A very last minute ride arranged by Steve Watkin. We met at Orpington and cycled through Swanley Village, Horton Kirby towards Gravesend – hills everywhere it seemed. Twenty miles into our ride we arrived at Gravesend and decided to stop for a quick lunch down on the Promenade.
We stayed here for a while, watching the ferries on their way out to sea.
Then we followed National Cycle Route 1 for a while, through a lovely traffic free section, until we came to the beginning of The Heron Trail.
The route starts at Higham and follows the trail to Upnor via the villages of Cliffe and Cooling.
The ride passes near the RSPB Northward Hill Reserve where you can see 150 pairs of grey herons-hence the trail name.
More hills now up to High Halstead, where we stopped briefly for a well deserved drink outside the church.
Time was getting on now and we were anxious to get on with the ride before darkness fell, so it was on to Hoo. Stopping briefly to buy some chocolate bars as we were all feeling a bit tired and then it was back on The Heron Trail and then back to Gravesend as darkness began to fall.
It was dark as we left Gravesend and headed back through Horton Kirby and Swanley village, stopping briefly at the pub for a little sustinance, before more hills on the way back to Orpington,
Thanks Steve for a lovely day and another successful ride. 58 miles in all.