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Thursday, 30 June 2011
The path back

This is the view back up the North Down from where the bridle path meets Slines Oak Road in Woldingham. I love speeding down this fast chalky hill but from here there’s a daunting slog up to Warlingham and then back to the Ridge above Oxted.

Posted by bigblue on 30/06/2011 at 07:10 AM
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The path down

This is a view from the top of the North Down facing towards London, just before I started my descent yesterday evening.

Posted by bigblue on 30/06/2011 at 07:05 AM
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Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Absent cows

You can tell the height of the cows by the line of uneaten foliage under the tree. The cows were visiting a neighbouring field.

Posted by bigblue on 28/06/2011 at 07:25 AM
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Sunday, 26 June 2011
Worth Way and Forest Way

Yesterday I took the train to Three Bridges near Crawley and then cycled 30 kilometres cross-country to Eridge, where I caught the train home. The route only uses roads in few places as it follows disused railway lines and bridlepaths. Unfortunately at the end you also have a few kilometres to the station on busy narrow roads.

I had never been to Three Bridges before, and was impressed at the bicycle parking on offer. Here’s a selection. I was less impressed by the busy roads outside the station and the aggresive drivers. That said it is only a couple of hundred metres to the start of the trail and most of that is on a (narrow) bicycle lane. The rest of the way you could easily push your bike on the pavement.

The route itself is easy to find and follow. It goes over and under the busy roads, like this one.

There were lots of people on the path, mostly going in the opposite direction to me. I believe that in the direction I was travelling it was uphill, particularly for the first half of the route. In the first half of the route the cyclists I encountered didn’t engage in eye contact or conversation (whereas the walkers and horse-rider were more friendly). From Forest Row the cyclists again adopted the nod-and-greet approach I am more familiar with.

Unfortunately the last few kilometres to Eridge Station are via road (a busy and narrow road for the most part). Some of the road signs appeared to be missing and I had forgotten the way so I just missed my train by 5 minutes. The trains to Oxted are hourly so I had a bit of a wait.

At the station was a steam engine which was taking a bunch of people of a certain age on a dinner trip to Groombridge. They served them a meal as the steam train pulled out. I was interested to note that the steam train was “assisted” by a diesel engine at the rear of the train…. albeit a “classic” also -  the plate on the side reads “R.J. Mitchell, Designer of the Spitfire” with an image of a spitfire above it.

Posted by bigblue on 26/06/2011 at 08:20 AM
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Saturday, 25 June 2011
Queen Elizabeth II Bridge from the air
Wikipedia tells us that this is:

a 137 m (449 ft) high and 812 m (2,664 ft) long cable-stayed road bridge across the River Thames in south east England. It was opened in 1991 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The bridge is the southbound element of the Dartford Crossing, a strategic congestion charged road crossing the half mile wide river east of London. It was built alongside two earlier tunnels under the Thames, which now form the northbound element of the crossing.
Upon completion, the bridge was Europe’s largest cable-supported bridge. As of 2010 by main span length it is the second largest cable-stayed bridge in the United Kingdom behind the Second Severn Crossing (6 m longer and opened in 1996) and the 44th largest cable-stayed bridge in the world.

It looks smaller from this perspective than when one drives over it.

Posted by bigblue on 25/06/2011 at 07:45 AM
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Friday, 24 June 2011
London sunset

Yesterday evening, as seen from the top of the Oxo Tower in London.

Posted by bigblue on 24/06/2011 at 11:13 AM
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Rotterdam

I managed to get a birds eye view of Rotterdam on the way home this week.

Posted by bigblue on 24/06/2011 at 07:40 AM
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Thursday, 23 June 2011
The Shortest Night

I took this time-lapse video from my hotel room in Rotterdam this week.  It’s a bit disappointing that the lens is reflected in the window ... oh well, this was my first attempt to do this with the iPad.

Posted by bigblue on 23/06/2011 at 02:41 PM
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