Today we paused for a few moments in Wrotham to take pictures, before rolling down to Borough Green and along the twisting A25 to Sevenoaks.
We turned up left at St Johns, to climb up to Sevenoaks War Memorial, where we turned right to run down the hill to Sevenoaks Station. We were ten minutes early, which gave us time to visit the conveniently-placed station before resuming our journey at 0900. We were joined by our customary friends (I am not allowed to call them "the usual suspects".)
We rumbled down to Riverhead, and west along the A25 again, through Sundridge and Brasted. The M25 - parallel to us along the alignment of the old Westerham Branch railway - today seemed to be flowing reasonably well, so our road was nice and quiet. We pulled up past the statues of Churchill and Wolfe to the centre of Westerham, and stopped outside the Kings Arms. No scheduled stop for breakfast today.
We went on westwards from Westerham, making the gentle climb up the dry valley to Limpsfield Common, where we made a pre-arranged pick-up, then whooshed down the hill under the tall railway viaduct at Oxted. We crawled up the other side to the Tandridge roundabout, then yo-yo-ed gently along the Greensand Ridge to Godstone. We pulled round the corner past the houses now sitting on the old LT garage site, and round the triangular one-way loop by Godstone Green, to pull up at the bus-stop.
We didn't stop long, but resumed our roller-coaster ride along the high ground through Bletchingley and Nutfield, before rolling down the long hill to Redhill Station. GS15 caught up with us on the way, as we swished through a fine shower of rain.
We passed under the railway and round to the bus station, where RT604 had already arrived from Croydon. Some passengers swapped buses. RT604 was quickly away, while we had a short break for coffee before our 1000 departure.
Metrobus' Dart/Caetano 371 left on a 100 service to Horley, Gatwick and Maidenbower (south of Crawley), while red Metrobus Dart 208 came in on TfL-tendered route 405 from Croydon.
We too were soon underway again, through the Redhill/Reigate conurbation to reach the Market Cross at Reigate, and our changeover point at Reigate Red Cross.
All photos by Ian Smith. Click on most of them for a larger picture.
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