Oasts and Ghosts in the Low Weald of Kent

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May 18

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70km/44miles, 361m elevation in 4 hours

Join Richard & Dave on this fantastic introduction to the Low Weald of Kent, riding alongside the hop farms, oasthouses, woods and wineries that give this area it's distinctive style, coupled with a climb up the Green Sands Ridge for views over the High Weald & North Downs.

As the terrain is relatively flat with only 1 significant climb, we're aiming to ride at an average pace of around 14mph and so is easily manageable by most road cyclists. Note that this is an afternoon ride without a food stop, therefore you should ensure you have lunch before arriving at the start point.

Note this ride will be hosted by Richard on the day as part of his cycle leader assessment.

Route Overview

We will start in the village of Marden, and head out to the Kent Weald countryside. Keep an eye out for the distinctive oast houses, many of which have been converted into homes. These round or square building were used in the drying of the hops to make beer.

After a short ride beside farmland, a hop field and ancient woodland we will pass Hushy Heath Winery. The grapes here are grown on the same chalk ridges that extend to the Champagne Region of France.

We then continue east, skirting the village of Staplehurst, through the village of Frittenden and cross country to Bethersden.  Watch out for grass and grit in the centre of these narrow lanes and also be on the look out for tractors and people riding horses. There is a shop in Bethersden to get supplies if needed. This is just a 'short' afternoon ride so there is no cafe stop.

When we leave the village we head north on the slow steady incline to Pluckley. Pluckley sits on the Green Sands Ridge, that runs from Sevenoaks to the coast. This is rumoured to be the most haunted village in England, so keep an eye out for any ghosts!

We then ride along the Green Sands Ridge, you will see to the High Weald on the south side, and to the north the North Downs. When we get to the village of Egerton, we come down from the ridge and start to wind our way towards Headcorn.

We skirt the edged of Headcorn and make our way back to finish in Marden.

Post Event Eurovision Social

For those travelling from London, this ride has been timed to give you ample time to return home to change and make it to the evening ODL Eurovision Social in Kennington, where we will join up with members from the afternoon's bouldering and walking events.

Kent Low Weald Fields view
Egerton Church
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Forest in low weald of Kent
Kent Low Weald Fields view
Egerton Church
ODL Flag
Forest in low weald of Kent


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