Joining me were Dave Stringer, Cliff Bell, Carol Lim, Trish Di, Ken Dean, David Parker, Emrys, Pete Ham, Clive Adams, Anne, Mike Yeo and Linda. Carol, Anne and Trish left on route. Pleasant ride despite a few spots of rain. Highly recommend the pub.

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CPrice

posted this comment on October 18, 2023

A1 ride Wednesday 18th October

5 riders set off from Polhill in cool but dry conditions, albeit with concerns regarding the forecast, heading for Keston. Our route took us through Halstead and Knockholt before a ‘cross-country’ route to Cudham was curtailed by a road closure leading us back on the Knockholt road. Thereafter we traversed Rag Hill going round the back of Tatsfield, where Dom H left us, heading for the descent of Gangers Hill. We then took the valley passing Woldingham School after which we climbed back up on to the downs, cycling through Fickleshole and Nash and along the back roads at the bottom of Keston to end up at the parish church. Ray H left for home here to ensure he missed the rain, whilst Martin G and Ian M joined me in going into the village to reach the pub.

The food was decent and service reasonable. This allowed the 3 of us to leave in good time in light rain to get home without getting too wet.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on October 16, 2023

The cycle path alongside the Medway Bridge is now closed to pedestrians and cyclists until sometime in February. There is a bus service which will take bikes, if you’re desperate.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on October 16, 2023

Club AGM reminder – deadlines fast approaching

The deadline for submitting any matters for consideration (this includes nominations for committee roles) is Wednesday 18th October. This is to give me time to collate the necessary papers and get the completed documents out to members in good time for the meeting on 1st November.

Please also note that I will soon need to give final numbers of meeting attendees to the manager at the Olympic. If you intend to come to the AGM but haven’t let me know yet please drop me a line as soon as possible.

My contact details are:

Email: desfarthing@gmail.com
Text / WhatsApp: 07419 908015

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 14, 2023

REMINDER – BOOKINGS CLOSE IN ONE WEEK on the 22nd October

MERIDIAN CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Everyone is most welcome. The meal will be subsidised for members by £10 each so it will be £19 for three courses plus mince pie and coffee. Date Wednesday 13th December, 12.30 for 1pm meal. Venue is High Elms Golf Club,

How to book: Please go on to the Club Website, home page. On the left hand side the events are listed. Please click on ‘Book your Christmas Lunch’ to access the Booking Form with details of how to pay and for you to make your choices.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Any problems let me know on 01322 865147 or 07502 035983

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on October 13, 2023

CLUB AGM WEDS 1st NOVEMBER

This is an important event in the club calendar and we want as many people as possible to be there. We’re putting on a light lunch to start so please let me know in good time if you are attending so that we can make sure we cater for the right numbers. The lunch will be at 1:00pm and the meeting will start at 2:00pm. If you are attending, please just drop me a line and let me know if you have any dietary requirements. You can reach me on desfarthing@gmail.com or text/WhatsApp 07419 908015. I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

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Diana Outram

posted this comment on October 13, 2023

B ride from Ashford to Rye on Wednesday 11th October 2023
Many thanks to Cathy,Tracy,Carol,Linda,Pete H,Mike Y,Neville and his brother wearing a new very modern helmet,Paul G,James and backstop Mick for joining in the 32mile trip through the countryside past the windmill and new cafe in the old post office at Woodchurch to Appledore for coffee in the cafe followed by a trek across the marshes to the churchyard at Lydd for lunch. From there we followed the Sustrans track to Rye which has been improved in parts and deteriorated in others with a lovely view of the sea and kite surfers to arrive at the station in plenty of time for the hourly service to Ashford. Apologies for taking the new short cut to the station via the pavement of a one-way street too quickly! No rain ,very overcast and a glimmer of the sun at times. A great day.

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Dominic Haslam

posted this comment on October 12, 2023

A1 Ride, Wednesday 11 October 2023

Six A1s set off from Lullingstone on an overcast but quite warm day heading for the Blue Anchor at Platt by way of Bower Lane, Heaverham, Stone Street, Mote Rd, Underriver (where I was very nearly mown down by a motorist who drove at speed straight through a junction which was not her right of way), Hildenborough, Shipbourne and Long Mill Lane. Apart from said incident it was mostly plan sailing though there were one or two comments about the frequency of upward inclinations. Slightly weary legs carried us into the pub where we had a friendly reception – not surprising, at those prices for a sandwich! Bob had obviously already clocked this because he wisely peeled off as we arrived at the pub.
Riders were me, Ray H, Chris S, Ian M, Martin G, Bob C

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on October 11, 2023

A2 ride from Lullingstone.

6 riders set off through Shoreham, Rye Lane, up Back Lane, down Ide Hill, past Bough Beech reservoir with its noticeably low level of water, Chiddingstone Hoath, and a loop round to the Kentish Rifle at Markbeech. 22 miles on a dry, overcast day which had a good temperature on the uphills but was sometimes a bit chilly going downhill.

Far fewer pheasants en route than I saw a few days ago. Surely they can’t all have already been shot?

The food and drinks were good. Service was quick for some, and slower for others.

Riding with me were Barry Barlow, Agnes and Bert Heijna (in tandem), Ian Rogers and Bob Stock.

After lunch, 5 came back via Ide Hill, while Bob looked for a flatter route home. Thanks to all for your company.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on October 11, 2023

The B1 and B2 groups (meeting at Lullingstone) combined today and 11 souls set out on an overcast but dry day for a ride to the Stanhope Arms Brasted. The route took us to Farningham, Kemsing, Otford, Dunton Green and Chipstead, then Brasted via Pilgrims Way, Despite it being planned by me, there was only one climb of note, taking us out of Knatts Valley, and the rest of the route was fairly benign. Towards the end of the ride I decided to liven things up by throwing in a “deliberate” error and going on a little detour. Fortunately a local resident put us right and we got back onto line of route after a minute or two and got to the pub in good time. (Important safety tip for e-bike owners – do not put your thumb on the throttle button when trying to walk your bike through a gate, it’s not a good look!) The pub service was good, I enjoyed the food and the place is spotless – seriously, you could eat your dinner in the loos. To complete my comedy hat trick I tried to ride away from the pub minus my helmet, so I’ll be booking a spot at the memory clinic asap. Riding with me today were Paul Smith, Dave Parker (thanks for being backmarker) Malcolm McIntyre, Chris Brett, Kevin Wood, Ken Dean, Roy Knight, Tricia Hewlett, Steve Nunn and Tim McCaffrey.

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James Gallagher

posted this comment on October 11, 2023

We had 6 Prems set off from LVC on our c 42 mile route. We warmed up via the long drag up Bowers Hill on our way to Heaversham. The route was lumpy in parts and our biggest challenge was the ascent of Birling Hill that we all conquered on what was a lovely day to be out on the bike. The rest of the ride was very enjoyable as we headed to lunch at The Bell in Kemsing. We were well looked after and lunch was well received after being earned by our mornings efforts. Lunch chat included a range of topics from antIcs as a 15 year old on a boys holiday to talk of loosing fruit (cherries I believe that was beyond my comprehension). We also discussed the best way to avoid Jury Service and settled on wearing an inappropriate slogan on a t shirt to avoid being selected on the day.
I was joined for our great day out by NIck Burrell, Colin Kane, John Baker, Duncan Hodge and Jon East. Thanks guys for your great company as usual.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on October 11, 2023

James
Being self employed I spent my life dreading the prospect of Jury service. Now being retired (and possibly too old) I’d quite welcome it as an interesting experience.
I was down to lead a ride today so earlier this week we visited a few pubs to see if they were suitable, these included
1. The Angel Inn at Addington; initially I thought too expensive and up market (but on reflection not that bad)
2. The George at Trotiscliffe; it used to be a regular port of call but its now more of a restaurant than a pub, the menu is again expensive and not suited to our requirements
3. The Blue Anchor at Platt; £11+ for a sandwich?
4. The Bell at Kemsing – good choice, best of the bunch.
By the time I’d visited all 3 my wife had to drive me home in the car!!!

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Diana Outram

posted this comment on October 8, 2023

B ride next Wednesday. I will still be catching the 9.02 train from Sevenoaks to Ashford arriving at 9.40 and walking to the front of the station but now I will have a coffee in the Costa Cafe with the intention of setting off for Appledore for elevenses at 10.15 because 2 cyclists are arriving at Ashford on a train at 10.10 am. Please can you let me know if you are joining in so I can let the Appledore cafe know how many of us there will be . Lunch is in the church yard at Lydd and there is a food shop near by. There are 2 pubs in the main street but I have never been in them. Tea should be at the station at Rye but this will depend on the time of our arrival as the trains to Ashford are only every hour at 48 minutes past the hour. Looking forward to the adventure.

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Pete Ham

posted this comment on October 10, 2023

I will be joining the ride. and will meet at Sevenoaks station.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 8, 2023

Really sorry to bother you again!

Meridian Christmas Lunch – the link ‘Book Now’ on my previous messages does not appear to work. Please go to the Meridian Website – Home Page, on the left is a list of events. Please click on ‘Book your Christmas Lunch’ to access the Booking Form.

Any problems let me know

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on October 7, 2023

Wednesday 4th October 2023 BI ride report Olympic Swanley to Black Horse Stanstead
Joining me on the unexpectedly fine day for October where. Tish H, Rosemary W, Mike W. Dave S, Trevor S, Roy K , Roy M, Malcolm, Kevin W, Roger M, Paul S, Steve D .

Thank you all for you company. Michael Yeo

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on October 7, 2023

CHRISTMAS LUNCH 13th December at High Elms Restaurant, 12.30 for 1pm

The time has arrived for you to make your menu choices and pay for your Christmas Lunch. YOU HAVE 2 WEEKS TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING. BOOKINGS CLOSE at midnight on the 22nd October.

You are most welcome to bring a guest. Please follow this link:
Book Now

Please either log in on the Club Website home page and click on Christmas Lunch and you will arrive at the form to complete, then please pay the £19 for members and £29 for guests by bank transfer (if at all possible – details on payment by cheque are also given).

If you have any questions please either email me on: heather.sim85@gmail.com or ring 01322 865147 or 07502 035983.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on October 6, 2023

On an overcast morning six of the A1s assembled in Reigate. Despite some problems with the tech (remember when we used to just stuff an OS map in a back pocket) we managed to navigate past Betchworth and Brockham to Box Hill. Having climbed the zig zag we descended through ‘little Switzerland’ to Dorking and the climb of Leith Hill and on to lunch at the Inn on the Green Ockley.Food was good and reasonably priced but service was slow. The return leg took us back via Capel and Newdigate. Riding with me were Ray H Dom H, Chris S, Martin G and Chris P.

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steveburns

posted this comment on October 5, 2023

Three prems, Colin Kane, Big Dunc and Steve B, left Burley in the New Forest on a chilly morning for the picturesque 12 mile cycle down to the Lymington ferry terminal. There we met James G and enjoyed the warmth and friendship of the locals before heading over to the Isle of Wight. On the eve of the cycle, our intrepid leader Colin, half way through his fourth pint at 6.55pm, insisted that we would be cycling clockwise and would have no problems taming the 20+ mph headwinds, through the more undulating later sections. The lunch stop at The Propeller Inn, funnily enough next to the airfield, was first rate, combining excellent food and service. The hot topic of conversation over lunch was a discussion debating the etiquette of having a number two in shared en-suite facilities, when away on sporting trips. The second half of the ride was much tougher, but the route and scenery were stunning. We waved goodbye to James G at Lymington before commencing the 12 mile return home on tired legs, with not a word being said. A quick shower was followed by a trip to the local pup for a few glasses of red and three steak and mushroom pies. The total distance covered was 91 miles and I would like to thank my fellow cyclists for such a fabulous day out.

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on October 5, 2023

Thanks again Steve for hosting and planning the ride.
It was a great day out with a solid 10/10 for cycling and social participation. I think that Meridian CC made some new friends down there.

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on September 28, 2023

A1 ride 27th September. 8 riders set off from Coolings going East through Tatsfield and down the enjoyable descent of Beddlestead followed by the stiff climb up Hesiers Hill. Then the descent of the Halliloo Valley was followed by the climb up the attractive valley through Woldingham Girls’ School. When we reached Gangers Hill, Danny and Rob left us to climb up the Downs while the rest of us descended past Godstone church. We avoided the Enterdent by taking a less steep way up Tilburstow Hill leading to a difference of opinion as to which is the preferable route. We then rode through Horne and explored easier terrain to the south before making our way to Lingfield. At the Star the open sandwiches were as tasty as ever but the amount of bread provided seems to get smaller on each visit. Those out were Rob Bunce, Bob Craig, Danny Eagles, Martin Gill, Ray Hardinge, Ian Marsh, Chris Price and Chris Simms (and Tony Reeve who was at Coolings and made his own way to the pub).

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 28, 2023

B1 ride on 27th September, the route went via Brasted Hill, Pilgrims Way, Clackets Lane, crossing the A25 up to Treveraux Hill and down to Edenbridge, then throgh Hever and up to Mark Beech.
The Kentish Horse was crammed with other cycling groups and walking groups so there was a long queue to get served, with me today there were a quartet of Mc’s (Paul, Tim, Malcolm and Joe), a duo of Wakefields (Rosemary and Mike), plus Ken D, John C, Clive A, Mick C, Chris B, Paul S, Kevin and Roy K. Apologies if I have omitted anyone from this group,
With the large number we split into 2 separate groups with Malcolm leading the second group.

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Parky

posted this comment on September 27, 2023

A2 Ride from Knockholt to Penshurst Place Visitor Cafe 27/09/2023

Present: Graham Parkinson, Danny Gazzi, Neville and Nick

Small group taking in picturesque route via Toys Hill, Bough Beech and Chiddingstone in good weather.

To clear up a lunchtime discussion Penshurst Place is associated with Sir Philip Sidney and not the ship Revenge whose captain was Sir Richard Grenville.

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on September 27, 2023

Prems ride Wednesday 27th September 2023

Nine Prems set off from Coolings for a 40mile loop along the ridge of the North Downs, through Caterham, Beltchingley and Crockham Hill en route to the Bricklayers Arms at Chipstead. After some gratuitous and somewhat underappreciated climbing through Caterham, we were rewarded by the early autumn sunshine adding a fine juxtaposition to the earthy greens of the Downs at the Gravelly Hill viewpoint.

Quiet and mostly well surfaced lanes took us through Crowhust and over Hosey Common to Westerham, where we opted for a storming Team Time Trial along the A25 to avoid more gratuitous climbing and enable a roughly on-schedule arrival at the pub, where we received a warm welcome and also met up with Dave Hickman. Food was excellent & service very cheerful.

Riders were: John Baker, Andy Bradley, Steve Burns, Nick Burrell, Jon East, James Gallagher, Duncan Hodge, Colin Kane and Steve Seagrove, with Dave joining us for lunch.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on September 27, 2023

8 of the 9 Prem riders looping round to Chipstead

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Roy Marks

posted this comment on September 27, 2023

8 possibly missguided but helpfull B2’s put their faith in me to lead them from Cooling’s Blueberry cafe to Chiddingstone
on a gray Autum morn on Weds 27th Sept.
The route went via ahem Rushmore Hill and back to Halstead Lane, Shoreham Lane, Shackland’s Rd, High Street to Shoreham, Filston Lane, London Rd to Dunton Green, Bullfinch Lane, Witches Lane, footpath by Riverhead Infant’s School UP & UP Brittains Lane, Oak Lane down Bailey’s Hill, a right and left to pass Larkins Brewery to finally arive at Chiddinstone.

Four of us went to the Castle Inn garden bar where the food was good and came out quickly and they served a nice Larkins.
Others retired to the Tulip Tree cafe which is always good.
We returned via Bough Beech and went our seperate ways from Ide Hill
Thanks for the help from backmarker Mike Y who kept an eye on Peter H & Peter W, Emerys W, Heather S, Trish H & Linds K who left us at Gracious Lane.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 25, 2023

16 cyclists set off on a circular route from Canterbury on the 20 September. They were repaid for their optimism by a sunny, dry and blustery 30 mile cycle via Fordwich, Grove & Marshside to Reculver along the coast to Whitstable returning along the Crab & Winkle Way. Lunch at a good cafe ‘HatHats Coffee’ Reculver, afternoon tea at Bubbles Whitstable. They were: Roy M, Mike & Rosemary, Neville, Richard Hazell, Trevor, Carol, Diana, Dave P, Joe, Paul D, Linda, Mike Y, John C, Trevor and myself. Thanks to Mick for being back marker.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on September 22, 2023

I would be interested in the groupset as I have a frame I want to put back on the road.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on September 18, 2023

Cycling UK affiliate membership option is ending

From 1 November, those who currently have an affiliated membership will be transitioned onto our standard individual membership at £50pa with a discount of 20% for the first year.

This will only apply to a small number of Meridian members as most already have full CyclingUK membership.

For those requiring basic 3rd party insurance there are cheaper alternatives such as London Clarion at £15pa.

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makemyday

posted this comment on September 18, 2023

Gentelmen,
All sorted, mant thanks.

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makemyday

posted this comment on September 18, 2023

Barry Barlow, Chris Simms,
Gentelmen, Back in July this year I had to change my email address, Ken Dean, kindly made the change for me. Since that time i have not been able to use the search { spy glass}, with some time on my hands, I have registered once again, completed the sign in form and have been accepted, However, I website has advised me to wait 36 hours before I will be able to use the site, are you able to speed this up.
looking forward to hearing from you.
best regards
John Thompson

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 17, 2023

Awayday day ride Wednesday 20th September

The route is now posted on the runs list. We will be cycling from the West Gate Wetherspoons pub, North Lane, CT2 7EB. We will leave promptly at 11am. The route will be using a number of cycle paths that are a bit rough and some have gravel. We will stop at Reculver for lunch, there is a coffee shop (called Hat Hats), their website states that they sell packaged sandwiches, pancakes and cakes, or bring your sandwiches.

We plan to stop for tea and cake at the tea garden cafe in Whitstable, then cycle to Canterbury using the Crab & Winkle way.

Please let me know if you plan to join us.

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Robert Bunce

posted this comment on September 15, 2023

A1’s ride to Fordcombe lunching at The Chafford Arms

Eight of us departed Lullingstone rode through Shoreham and then proceeded up Fakenden Lane.
Upon reflection to include Fakenden at this early stage in the ride may not have been the best choice. Next time Pilgrims Way would appear to be a better option. Towards Cotmans Ash we proceeded only to get stuck behind a van who had to give way to cars coming from the opposite direction. Undeterred we pushed on to Igtham and up to Ivy Hatch. Then down the hill past Igtham Mote skirting around Underriver towards Nizels. So far so good, no punctures / mechanical’s, weather was overcast but a good temperature for cycling and most importantly no headwind.

Down Philpots Lane we sped turning left before Charcott and heading towards Penshurst. Through Penshurst we went and then up the aptly named Rogues Hill turning right into Poundsbridge Lane. This section of the ride was new to me so I had ridden it the previous Friday. What I discovered was that the hill up to Speldhurst was “to be avoided”. However on the day……… I took a wrong turn and we ended up exactly where I didn’t want to “sorry chaps”.
We did make it to the Chafford Arms they were very welcoming and the service was prompt.

I was joined on the ride by Bob Craig, Chris Price, Chris Brown, Dom Haslam, Ian Marsh, Martin Gill and Ray Hardinge

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on September 15, 2023

This is a link to an article in the Guardian today reporting on a recent e-bike battery fire: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/sep/14/uk-e-bike-users-warned-not-to-use-incompatible-chargers-after-fatal-fire?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Other

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Neville Hazell

posted this comment on September 14, 2023

A2 Ride to the Chequers, Lallingford
Barry was hit with a mechanical on the way to LVC, many are on holiday, so only three set off – Bob Stoke, Danny Grazzi and myself. We had a trouble free ride through Sevenoaks and Knole Park, and then a pleasant run across to Lallingford.
The Chequers had a nice choice of beer, Adnams was the favourite, and nice food sub £10.
Thx to Bob for a pitstop in Borough Green on the return.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on September 14, 2023

It was something of a surprise to have a group of 16 riders ready to go from Lullingstone to Cudham on Wednesday, so I was grateful to Dave Parker for his suggestion that we should split the group, and he very helpfully led the second group. (What he didn’t tell me about though was his cunning plan to take a shortcut and get to the Blacksmith’s Arms first!) Trying to shake off my reputation for leading people up hill and down dale, we took something of a zig zag route through Crockenhill, Chelsfield, Pratts Bottom, Halstead and Knockholt to find the gentlest way to climb the 1,200 ft (cumulative) on 18 miles to Cudham. The Blacksmith’s has an enormous garden (a bit late in the year to find that out) and was very welcoming. The food was good, reasonably priced (I thought) and the service pretty prompt. Joining me on the ride were: Di Outram, the trio of Pauls: Paul M, Paul G, Paul H, Cliff Bell, Peter Wood, Dave Parker, Cathy Sharman, Trish Hewlett, Steve Nunn, Pete Ham, Linda Kemp, Mike Yeo, James Mullett and Roger Marshall. Thanks to everyone their excellent company, and my apologies if I’ve missed anyone!

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eat7tom@gmail.com

posted this comment on September 14, 2023

Hi Heather,
Planning to join your away day ride on September 20.
I will catch the 09:11 train from Tonbridge arriving Canterbury 10:11/15, subject too the weather.
best wishes
JT

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Joe McClenaghan

posted this comment on September 14, 2023

B1 Ride from Lullingstone to West Peckham Wed 13th Sept
Seven B1s set off heading for West Peckham via Shoreham, Dunton Green, around Sevenoaks, south of Knole Park, where John Thompson joined us, and through Underriver. John brought the sun with him and with most of the climbing behind us (1,357 feet of ascent over 20.4miles) we had a very enjoyable ride to the Swan on the Green. At the pub service was prompt and the food was good although most things on the menu, apart from the soup, were over a tenner. Still it is a unique setting. No mechanicals to report. I was joined by Mick Cleary, Chris Brett, Dave Sims, Tim McCaffrey, John Conroy, Kevin Wood and John Thompson. Thank you all for your company.

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 13, 2023

For the attention of all B1 and B2 riders.

At present we do not have any leaders for the B1 and B2 rides on 20th September.

Please let me know if you are available to lead either of these rides next Wednesday.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on September 13, 2023

Prems 13th Sept
With some of us away on late summer hols and others involved in ongoing building projects, plus a few with outstanding domestic duties, it was left to just three of us to meet at LVC for coffee and chat.
– [ ] We left on time for a change and made our way at pace along the A225 Shoreham Rd to join the pilgrim’s Way where we overtook 50 estate agents on bikes heading for Folkestone.
– [ ] If ever a chance to make the world a better place was missed, it was right then and there 😜
– [ ] Having completed his domestic duties, we picked up JB sporting a touch of housemaids knee on the road at Heaverham.
– [ ] Today’s route was to be an old favourite. The High Weald, with lunch taken at The Rose & Crown in Mayfield. And besides a couple of minor navigating issues we covered the 40 odd miles to arrive promptly for 1pm. I say we all arrived promptly, in fact only Nick was on time as he opened up a gap of a country mile on the rest of us over the last four mile sprint of the morning. The notorious Witherenden Hill Rd is four miles of pain. Chapeau Nick!
– [ ] Hearty lunches of Sausage and mash were enjoyed along with some Harvey’s Best. All served in good time and spirit by the friendly staff.
– [ ] The route back took us via Rotherfield, Fordcombe, Groombridge, Chiddingstone and Ide Hill.
– [ ] More climbing🙄 by the end of the day I had ascended more that 6,500ft over an 88mile route.
– [ ] A great day to be out on the bike with friends and not too warm thankfully.
– [ ] Those enjoying my company were John Baker, Nick Burrell and Colin Keane 😜
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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 13, 2023

Awayday 20 September – Canterbury return via Reculver and Whitstable using Crab & Winkle Way.

B1/B2 ride – we may split into 2 groups if large numbers.

Meet at Canterbury Wetherspoons, The Westgate Inn (note there are 2 Wetherspoons in Canterbury), 10.15 onwards, we will leave promptly at 11am. There is a multistory carpark near Canterbury West station.

Trains, I suggest purchasing Off Peak returns as we do not know the time we will return – some suggestions, priced with a senior railcard.

Orpington 9:06 – 10:40 Canterbury East £16:00
Otford 9:01 – 10.30 Canterbury West £17:55 (change at Ashford Arrive10:01 Depart 10:16)
Sevenoaks 9:02 – 10:11 Canterbury West £17:55
Eynsford 9:05 – 10:40 Canterbury West £17.45 (change at Swanley & Meopham) OR go via Otford or Sevenoaks
Sidcup 8:36 – 10:30 Canterbury West £48.90 (maybe park at Otford or Sevenoaks)

Please let me know if you plan to join us, planning to have coffee at start – Wetherspoons, packed lunch and tea & cake in the garden at Whitstable.

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David Parker

posted this comment on September 16, 2023

Heather

Iam planning on joining your ride from Canterbury next week, I will be travelling from Orpington.

Dave

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on September 7, 2023

A2 ride from the Olympic to George & Dragon, Wrotham

Bob Stock was suffering from punctures at the start, and elected to go home to sort them out instead of coming with us.
Four of us rode off. Tim was soon stung by a wasp on his eyebrow, and screamed loudly enough to scare off any other wasps within a range of 5 miles. We proceeded through Wilmington, South Darenth, up Michaels Hill, New Ash Green, until I took a wrong left turn to Hodsoll St, which meant a longer ride than intended down the unpleasant A227 into Wrotham. Perhaps our last warm and sunny ride of the year, but a lot of it was in the shade.

The 4 were Barry Barlow, Neville Hazell, Tim Tim McCaffrey and myself.

A few words on the George and Dragon, for information for other ride leaders. It is under new management. Again. They no longer do sandwiches, apart from a toastie, and they don’t take lunchtime bookings. However it is very quiet, and we had the garden, which includes a covered area, to ourselves. We all had French onion soup plus croque monsieur, which took nearer 40 minutes to arrive than the stated fifteen, but was a pleasant change, They are very friendly, and expressed the hope that more of us would visit again.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on September 7, 2023

5 lightly cooked A1’s set off from the Olympic on a straight line route to Lingfield. (it should have been 6, but Martin H., was grounded with a serial puncture right at the start). By the time we had climbed to the top of Chalkpit Lane we were well and truly steaming, but flying down into Old Oxted cooled us all off and we sprinted (that’s a sedate A1 type sprint and not a Prem’s standard sprint) along the flatfish lanes around Crowhurst. Arriving early, we (that’s Ian M, Chris P., Chris S., Martin G.,and myself) joined the Lingfield race-goers and enjoyed an excellent lunch at the Star pub. Thanks for the company and congratulations to all for clocking up over 60 mls on a very hot and steamy day’s ride.

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James Gallagher

posted this comment on September 6, 2023

We had a great turn out of 8 from the Prems for my first ride as Ride Leader. We welcomed Steve Burns back for the ride after having moved to the New Forest earlier in the summer (the same dirt was on his bike that is now older than his grown up kids).

We set off from Blueberry Cafe towards Toys Hill as our first climb of the day in gorgeous sunshine. We took the right turn down the lovely named Puddledock Lane taking in the glorious view across The Weald to head towards Chartwell that looked fabulous in the September sunshine.

Route towards Four Elms was interrupted by a closed road and we detoured to Edenbridge. A fast pace was set by our strong guys along Moor Lane towards Lingfield where we headed right towards Limpsfield.

Epic climb of the day was the very steep bottom of Titsey Hill taking a right to ascend White Lane that was a new climb for some of the group. A brutal challenge that was conquered by all those who took the option to climb. The more sensible of the group missed out the hill and stayed low along Pilgrims Way.

After passing through Tatsfield we headed towards the top of Cudham Lane with an enthusiastic pace set along Grays Road as our lunch stop was close by.

Had a great lunch at The Stanhope Arms in Brasted in their very pleasant air conditioned bar area. Food was good and we were well looked after.

Our ride was a lovely day out with some great cycling, great company and a great lunch stop. We thankfully didn’t meet any anti social moped riders and the pepper spray on board with one of our riders wasn’t needed ! There were however a few car drivers whose judgement in overtaking was somewhat dubious towards on coming traffic. Think perhaps Stevie Wonder was driving !

I was joined by a great group, namely; Andy Bradley, Steve Burns, Colin Kane, Nick Burrell, John Baker, Paul Geradine and Dave Hickman.

Looking forward to more great Meridian rides.

James Gallagher

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on September 5, 2023

Hi Chris, I’ll be joining you on Weds. Rgds, Des

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on September 4, 2023

Date for your Diary – CHRISTMAS LUNCH!

We have made a booking at High Elms on Wednesday 13th December 12.30 for 1pm.

As soon as we get the price and menu I will get back to you asking for a deposit.

Best wishes

Heather

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nburrell

posted this comment on August 31, 2023

A group of six prems departed Blueberry cafe on a pleasant morning descending Hogtrough, Clackett’s Lane and Pains Hill to arrive at the lowlands of Edenbridge. The remainder of the ride then adopted a sawtooth profile as we passed through Markbeech, Withyham, Groombridge and finally to lunch at Chiddingstone after an enjoyable 40 miles. Advantage was taken of the dry conditions to explore some lesser used roads including the punchy challenge of Mott’s Hill near Eridge. The group of Colin Kane, Duncan Hodge, Steve Seagrove, Paul Geraldine, James Gallagher and Nick Burrell enjoyed lunch in the garden at the Castle Inn. Despite some confusion over one of the orders the service was welcoming and fair priced.

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emrys wilson

posted this comment on August 30, 2023

My first lead in a long time took the B2s for a ramble out to Crowhurst and on to Oxted. With me were Trish, Ken D, Roy, Peter Woods and James. Mike and Rosemary left early at the bottom of Clackets Lane.

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Neville Hazell

posted this comment on August 30, 2023

Soon after setting off, wending our way along Brasted Lane, the A2’s surprised three fallow deer. They instantly vaulted the fence and showed an impressive turn of speed across the adjacent field. We headed towards Edenbridge via Clacket Lane, Limpsfield Common and Grants Lane, where a frog diced with death leaping across just in front of us. From Edenbridge Barry turned homewards for a dentist appointment ☹. The group climbed to Markbeech and passed Cowden station onto Moat Lane, looping around to the Rock for lunch. Food and beer were enjoyed in a sheltered, sunny garden, service was lovely. The entrance from the garden is only ~ 1.5 m high >> the wifi password is ‘mindyourhead’.
Heading back, Joe was startled by a muntjac which shot across the road only inches in front of his wheel. Our last nature watch sighting was a kestrel hunting at the top of Star Hill.
Today’s dozen riders were :- Ian Rogers, John Conroy, Graham Parkinson, Bob Stock, Bert and Agnes Heijna, Neil Archer, Joe McClenaghan , Tim McCaffrey, Danny Gazzi, Barry Barlow, Neville Hazell,

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Paul mcateer

posted this comment on August 30, 2023

On my B1 ride to Southfleet today were, Trevor S, Dave P, Malcolm M, Clive A, Roy K, Chris B, Des F, Kevin ? and myself Paul McAteer. Thank you everyone for your company

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 29, 2023

Free InkJet Cartridges

My printer broke and I’ve replaced t with a different model. My stock of old cartridges is of no use to me and happy to give them to anyone who can make use of them.
The printer was an Epson Expression XP-625 but I think they’ll also fit models
510, 520, 600, 605, 610, 615, 700, 710, 720, 800, 810 and 820.
Let me know it you’re interested.

Ken

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Steve Seagrove

posted this comment on August 28, 2023

P1 ride 23 August

Four P1s took advantage of the lovely weather, starting from Polhill. We picked up the Circuit of Kent sportive 50 mile route at Godden Green, proceeding through countryside looking its best via Wateringbury, Yalding and Castle Hill before stopping at the Chequers at Laddingford for lunch (where we met the B1s). Service was friendly and food was good, a little wait for it to arrive as the garden was busy with guests. Following lunch we continued on the Circuit of Kent route (adapting it to avoid the Beltring dual carriageway section). A puncture for Paul was swiftly dealt with and JB left us at Plaxtol for a more direct route home. The remaining three of us completed the Circuit of Kent including the ascent of Carters (it never gets easier) and headed home.
Riding with me were John Baker, Nick Burrell and Paul Geradine. A great day out.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on August 24, 2023

B2 ride 23 August
Another glorious sunny day for cycling with only a slight wind so a very happy group out to do Paul Godfrey’s scheduled route to the golf club at Tatsfield via Downe, Keston, Nash, past what used to be the White Bear which seems to being renovated or turned into cottages?, Fickleshole & Beddlestead. Some picnicked in the churchyard but after joined the others at the golf club where everyone seemed to be happy with the food and service. No-one in any special hurry to get home so we lingered longer than usual to enjoy the sunshine. My merry band were Emrys, Dartford Mike, Roy, Peter Ham, Di, Steve, James and Peter Woods.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on August 24, 2023

Wed 23 Aug: B1 ride Polhill to The Chequers at Laddingford

Super sunny day, no wind, not too hot, good turnout at Polhill for a ‘chat’ before the commencement of the ride.

I was joined at the start by Chris Barnett, Roy Knight, Cathy S, Mike & Rosemary W, Paul Smith, Des, Graham and Kevin. Chris was on his new shiny bike, the previous one having suffered irreparable damage. During the ride we were joined by Dave Collier and John T making 13 in total.

An uneventful ride via Plaxtol and a loop through Yalding making it 24m in total. Relatively flat and a good average speed encouraged by flat terrain with John T and a couple of A2 riders pulling me along from the front. Roy did a good job rounding up from the rear.

Chequers was welcoming, busy, good food, pleasant garden but service a bit slow, Hard work climbing up through Plaxtol on the return journey.

Unfortunately arrived back home in time to visit the dentist for an extraction.

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Diana Outram

posted this comment on August 22, 2023

B2 16th August 2023 Awayday Ride Stonegate Station to Hastings (Warrior Square ) Station. (36 miles )The first 8 miles to the cafe in Heathfield High Street were undulating until the unmown field into the woods and the path number 21 (being part of the Avenue Vert to Paris) took us into the town. After the coffee stop we ventured past the old station which has now become a new cafe and looks like an excellent place to stop at and then cruised down the cuckoo trail and off across the Pevensey Levels to the farm/camp site and shop for lunch. Then to Cooden Beach, Bexhill Delaware Pavillion which was closing at 4.30pm so the beach cafe had to be used and finally along the path to join the promenade at Hastings. Riding were Heather & Trevor Sims, Rosemary W, Tricia, James, Paul M, Dave C, Ken D, Sally ,Mike Y, Linda and Di O. Excellent weather and excellant company.

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rosemary wakefield

posted this comment on August 18, 2023

B! Ride on Wednesday to Fordcombe
With me were Des F, David P and Chris B
We went up hills and downs hills but at Ide Hill John T was due to meet us but went to pub ahead thinking we should have been there by 1130 . we arrived a few minutes after., Famous 5 had a great lunch and departed to return via Penshurst and the dreaded Hubbards.
Mike W

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joneast

posted this comment on August 18, 2023

Prems ride 16th August. 8 of us left Lullingstone on a 40 mile jaunt heading up Knatts Valley. A tweak to the route meant we missed out Knatts Lane (yippee!) but what Garmin showed as a road turned out to be a track so we had to carry on up Tinker Pot hill (oops!). The pleasant descent through Heaverham and Underriver on to Leigh soon made up for it though. We continued through Bidborough and along the cycle path by the A21 and across to Colts Hill and Brenchley. There was a fast descent down Pivotts Hill then flat onto our destination of the Bush, Blackbird and Thrush at East Peckham. The service was excellent and the food good value.
Joining me on the ride were Duncan Hodge, Colins Kane and Keane, John Baker, Steve Seagrove, Andy Bradley and Nick Burrell, with Richard Bingham joining us at the pub.

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on August 17, 2023

A1s 16th August. 9 A1s set off from Lullingstone. We rode up Knatts Valley and at the top of Tinker Pot hill Danny left us. We continued down Exedown and through West Malling, Wateringbury and Yalding to get to Benover. The pub was welcoming as ever though service was a bit slow. When I was about to set off again I found I had a flat tye – the only off note on a good day. Those out were Chris Brown, Rob Bunce, Danny Eagles, Martin Gill, Ray Hardinge, Ian Marsh, Chris Price, Tony Reeve and Chris Simms.

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Huibert Heijna

posted this comment on August 16, 2023

10 A2 bikes with 11 riders left slightly delayed from Lullingstone. We went in an approximately southwesterly direction via Shoreham, Pilgrims way to Woldingham. Had two minor mechanicals with chains falling off. At Woldingham we went North northeast to Chelsham where the service at The Bulls Inn was reasonably fast but definitively very friendly. Portions were on the large side. It was a glorious day with some clouds rolling in, in the afternoon. With me (Bert) were Barry, Malcolm, Tim, Paul, Nick, Bob, Neville, Danny, Kevin and Agnes.

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Parky

posted this comment on August 13, 2023

A2 Ride 9th August

Present: Graham Parkinson, Danny Gazzi, Paul and Bob

Destination – The Kentish Riflemen PH at Plaxtol.

Nice warm sunny day – perfect riding conditions with Kent countryside at its best. In my opinion Kentish Riflmen PH a good venue on a pleasant summers day with a great garden overlooking wide rolling fields with friendly staff and good service as well.

In my opinion a good day out and I hope everyone enjoyed it a much as I did.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on August 10, 2023

Prems 9th Aug
With a short spell of summer promised, it seemed a good opportunity for a ride to the coast. Whitstable was our destination and five of us met at Teal Cafe for a 09:30 start.
The ride out took us via Yalding then up Hunton hill to Coxheath, stopping for coffee and cake at Lenham. Here Andy Bradley turned for home while John Baker, Steve Seagrove, James Gallagher and myself continued through Faversham and on down the Seasalter road to Whitstable. We had lunch at “the pub on the beach” The Old Neptune. Not one we’ve used before but would highly recommend. After topping ourselves up with food and sunblock we started our journey home. A false as it turned out. JB thought it might be good to take the shore line road to miss the high street traffic, but the road became a track which became a path and then we were cycling along the sea wall until that ended and we were faced with a pebble beach 🤦‍♂️
So we retraced steps to a foot bridge over the train tracks and up a flight of straits to join the Graveney road.
Back on track we cycled through Faversham to pick up the road up the Doddington valley. A gradually steepening climb of about 8miles an uneventful climb until a sudden attack from JB. We were all stunned as we watched him disappearing up the road, but with about half a mile to go we gave chase and in true Tour de France style the peloton caught him just before we reached the Hollingbourne decent.
After a refuel at the Bluebell hill service Stn, we descended to Aylesbury and on to East and West Malling.
We each went our separate ways soon after that having enjoyed a great day on the bikes.
Thanks to all for your company.

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David Parker

posted this comment on August 10, 2023

B1 ride to Ightham Mote, 14 riders in the B1 group today, we decided to split into 2 separate groups. Malcolm agreed to take half leaving me with the rest. Joining me in our 2 groups today were Rosemary and Mike W, Nick R, Paul S, Malcolm Mc, Tim Mc. Roy M, Roy K, Des F, Emrys W,Mike Y, Dave S and Danny E. Thanks fo all your help today, Malcolm for sorting out my frozen Garmin and Leading the second group, Des and Roy K for acting as back markers, Roy K and Mike for guiding me where I had deviated from the planned route.

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on August 10, 2023

B2 Ride to Southfleet. Just remembered, it was Dave Stringer!

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on August 10, 2023

B2 ride to Southfleet in glorious sunshine so complaints! My happy band were Paul MacA, James, Ken Mould, Di, Heather. Kami, Carol, Dave C and Cathy and someone else whose name doesn’t spring to mind at present.

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David Sims

posted this comment on August 8, 2023

Colin Just looked at your route for Wednesday only one thing to say Chapeau

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Ian Marsh

posted this comment on August 2, 2023

Magnificent seven A1 riders departed Coolings this morning at 10:30 on a bright and breezy day, the plan was to ride 25 miles to lunch at The Golden Lion at Luddesdown. The route would take us down Star Hill along to Ightham via the St Clear Estate then some nice lanes to Claygate and Offham. Birling Hill was included for our climbing specialists. At the top of Birling one of our group did not show, Martin H had pictured, so Ray H descended Birling to assist. Martin and Ray headed straight home. On route to lunch Bob C and Dom H also headed home due something to do with the expected rain? Ian M, Martin G and Chris S enjoyed a good pub lunch at the Golden Lion before heading off home into some heavy rain. The weather was not as bad as expected, the wind had dropped and rain was intermittent in the afternoon.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on August 2, 2023

A hardy group of B1/B2 riders and guest A2 rider left Coolings this morning for what turned out to be a pleasant, breezy, but rain free scratch ride of 12 miles, finishing at the Change of Horses pub in Farnborough Village. Apart from a minor mechanical problem, the ride was incident free as we took in the puddle strewn lanes of Knockholt, Downe and High Elms en route to Farnborough. Food service was a bit slow in the pub (we were warned about that) but good when it turned up. Joining for part of the ride were Cliff, Dave S and Emrys, and sticking out to the bitter end were Carol, Dave C, Di, Malcolm, Paul S and Danny and me. Our luck with the weather didn’t hold for the return journey – pretty sure we all got a fairly thorough soaking on the way home!

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Stephen Hardy

posted this comment on July 27, 2023

A big thank you to the member (you’ll know who you are) who stayed with me yesterday keeping an eye on me until the paramedics took over. Much appreciated.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on July 27, 2023

A2 ride Wed 26th July

8 riders on 7bikes left Polhill GC and wnt down Brasted Hill, up and down Ide Hill, through Chiddingstone Causeway, Penshurst and Bidborough, before turning back north and to the Humphrey Bean in Tonbridge.
More downhill than uphill, but most of us paid for that by returning up Carters Hill before gazing at the herds of young deer in Knole Park.
The riders were Bert and Agnes Heijna, Bob Stock, Neville Hazell, Malcolm McIntyre, plus guests Ian Rogers and Neil Archer. And me.

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CPrice

posted this comment on July 27, 2023

A1 ride Wednesday 26th July.

8 rides left Polhill heading for the Red Lion in Bletchingley. The route took us through Halstead skirting the A21, before cycling Cudham, Downe and looping between Biggin Hill and Keston. We then climbed the Col du Skelley, after which we descended Gangers Hill before climbing again up the Enterdent. The downhill ride on Tilburstow Hill led us to the A25 and to our destination. The food at the pub came quickly with the exceptions of the fish finger sandwiches and, for some reason, a tuna mayonnaise one (probably took a while to catch the fish!). Topics discussed over lunch included the possibility of cycling in Tuscany next year, being able to sell virtually anything on eBay, and the like, and the inability of companies to take back faulty goods. The ride back meant climbing back Tilburstow Hill before descending and crossing the A22, before riding south of Tandridge and then through Oxted before going our separate ways on Pilgrims Lane. Riding with me were Martin G, Dom H, Tony R, Rob B, Ian M, Chris S and Bob C.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on July 27, 2023

B2 ride Wednesday 26th July Polhill G S to Leybourne lakes (aborted)
The route was Shoreham, Otford, Borough Green ( unscheduled coffee stop) Offham, Ryarsh Trottisclife (Late lunch stop) and home. Those Joining and leaving at various points along the route were :- Carol Lin, Linda Kemp. Di Outram, Dave stringer, Dave Collier and Sally Maxwell.

Michael Yeo

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on July 26, 2023

By dint of travelling no more than 100 yards before veering off down (yet another) new road, I took the B1 group on a 19 mile grand tour of every hill and dale between Polhill and Shoreham village (2.6 miles apart according to google). We stopped for lunch at the Kings Arms in Shoreham. A friendly pub but they seemed to be thrown by us turning up a little earlier than expected and (god forbid) having two more people than originally planned. Still, they got over the shock and brought out some nice food – especially the chips. A wide ranging discussion ensued, taking in such topics as slow service in pubs, messing around with youngsters’ minds, hip replacements and, weirdly less unconnected than you might think, neighbours not returning stuff that goes over the fence. Thanks to Dave P for being back marker today, and sandwiched between Dave and me were: for part of the ride: Paul G, Trish and Danny E, and sticking it out for the whole distance: Trevor S, Paul S, Kevin W, Tim M, Dave S and, sneaking in at the last moment, Roy M. A nice sunny day and good company.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on July 26, 2023

Just a note to route planners, Pilgrims Way East is to be closed from Aug 4th to 14th. From Shoreham Rd to Rowdow. Alternative as I am sure many know is via station footpath the the bridlepath from Tudor Drive to Kemsing.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on July 26, 2023

Good to know. I might add though that there is one of those infamous yellow boards up in Pilgrims Way West. It looks like planned roadworks between Twitton Lane and Filston Lane.

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Joe McClenaghan

posted this comment on July 20, 2023

B1 Ride Wed 19 July
Ten B1s set off from Lullingstone just as the sun came out. It was a short ride to the Summer Party at Farningham, so we kept up a good pace through Shoreham, Otford, Pilgrims’ Way, up Old Terry’s Lodge (rapidly becoming a favourite I think judging by the noises behind me), down Knockmill Lane and Tinker Pot Lane (where we encountered whatever the collective noun is for a large group of school children on manoeuvres) and finished off with a glorious ride down Knatts Valley in full sunshine and no traffic. The riders were Des Farthing, Malcolm McIntyre, Ken Dean, John Conroy, Clive Adams, Chris Brett, Danny Eagles, Rosemary Wakefield, David Parker and me.
A special thank you to Heather and Bernie for another excellent Summer Party, with good food, good company and good weather. What more can one ask? – Perhaps only a very competitive game of rounders! (Maybe we should alert St John Ambulance before our next Summer Party? ……)

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on July 20, 2023

B2 ride 19 July
9 riders out for short ride via the Knatts Valley, up and around and back to Farningham for our annual summer party in the sunshine, yet again! Not sure how we’ve been so lucky for 5 years!
Accompanying me were Paul MacA, Mike Yeo, Peter Woods, Emrys, Di, Ann, Sally and, briefly, Dave Collier. Excellent spread awaited, as always, so a big thanks to Heather and Bernie for all their hard work, which is always much appreciated.

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Dominic Haslam

posted this comment on July 20, 2023

A1 Ride, Wednesday 19 July 2023

An interesting start to the day – those that arrived at Lullingstone from a northerly direction seemed to get soaked on the way to the café but those coming from the south were completely dry. I guess we all know who the sun shines on…… Anyway, seven of us set off on a shortish ride planned to arrive at Farningham for the 12:30 festivities. We did the usual few miles back to Chevening then wound through Sevenoaks via the favelas (Kippington) and then through Knole Park. Lovely descent down to Seal and Kemsing then up Cotmans Ash. Steve wisely left us just before the hill pleading some previous commitment. Ray claims he had never ridden up this road and I’m not sure I had either and halfway up I realised why Terry’s Lodge seems a more popular way of gaining that altitude. Wasn’t helped by a bunch of clueless schoolkids evidently on an organised country walk of some kind which made it feel a bit like fighting through the crowds at the top of a climb on the Tour (except they weren’t cheering). The reward was obviously the 4 mile descent down Knatts Valley Road, marred only briefly by an idiot on an electric scooter who started to emerge without looking from a driveway, until loud shouts alerted him to our presence. I really don’t like to think what would have happened if he had kept coming. After that all were safely delivered to Farningham CC. Oh – and it didn’t rain on us at all!
Riders were me, Ray H, Chris P, Chris S, Martin G, Bob C, Steve H

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on July 20, 2023

Prems 19th July
A lazy start to today’s ride saw us leaving LVC at 10:50.
The main reason for the delayed start was we were trying to select prem members for a reboot of Dad’s Army. It’s a work in progress but so far we have Jonathan East as Sargent Wilson, because he is the most polite and inoffensive amongst us. JB as Frazer, mainly for his “we’re all doomed” vibe. We are struggling with a candidate for Captain Mainwaring ( but maybe Steve Seagrove) as we can’t see any of us in a bowler hat, but somehow I got the role of Private Walker as it would seem I might not be averse to selling some doggy clobber.
Any way to the ride, only four of us today on a shortish ride of a little under 30miles took us to Wrotham then up the old A20 to cross the M20 and join the new A20 then climb up to take the Labour-in-Vain road the Stansted and on to Southfleet before turning for South Darenth and then to Farningham arriving punctually at 12:30 and ready for the sumptuous lunch. Thank you very much to Heather and her team for providing great selection of mains and deserts only to be followed after the games with tea and cakes. Excellent!
If I hadn’t pulled a calf muscle running for one of Des’s strikes that I’m sure would be worthy of something from The Boston Red Socks, I would have done another 30miles on the way home to ride off the calories 😱 as it was I managed a sort of ridding limp with my right leg doing the heavy pushing.
My companions today were Steve Burns, aka the German SS commander who asks Pike to reveal his name, James Gallagher aka the Warden “put that light out” and Colin Keane aka Jonesy “don’t panic”
Thanks for a great day.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on July 19, 2023

We have found a man’s lightweight Patagonia fleece. Please let me know what f it belongs to you

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on July 18, 2023

Meridian Summer Party

Tomorrow at Farningham Cricket Club, 12.30 for 1pm meal.

Looking forward to seeing you all.

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John Baker

posted this comment on July 15, 2023

Wed 12 July – 7 Prems left LVC in uncertain weather conditions heading out to The Hoo Peninsula. The route took us through Longfield, Sole Street & Higham followed by a near 35mph dash (wind-assisted) to Upper Stoke. The Isle of Grain beckoned on the horizon but we turned into the headwind back to Hoo and Upper Upnor. The Tudor Rose met with general approval and came complete with its own family of ducks. Can’t remember too much about the conversation over lunch other than Huw Edwards being revealed before mainstream media announcements. We headed home via Rochester, St Peters Bridge & Wrotham before going our separate ways.

Overall at least 60 miles and everyone made it home just before the rain set in. Riding with me were Steve Burns, Jon East, Duncan Hodge, James Gallagher, Colin Kane & Steve Seagrove. Dave Hickman was scheduled to join but called off claiming ‘he had things to do’.

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Martin Gill

posted this comment on July 13, 2023

Wed 12 July. 6 A1s set off from the Olympic and rode via Hartley, Hartley Bottom and Istead Rise to get to the Cyclopark. From Cobham we made our way through Upper Higham and Wainscott. We detoured to Lower Upnor and looked at the boats on the lower Medway and at the new buildings on St Mary’s Island before going to Upper Upnor for lunch. The return ride was harder thanks to the headwind. Ian left us for an extended ride via Rochester and Peter’s bridge. The rest of us took a different route back to Cobham and Longfield Hill and then split up to go our various ways. The rain held off though I got caught by a downpour just before I got home. Those out were Bob Craig, Martin Gill, Steve Hardy, Ian Marsh, Chris Price and Chris Simms.

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David Parker

posted this comment on July 13, 2023

B1 ride to Offham. The forecasted rain held off for most of the day apart from a light shower before lunch. Our route took us through South Darenth, up to Speedgate and down to Fawkham Green. Then up Michaels Lane (quite steep) to New Ash Green, past Ridley and down Vigo Hill through Trottiscliffe to Offham. Joining me were Danny Eagles, Chris Brett, Joe MaClenaghan, Rosemary Wakefield and Mike Cleary. We had an enjoyable lunch sitting ithe sun at the Kings Arms before returning, to Otford led by Danny.

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Neville Hazell

posted this comment on July 13, 2023

Nine A2 awaydays met in Horsham in good time for their ‘Dash to the Splash’ at Shoreham Beach. A short 30 min run down country lanes took us to an excellent coffee at Camelia Botnar Garden Centre. We continued south through Henfield with a fun fast descent to Upper Beeding. Crossing over to the west of the river Adur, we went down Coombes to the Old Toll Bridge, and enjoyed the views of Lancing College. Around Shoreham Airport we felt the force of the westerly wind, this was even more evident at the beach. The sea was full of kite surfers and windsurfers, but no jellyfish, so Neil and I enjoyed a quick, surprisingly warm, dip. Everyone else claimed that they hadn’t seen that part of the brief!
We passed through Shoreham-by-Sea to the Red Lion, where we had an excellent lunch.
Next the only significant climb of the day – up Mill Hill – eased greatly by the following strong wind, which had backed to the SSW. At the top we enjoyed a panoramic view -South to the sea, North to the Weald, West to Chanctonbury Ring on top of the South Downs.
The off-road descent was successfully managed without any punctures, and we returned to Horsham through picturesque Steyning.
A good ride, blessed by the Gods of the weather and the M25 – no problems with either!

Riders were Barry Barlow, Huibert Heijna and Agnes, Ray Hardinge, Kevin Wood, and guests Tim Wheeler, Neil Archer and Ralph Hazell

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on July 13, 2023

Good ride Neville, and to dispel other member’s thoughts of disbelieve about the sight of you and Neil topless on Shoreham beach…

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on July 12, 2023

Wed 12th July. A2 Staying Local Group.

In spite of the forecast promising a dry morning, soon after the 5 of us set off we had an hour of light rain. From the Olympic we headed south through Crockenhill, West Hill, Polhill, Chipstead, Otford and onto the Pilgrims Way. Unknown to the rest of us, Paul and Tim had headed from Otford straight to the pub, and did not answer their phones or contact us. After spending 25 minutes waiting for them, and Bob putting in some some extra miles searching back to the start of Pilgrims, we carried on but had to chop a few miles off the planned route in order to arrive at the booked time. The Bell gave us its usual warm welcome and good service, and the sun came out as we sat in the garden.
The riders were Graham Parkinson, Bob Stock, Paul McDonnell, Tim McCaffrey and myself.

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on July 8, 2023

Under louring skies six A1s left Edenbridge heading for Framfield via Blackham, Hartfield, Ashdown Forest and Buxted.Due to two punctures en route Chris P. missed the start but elected to make his own way to Framfield.The puncture imp was following us closely.
A gashed tyre near Uckfield underlined Continental’s reputation for difficulty in removing and refitting. After 25 minutes of what my father in law used to call ‘plain old fashioned army language’ we were on our way again. Food at the pub was good and reasonably priced with prompt service. A speedy descent of Chuck Hatch and Jib Jack brought us back to Hartfield and Edenbridge. Riders were: Chris S. Ray H.Robert B. Martin G. Ian M.Chris P. and Tony R.. Special mention for Chris S. and his tyre wrangling skills.

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steveburns

posted this comment on July 7, 2023

Seven Prems departed from Knockholt for a gentle cycle over to Markbeech. Even before the first pedal stroke the debate raged over the safety implications of going up Titsey Hill Vs Clarks Lane. No common ground could be found and emotions ran high, reminding me of great historical battles such as Ali vs Frazier or Blur vs Oasis (brit pop bands for our more mature readers). ColinK1 arrived at the Blueberry Cafe looking as though he had been recently tortured by waterboarding and sleep deprevation, but apparently he had been looking after his daughter’s puppy for three days. Our route took us through Tandridge, Lingfield, three times round East Grinstead, then Cowden before arriving at The Kentish Horse in Markbeech. This establishment is a regular lunch stop for us and the service and food were very much up to their usual standards. Traffic was very fast and busy around Copthorne and Turners Hill and due to road resurfacing we also experienced some bone jarring Paris-Roubaix style riding. Sadly on the return journey JB’s latest GoPro, having survived Titsey and the congestion and the cobbles, decided to exit its ride on Ide Hill on the return home. Fortunately every cloud has a silver lining and JB can enjoy sourcing an even more expensive and technically challenging model.
Riding out with me today were Colin K1, Colin K2, Duncan, Jon, JB and James.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on July 6, 2023

SUMMER PARTY – FINAL CALL

You are invited to attend the Meridian Summer Party on Wednesday the 19th July at Farningham Cricket Club. The cost is £5 for members (subsidised) and £10 for guests. Everyone must choose their food choices when they pay – the form is on the website with complete instructions. To find this please go to the home page and click on the Summer Party.

Final date for responses is Saturday!

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on July 6, 2023

Meridian Summer Party : 19 July – Payment by 8th July
Farningham Cricket Ground Horton Way, Farningham, Kent, DA4 0DQ

Members £5, Guests @£10. To include a 2 course meal AND a free drink.

Please make your food choices, submit your reservation and make payment by 8th July

Click here for further information

Or

Click here to make your reservation

Contact Heather for further information

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on July 5, 2023

Wed 5th: Some familiar faces on the B1 ride to Pembury

Despite a slightly ‘iffy’ forecast we had a good turnout at Otford Pond on a chilly but bright morning. At the start I was joined by Leslie and Steve Glencross, Steve Birkin, Rosemary W, Trevor S, Daves Collier and Morgan, Paul Smith, John T, Des, Danny E and Roy Marks (for morning coffee). A couple of threatening clouds mid morning but otherwise dry and sunny. The Glencrosses used to live in Sevenoaks and were Meridian members before going to live in France. They have now returned to TW and came as guests to meet up with old friends. It was also good to see Steve Birkin and catch up with the antics of his grandson who is currently an Ineos rider.
The route included the A21 cycleway with morning coffee at Hildenborough driving range and afternoon tea at Weathered and Worn in Hadlow.

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on July 5, 2023

B2 ride from Coolings Knockholt had limited numbers 6 setting of were Mike Yeo, Trish, Emrys, Paul McAteer, Peter Woods and myself. Only one brief shower on route which took us through Limpsfield down Treveraux Hill and through Old Oxted to Wetherspoons were a detailed discussion on technical issues took place. Another shower on the way home but a very pleasant ride.

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Robert Stock

posted this comment on July 5, 2023

A2 ride 5/7/23 from Coolings Blueberry Cafe to The George, Trottiscliffe

We set off from Coolings in reasonable conditions and headed for Star Hill. From there we cycled to Otford and joined the Pilgrims’ Way and on to Wrotham. We then rode through Borough Green and Ightham, eventually passing the Grey Ladies and headed towards Platt and onto the A25. We then crossed the A20 and headed towards Trottiscliffe for a pleasant lunch in the garden at the George.
Riding with me were Danni Gazzi, Barry Barlow, Huibert Heijna and Agnes, and guest rider, Ian Rogers

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on July 3, 2023

Bike Round Brands; Fri 6 Aug

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on June 28, 2023

Ooops, at 9.5mph on average, not quite in the same league as the Prems! Anyhow, 8 riders set off from PGC for the B1/2 ride to Ide Hill – taking in Shoreham, Otford, Kemsing, Seal, Godden Green and an undulating Gracious Lane to Ide Hill. Lunch saw us in a very quiet Cock Inn where the welcome felt slightly frosty. Despite that there was a decent range of beers, the food tasty and the portion sizes clearly intended for the erm, larger gentleman. (I was grateful for the mostly downhill ride home after that!) I was in excellent company today, riding with Rosemary Wakefield, Chris Brett, Roy Knight, Paul Hills (part), Peter Wood, Paul McDonnell, and Bob Stock, with (temporarily non riding) Mike W joining us at the pub.

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on June 28, 2023

P1 Ride 28/06/23, Polhill to The Old Ship at Tatsfield

After our enjoyable and lengthy outing to Brighton last week a slightly shorter route seemed in order today, so a 40 mile jaunt to Tatsfield fitted the bill perfectly. Nine Prems plus one guest set off from Polhill in a loop through Ide Hill, Chiddingstone, Markbeech, passing to the south of Edenbridge before swinging back round through Ashurst and Godstone at a respectable 16.5mph average. It was a rare pleasure to descend Bayley’s Hill and the Enterdent for a change rather than climb them. A trip up Gangers Hill at the back end of the ride kept things honest.

Lunch at The Old Ship was excellent as ever with friendly and quick service. I think they were quite pleased to have nine hungry and thirsty cyclists arrive on an otherwise quiet Wednesday lunchtime. Topics of conversation included the difference between Warning and Prohibitive road signs and the relatively cheap cost of an orange juice and lemonade, compared to last week. The short ride home was an added bonus for most if not all of us.

Riders were: Andy Bradley, Steve Burns, Nick Burrell, Jon East, James Gallagher, Duncan Hodge, Colin Kane, Colin Keane and Steve Seagrove, with James Bulley guesting for part of the ride.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on June 22, 2023

B1/2 ride to Ide Hill (The Cock) Weds 28th June. It’ll be a fairly leisurely ride, only 16 miles, starting at Polhill and wandering through Shoreham, Otford, Kemsing, Seal, Godden Green and on to Ide Hill and lunch at The Cock Inn. The pub asked if I could give them approximate numbers, so could you let me know if you’re coming please? (I’m on the B2 WhatsApp group or you can email me on desfarthing@gmail.com. Thanks.

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on June 22, 2023

Prems 21st June
On the week of the official London to Brighton cycle ride, it seemed appropriate to do our unofficial version.
Seven met at The Teal cafe for a 09:30 start which after a great deal of faffing with gear setups and last minute coffees, we finally got on the road at 10:00. I had built 30mins of slack into our outward journey but I didn’t expect it to be all used up at the start 🙄Thankfully we had no mechanicals all day so we arrived at the Regency restaurant on the seafront as scheduled at 1:00 where lunches of various spaghetti dishes where severed quickly and with very attentive and cheery service.
I would highly recommend this place for a reasonably priced lunch, but beware of the over priced OJ! To be fair it was freshly squeezed.
The route down was via the Ashdown Forest and Ditchling beacon, so I’d planned for us to ride along the coast to Newhaven before heading back inland as following the river Ouse would make for a flatter route, which it did apart from the sharp climb out of Lewis.
Back at Black hill on the Ashdown Forest we stopped to refuel on ice creams and over priced bottles of water, before returning to more familiar roads through Groombridge and Chiddingstone where we started to split and make our own ways home.
A great day to be out on a long ride with Steve Seagrove and Paul Geradine who unfortunately had to turn back at the Ashdown, leaving Duncan Hodge, James Gallagher, John Baker, Steve Burns and myself to complete the route.
Duncan and I clocked up 127miles and 8,300ft of ascent with the Sevenoaks guys not far behind.
I do love the long ride days to the coast, but glad of the day off after.
Thanks to all for your great company.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on June 22, 2023

To celebrate the summer solstice, the A1s took a gentle (long drag up Messenden, said some), but brisk ride to East Peckham , taking in a hair-raising spin down a flooded Vigo Hill. The pub in East Peckham was up to its usual high standards for food, service and price, so a good ride was had by all. That was Dom (the socks) H., Chris S., Chris (over the horizon) P., Martin (what! a clean bike !!!!) G., Ian M, Bob C., Rob B., and myself. Thanks to Dom for having the route on his Garmin and to Rob for being back-marker (well, most of the way).

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on June 22, 2023

No not Messenden, that should be Mussenden, .

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roy knight

posted this comment on June 22, 2023

B2 ride report 21st June 23
10 riders left Lullingstone to Shone Country Park on a prepared route of Linda Kemp.
we were blessed with good weather, 6 riders had to leave the ride because of doctors/hospital appointments and the need to return home early.
Tricia H with Dave C and Dave P The back marker made todays ride very enjoyable.

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on June 21, 2023

WED 21 JUNE 2023 – THE FAMOUS ROMNEY MARSH DRESSED LOBSTER & CHABLIS RIDE FROM RYE

Another dreadfully poor Meridian riders awayday turnout; only three Meridian members turned up for this superb 46 mile ride around Romney Marsh garlanded in multi-coloured poppies in excellent weather – Neil Kerrison, Malcolm Austin & Mike Yeo. Dressed Lobster and Chablis were consumed at The Dungeness Railway Station at 11.30am, and an excellent lunch was also consumed at The Woolpack Pub at Brooklands at 1.30pm. The next opportunity for Meridian members to avail themselves of the flatest Meridian ride on record around Romney Marsh starting at Rye will be on Wednesday 19 June 2024.

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Huibert Heijna

posted this comment on June 21, 2023

9 A2s on 8 bikes started from Lullingstone visitors center for nice 37 km ride to the Bricklayers Arms in Chipstead. Route was rural and scenic and the weather could not be better. Only through Sevenoaks was a bit busy. The pub was very good and served quickly. View over the lake adds to the ambiance. Fellow cyclists were Graham, Malcolm, Tim, Paul, Neville, Danny, Bob and Agnes. Thanks for the company on my first ride as leader.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on June 21, 2023

7 B1s set out from Lullingstone Visitors Centre for a mildly undulating 25 mile jaunt to Shorne Country Park. We lost Dave S in a planned fashion on route and then Paul S in an unplanned way: sorry Paul. The five who made it were Paul Mc, Chris B, Heather, Trevor and Joe. The sandwiches were highly recommended and they lived up to their reputation.

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Des Farthing

posted this comment on June 21, 2023

Club gilet found at Lullingstone

Ken Dean and I popped back to Lullingstone on the return leg of our club ride today. Another visitor there recognised the club vests we were wearing and handed me a gilet that she had found in the visitor centre area. I have it with me and would like to return it to its rightful owner.

If you want to come and collect it, I live in Knockholt or, if that’s inconvenient, let me know what club ride you’re on next and I’ll bring it with me to the meeting place.

Rather than bounce blog posts back and forward, you can reach me on my mobile or WhatsApp (07419 908015) or email: desfarthing@gmail.com.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on June 20, 2023

After checking the rides posted on the ride list for cotswolds break. I cannot, find anyway to load some of the routes on to my Garmin. I am sure this is me, but are the routes not posted?

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on June 20, 2023

MERIDIAN HOLIDAY 2024 – Stayokay, The Hague, Holland

We are planning g a holiday in The Hague from the 8th – 15th July 2024. We will be staying in the Stayokay in The Hague from 9th to the 14th ( 5 nights). The 8th and 15th will be overnight on the boat in cabins.

There are 3 categories of rooms:
– 2 bedded comfort rooms at E100 (E50 per person/night) – 2 single beds, towels incl.
– Family rooms at E156.20 (E78.10 per person/night with 2 sharing) – 2 single beds & bunks, towels incl.
– 4 Bedded rooms at E141.20 (E70.60 per person/night with 2 sharing) – 2 sets of bunks, towels extra.

In addition there is:
– City tax of E5.35/person/night
– Breakfast is E9.50 per person /night
– The evening meal is E15.50 per person/ night but the hotel is near the centre of The Hague so we will have 4 nights eating in the hostel and 1 night eating out.

This adds a total E136.25 to the room cost.

Travel will be on the ferry from Harwich to the Hook of Holland which will be booked by Barry (at extra cost) when the rates are available.

PLEASE NOTE that the above prices are for 2023 and are indicative.

We are only able to hold the option on the rooms for 2 weeks. If you are interested please find the person to share with and send a deposit of £100 each via bank transfer to the Meridian Account. At the same time please email me, copied to Chris with your rooms choices and your room sharing person.

Payment is preferred by bank transfer and should be made to
Meridian Cycling Club
Sort Code: 09 06 66
A/C No: 43226774

THERE ARE ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF ROOMS, SO IT IS FIRST COME FIRST SERVED. Please indicate your first and second choices with your deposit and the person you plan to share with.

As before we (the club and/or the organisers) are unable to take on any risk associated with the inability of Stayokay to fulfil their side of the transaction. This lies directly with the person making the reservation. Also you should agree with your ‘room sharer’ who pays the extra should one person pull out at a late date.

CLOSING DATE 2nd July 2023.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on June 20, 2023

Classis Bike For Sale

Roy, who was a friend of Tony Poore, has a classic bike for sale (23” / 58cm) which is in good condition. It comes with a box of vintage spares including a Campag chain set, sprockets, brakes etc, The frame is made from French Vitus hexagonal tubing which is very rare. Tyres are new. He thinks it’s worth about £500 without the TACX rollers.

Paul Dean has viewed the pics and makes the following comment
“It is a lovely bike and was built locally in Swanley probably by Mark Reilly, who was an excellent framebuilder.”

Contact Roy directly on roycallow1@outlook.com

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steveburns

posted this comment on June 18, 2023

Prems 14th June

Seven Prems set off from the Teal Cafe in glorious sunshine for a shorter 31 mile ride. The picturesque route took us through Markbeech, Cowden, Hartfield and up Kidd’s Hill, before turning back towards Lye Green and Groombridge. Our lunch destination was The Chafford Arms at Fordcombe, where the service and quality of food were yet again first rate. The garden area is absolutely stunning and comes highly recommended. The most interesting conversation over breakfast involved club stalwart Richard B’s contempt at finding a toilet pan with a retail price of £600. Imagine his surprise when JB confessed that he had paid £3,500 for the same item in his own home. We were all delighted to hear that JB’s throne comes with multi-functional jet sprays followed by a blast of hot hair and a wafting of talcum powder to freshen things up as a finale.
Riding out with me today were Colin K1, ColinK2, Richard B, JB, Dave H and Duncan

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David Sims

posted this comment on June 19, 2023

Hi Guys,
I got one for £19.99 from B&Q not quite the right shape and you have to open and close by hand!!!!

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on June 18, 2023

AWAYDAY RIDE – 10am WED 21 JUNE 2023 – THE FAMOUS ROMNEY MARSH DRESSED CRAB & CHABLIS RIDE FROM RYE

After an absence of four years, it is still my intention to lead this famous MERIDIAN CC Dressed Crab & Chablis ride starting from Rye Railway Station Cafe around the multi-coloured poppy strewn beautiful Romney Marsh starting at 10am. There is an ample sized and reasonable priced car park (approx £2 all day) adjacent to Rye Railway Station (however, do NOT use the expensive Railway Car Park).

The ride will make its way out of Rye at 10am purchasing Dressed Crabs en-route to Camber and Dungeness, for a late morning stop at the Hythe & Dymchurch Railway station at Dungeness for coffee and tea to consume the dressed crabs washed down with Premier Cru Chablis. Thereafter, the ride contines to Lydd-on-Sea, Greatstone, Littlestone, New Romney, and across Romney Marsh to the Woolpack Inn at Brooklands for a late lunch. After a hearty lunch, the ride will make its way slowly to Appledore, Stone-in-Oxney, and down Knock Hill to the Military Road and back to Rye for coffee & cakes. Although the ride pace will be B2, all Meridian riders will be welcome to attend this not to be missed famous ride.

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roy knight

posted this comment on June 15, 2023

B1 ride to the Porcupine cafe Penshurst on the 14th June.
Ride started from the Olympic Swanley on what turned out to be a very hot day.
8 riders with 4 called Paul set off on what was quiet a challenging course Paul H
Left us at Eynsford.
Those that did the full ride were
Tricia H
Chris B
Graham P
Paul S
Paul M
Paul M
Des F who left the ride half way after saying our goodbyes and have a safe journey home surprised us by
regoining the ride some miles later.
Some impressive cycling today from this group.
Thanks for company.
Roy K

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on June 15, 2023

B2 Wednesday 14th June (car assist) ride Heatfield to Pevensey bay and back again.
Joining me on this bright and sunny morning were, John Thompson, Paul Godfrey, Ken Dean, meeting Sally Maxwell at the coffee stop in Hailsham. A pleasant ride to Pevensey bay via Normans bay for sanis on the beach. and a warm ride back to Heathfield.
Thanks to all who joined me. Michael Yeo

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Tricia Hewlett

posted this comment on June 9, 2023

B2 ride to Oxted. 9 suitably clad riders set off in our now customary morning cold morning wind through to Tatsfield then along the ridge to Warlingham, down the hill through to the girls convent and onto Oxted. The sunshine appeared when we rode along the valley where they’ve now planted some experimental vines. A leisurely break in good old Spoons followed which was relatively quiet with quick service. Out today with me were Danny Eagles, Roy K, Paul Godfrey, Paul MacAteer, Rosemary, Des, Peter Woods, Emrys, with Di and Linda joining us for coffee at Coolings.

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joneast

posted this comment on June 8, 2023

After a few longer rides for members of the Prems group over the last few weeks, I felt a shorter ride was in order this week. 7 of us left Coolings to descend Sundrige Hill then over Ide Hill heading to Penshurst (where Dave had to leave to attend to grandfather duties). Down Groombridge Hill and on through Withyham, Hartwell and Holtye before hitting the ever popular Furnace Lane. From Dormansland, with flat roads and the pub not far off we had a 2 mile sprint through Marsh Green, though Duncan and Steve were so far ahead, no-one could see who won! The 35 mile route had an elevation gain of 2,200ft according to Garmin but definitely felt much lumpier!
Lunch was at The Old Eden in Edenbridge. Excellent food was enjoyed in the delightful beer garden.
With me on the ride were Duncan Hodge, John Baker, Steve Burns, Richard Bingham, Paul Gerardine and Dave Hickman. Thanks for your company.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on June 8, 2023

4. B1 riders had an away day ride, with quite roads and good surfaces. to Lenham. no bike problems only a garmin malfunction.
Mike Wakfield, Cathy Sharmam, Chris Brett,and me,

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Tony Reeve

posted this comment on June 8, 2023

A cool overcast day more like October than June. The A1s shivered down Star Hill and made their way via Ide Hill to Chiddingstone and Hever. The clouds parted and the sun put his hat just as we reached the start of the climb to Chartwell. Lunch at the Stanhope Arms was good and served quickly. Those riding were: Chris S. Ray H.Martin H.Bob C and Tony R.

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David Parker

posted this comment on June 6, 2023

Leaders needed for ‘B’ rides in June and July

Please let me know if you are able assist in leading any of these rides.

28th June While some of us are on holiday in the Cotswolds, a leader is required to organise a ride from Polhill.

12th July Leaders required for both B1 and B2 rides from Swanley.

19th July A leader for the B1’s from Lullingstone to arrive at Farningham Cricket Ground for our Summer Party.

26th July A leader for the B1’s from Polhill.

Thanks for your help.

Dave

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Colin Kane

posted this comment on June 1, 2023

Prems 31st May
A fragmented group went on two separate rides this week.
I planned to lead a ride to Whitstable, while Paul G would lead a more local ride for those not able to commit to a full day.
So Duncan Hodge and I left Bromley at 08:00 and picked up Colin Keane at Locksbottom. Next stop Lenham. We kept a good pace arriving for coffee just after 10:00. We left Colin to enjoy his full English as he was turning for home and we pushed on via Faversham onto the Seasalter coast road. This is where to stiffening easterly wind really made itself known, reducing our top speed to a leg sapping 13mph. We finally arrived at Whitstable at midday.
After refuelling on fish and chips at The Old Forge we were on our way back at 13:00 and this time with the wind on our backs we flew through Seasalter at an easy 25mph.
At Faversham we took the picturesque route up the Doddington valley before dropping down to Hollingbourne then on to Detling to pick up the Pilgrim’s Way to take us home. Stopping briefly to refuel at the Service Stn on Bluebell hill.
We arrived home in strong warm sunshine, not something we’d seen loads of that day, but maybe that was a blessing as we were able to keep the work rate up, arriving home at 17:00 having covered 122 miles and climbed over 6,000ft.
We both took a hot shower followed by cold baths to revive those tired legs.

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on June 1, 2023

I would just like to confirm that the hot baths and cold showers (or was it the other way around 🙂 were taken completely separately, however many thanks Colin for an excellent day out.

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David Parker

posted this comment on June 1, 2023

B1 ride on 31st May
Apart from me leading the group astray by missing a turning and then leading down a dead end road to recover, it was an excellent ride. Malcolm had better kowledge of our location and advised us which road would take us back to my proposed route.
Riding with me were Mike and Rosemary Wakefield, a trio of Mc’s Paul McDonnell, Tim McCaffrey, Malcolm McIntyre, plus Chris Brett and Roy Knight.
Dave Parker

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Neville Hazell

posted this comment on May 31, 2023

Our start was slightly delayed by a recalcitrant padlock trapping my bike. Last week Tim promised the first of many sunny days – but the weather gods did not agree and A2 set off from Polhill in distinctly cool conditions. We headed a little west through Halstead and Knockholt before dropping down to the Pilgrim’s Way and then turning towards Ide Hill via Brasted. A speedy descent took us towards Chiddingstone, where conversation turned towards coffee, cakes, restaurants and pubs. Reportedly, Chiddingstone has both a great tea-house and a cafe attached to the castle, the Rock Public House does serve sandwiches, and at Kingdom there is a great Crepe Van and excellent, albeit pricey, coffee.
All these discussions must have fuelled our thirst, we arrived in very good time at the Little Brown Jug for a good lunch. The Homemade Mexican Bean Soup got a high rating.
Refreshed we headed home, thank you to Barry for leading us up Bailey’s Hill. We were blessed with no mechanicals .
The riders were Bert and Agnes Heijna, Nick Robertson, Barry Barlow, Paul Deane, Graham Parkinson, guest Neil Archer and myself.

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Michael Yeo

posted this comment on May 30, 2023

An awayday ride on Wednesday 14th June. 10:30 start at Cuckoo trail car park Station road Heathfield TN21 8DB (opp Waitrose) if car park full, off road parking in Newham way. A flat 21 miles easy to moderate pace to Pevensey bay (Pub, café or beach picnic lunch) all this depending on decent weather, look forward to your company on the day .

Mike Yeo

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on May 28, 2023

The provisional date for Peter Hawker’s funeral is the 10th July at 12.30 at Bluebell Cemetery. I will update this when it is confirmed.

Apologies I earlier sent a version with the wrong date.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on May 28, 2023

The provisional date for Peter Hawker’s funeral is the 20th July at 12.30 at Bluebell Cemetery. I will update this when it is confirmed.

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tim

posted this comment on May 27, 2023

Wed 24 may barry nick nevielle huibe graham danny malcombe tim loop around darenth west kingsdown to the malt shovel eynsford first of many sunny days😎

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Paul Godfrey

posted this comment on May 26, 2023

B2 – Isle of Grain ride. Given the numbers at Shorne a separate B2 group comprised of Heather, Emrys, Linda, Mike and myself set of behind the B1 group. Despite one or two minor mechanicals we caught the B1’s when they stopped for puncture repair and would have arrived at the lunch stop before them had it not been for their dastardly use of a shortcut. Lovely ride in excellent weather finished off with an ice cream on return to Shorne.

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Robert Bunce

posted this comment on May 26, 2023

A1 Ride Wednesday 24th May
Seven intrepid riders (Bob Craig, Danny Eagles, Chris Simms, Tony Reeve, Martin Gill, Chris Price and myself Rob Bunce)
departed Lullingstone, destination “The Old House at Home” Dormansland.
Accompanied by clear blue sky’s we meandered through Shoreham/Otford/Chipstead and then along the Pilgrims Way to Limpsfield.
My initial estimate of a 23 mile ride to lunch was “a tad short”, the actual being 28. I have been reliably told that we climbed 2000ft.
The homeward journey was notable for the short but sharp ascent up the aptly named “Pains Hill”

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Joe McClenaghan

posted this comment on May 25, 2023

B1 Away Day Ride, Wed 24th May

Sunny day, light wind and perfect for a day out on the Isle of Grain. We set off from Shorne Country Park and headed through Shorne, Lower Higham, Cooling (stopping at St James’ church for a quick history lesson on Dickens and Great Expectations) and through Hoo where Ken got a puncture on the rear tyre of his e-bike – not easy to deal with, but ably assisted by Dave we were soon on the move again. On to Lower Upnor where we were joined by the B2s for lunch by the estuary. Kevin was the only one to have lunch in the Pier pub and given the length of the wait for his food to arrive, the rest of us were glad we brought sandwiches.

Only a short ride back to Shorne but we still managed to pick up our second puncture of the day. Chris showed us how to change inner tubes in record time. A great day out with perfect weather and excellent company.

I was joined by Ken Dean, Nick Leng-Smith, Dave Parker, Chris Brett, John Conroy and new member Kevin Wood and we covered just over 30 miles.

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John Thompson

posted this comment on May 25, 2023

B1/B2 riders and any one who would like to join this ride.
I will be leading this ride on behalf of Mike Wakefield on the 07thJune from Headcorn-Lenham-Headcorn.
The ride departs Headcorn village cafe 10:45.
Train times from Orpington to Headcorn 09:12 for coffee or 09:41 . one change at Sevenoaks to arrive 10:03/10:33
Train times from Sevenoaks to Headcorn 09:32 for coffee to arrive 10:03
Train times from Tonbridge to Headcorn 09:41 for coffee to arrive 10:03

Mike has loaded his ride gps 42855169. round trip
I have loaded my ride almost the same as Mike only Headcorn to Lenham gps 42684663 and return ride gps42684717

total ride distance 35 miles.
Lenham has plenty of places for lunch I will be taking a packed lunch.
Retun train times are 13/43 pass the hours.

Looking forward to seeing you all.
John Thompson

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Duncan Hodge

posted this comment on May 25, 2023

Prems Ride 24/05/23
A beautiful sunny day for a lumpy but not overly hilly 40 miles to a favourite stop at the Swan on the Green in West Peckham. Our route took us over Cotman’s Ash to Borough Green and down through the Mallings before looping back via Yalding and Mereworth. The day’s minor drama came in the form of a snapped rear derailleur cable for Colin (Kane) which was quickly and efficiently patched up by new member Colin (Keane) who impressed us all with his mechanical ability and spares inventory. Unfortunately this left Colin (Kane) with the option of only 5th or 15th gear, however he amply demonstrated why he is the Prems Leader and soldiered on for a further 35miles or so with barely a drop in pace.

Lunch at the Swan was excellent as ever, made even more pleasant by sitting in the dappled sunlight under the oak trees. The Maillot Jaune, in fact all the day’s jerseys rest firmly on the shoulders of Colin (Kane) for a performance that can only be described as epic, or as they say in France – epic.
Riders were: John Baker, Steve Burns, Jon East, James Gallagher, Paul Geradine, Colin (5:15) Kane, Colin (Spanners) Keane & Duncan Hodge.

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Colin Keane

posted this comment on May 25, 2023

Great ride, weather & pub. Sorry we split in Chelsfield without a goodbye. Colin (new member) Keane

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Diana Outram

posted this comment on May 24, 2023

24th May 2023
Lovely spring ride from Lullingstone V C to Ightham Moat deviating from the recorded route by cycling up to the A25, past St Lawrence church and along Stone Street to the NT cafe. Riding were Paul H, Dave C, Paul Mc, Peter W, Ken M, Trish, Ann, Sally and Di .Many thanks to the back stop Dave C and all for their excellent company.

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Reginald Oakley

posted this comment on May 24, 2023

Good to see a B group being piloted through Heaverham by Di, a few faces I recognised.

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Heather Sim

posted this comment on May 22, 2023

Good evening, I am sad to inform you that Peter Hawker died this afternoon in hospital. I will let you know when I have details of his funeral. Personally I will miss his impish sense of humour, and inspiration.

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Neil Kerrison

posted this comment on May 22, 2023

AWAYDAY RIDE – 10am WED 21 JUNE 2023 – THE FAMOUS ROMNEY MARSH DRESSED CRAB & CHABLIS RIDE FROM RYE

After an absence of four years, it is still my intention to lead this famous MERIDIAN CC Dressed Crab & Chablis ride starting from Rye Railway Station Cafe around the multi-coloured poppy strewn beautiful Romney Marsh starting at 10am.

There is an ample sized and reasonable priced car park (approx £2 all day) adjacent to Rye Railway Station (however, do NOT use the expensive Railway Car Park). The ride will make its way out of Rye at 10am purchasing Dressed Crabs en-route to Camber and Dungeness, for a late morning stop at the Hythe & Dymchurch Railway station at Dungeness for coffee and tea to consume the dressed crabs washed down with Premier Cru Chablis. Thereafter, the ride contines to Lydd-on-Sea, Greatstone, Littlestone, New Romney, and across Romney Marsh to the Woolpack Inn at Brooklands for a late lunch. After a hearty lunch, the ride will make its way slowly to Appledore, Stone-in-Oxney, and down Knock Hill to the Military Road and back to Rye for coffee & cakes.

Although the ride pace will be B2, all Meridian riders will be welcome to attend this not to be missed famous ride.

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Danny Gazzi

posted this comment on May 18, 2023

A2 Ride, Wed 17th May

Mild, sunny weather, and the promise of summer perhaps finally being on the way prompted our biggest turnout of the year so far – 11 riders and 10 bikes. From the Olympic, we rode through Eynsford, up Knatts Valley, up up and up Tinker Pot Lane, down through Fawkham and Longfield, then Canada Farm Rd and Speedgate, by which time our kind back barker, Joe, had stayed behind to help John with a p****ure. I failed to appoint a replacement back marker, and we lost Bob down Mussenden Lane as we made our way to the Chequers in Darenth, where we were all reunited. We sat outside to enjoy high quality sandwiches and baked potatoes with excellent service, but with prices to match.
The 10 on this 23 mile run were: Joe McClenaghan, John Conroy, Bert and Agnes Heijna, Nick Robertson, Malcolm McIntyre, Tim McCafffery, Bob Stock, Barry Barlow, Neville Hazell and myself.

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Richard Bingham

posted this comment on May 18, 2023

Prems ride: Wed 17 May

Glorious morning for the Prems first 100 miler of the year with a spin to the William the Conqueror at Rye Harbour.

Seven Prems set off from Teal café a little after 10am for the flattish 48 mile route to the pub taking in Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Benenden, Rolvenden and Wittersham. This was covered reasonably briskly and we arrived promptly at 1pm.

Very good service and food with the chat ranging from Duncan’s weekend at Spa Classic, JB’s unfortunate dressing gown incident with the dog and Colin’s very private collection of BBC tapes.

On leaving Rye we were all very disappointed to see that legendary Meridian pub the Inkerman Arms was looking well shut. With no pre-planned route for the return we decided to take on the usual Military Road dash to Appledore which did not disappoint with a few members achieving PBs. Then on to Tenterden before stopping off for refreshment at Biddenden vineyard. After a bottle of their best fiz we set off on our different ways home. Riders joining me were John Baker, Dave Hickman, James Gallagher, Duncan Hodge, Colin Kane and Steve Seagrove. Fun day out and thanks for your company all

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Stephen Hardy

posted this comment on May 18, 2023

A1 ride: A team of 4 riders enjoyed the bright day leaving the Olympic for the Crown in Shoreham. The riders were the 2 Chris’s (Sims and Price,) Martin Gill and myself with Ray Hardinge meeting at the pub for lunch. Chris S, Martin and Ray coming fresh from a weeks cycling on Majorca. The route of 27 miles took us South Darenth, a loop thro’ Horton Kirby, into Farningham, along the ridge and up into Crockenhill, old Chelsfield, crossing the A21 into Pratts Bottom, braching off Rushmore Hill at the bottom to go thro’ the various lanes to make our way into Knockholt Pound at the top of Star Hill Road which we descended taking a left at the bottom picking up Ray who’d timed his 25 mile solo ride to perfection to meet us. The next way point being Filston Lane via the bottom of Polhill and into Shoreham for our well earned lunch. Unfortunately Martin had a bit of an argument with a hedge in old Chelsfield, but was able to carry on and I had an argument with a car driver in a narrow lane in South Darenth who thought we were incredibly selfish in holding him up despite me moving to the side when there was a passing place and waving him through. Apparently I should have divided into a hedge (a la Martin later) to let him pass sooner. Ah well, such is life for a cyclist. Reasonably priced food and drinks came quickly at the Crown , with us all departing for our separate routes home after a good lunch and chat.

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John Baker

posted this comment on May 11, 2023

Nine prems set off from the Blueberry Cafe on an unusually sunny morning that made some of us feel overdressed. The 40 mile route headed north, skirting Orpington, before turning east through Longfield and Cobham, over the M2 bridge to Ryarsh. There were no dramas or major mechanicals to report, just some moaning about the last section along a bridleway. The food at the Duke of Wellington was good and served in the sunshine, with conversation ranging from the usual football to the behaviour of feral youths on the Medway. We headed for home as the clouds gathered but the rain was not as bad as forecast.
Riding with me were Richard Bingham, Andrew Bradley, Steve Burns, Jon East, James Gallagher, Duncan Hodge, Colin Kane and Steve Seagrove.

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Robert Stock

posted this comment on May 11, 2023

A2 ride Wed 10 May

A2 ride Wed 10 May

Just for a change, we set off in lovely sunshine and headed for Star Hill and at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill we carried straight on to Otford. We cycled through Otford and up the hill and over the railway bridge to the junction with the Pilgrims’ Way, where we turned right. We followed the Pilgrim’s all the way to Wrotham where we turned left and up the hill and crossed the A20. Having safely crossed the A20, we followed the rolling country lane to Trottiscliffe and onwards to the A25. We crossed the A25 and cycled up hill towards Offham in the face of numerous vans and cars that were coming down the hill, which we managed to avoid. At Offham we carried straight on towards Borough Green and then turned right down Crouch Lane and joined the A25. At the junction with Borough Green High Street we turned left down the hill to the roundabout, where we turned right and on to the roundabout with the A25.
Finally, we turned left towards Ightham and arrived at the George & Dragon, where the food & drink were good and the surroundings pleasant.
Riding with me were: Danny Gazzi, Neville Hazell and Tim McCaffery.

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Ken Dean

posted this comment on May 10, 2023

Wed 10th May: B1 Ride Knockholt to MarkBeech
Bright sunny morning a good turnout at the garden centre café.
On starting the ride we were soon overtaken by a seemingly large bunch of Prem riders.
A ‘twisty’ route; Down HogTrough, Brasted, Ide Hill, 4 elms, Chiddingstone Hoath and back along the ridge to The Kentish Horse where we arrived at the same time as the B2s.
Nice pub and made to feel very welcome, good service but the jacket potato wasn’t perfect.
Back up Ide Hill punctuated with a stop at the café for refreshments – arrived home about 2 mins before the rain.
A good day all round.
I was joined by Trevor, Mike & Rosemary, Paul Smith (on his newly serviced bike), Kevin and a big thank you to Mick Cleary who was a very effective backstop.

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David Parker

posted this comment on May 10, 2023

B2 ride 10th May
9 riders set out from Coolings in bright sunshine, cycling via Ide Hill, Bough Beech and Hever to arrive at the Kentish Horse.
The riders were Di Outram and Carol Lin (to Bough Beech) Linda Kemp and Mike Yeo (to Hever) Peter Wood, Emrys Wilson, Heather Sim and Paul McAteer arrived with me for an excellent lunch. Despite the predicted rain showers for the afternoon we managed to arrive home before the rain.

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Steve Seagrove

posted this comment on May 9, 2023

A belated ride report for last week’s Prem ride. Eight riders set off from Polhill on a sunny if still slightly chilly day, heading for lunch at Fordcombe via Markbeech, Cowden, Forest Hill, Ashdown Forest and Groombridge. The countryside was looking glorious, with particularly great views from Spode Lane and Colemans Hatch Road. After 40 miles we reached the Chafford Arms, where we were met by the TW contingent Richard B and Dave H for an excellent and efficient lunch in the pub’s sunny garden. With the ride home it was a day of hills with nearly 1500m of climb for the Sevenoaks district cohort, and even more for the Bromley boys. Riding with me were John Baker, Andy Bradley, Steve Burns, Jon East, James Gallagher, Duncan Hodge and Colin Kane.

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Ray Hardinge

posted this comment on May 4, 2023

Glad to see that the A1s are back in numbers and in good spirits for a short, flat(ish) ride to Laddingford. No punctures, no mechanicals, no missing riders, light traffic and a lot of sunshine (forget the potholes), made for a breezy ride through Heaverham, Plaxtol, and Golden Green. Arriving at the Crown in plenty of time we made the most of an extended lunchtime with lots light-hearted conversation (and yes the Coronation did get a mention). We were Ian M., Dom H., Chris S., Bob C., Martin G., Rob B., Chris B (Rob’s mate), Chris P and myself. Thanks to Rob for some very helpful back-marketing.