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.
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.
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!
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.
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 lovely scenery ride to Ightham Mote, Pilgrims Way, Knole Park, Chiddingstone Causeway, 37 heavenly miles…
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Looks a great route, a few lumps of course but wonderful scenery…
70 miles, the usual lumps of Box Hill, Leith Hill and ghastly Whitedown but after that it’s mostly downhill and a fabulous fast finish.
A delightful loop, starting East along Pilgrims way, into Westerham, up Hosey Hill and past Chartwell. Tea there if you fancy or at Four Elms, a few miles further. Then to How Green and over the River Eden by Hever Castle. Back towards Edenbridge, then to Itchingwood Common, then that tiny bump called Pains Hill and Nero’s is just minutes away!
A lovely 32 mile ride along Pilgrim’s Way through very pretty Shoreham to Eynsford, tea at the Riverside Cafe is optional. Then a climb up Bower Lane with spectacular views and down into Otford and around the ‘prettiest roundabout in Britain’. And back to Pilgrim’s way. An Oxted CC Classic.