Escape the City to the High Weald

Step back in time with an Escape to the High Weald...

Escape the City 'Escape the City' is a particularly fitting description for this ride. The ancient heathland forest was a place of sanctuary for lowland Britons during the Saxon raids and, more recently, a haven for outlaws and highwaymen looking to evade capture! We, of course, will be there for less dangerous reasons.
The High Weald (from the old Saxon word 'Walde' meaning forest) is a high sandstone ridge, formed millions of years ago, and one of the best surviving landscapes in Europe with its narrow, sunken lanes and steep valleys. So expect a big dose of wild and natural beauty, a fair chunk of medieval history and truly magnificent views, all just a stone's throw from London.
Red Fox cycling rolling photographs

DETAILS OF THE RIDE

Start Date : Saturday 20 - Sunday 21 June and Saturday 26 - Sunday 27 September 2020

Start Point : Royal Tunbridge Wells

Start Time : 10am

Number of miles per day : 38

Hours of cycling per day : 4-6

Overnight Camp : Dernwood Farm

End Point: Royal Tunbridge Wells

Ride Grading : Moderate to challenging

Ride Grading: Moderate

You'll need to be moderately fit and capable of cycling approximately 40 miles per day. 

THE EXPERIENCE:

  • A fully guided, fully supported 2 day cycle experience with a group of like-minded adventurers in the ancient forests of Kent and Sussex
  • Magnificent views of the Eden and Medway valleys from the Weald's high sandstone ridge
  • Visit to the delightful Wealden villages of Mayfield, an absolute gem with its quaint high street, and Groombridge with its village green and moated manor house
  • Top notch coffee and home made cakes at the Deer Park cafe in Eridge
  • See the Ancient yew tree at Rotherfield, said to pre-date the ancient church which once stood there
  • Admire the 16th century castle, pretty village store and half timbered buildings in the little Tudor village of Chiddingstone
  • Cosy wild camp under the stars in a secluded woodland campsite (tents, air mats, travel pillows and camping chairs all set up and provided by us)
  • Delicious BBQ dinner and some well deserved drinks, enjoyed al fresco in our campsite
  • Morning yoga before breakfast on Sunday (optional)
  • Wild swim in the River Medway at Fordcombe (optional)

THE ROUTE

Escape the City - High Weald route map

WHAT'S INCLUDED? Super Early Bird price £109 (Early Bird £119 from 15 Nov 2019)

  1. 2 day guided ride
  2. Support vehicle to carry day packs and provide mechanical support
  3. Pitch in our overnight campsite (own equipment needed)
  4. Breakfast on Sunday morning courtesy of our friends Dorset Cereals
  5. Snacks & roadside refreshments
  6. Wild swimming (optional)
  7. Secure bicycle storage at campsite

    Whats not included?

    • A sleeping bag
    • Lunch both days
    • Campsite BBQ with delicious local produce from the on site store
    • Group yoga (optional)

      We'll create the route and guide you  We'll carry your bags and camping equipment in our support van        Upgraded CampingDorset Cereals BreakfastDinner on Saturday night        Wild SwimmingSecure Bicycle Storage      

      OPTIONAL EXTRAS

      1. Bicycle hire (from £50): We'll organise hire of a bicycle for you from Saturday to Sunday. We'll have your bike waiting for you in Royal Tunbridge Wells when you arrive, and we'll take it back from you as you finish the ride on Sunday. It couldn't be easier! We'll also provide a bicycle helmet and lock.
      2. Upgraded Camping (from £15): We'll provide one of our comfy tents with air-mat and travel pillow, pre-pitch it and take it down for you in the morning.
      3. Meal Package: Add 2 x delicious countryside cafe lunches and a lavish campsite BBQ on Saturday night.

        Optional Extras: Bike Hire      Upgraded Camping   Meal Package

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