London to Whitstable - 25 June (night ride)
Ride leader: Kim
Starting at midnight from under Waterloo Bridge on the Southbank (between the National Theatre cafe and the BFI), we escape The Smoke on some quieter roads, and follow the river via the magnificence of Greenwich and the Cutty Sark, before climbing for a view of the estuary then diving under the Dartford Bridge and making our way to Gravesend.
From that point on, the ride becomes ever more dream-like with quiet lanes and great views. Refreshments are taken in Strood - wonderful home made cakes and rolls from the staff of Step & Learn - before we cross the Medway and head further east through Upchurch. We bypass Sittingbourne by skirting the marshes over the atmospheric Raspberry Hill where we may spot a barn owl or two, and on to the ancient market town of Faversham. The road from Faversham to Whitstable runs across the Graveney Marshes, a delight that you can take at your own speed. We enjoy our breakfasts overlooking the sea.
There’ll be a castle, a cathedral, tanks, possibly a submarine, and almost certainly sheep.
A ride of 67 or so miles.
Over 50 people have registered for the ride, which is the maximum we can accommodate at the half way stop whilst still maintaining social distancing. Should the social distancing requirements be eased on 21 June as per the government's Covid recovery roadmap, then additional spaces will be opened up. We expect to know one way or the other on 14 June, or shortly after.
You missed it! This ride is in the past. But you can share the experience by reading the excellent ride report from ride leader Kim.