This is a 52 mile ride to see the Chagall windows at Tudeley, We will meet at London Bridge Station, Platform 6, to catch the 09.39 train, which arrives at Orpington Station at 9.55. We then start the ride by cycling from Orpington through Badger's Mount and Shoreham to Otford, where we join the Pilgrims' Way. After cycling eastwards for a few miles we turn off past Noah's Ark and proceed to Ightham Mote, where we stop for a coffee break. We then cycle via Hadlow (to take a look at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadlow_Castle) to All Saints' Church, Tudeley, which we can visit to see the Chagall windows (https://www.online.church123.com/allsaintstudeley/visitingallsaints.htm)
Although this ride is free, a donation of £3.00 per visitor is requested by the church to help with the upkeep of the building.
In 1963, Sarah the daughter of Sir Henry and Lady D'Avigdor-Goldsmid who owned near-by Somerhill House,was drowned in a sailing accident off Rye, East Sussex. In her memory, the couple commissioned Russian-French artist Marc Chagall to design a stained glass window for the church, which was installed in 1967. When Chagall arrived for the dedication of the east window in 1967, and saw the church for the first time, he exclaimed "C'est magnifique! Je les ferai tous!" ("It's magnificent! I will do them all!"). Over the next ten years Chagall designed the remaining eleven windows, made again in collaboration with the glassworker Charles Marq in his workshop at Reims in northern France. The last windows were installed in 1985, just before Chagall's death.
We will have lunch at https://elitepubs.com/the-poacher-and-partridge-home/poacher-and-partridge-menus/ and then return via the same route to Knockholt Station (Zone 6). where the ride finishes.
Ride Leader: Nigel Bee (tel 07415 315 690, email firstname.lastname@example.org )