As my fellow moles will tell you my appetite and love of cakes is legendary! So on a recent trip to the singletrack around Bedgebury forest I was pleased to see some improvements at the Visitor centre.
For those of you who don’t know Bedgebury, it offers an 11km singletrack “RED” route plus a small “black” freeride area as well as a family “blue” route all around the forest. Swinley it isn’t, but what it is is worth riding twice so it’s a worthwhile day out for any level of rider.
I’ll keep it brief about the trail improvements as I suspect the trails themselves can be somewhat “organic” as it’s a working forest. Changes I noticed were a section on recently cleared area which included some large berms to hammer round, a section with low level planks for about 20m and another section of singletrack I just don’t remember at all!
Post ride, the changes were very apparent. The bike shop has moved into it’s own cabin nearer the car park and this move has enabled the cafe area to expand. I recall the refreshment facilities being somewhat lacking last time I was there with smallish portions of cake. Things have changed thought! With the expanded area comes bacon, sausage and onion rolls! Add a cup of hot chocolate to that and I’m happy to give the Pineatery a 5-mole rating out of 5! BUT apres sausage, a cake was still in order.
Now I like a piece of flapjack and what was served up to me at Bedgebury may well take a piece of flapjack from Box Hill and give it a right slapping before standing tall and proclaiming “Who’s the Daddy!”. £1.50 bought me a huge piece of cake, dripping in syrup (or maybe treacle) and I think I detected the odd choc chip in there as well.
I was buzzing on the way back to the car I can tell you! This may not be to everyone’s taste in flapjack but there were a few choices and the portions all looked similar. I should have taken a photo but by the time I had realised I was just left with an empty napkin… sorry.