The temperature has gone up a little, the rain has reduced a lot and the mud is starting to dry up, so here goes.
We will venture further off-road this week and those stellar athletes that ran for the club in Chislehurst yesterday are well placed to complete another undulating multi-terrain route.
Sadly, no ice cream (unless our Chairman is feeling particularly generous) but you might see a few bluebells in the woods this week.
This week we have an Andrew Deighton modern classic from 2020.
It is basically a clockwise loop to Langton, some on road but mainly off – something for everyone.
Head out of the club rooms onto the Common and make your way along Cabbage Stalk Lane which brings you out onto High Rocks Lane. Turn left under a railway bridge onto a footpath and continue to follow the railway line until you reach High Rocks, where you cross the road and descend on a path, cross a stream and follow a path in a westerly direction until you come to a steepish uphill path on the right which takes you to Barrow Lane. Continue up Barrow Lane then cross Langton Road (A264) into Farnham Lane, then turning right into Dornden Drive before returning to A264 then right into Nevill Park then right into Major Yorks then back to the Nevill.
A suggested short version would be to skip the Farnham Lane/Dornden Drive loop and return along the A264.
There is some off-road in the first half (it will have some mud, but hopefully not too much) but road shoes will be fine (just don’t wear your brand-new ones).
So, with Andrew as this week’s Routemaster , fasten your seat belts and here we go ……
We have a 6.7 mile long route and a shorter option or two – something for everyone.
No head torch will be needed this week but please make sure you are wearing something hi vis.
Current forecast for Wednesday is for a dry and almost balmy 17C.
The cricket club have a home fixture this week. TWH will share the male changing rooms with both the home and away cricket teams ensuring female changing facilities remain available exclusively to our ladies.
The cricket club crew host us in the bar afterwards selling the finest beer (Harveys), AF lager and ale, wine and soft drinks in the immediate vicinity, at special prices, so why not relax and have a drink with friends before you head home or even head off for a late curry at the Bengal Brasserie (10:30ish till midnight)
7:30 prompt start from the Nevill – change rooms, showers and bar all open – it’s time to commit !