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London to Rye & Return
4th September 2021 - 6th September 2021 (3 days)
A 3-day weekend ride exploring the Weald, a large area between the North and South Downs. Starting in SW London on a Saturday at Raynes Park station (Travelodge nearby) we pass Carshalton and climb Farleigh Down, crossing the North Downs way. Pass the Tudor timber-framed houses of Penshurst, and Penshurst Place, home to the Sidney family since 1552. After a lunch break, passing south of Royal Tunbridge Wells, continue on the undulating and hilly route via Udimore and descend to Rye, where we are staying at the River Haven Hotel, on the Strand Quay, close to the historic centre. 67 miles, 4,381ft of ascent.
On Sunday we have a much flatter ride and pass Camber Sands with a cafe stop at Dungeness, and others, then follow the coast to Dymchurch, where we head west then eventually start climbing again to our overnight stay in Flimwell at the Forest Edge Motel, eating at a nearby pub restaurant. 55 miles, 1,766ft of ascent.
On Monday continue through some beautiful but hilly Weald countryside via Horsted Keynes, Ardingley and Balcombe. Some long descents, to Rusper, Newdigate, and eventual descent to Epsom and return to Raynes Park, where the holiday ends. 70miles, 3,985ft of ascent.
- Holiday Type Guided
- Tour Manager Peter Mastenko
- Grade Challenging
- Booking Status Places Available
- Accommodation Hotel
- Board Basis B&B
- Travel Arrangements Land Only
- Road / Off Road Road
- Holiday Style Moving-on
- Vehicle Support Carry Own Luggage
- Holiday Ref 03650
Saturday 4th September
We meet outside Raynes Park Station, Coombe Lane side, at 9.00am, and start riding in a south easterly direction, climbing Farleigh Down and crossing the North Downs way. There will be a cafe stop and a lunch stop south of Royal Tunbridge Wells as we continue through the Weald to Udimore, then descend to our overnight stop at the River Haven Hotel, close to the historic centre of Rye. We will eat either at the hotel or in Rye. 67 miles. Total ascent 4,381ft. Stay 1 night. Meals: None
Sunday 5th September
After breakfast (included) we enjoy a change to flat terrain, passing Camber Sands and continuing to a cafe stop at Dungeness. There will be other stops as we progress around the coast via St Mary's Bay to Dymchurch, where we turn west and then eventually start climbing again to our overnight stay in Flimwell at the Forest Edge Motel, 55 miles. Total ascent 1,766ft. Stay 1 night. Meals: B
Monday 6th September
After a continental breakfast (included) we cycle a delightful route through some beautiful, but hilly, Weald countryside, via Horsted Keynes, Ardingley and Balcombe, again with some long descents, to a pub lunch or lunch at Pease Pottage services. We then follow a fast route through the lanes via Rusper, Newdigate to climb the North Downs and a nice descent to Epsom and return to Raynes Park, where the holiday ends. 70 miles. Total ascent 3,985ft. Meals: B
Meals: B = Breakfast
The above itinerary should be treated as an indication of what is to be accomplished during the tour and not as a contractual obligation.
Accommodation & Meals
On one night, accommodation will be in a 3-star hotel with en suite facilities. One night will be in 4-star ensuite chalets. All rooms are based on 2 persons sharing, with breakfast included at the first overnight, and continental breakfast included at the second. No other meals are included in the tour price.
No vehicle support is provided. Participants are expected to carry their own luggage. You are encouraged to travel as light as possible.
Obtaining travel insurance is optional for UK residents as your Cycling UK membership provides third party cover. However, this does not cover any other risks such as cancellation charges, personal injury or lost property. We therefore strongly recommend that suitable insurance is taken out to safeguard against such risks. Members who do not reside in the UK are not covered for third party and are advised to obtain suitable cover before leaving their normal residence. If you already have an annual policy, you may need to confirm that it will cover a UK holiday or make provision for it to do so.
The price of £170 is based on a minimum number of 7 people taking part in the holiday; please note Booking Conditions, clause 3. If there are insufficient bookings by 26th June 2021, we will contact you and return all monies paid.
- 2 nights hotel, sharing room
- 2 breakfasts (one is continental)
- CTC Cycling Holidays & Tours costs
Price Does Not Include
- Travel to the start or from the end of the tour
- Dinners, lunches or refreshments during the day
- Entry fees at any attractions visited
- Any other personal expenses
- Travel Insurance
- Single occupancy supplement (£115, subject to availability)
A deposit of £17 per person is payable upon booking, with the final balance of £153 per person to be paid ten weeks prior to departure, by 26th June 2021.
Should you be forced to cancel your booking for any reason you must notify us in writing. Cancellation charges are as follows:
Written notice received:
Before 26th June 2021
From 26th June 2021 through to departure
The Area Covered By The Holiday
A 3-day weekend ride exploring the Weald, a large area between the North and South Downs. On Day 1 we cross the North Downs Way NW of Westerham (at 862ft) before descending, following a generally hilly and undulating route, passing near Tonbridge Wells, then undulating but generally descending towards Rye, after Robertsbridge. Day 2 features much flatter coastal terrain between Dungeness and Dymchurch before commencing fewer than 20 miles of more undulating terrain to Flimwell. On Day 3 we continue through some beautiful but hilly Weald countryside via Horsted Keynes, Ardingley and Balcombe. There are also some great descents south of Dorking before we cross the North Downs again (602ft) before generally descending to finish the holiday.
Rides & Rest Days
Apart from any refreshment breaks, most of each day will be spent in the saddle, however there will be an opportunity for more breaks on the flatter seaside second day. All the route is on tarmac roads, using a mixtute of lanes, B-Roads and A-Roads. As usual with rural roads, please beware any loose gravel, debris, potholes, uneven surfaces, drains, etc. Take care on any steep descents with blind bends!
The Tour Manager will lead a ride at a relaxed pace of 10 - 12 mph on the flat, tackling any climbs at a slower pace, though everyone can take hills at their own pace, re-grouping at the top of climbs. Faster riders are welcome to ride ahead at their own pace, assuming they feel confident to follow the (supplied) GPS route and outline route instructions, which will be supplied in advance of the weekend. As no back-up vehicle is provided, it is important that each rider feels confident and is fit enough to undertake this fairly high mileage weekend, carrying their own tools and spares and minimum luggage.
Accommodation & Meals
In Rye, two participants sharing an ensuite twin-bed room or family room (double bed and single bed), or in Flimwell, two participants sharing an ensuite twin-bed chalet. A very limited number of single rooms may be available, at an extra cost of £115. You are advised to bring ear plugs in the event of snoring. A full breakfast is included in Rye and buffet continental breakfast in Flimwell. There will be planned lunch and snack stops during the day, but you are also advised to bring some emergency rations, energy bars, etc, and one or two water bottles.
The maximum number of participants will be 9 excluding the Tour Manager.
Weather & Clothing
September temperatures in Surrey, Kent and Sussex should be ideal for cycling, with an average temperature of 15C (59F), and 6 hours of sun, but an average of 11 rain days. You should dress suitably according to the weather forecast just before the weekend. Aside from your on-bike attire, a lightweight packable waterproof jacket is always useful to carry, and some lightweight clothing and sandals to wear in the evening. Don't forget the sun protection, and helmet if you wear one. Also some lightweight clothing and sandals/flipflops to wear in the evening.
Cycles & Equipment
A lightweight touring or road bike is suitable for this tour. You should ensure your cycle is well maintained, paying particular attention to wheels, tyres and brakes. A low bottom gear (e.g. small chainring the same size or smaller than the largest cog on your rear wheel) is recommended. If you are unsure about gears, please discuss with the Tour Manager. Mudguards are optional but show courtesy to those who are following you in wet weather. Lights are recommended but might not prove essential. New tyres are recommended of at least 25mm diameter. Participants will be expected to carry each day sufficient spares and tools to deal with punctures and minor repairs.
A pannier, or rack top pack or bar bag will be useful for carrying wet weather gear, lightweight clothing for the evening, phone, snacks and your map. Each participant is expected to bring, and carry, all of their own clothing, personal items and spares. You are advised to do some riding before the tour with a similar load to that which you will be carrying during the tour to get a feel for how your bike will handle.
Helmets are recommended but it's your personal choice.
Maps & Guides
The links to the route and GPX file downloads on Ride with GPS will be provided in advance of the weekend, along with a list of all the places we cycle through in order of visit. It's also useful to carry an outline map of the area we will cover, perhaps taken from an atlas. The address, phone number and location of your accommodation will be supplied. You should carry these, and a mobile phone, if you use one.