It was likely to be a lovely day, my friend Andy and I wanted a little off-road action but didn’t want to travel too far. The interesting looking 25km circuit around Igtham Mote looked ideal!
One description of the countryside around this bit of Kent would be ‘quaint’. Certainly quintessential of the ‘Garden of England.
We saddled up in the (free) car park at the lovely National Trust site and set off along field edges and through little wood copse coming across the odd small road or path. Considering the niceness of the day I was surprised not to find more people out enjoying the good weather. maybe they were at the beach?
At the time of the ride (late May) we found the woodland floor covered in great swathes of bluebells. This was great viewing. We went through the picturesque village of Plaxtol, meredith woods and then back towards Igtham itself. It was mostly very pleasant riding on bridleways (though it was very dry) with only one major uphill section.
In all a really nice couple of hours, the only shame being we didn’t have time for a look round the mote itself. Maybe next time?