Cycle ride: Darent Valley gone all russety, Sunday 25 November

Francis Sedgemore, Monday 19 November 2012 at 13:54 UTC

Where: Darent Valley, Kent
When: Sunday 25 November 2012
Meet: 10:00 @ General Wolfe statue, Greenwich Park (by the observatory)

Brought to you by the South East London Commissariat for Social Cycle Rides Planning, aka the Dog & Bell Crew, a late autumn ride along one of my regular and favourite routes through northwest Kent, starting and ending in Greenwich Park. I drove along part of the route yesterday afternoon, and the colours where glorious!

Route: Greenwich Park – Kidbrooke – Eltham – Chislehurst – Orpington – Badger’s Mount – Darent Valley to Eynsford – Farningham – Horton Kirby – Sutton – Hawley – Dartford – Erith – Thames Path back to Greenwich. Feeding and watering stop at The Bull in Horton Kirby.

A slow climb to the top of the North Downs by Badgers Mount followed by quiet country lanes through the Darent Valley to Sutton-at-Hone, road to Dartford and Erith, and finally a 23 kilometre stretch along the Thames Path back to Greenwich.

You are advised to bring a clothes peg for use near Crossness on the Thames Path if the wind has a southerly component. Also bring tools, a puncture repair kit, a spare inner tube or two, and lights.

Total distance ~70 kilometres (350 furlongs).

Note that this is an official London Cycling Campaign ride, and will be covered by LCC’s insurance. You need not be a member of LCC to join our guided cycle rides, but, if you live or work in London we strongly encourage you to join. Membership benefits include third-party insurance and substantial discounts in many bike shops.

RSVP, but it’s OK to turn up unannounced on the day.