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Return to the Isle of Grain Part IV
14/04/2018 @ 10:00 - 23:59
It’s back! It’s time again for one of our groups favourite rides.
It’s time to yet again return to the Isle of Grain.
We’ll be meeting up outside City Hall from 10am for a 10:30am set off.
We jump on the road straight away but only as far as Greenwich, from there we’ll join the Thames River Path and stick to it until just past Erith before heading back inland along the river Darent. We then rejoin the Thames River Path near Gravesend, after that we rejoin the road, head out into the countryside and enjoy a few small hills before reaching our destination and enjoying dinner in our usual pub.
After the pub we’ll head back off in the pitch black to drop off any riders who require the train station in Strood (or Rochester which is 3 minutes from Strood) before those who fancy the ride back hit up a little used/known Dutch style cycle path along a motorway which joins a smaller path along the A2 and takes you nearly all all the way back to London.
Train tickets from Strood or Rochester will cost around £14 but if there’s 3 or more of you you’ll get a 35% discount.
This one’s pretty simple and straight forward and many of you have partaken in it before. Bring your bike and the usual kit. This is a casual, no hassle, straight forward ride and quite a few of the people on it will know the route quite well so if you’re new to the group or this ride you won’t need to worry.
There are also various train stations along the route should you need to head off early, one such being Gravesend.
To sum the ride up I’ll just re-use this bit of text that I used last year:
“….I’ve no idea why you all love this one so much, most of the route’s scenery is bleak in April, Erith is a dump, but Gravesend is even more depressing, and when you get to Grain it’s bloody depressing and the locals look at you like they’re sizing up their next meal, then someone gets five punctures and you all nearly miss the last train and those that ride back are usually hit by a frost and someone falls off and cracks a couple of ribs….. ok, ok, it’s one of my favourites too actually.”
Though to be fair last year was unseasonablly warm and there was a lack of punctures (hurrah!) though Erith was still a dump and all the children in Grain had snotty noses and looked a bit evil/inbred.
See you all at City Hall.