This year’s Grim Riders charity motorcycle ride theme is based around 15 British battlefields, 3 of which were located near London and the south east, so we decided to make a weekend of it visiting these battlefields and enjoying the ride, starting first in the traditional RigsVille way with a stop at the infamous Ace Cafe just off the north circular in London for a full English breakfast.
After enjoying a typically fantastic Ace Cafe breakfast we then headed the 13 miles north east to Barnet where on April 14th 1471, Richard Neville the 16th Earl of Warwick died in battle and now there is a stone obelisk on the spot where he died.
After taking our evidence photos of the stone obelisk we then jumped onto the M25 clockwise and headed over to Maldon in Essex where after stopping at The Jolly Sailor pub for a diet coke and a walk around Maldon to stretch our legs we headed out to the site of the battle of Maldon (10th August 991 between the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings) to get our second set of evidence photos of the day.
Next came the 90 mile trip south, down the M25, past tonbridge and into Battle where the famous Battle of Hastings took place on October 14th 1066. Once again after getting out 3rd and final evidence photos outside of Battle Abbey we decided to head over to Eastbourne to find a hotel and some food before heading home the following day.
Grim Riders Web Site
Grim Riders Battlefields Ride 2010 Google Map