Looking for a weekend escape with good friends? Or a solo adventure making new ones? Follow the red fox on an "Escape the City" two day ride in the country.
'Escape the City' is a particularly fitting description for this ride. The ancient heathland forest was a place of sanctuary for lowland Britons during the Saxon raids and, more recently, a haven for outlaws and highwaymen looking to evade capture! We, of course, will be there for very different and less dangerous reasons.The High Weald (derived from the old Saxon word 'Walde' meaning forest) is a high sandstone ridge, formed millions of years ago, and one of the best surviving landscapes in Europe with its narrow, sunken lanes and steep valleys. So expect a big dose of wild and natural beauty, a fair chunk of medieval history and truly magnificent views, all just a stone's throw from London.
DETAILS OF THE RIDE
Start Date : Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th September 2019 (Additional dates available; Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th June 2019)
Start Point : Hildenborough train station
Start Time : 10am
Number of miles per day : 38
Hours of cycling per day : 4-6
Overnight Camp : Dernwood Farm
Ride Grading : Moderate to challenging You'll need to be moderately fit and capable of cycling approximately 40 miles per day.
2 days of glorious traffic-free cycling in the ancient forests of Kent and Sussex
Enjoy magnificent views of the Eden and Medway valleys from the Weald's high sandstone ridge
Visit the delightful Wealden villages of Mayfield, an absolute gem with its quaint high street, and Groombridge with its village green and moated manor house
Enjoy top notch coffee and home made cakes at the Deer Park cafe in Eridge
See the Ancient yew tree at Rotherfield, said to pre-date the ancient church which once stood there
Admire the 16th century castle, pretty village store and half timbered buildings in the little Tudor village of Chiddingstone
Get to know the group over a leisurely lunch at one of Kent's prettiest medieval pubs
Experience peace and tranquility with a 'cosy' wild camp under the stars (tents, air mats, travel pillows and camping chairs all set up and provided by us)
Relax and refuel with a delicious BBQ dinner and some well deserved drinks, hosted and served in our campsite
Soothe the mind with (optional) morning yoga before breakfast on Sunday
Truly immerse yourself with an (optional) wild swim in the River Medway near Golden Green.
WHAT'S INCLUDED? (Weekend price £185)
2 day guided ride
Support vehicle to carry day packs and provide mechanical support
Lunch both days
Overnight camp and equipment hire (tent, air mat, travel pillow & camping chairs)
Delicious campsite BBQ on Saturday night
Breakfast on Sunday morning courtesy of our friends Dorset Cereals
Snacks & roadside refreshments
Group yoga (optional)
Wild swimming (optional)
Secure bicycle storage at campsite
Whats not included?
A sleeping bag
(available from www.redfoxcycling.co.uk)
Bicycle hire (£50): We'll organise hire of a bicycle for you from Saturday to Sunday. We'll have your bike waiting for you in Hildenborough when you arrive, and we'll take it back from you as you finish the ride on Sunday. It couldn't be easier! We'll also provide a bicycle helmet and lock.
London transfer (£50): Meet us in South London (most likely a station accessible by National Rail and London Overground like Clapham Junction) at, or just before, 9am. We'll load your bike into our support van, and we'll put on a coach to take you to the ride start point at Hildenborough. We'll also bring you and your bike back to Clapham Junction on Sunday afternoon after the ride.