Bumble by bike to Bough Beech and back

Road Cycling
Aug 31

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83km with 568 elevation in 5 hours.

Join me for further exploration of the Kent Weald, heading west this time! Starting in Marden cycling on quite flat country lanes between the High Weald and the Green Sands Ridge to Bough Beech reservoir near Edenbridge.

Route Overview

We will pass through Yalding Lees, remember the floods of 2013 where David Cameron got a telling off by an irate local?  We then continue through Hadlow, with it's folly tower, and on beside orchards, hop gardens and ancient woodlands.  It's then a quick dash over the A21 and then more beautiful Kent countryside before reaching the reservoir.  The reservoir is used for water sports and is a nature reserve.

We can then stop at The Wheatsheaf for lunch and to refuel!  https://www.wheatsheafboughbeech.co.uk/

We then follow the train line back towards Tonbridge, so anyone feeling tired can stop and catch a train if necessary.

After Tonbridge we loop back toward East Peckham, passing The Hop Farm Country Park near Paddock Wood, before returning to Marden.

As the terrain is relatively flat, we're aiming to ride at an average pace of around 14mph and so is easily manageable by most road cyclists. We don't pass many shops so make sure you have enough snacks/gels and water before we leave.

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