This ride was particularly popular with 20 riders cycling out to Rochester to meet up with Alan Stirling from West Kent CTC, who took us on a country ride around the city.
This was the route we took:
We started off by meeting at Cutty Sark Gardens:
Our riders had come from all over London - from Brent, Islington, Camden, Croydon, Lambeth, Greenwich, Bromley, Bexley, Kensington & Chelsea and Newham, to be specific.
We were able to make use the brand new "missing link" elevated walkway, by the Thames Barrier:
Perhaps next year, when we do this ride again, we can see whether we can beat Southwark and Bexley Cyclists record of 55 people using the "missing link" for a ride!:
Perhaps, by next year, we will have become so good a doing longer rides that we can brand ourselves as an elite cycling group - "I've never been on a ride before where someone has drunk Sanpellegrino"!
We stopped off for lunch at Nell's Cafe, Gravesend:
We were then taken on a ride where we visited Rochester Castle, Chatham Historic Dockyards, St Mary's Island and Fort Amherst:
The ride was part of a series run by the Cyclists in Southwark group, which has been formed to allow those of us who live within cycling distance of Southwark to meet up in Southwark or at Cutty Sark Gardens to do rides similar to, but much longer than, the rides that are organised by Southwark Cyclists.
Upnor Castel, from St Mary's Island: