The Rapha Women’s 100km to Kingdom, Penshurst
Quite a testing hilly route of 62 miles, Kingdom appears at 36 miles with an easier ride home!
Kingdom cafe, Penshurst 36 miles
A scenic ride to Kingdom via Cowden, returning via Four Elms,
Bolney Vineyard cafe from The Red Barn
A delightful destination, the cafe has an outside terrace overlooking the vineyard, fabulous in summer! This route goes via Horne and Copthorne to Turner’s Hill, we recommend single file on the main road stretches. It’s a great blast from Turner’s Hill to Handcross, then down the enchanting Coos Lane and Slaugham Lane to Warninglid. Left then right into Colwood, be careful on the descent, left at the end, the vineyard comes up suddenly, easy to whizz past. The route back is via Bolney Village, Broxmead, Slough Green, a slog up Brantridge to the water tower, then retrace via Turners. https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/46911366
Matfield and Hadlow
The route is just under 60 miles, heading West into Kent. The first half has a few gentle climbs, heading out through Groombridge, via Frant to Matfield. Other than a short stretch of the A275, the route takes in quiet roads through lots of woodland. From Matfield, the roads get flatter and faster, past orchards and oast houses to remind you that you are deep into Kent. There are a couple of possible cafe stops in Hadlow, at Weathered & Worn or the agricultural college, before heading back through Shipbourne and Hildenborough.
Fletching & Newick
The route is just under 60 miles, taking in parts of the Ashdown Forest before heading South to Fletching and some lovely quiet Sussex lanes. There are possible cafe stops at Fletching, Dennekers Farm and Newick before heading back North. The route can be shortened by around 10 miles by taking a right turn at the end of Fletching High St onto Mill Lane, which rejoins the route at the end of the road.
The super-tough King of the Downs 114 miles
Here is the famous Evans King of the Downs route, 114 miles and 8500 feet of climbing (183km, 2596m)
Some of the toughest hills in the South East, one after another!
The Rapha Women’s 100km ‘elephant’ ride
Our very popular Cass Humm designed this route for the Rapha Women’s 100 in 2014, an annual global event where women around the world ride any 100km/62 mile route they choose to qualify for a badge via Strava. The ‘elephant’ tag is because of what the route looks like on a map and certainly NOT the ladies who ride it! This route goes through some of the most beautiful Kent scenery imaginable, there are many miles of dreamy, quiet lanes and very little traffic…just occasional glimpses of modern civilisation. A tea stop at the garden centre in Hadlow is optional and men are occasionally allowed to ride it. It is also not too hilly, quite a few people have done it in less than four hours.
A scenic Mark Beech loop 31 miles
This is a flattish loop, going out via Tandridge Lane, past the Red Barn, though Lingfield, then the fast blast through Marsh Green. A bit of a drag up to Mark Beech, then off into some lovely lanes, the occasional hill. Then back via Mark Beech again, a fabulous downhill stretch to Hever, then undulating to Edenbridge, then to Oxted via Honeypot Lane and Merle Common.
Celia’s scenery ride…
Celia’s lovely scenery ride to Ightham Mote, Pilgrims Way, Knole Park, Chiddingstone Causeway, 37 heavenly miles…
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Noah’s 54 miler going South
Looks a great route, a few lumps of course but wonderful scenery…