When Harold marched his men from Stamford Bridge in Yorkshire to Hastings in just four days there were around 7000 of them and the route would have been somewhat arduous to say the least! 950 years or so on things have changed somewhat and the Kent / East Sussex countryside offers some fantastic roads, views and scenery making for a more relaxed journey albeit somewhat more progressive than back in 1066.

Most may aspire to great numbers turning out for a ride although the 7000 Harold mustered maybe a tad adventurous, however, an impressive 50 people turned out for the Conquest ride that took us through the gentle sweeping highways to Hastings.   Weather of course is always in the forefront of our minds and only days earlier temperatures were reaching record highs and it was with some relief that things had returned to what can only  be described as perfect riding weather.

All 'swiped' in and the ride brief completed we headed off into the Garden of England meandering our way into some well-known and well-loved lanes, through Headcorn Village and into the Aerodrome where the staff at ‘Wings’ awaited our arrival with Tea/Coffee and a biscuit.  The Aerodrome itself is an interesting place with lots going on and has proved to be a good stop off point for the Chapter on previous rides.

All rested, the ride departed again heading through Tenterden, Rolvenden, Bodiam, Northiam and into Hastings where the ride terminated at ‘Rock-a-Nore’ and the regulation Fish and Chip lunch that awaited.

All in another fantastic turnout from Meridian Chapter Members and as always it was great to see some new members along for the ride.

Thanks to Shaun & Patrick  for opening up early and getting the coffee going, Thanks also to Warrs S.E. for again providing refreshments at the halfway point and last but not Least Road Captain Bernie Cresswell for last man duties, Road Captains Graham Allen and Steve Uffindell and Ride Marshal Barry Masters for support rider duties - all of whom as ever keep the ride running smooth.

Dave Mann
Assistant Director & Charter Member

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