Tandem Club - South East London - 2013 Events

All tandem riders (and bike riders interested in tandem riding) are welcome on any of our rides.
Participation in any of these events is entirely at the rider's own risk. The Tandem Club, its officers
or representatives can accept no responsibility for any accident, loss, injury or death however caused.
We aim to start all rides promptly at the published times.

Note: Please contact ride organizer before attending a ride.
January May Camping Weekend August November
February June September December
April July October

Sunday, 20th January 2013

Ide Hill, Kent

start time: 09:45 for 10:00
approx. ride distance: 35 miles
organized by: Cliff and Pauline
telephone: 01732 750885

A joint ride with the Kent region

This ride was cancelled due to the snow.

Sunday, 17th February 2013

Ditton, Kent

start time: 09:45 for 10:00
approx. ride distance: around 30-35
organized by: Jake

A joint ride with the Kent region

Ride will start promptly at 10am

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click here for a report and more pictures of this joint ride


No ride this month due to clash with Easter Rally

Sunday, 28th April 2013

nr. Swanley

start time: 09:30 for 9:45
approx. ride distance: 25+ miles
organized by: Nick & Daphne
telephone: 01322 662873

Daphne & Nick are rather slow, and will be leading the shorter easier route - the total for the day for this shorter/easier route will be approx 25 miles. Maps & route details for longer legs will be available for the faster & fitter riders & should be available as a .gpx file to download from this site closer to the date. We will meet up at each of the coffee & lunch stops.

We rode across country to Horton Kirby and went up Mussenden Lane to a well earned coffee at the top at Speedgate Farm, where we met Henry who is a tandem club member and who David and Caroline knew. Having organised two routes from here we set off on the longer route out to West Kingsdown and into the Knatts Valley. We had a lovely down hill stretch to Farningham and then on into Eynsford climbing gently to Lullingstone Visitor Centre for lunch, here we met Julian, a tandem club member who has never been out on any of the rides, we hope now he has seen us that he will come on a ride soon. After lunch we had a gentle stroll along the river to Lullingstone Castle to get back on the tandems (this will one day hopefully be part of the Darent Valley Cycle path). The Roman Villa soon followed and into Sparepenny lane where we were interested to see David with his camera facing back at us taking photos as we went along, a very neat trick and will be interested to see the results! From Farningham we crossed into Eglantine Lane running parallel with the A225 a few choice hillocks along Roman Villa Road to Darenth Hill. Hawley Garden Centre for afternoon Tea and up Shirehall Road back to Hextable and the Golf Course in a freshening wind, glad that had not been with us all day! Thank you to Caroline, David and Christopher for very enjoyable day, which gave us confidence to take on a bit of extra mileage combining some of the shorter and longer route making the whole ride just over 30 miles.

Report by Nick and Daphne

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Saturday, 4th May to Monday, 6th May 2013

Joint 3-region Camping Weekend
North Newnton, Wiltshire
start time: probably 09:30 but will be agreed by attendees at the time
approx. ride distances: 30-50 miles
organized by: Russell & Rachel
telephone: home: 01252 511587

Camping weekend.
Please contact Russell or Rachel ASAP if you'd like to join us for this weekend.

Click here for a report and pictures of this joint ride hosted on the Surrey and Sussex region site.
Click here for an alternative selection of pictures hosted on the South East London web site

Sunday, 16th June 2013

Oad Street, Kent
start time: 9:45 for 10:00
approx. ride distance:
organized by: Dave & Caroline
telephone: 01737 766649

A joint ride with the Kent region. We will have a pub lunch at Headcorn. Please contact the ride leaders for more details of the start location.

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Sunday, 28th July 2013

Arlington, E. Sussex
start time: 09:45 for 10:00
approx. ride distance: 35+ miles
organized by: Clem Collins
telephone: 01323 786916

Today's ride started at Arlington Reservoir with 6 Tandems. With last night’s storms all passed through there was a bit of cloud around but the sun came through. We went south down to the foot of the South Downs & then used a byway to Firle and had coffee at Middle Farm. After coffee we went through the lanes to Laughton, Halland, Hawkhurst Common then down to the Kings Head at East Hoathly for a pleasant lunch. Dave & Cliff spent a bit of time on truing Cliff's back wheel. After lunch we went through the lanes by Chiddingly, Muddles Green, Chalvington, Ripe, Upper Dicker & then had afternoon tea near Arlington. As we were leaving there were a few spots of rain but it did not come to anything. Then back to Berwick where we went our separate ways.

Report by Clem

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No ride due to busy month with the National Rally in Somerset

Sunday, 22nd September 2013

Redhill, Surrey
start time: 09:15 for 9:30
approx. ride distance: 40 miles
organized by: David and Caroline
telephone: 01737 766649

Four tandems and two solos set off following the cycle route to the north east, struggling up the Downs and sailing down the other side. Then we headed for Woodmansterne, stopping for a photo beside the huge carved oak. We continued towards Banstead, stopping for a well-deserved coffee at Pistachio's in Lady Neville Park.

After carefully crossing the dual carriageway, we sped past Epsom racecourse, through the centre of Leatherhead and on to the Plough in Effingham. Clem joined us, although his swollen knee prevented him from cycling very far.

After the gradual climb up to Ranmore, we rapidly descended to Dorking and cycled along back lanes to return to Redhill, and cakes at the run leaders' house. Clem rejoined us for tea, but the new guys, Chris and Leroy, were glad to reach the railway station.

On a warm, dull and dry day, the only mishap was just as we set off, when the runleader discovered that the wrong pedals were fitted to his tandem!

Report by Caroline

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Sunday, 27th October 2013

Dorking, Surrey
start time: 09:45 for 10:00
approx. ride distance: a little over 40 miles
organized by: Rob &Ruth
telephone: 01737 354545

Rob and Ruth say, coffee is scheduled at Newdigate, lunch at the Punchbowl, Okewoodhill and tea at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking. Overall mileage is a tad over 40 (like most of us!), terrain mostly flat before lunch, and a bit hillier after (obviously got that the wrong way round).
Let's hope we all remember to put our clocks back!
Could anybody coming please contact us between Wednesday 23rd and Friday 25th October (latest), so we can give the pub an idea of numbers: at this time we'll also give them the exact start location.

Four tandems plus one solo set off from Dorking for our Autumn ride around the byways of Surrey and West Sussex. Despite the dire weather warnings, we got round with only a smattering of rain, though it was windy, building up to the major storm which arrived later that night.

We passed the picturesque villages of Brockham, Leigh and Newdigate, before stopping for coffee at the revamped and comfortable Tanhouse Farm. Then we passed through Rusper before heading North to pass down Weare Street, and eventually arrived at the Punchbowl, Okewood Hill, where we found another 37 cyclists from The East Surrey Road Club enjoying their annual ‘bash’.

The way back saw us passing through Ellen's Green, Ewhurst, and Forest Green. When we arrived at Capel, the lure of the cakes served at St John’s Church, famed far and wide, proved too much of a temptation, so we spread ourselves out in the church pews, while making the most of what was on offer.

The clocks having gone back the previous night, we finished off in the dark, having covered a total of 44 miles.

Report by Rob and Ruth

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Sunday, 24th November 2013

Lamberhurst, Kent
start time: 09:45 for 10:00
approx. ride distance: 30 miles
organized by: Tim & Oliver
telephone: 020 8856 8738

Due to the short days now there'll be no morning coffee stop, although there is a possibility for one in Goudhurst if requested. The route will use country lanes and also Sustrans Route 18 through Bedgebury Forest (recently ridden and pronounced "fine"!). Lunch is booked at the Great House, Gill's Green for 12:30. Please contact Tim by Wednesday 20 November so that he can let the pub know how many to expect. You will also need to ask Tim for the exact ride start details.

Five tandems (Mark and Liz, Christopher and Dave, Tish and Andy, Ken and Liz, myself and Oliver) and three solos (Anne, Caroline and Adam) set off from Lamberhurst village for a 30 mile circular through Bedgebury Forest and round Bewl Water. After a grey start the weather brightened up and by mid morning there was even sunshine!

The ride was hilly in places (understatement perhaps) with some fast descents, care needed on some of the corners with wet roads caked with autumn leaves. Thankfully no mishaps, no mechanicals and no punctures!

From Lamberhurst village we headed north to join up with Sustrans route 18 which we followed through Rectory Park, via the sleepy village of Kilndown, all the way to the B2079 Bedgebury Road. There we left Route 18 and via the main entrance to the Pinetum headed for coffee amid the mud splattered mountain bikers of Bedgebury Forest. Then for a stretch of off road riding ourselves along the trails to pick up route 18 again briefly before turning south to Gill's Green for our lunch stop at The Great House. Here we almost had a room reserved to ourselves and after enjoying the main Sunday roasts and pies, we forewent dessert and headed onwards to get the best of the daylight.

Following lanes and an unavoidable stretch on the A268 we headed over the Flimwell crossroads towards Wadhurst via Three Leg Cross and some 'undulating' terrain to re-emerge by general consent at the B road and then into Wadhurst village. From the village an exhilarating stretch with a couple of stonking gradients took us through Wood's Green and then down to tea at the charming rustic Garden Centre at Bewlbridge Lane where views of Bewl water and freshly baked scones were awaiting.

Suitably refreshed we said goodbye to Liz and Ken and headed back up to B road and heads down for a fast paced run in back to the start. Thanks to all who came along and made it a memorable autumn day.

Report by Tim and Oliver

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Sunday, 15th December 2013

South East England Joint 3 Region Christmas Ride and Lunch
ride start time: 09:45 for 10:00
approx. ride distance:
organized by: Tricia Anderson-Frost
telephone: 020 8325 8445

Our 2013 3-Region Christmas lunch will be held at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells Hotel, located just off the A21 near Pembury, Kent at 1pm; cost for 3 course meal and coffee is £20pp, to include a very small tip. This is a pre-booked event with all bookings, full payment and menu choices to be with Tricia by Monday 25th November 2013: please contact Tricia ASAP to express your interest in joining us at this event: a more detailed e-mail, giving menu choices, venue directions, etc, will be sent out in October.

The pre-lunch ride will be led by Pauline & Cliff. Contact 01732 750885 or email . Don't forget to decorate your tandem!

The ride was ably led by Cliff and Pauline, who took us on a journey around the lanes near Pembury. As the roads were still damp and muddy from the recent rain, there were a couple of punctures. We welcomed John and Sheila Greatwood, and Gwin who stoked for Tim Hall.

The lunch was well attended, and 33 members were amply fed at the Mercure Tunbridge Wells. It was a great opportunity to catch-up with some who hadn't been able to attend many rides recently.

(brief) report by Caroline Hobbs

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