The target pub tonight was the very pleasant, football obsessed Ramblers Rest nestling in a hollow on Chislehurst Common. This tucked away olde worlde pub looked after us very nicely when we finally arrived, just in time to catch the final score of the England v Germany football game. Needless to say England lost 🙁
The route to the pub was carefully organised and led by Tracey, under a clearish sky and into a cold wind we were taken to parts of our borough we seldom visit and into adjoining boroughs we never visit. Tiny little tracks and short-cuts as well as some of the better known more substantial cycle routes had been included in Tracey’s route so it was a real geography lesson. Sights visited tonight included the old Charcoal Burner pub at New Eltham (now renamed the Charcoal and looking quite swish compared to how I remember it from years ago), Avery Hill Park, Eltham Palace and The Royal Blackheath Golf Club – at 400 years it is reputed to be one of the oldest golf courses in the world. We also used the spaghetti junction type crossing under the A2 roundabout at Sidcup which always intrigues me; we paused on King John’s Walk to admire the wonderful view of the capital away to the north. I don’t think any one of us could help but ponder the sight of Central London under lockdown following the tragic events in Westminster just a few hours earlier.
There were six riders tonight 4:2 women to men, though we were joined for a short time by Chris Scothern on his way home from work so that evened things up a bit. In the pub we were joined by Tony, Mark and Linda. We escaped the rain on the ride to the pub but we all got a soaking on the way home as it had started to rain. Yuk.
Total mileage for the evening was just under 14 miles, so a little longer than usual but absolutely wonderful. I just love visiting new or half-forgotten places on bike rides, so thanks Tracey that pushed all the right buttons for me.