Ride in Search of Noviomagus Cantiacorum

Meet Sat Dec 14th, 09.30, at the Southwark Needle, 1 London Bridge Walk, London SE1 2SX (next to Evans Cycles).

In Roman times, Noviomagus Cantiacorum was a stop-off on the journey to Rochester, but was it in West Wickham because Deptford Creek was impassable? If it was, how would travellers have got from West Wickham to Rochester, without having to strike out across country, when there were perfectly good roads further north? These are the questions we will have to consider on this ride.

We will be passing through West Wickham, where there's a Roman site which could be Noviomagus Cantiacorum. The site is located on the Roman London to Lewes Way, which branched off from Watling Street at Peckham. You can read about it here: https://pengepast.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/a-modest-way-south-east-londo... and https://pengepast.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/a-modest-way-south-east-londo...

We meet for this 40 mile ride at the Southwark Needle at 9.30am and cycle to Burgess Park. We will then make our way to 77 Asylum Road, which marks the start point of the London to Lewes Way. We then cycle along Asylum and Ivydale Roads, which owe their straightness to the old Roman road. These roads take us to Blythe Hill, from which we descend to reach the Waterlink Way. We then follow Worsley Bridge Road and pass along Stumps Hill Lane, which is another remnant of the London to Lewes Way. This takes us to Beckenham Place Park, which has a Stumps Hill entrance.

You can also join the ride at the Beckenham Place Park stables at 10.45 am.

We then continue to West Wickham and Corkscrew Hill, where the Roman site can be found, We then climb up along Skid Hill Lane to Clarks Lane, where the London to Lewes Way takes a sharp left turn to make a gradual descent from the North Downs. We then follow the Croydon Road to Westerham and climb us Hosey Common Road, which takes us to Chartwell, where we will stop off for a refreshment break.

We will return using a similar route and the ride will finish at Hayes Station.

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

To book, and see the route, go to https://www.strava.com/clubs/497231/group_events/614489