The route takes you via mostly quiet lanes with some unavoidable traffic. It's a bit hilly as Botley is located on the second highest point in Surrey but the views are worth it!
It's important to be safe, so don't forget to wear bright, white or hiviz clothing and ensure you have flashing rear lights. You can find more safety tips from Oxted Cycling Club before setting off - Check out Oxted CC’s bike safety tips.
A scenic cycle route from The Carpenters Arms to Botley Hill Farmhouse
Leave The Carpenters Arms by turning left and at the end of Tally Road turn left onto Moorhouse Road. Continue in the direction of Westerham: be extra careful on this spectacular winding descent.
At the bottom you will be on the A25: take care at this junction, turn right and then first left into Clacket Lane. This is a narrow lane which can be messy in bad weather. Go right to the end where it meets Pilgrims Way, turn left and immediately right into Rectory Lane. Pause to enjoy the view! Now this is a hill which gets steep at the end, where you need to turn LEFT onto Clarks Lane. STAY IN SINGLE FILE - this is a bit of a busy road sometimes - it is also a slog to the top but the views are worth it!
Eventually you will see the aerials at the second highest point in Surrey. Keep going to the end of Clarks Lane to the mini roundabout and then turn right onto Limpsfield Road. You can now see Botley Hill Farmhouse on your left after about 200 yards, where you'll receive a warm welcome and can treat yourself to a well earned drink or cream tea! If you are planning to eat, it's best to book well ahead as this is a very popular destination.
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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