101 km | 62.7 mi from Brixton feat. Pilgrims Way, Brasted Hill & Shoreham.
This extended version of our London to Kent ride will take you to the Northern part of the stunning Kent Downs AONB where you'll enjoy some challenging climbs, quiet country lanes and panoramic views.
Rating > Difficult
Terrain > Some busy London roads, rolling hills and country lanes
Elevation Gain > 1,100m | 3,608ft
We fancied more miles in the lanes, so we decided to extend our favorite ride from London. As always, we had our first coffee at Four Boroughs (Coldharbour Works) and headed to Kent from there.
Crossing Dulwich and West Wickham leave early avoids the traffic and if very early on a hot day seeing these sleepy neighbourhoods on a bike is lovely. Not even 15kms in, and the roads get much less busy.
Already stunning panoramic views of green fields as far as the eye can see.
After 45 kms, you can stop at The Velo Barn. The perfect place for chilling in the sunshine, eating carrot cake and drink a flat white whilst your bike is safe on the rack next to you. Remember to check opening times ahead of the ride as they close quite early in the afternoon.
After refuelling, you’ll alternate wide open roads and scenic views with rolling forest lanes. One of many things we love about this ride is that it looks incredible all year round; bluebells in April, rapeseed fields in May, wildflowers in June, lavender in July. Even in the winter, frost and fog makes the lanes a unique place to ride.
After 76 kms it’s time to head back to London! This part though has never been seen without traffic, so brace yourself and switch back to your city mindset. Get your reward at Four Boroughs (where the ride started) as they have the best sunny courtyard in the area, and some delicious sourdough swirls.
Enjoy the ride!
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By train: Loughborough Junction or Brixton.
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