Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain Calories Burned
02:30:58
hours
01:51:24
hours
16.88
mi.
9.09
mph
31.99
mph
1,446.85
ft.
1,046
kcal
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The above route was my longest ride to date on my Brompton bike. My friend Sebastian was cycling from Dulwich, in London and we agreed to meet at Kenley Aerodrome, which was more commonly known as RAF Kenley. It was an airfield station of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War and the RAF in the Second World War. It played a significant role during the Battle of Britain as one of the three RAF stations specifically tasked with the defence of London.

The route to the airport was very scenic through beautiful forests and steep roads. Upon arriving at the aerodrome I spotted a glider floating in the sky above the runway. The airport has a footpath/cycling path that goes all the way around the airfield. I didn’t get to ride it, but maybe next time.

Sebastian wanted to see where I live, so we headed to Bletchingley. We rode through leafy Caterham and then along Stanstead Road, passed the Harrow pub and turned down War Coppice Road. This is a lovely downhill through the trees to Hextalls Ln, which is a gravel path and it snakes down the valley to Roughets lane, where there is another shaded downhill gravel path that goes under the M25, around the quarry and up through the Bletchingley golf course and home.

The North Downs have some fantastic paths and bridleways (best ridden down not up). 🙂 although on an electric Brompton they are easily conquered.

The second ride of the day to Woldingham School via Caterham.

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain Calories Burned
01:22:34
hours
01:13:33
hours
12.61
mi.
10.28
mph
33.33
mph
1,061.02
ft.
745
kcal
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After some lunch and relaxation, Sebastian needed to head home. I decided to ride with him part of the way and so I took him on my current favourite route to Woldingham School. We started in Bletchingley village and headed past the Bletchingley Arms pub, turned right into Rabies Heath Road. It is quite a pull up the hill, but one is rewarded with a nice downhill through the trees. Into The Enterdent, which has some lovely forests and steep gullies and then into Church Lane, which has these beautiful historic houses and the St Mary’s chapel pictured below. We took a few photos and pushed on.

From Church lane, we headed up to Flower Lane, over the Godstone bypass, over the M25 and up into Quarry Road, and down towards Woldingham school. This is an awesome stretch of tar road snaking downhill all the way to the Wapses Lodge Roundabout, where we bid farewell.

I then headed up Croydon road and followed it into Caterham. From there I took Church Hill, which is a nasty uphill all the way to Stanstead Road. This is where having the electric motor on the bike really pays off because I would never contemplate cycling up such a hill on a bike with small wheels, which is what the Brompton bike has.

Once in Stanstead Road, it is a nice ride through a treelined neighbourhood to Whitehill Lane, which is an awesome steep downhill passing over the M25 and down towards Brewer Street in Bletchingley. A left turn into Place Farm Road and one last mile to Church Lane and home.

And that ended a fantastic day of riding. 29.4 miles, my longest day of riding to date. 🙂

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Mike

Mike is an android man, researcher of all things good and bad, likes all wheeled sports, loves gadgets, enjoys all music, into home automation, likes samsung, voted brexit, enjoys talk radio, has a brompton bike, is a hard worker, a passionate self-educator, crazy about drones, a gambler, blogger for over 15 years, enjoys gardening, microsoft over apple, investor in stocks and cryptocurrency, a homeowner, a futurist, married for life, has family all over the world, a cat man do, loves beer, travel & life.

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