Are you new to cycling or have just dusted off your old bike from the garden shed? If so, then this beginners’ cycle route, created by Oxted Cycling Club (Oxted CC), is the perfect starting point.
From our pub in Limpsfield Chart, through stunning countryside to historic Chiddingstone and back again, this is a simple 15-mile route, perfect for the occasional cyclist, that should work up a thirst for your return.
You won’t be able to avoid hills, but there is no shame in climbing off and pushing your bike back up the dreaded Trevereux Hill on the final leg of your journey. Check out Oxted CC’s bike safety tips first before setting off.
15 mile simple cycle route from The Carpenters Arms
From The Carpenters Arms, turn left onto Tally Road, then right at the end onto Moorhouse, past St Andrews Church, cross over Kent Hatch Road, then go straight over into Trevereux Hill.
TAKE CARE – THIS IS A BIG HILL, HOPE YOU CHECKED YOUR BRAKES BEFORE LEAVING!
There’s a gate at the bottom of the hill with a pedestrian gap. Go straight through to Swaynesland Road, turn left here - further along this becomes Dairy Lane.
At the crossroads, go straight over into Dennettsland Lane - take care here, traffic is fast from left and right.
Go straight over to Spout Lane, turn right, this becomes Pootings Road; don’t ride two abreast here, as car drivers aren’t patient.
After a couple of miles, you’ll be at the crossroads in Four Elms (4 miles) go straight over. Stay on this road all the way to Bough Beech. The road turns sharp right over a railway bridge in front of The Wheatsheaf pub, then immediately left. After 200 yards, there is a RIGHT turn into Mill Lane, this takes you over the River Eden and comes up to a crossroads, turn LEFT - this takes you to the Castle Inn at Chiddingstone.
AFTER A DRINK AT THE CASTLE …
Head straight out from the pub, back the way you came, over the Eden River. The road bears left and after a few hundred yards turn RIGHT at the crossroads, follow this road all the way to the end then turn LEFT onto the main road. Stay on this road as it turns right over the railway bridge and then immediately left towards Four Elms. At the crossroads with the pond, go straight over and on through Pootings. Single file here, past the thatched building/former Westerham Brewery on your right, up the hill and then first LEFT into Dennettsland Lane.
Go all the way to the end of Dennettsland Lane and across the main road into Dairy Lane BUT BE CAREFUL, as the traffic on the main road is fast.
Follow this road as it bends for about half a mile, then look out for a farm and long wall on the left, at the end the road goes sharp left but YOU NEED TO GO RIGHT into the entrance with a small sign that says ‘Trevereux Hill’. This is the private road you came along earlier. Keep going, through the pedestrian gate and up the dreaded Trevereux Hill. Keep a lookout for people collapsing, no heroics here please, get off and push if you can’t manage it!
At the top you will see you’re back at Limpsfield Chart with The Carpenters Arms just across the main road and cool drinks awaiting.
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!"
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