Finding the Faesten Dic

Meet on Saturday 23rd February 2019 9:30am, at Cutty Sark Gardens, by the entrance to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel, SE10 9DR

This is a ride that was devised by Steve Craven of Greenwich Cyclists in the days when Greenwich Cyclists organised an active rides programme that rivalled that of Southwark Cyclists and Lewisham Cyclists. His ride report from 2014 can be found on the Greenwich Cyclists website at http://greenwichcyclists.org.uk/articles/category/ride-reports/P2

This is a ride where we will seek out the Faesten Dic (https://surreymedieval.wordpress.com/work/finding-the-faesten-dic/), one of the best preserved ancient earthworks in the South-East. It is a substantial Anglo-Saxon ditch which is thought to have been constructed around the 8th century and which used to mark out a boundary between Kent and London. It can be found in Joyden’s Wood, a Woodland Trust site that is sandwiched between the A2 and A20, near Bexley.

We will ride out through Sidcup and then enter Joyden's Wood at the Summerhouse Drive entrance. This woodland is so large and remote that many of its paths are not even shown on Google maps. We will keep to the high ground where the paths are well made-up and avoid the muddy paths which are churned up by horses and which nearly caused a mutiny once. After visiting Joyden's Wood we cycle to Hall Place, where we stop for a refreshment break and then we pass through Danson Park and Falconwood on our way back to Cutty Sark Gardens.

To book and see the route go to https://www.letsride.co.uk/rides/cutty-sark-ride-to-farningham

Ride Leader: Nigel Bee (tel: 07415 315 690, email: nigel.bee@cyclistsinsouthwark.org.uk )