The Last Ride – Angelika’s Report

9 July 2013

Sunday  7th July 2013   Redhill Circular

(Nutfield Marsh – Caterham Viewpoint – Woldingham – Godstone – Redhill)

A very personal bike ride

Instead of having a personal trainer Linda and Angelika had Jim as their personal cycle tour guide. For Linda it was a journey down memory lane, having grown up in Bletchingley.

The three set off from Redhill train station in glorious hot sunshine. They cycled through Spynes Mere Nature Reserve. Spynes is a very old word for “fattening pasture”. That was the time of fattening the cows before WBB Mineral changed it into a sand quarry. Well, now it is a fully restored wildlife area with three lakes.

Linda walking on water

Heron at the Moors Nature reserve

The reward for pushing the bikes uphill to the Caterham Viewpoint was the magnificent view of the countryside while hearing the muffled sound of the M25 far below. It is a place popular with people having a picnic and lazing around. Well, not for the Cycle Trio. Off they went flying downhill passing only one house.

Along shaded paths and through cool woods they headed towards Woldingham Girls School and its grounds. There was the first surprise for Linda. She recognised the care takers house and remembered a friend living there whose parents had rented the house when she was a child.

Woldingham School

Not this house though! This is the main school building.

From there the way to the Cafe in Knights Nursery in Woldingham was a flat smooth ride through a valley with pastures, cows and trees further up. A picture of English idyllic landscape sizzling in the heat of the day.

Lunch at the garden centre

A pleasant lunch and rest. The recharged batteries were needed for another ascent to Woldingham Village and then down to Godstone …………. not steep ………… but eternal.

Godstone’s old church and surrounding architecture give an other-wordly feel.  One would not be surprised if a door opens and Hansel and Gretel step out. Or Rapunzel would open a window to let her hair down.

St Marys Chapel, Churchtown, Godstone

Not far is the village green with its Sunday cricket and onlookers. Another idyllic English scene.

The intention was to have tea in the local “The Green Room” where Linda used to work in the restaurant 30 years ago. Unfortunately they were just closing and the trio opted for a cool drink at the pub across the road.

On they cycled through Bletchingley. Jim made sure to take a photo of Linda at the street corner leading to the house where she grew up.

Linda discovers her roots

Once again they cycled through the Nature Reserve and stopped to enjoy the view at one of the lakes. Three bathers could be seen in the distance. One was just wading to a little island. Once he stepped onto the island it was a bit of a surprise to see him hiding from his friends view behind a bush squatting down showing us his bare bottom. Not something he had anticipated………..

Nearly home

Then back to Redhill station. Jim and Linda back to Brighton and Angelika to London.

Arty bike rack at Redhill

Linda spotted this arty bike rack at Redhill station.

Thanks Jim for such a beautiful varied bike ride with such magnificent views

Angelika

Angelika waiting for the London train

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