13 mile road loop

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A thirteen mile road route containing several long and steep hills but mainly on less busy roads
LATEST STATUS: March 2017 – be very careful of awful potholes in the last 3 miles of the return to Mayfield, on the road through Tidebrook and the last descent.

Length: 13.6 miles
Terrain: roads in moderate condition
Difficulty: 1 steep hill, several long ones
Hazards: some narrow twisting roads but they carry little traffic
Time: 60-120 minutes
Suitable for: cyclists, runners
Points of interest:

Starting point: South Street car park, Mayfield (TN20 6DF) ; grid reference TQ586268 ; GPS co-ordinates 51° 1’11.14″N, 0°15’42.34″E
Public transport: No public transport suitable for bikes passes through Mayfield. However, the route passes by Stonegate Station so you could take bikes on the train to Stonegate and start the circular route at that point. Runners – see Mayfield access and public transport page for details
Parking: Car park for 50 cars in South Street, which can be full at peak times.

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From South Street car park, turn right along South Street and in 100 yards bear left as the road becomes The Avenue. At the junction turn right downhill on Fletching Street. At the bottom where the road bears left, take the road which keeps straight on (East Street) signposted to Witherenden and Broad Oak. Follow this road for about a mile as it leaves the village, descends slightly then climbs for 250 yards. Near the top turn left onto Witherenden Road and keep on this for just over 3 miles – first it rises slightly, then flattens out before a long moderate descent eventually winding right and left on a plain with hedges on either side, then climbing sharply for 50 yards and in a further 0.4 miles coming to a junction at Witherenden.

Turn left downhill, then over a humpback bridge and pass Stonegate station on your right. Continue slightly uphill and pass through Stonegate village. At the far end of the village, turn left at the 4 way junction onto Bardown Road and follow this steadily uphill for 1.5 miles to the junction with the B2099. Turn left towards Wadhurst then in 0.25 miles take the first left onto Darby’s Lane which turns into Brinker’s Lane and descends sharply, eventually passing under a railway bridge. Just after the bridge turn right then keep straight on onto Snape Lane as the main road turns left.

Now comes the difficult part of the route – a series of 3 long hills, the steepest being the first. Snape Lane climbs steeply for over half a mile, then levels off and curves round the grounds of Snape House before turning sharp left to the final sting in the tail and the junction with Riseden Road. Turn right along this for half a mile then at the junction with Tidebrook Road, turn left and enjoy the descent for 0.8 mile before the next 0.8 mile climb from the bridge over the brook to the junction with Lake Street at the top.

Next there is a steep 0.5 mile descent to the entrance to  Mayfield followed by a 0.9 mile climb which levels off briefly by the Rose & Crown before the road turns right for the final 150 yards of ascent.  Opposite the Carpenters’ Arms turn left and finish along the Avenue and South Street to return to the car park.