Make the most of the lighter evenings and shake off the stress of the day with a bike ride around our pretty lanes. This 36-mile route, from our friends at Oxted Cycling Club, takes in some stunning views – the perfect excuse to stop for a breather or two. It is quite hilly, but if you use your gears correctly and don’t try to race up hills, you will be okay. Catch your breath and ease your leg muscles with a refreshment stop at one of our sister pubs along the route.
Take the ride at your own pace and don’t try to turn it into a competition, you’ll forget to look up and enjoy the views. Cycling fitness is something which comes over time, not in a hurry.
If you’ve had your bike in mothballs over the winter, then give it a thorough check over before setting off, particularly the brake pads and rims, and tyre pressures. Find more safety tips on the Oxted CC website. It’s also a good idea to plot your route on a map before you set off, so that you don’t get lost…….
Leave the Carpenters Arms by turning left, then first right into Moorhouse Road. At the crossroads, go straight over Kent Hatch Road and go down Trevereux Hill. Take care this is a very steep hill so give your brakes a test.
At the bottom of the hill, go through the gate, bear right and out onto Swaynesland Road, then turn right. At the green triangle, take a left onto Guildables Lane.
At the end of the lane, go right then take the first left into Troy Lane. At the end of this road, go right, then first left onto Little Browns Lane. Follow this road as it merges into Crouch House Road and stay on it all the way into Edenbridge.
Turn left towards the traffic lights. At the lights, turn right and follow the road over the river to a mini roundabout. Turn right, then left onto Hever Road.
Follow all the way until you see a pond on your right and then a bus stop. Opposite the bus stop, turn left towards Hever Castle. Follow the road past the castle and keep going on Hever Road. Cycle past the turning to How Green Lane on your left, and then Hever Castle Golf Club on your right. Eventually you will reach our sister pub, The Wheatsheaf, at Bough Beech.
After a `pit stop’ at the pub, come out and turn right onto the B2027. After 500 yards, turn right into Mill Lane. After 2 miles, turn left at crossroads onto Chiddingstone Road and follow this through to the historic village of Chiddingstone and our other sister pub The Castle. While you are enjoying a pint, take a moment to admire the spectacular Tudor architecture of this pretty, postcard village, owned by the National Trust.
When you are ready to get going, turn right out of The Castle pub, then first left, all the way to the B2027. At the T-junction, turn right, then first left into Hale Oak Road. This is a lovely quiet lane, with breath-taking scenery as it runs through the Kent Downs area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
After two miles turn left onto Bowzell Road and follow this as it merges into Bayley's Hill - this is a long hill, going up, but you will be rewarded with nice views at the top!
At the top, turn hard left follow this road all the way to the bottom and turn LEFT. Now it's a bit up and down, just stay on this road (B2042), cycling past Stubbs Wood car park, until the road meets Wheatsheaf Hill. Turn left, heading east, and as the road bends you will see a carpark with toilets. After stopping here, if needed, go down the very long Ide Hill Road (B2042) This will eventually bear right, still the B2042. Go past the turnings to Roodlands Lane and South Brook Lane, then turn sharp left - Toys Hill Road will be on your right. At Four Elms, by the pond, turn right onto Pootings Road.
Stay on this road all the way to Crockham Village then turn right, then left onto Smiths Lane. At the top turn, left onto Kent Hatch Road and keep going until you can see The Carpenters Arms on your right.
About Oxted Cycling Club
Oxted Cycling Club is a relatively new cycling club, started in late 2013. They have over 100 members of all ages, shapes and sizes. The club runs rides every weekend for beginners, JCB’s (just come back) right through to some of the strongest racing cyclists in the area. The racing team is currently 11th in the Surrey League comprising 53 clubs. They have a number of ‘sub hour’ 25 mile Time Triallers as well as long distance riders; one just finished the 950 mile John O’Groats to Land’s End in eight days.
Russell Hicks, chairman of Oxted CC tells us they "take overweight people and turn them into lean, mean cycling machines - we have members over 40 years of age who have lost up to two stone in a year of cycling!"
We hope you enjoy these cycle routes. Please do take every care and, before heading off, why not take a look at Oxted Cycling Club’s Safety Policy for cycling guidance and advice - http://oxtedcc.org/safety/ We cannot accept any responsibility for your safety. Cyclists use this route entirely at their own risk.
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