WWW – The Sydney Arms

This delightful pub is tucked away in historic Old Perry Street; hidden away from all but those who are in the know.

To get there was a lengthy process mind you.

Bromley South

Bromley South

We gathered at Bromley South and were pleased that Janet who came out with us last week had again decided that an evening of wandering the Borough of Bromley with Bromley Cyclists was infinitely preferable to an evening of the Borough of Walford with the Beeb.

Ruxley roundabout

Ruxley roundabout

Seven of us set off shortly after 7.30 pm and Spencer led. It was quite a long ride this evening but at a very good pace, not too many hills but enough to make it interesting. We went through Jubilee Park then down to St Mary Cray. Following the route of the Cray Valley Greenway went along Sandy Lane and on to Ruxley roundabout – Sandy Lane; now that’s a nasty little rat run that definitely needs closing off to motor traffic. I shall be adding that one to my wish list.

Bexley

Bexley

Crossing Ruxley roundabout and taking great care we joined North Cray Road, which though very fast is relatively untrafficked and provides a nice long stretch of uninterrupted cycling. Here the ever effervescent James burst out of the blocks for a really fast ride whilst the rest of us trundled at a more sedate pace.

We regrouped in Bexley where we learned that it has one of the lowest restaurant satisfaction ratings in the country. Whether that is because the rather posh people of Bexley have such high standards or perhaps it’s a case of the restaurants being genuinely poor quality; if anyone has an answer then please let me know. From Bexley we headed into Sidcup and passed the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Through the maze of tunnels underneath the A20 interchange and so to Old Perry Street where we found eve awaiting our arrival and here we spent a wonderful evening discussing amongst many other topics: naked cycling (try googling world naked bike ride, I shudder to think), our rides programme, the programme for Sunday’s rides, a visit to the Herne Hill Velodrome on Monday.

It seemed we had only been there five minutes when the bell for closing time was ringing and we were turfed out into a very cold and windy night. If you have a look at our Facebook Page you will see that james has recorded the ride at about 15 miles. Lovely!

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