DV 2024 Segments – How Lane, Bug Hill, Bedlestead Lane
Overview – Distance: 83 km, Climbing: 1090 m
Café stops – See below
A three segment ride that is a little challenging as we ride east past Caterham.
Ride out to Chipstead via Ewell and Banstead which means a long drag up to the Banstead A217 traffic lights. Bypass Banstead centre and descend to Chipstead.
The first segment is How Lane, which will be familiar to those who have walked up it on the BHF L2B ride! Turn right off the main road just past the bridge and the segment starts on the first left-hand bend. Push on up the hill until the road levels out and the segment finishes at the large green “Chipstead. Please Drive Slowly” sign. Continue on to the junction with Coulsdon Lane.
Descend to Coulsdon and follow the route up Farthing Wood to Chaldon. Turn left to Caterham and descend to the large roundabout. Take the third exit towards Woldingham. The next segment, Bug Hill, is shortly after you pass under the double railway arches.
Turn left into Bug Hill. Almost immediately the segment starts and kicks up to 14% on the bend. Keep pushing on until the road levels out by a nicely kept lawn, then relax at the Leas Road sign.
Continue on Leas Road to Warlingham where you might need a coffee or ice cream break! Follow the route right on Limpsfield Road. Next segment is Bedlestead Lane. Descend down Beech Farm Road and Chelsham Court Road to the start of Bedlestead Lane. Take a rest on the descent to the start.
The Bedlestead Lane segment starts just after the bottom of the hill, where there are some gates and usually mud and stones on the road. The climb has lots of gradient changes and the road is quite narrow in places, so you could be unlucky and have to stop for a car. The segment ends 100m before the junction.
We are now on top of the North Downs so take in the view! Turn right and ride along “The Ridge”. There is still over 30km to go and more hills, so we descend to Woldingham and cake at The Dene coffee shop, immediately right past the garden centre.
The route home includes a climb up to Caterham and then Chipstead followed by Holly Lane to Banstead. From there it is all downhill to beers.