Marden to West Malling Circular
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6 places left
** Rescheduled to 17th APRIL **
Join us for a short spring ride across the river Medway to West Malling and back to get those legs spinning again after the winter!
From Marden we head towards Yalding, crossing over the famous medieval bridge. It is the longest surviving medieval bridge in Kent and was the site of a battle between the Roundheads and Cavaliers during the Civil War in 1643.
We then 'climb' over the Greensands Ridge, before we drop down to a second medieval bridge at Teston to cross the River Medway.
Believe it or not, we then have to pass The North Pole! But before that puts you off it is just a road and public house - no idea why it is called this or which came first, a google search wasn't any help!
Next we cycle beside orchards and arrive in the small town of West Malling. We can stop here at a cafe for a cuppa and a snack.
We will then descend into Mereworth, cross Seven Mile Lane and continue through to West Peckham, and onto Hadlow.
As we approach Hadlow, the folly tower in the centre of the village will easily be seen. A Grade 1 listed folly and the tallest of its kind in the United Kingdom. It was constructed in the mid 19th Century and once formed part of a grand castle in the Romantic Gothic style, built by Walter Barton May. More info here: https://www.thehadlowtower.co.uk/history.html
After Hadlow we cross beside more Kent farmland to East Peckham, Laddingford and back into Marden.
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What to bring
Bike: a road or road hybrid bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Bring plenty of water and some snacks to keep your energy levels up during the ride.
There is a village store near the station if anyone needs to buy drinks or snacks.
We can stop at a cafe in West Malling if we would like to.
Remember your masks!