Meet Sat Aug 31st, 09.30, Cutty Sark Gardens, by the entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, SE10 9HT.
I will be stepping in and leading the annual Southwark Cyclists’ ride to the London Stone at Yantlet Creek in Kent. In bygone times, several stones marked the city’s geographical limits. We’ll be riding to the stone on the south bank of the downstream Thames (see https://thebikeshow.net/london-stone/).
You may be surprised that Southwark Cyclists used to organise such long rides, but when Barry Mason was in charge of the group this ride was the highlight of the annual rides calendar. There is an archive of the Southwark Cyclists' website which provides evidence that the group organised such a ride in 2010, the year before Barry died: https://web.archive.org/web/20100529013846/http://southwarkcyclists.org..... This is what the link says:
"The London Stone: Meet Cutty Sark Gardens for the 20 miles of big roads to lovely Gravesend and coffee at the beach cafe on the Gordon Promenade.
Or train it to Gravesend and meet us at the cafe. Then a rural 20 miles through the bulfrog Shorne Marshes and onto the isolated Hoo Peninsula. The lonely London Stone marks the end of the Port of London's jurisdiction. Lunch. Then train it back from Gravesend or ride home. Long day. Barry"
Our ride will be a 50 mile ride starting at 9.30am at Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich. Fairly fast roads to Gravesend then more of a wayfaring feel to the ride to the Stone itself, maybe taking in some unsurfaced tracks. It’s estuary country, natural and spoiled in equal measure, wild and strange. Distant echoes of Conrad’s seafarers’ tales and Wilko Johnson’s guitar from across the water on Canvey Island. Here’s Iain Sinclair. We’ll have a coffee on the promenade at Gravesend and stop for lunch at a pub in Cooling. We will be paassing Cooling Castle and visiting St James Church (of Great Expectations fame), We then continue through High Haslow and St Mary Hoo until we get to Allhallows. We then walk out onto the marshes to seek out the London Stone, which should be clearly visible, as it will be low tide by the time we get there (low tide at Sheerness is at 13.40). We then return via Lower and Upper Stoke, Hoo and Chattenden.
We will be taking the train back from Rochester, as, for many of us, 50 miles is enough for one day.
This is a ride that would have been led by Barry Mason had it not been for his untimely death 8 years ago in 2011. This is his ride report from 2005: http://www.cyclistsinsouthwark.org.uk/greenwichcyclists/reports/gravesen.... After Barry died, this tradition was carried forward by Francis Sedgemore: http://www.sedgemore.com/2011/10/greenwich-cyclists-do-the-hoo/.
To book, and see the route, go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/500918