|The Red Deer, South Croydon, marks the start of the 269.|
The B269 goes to Edenbridge. It starts in South Croydon next to a pub called the Red Deer, except that the pub in question doesn't exist anymore; it's now a Morrison's Local (a small supermarket) that has cashed in on the fact that pubs all over the UK are closing at a rate of knots, thanks to a number of reasons. One reason is the amount of duty the Government puts on beer. The brewers simply pass it on to the customers and now a pint of bitter will set you back almost £4. In some parts of London, a pint is even more expensive than that!
Another reason for the pubs closing down is home entertainment. Rather than go out, a lot of people stew in front of their flatscreen televisions with cheap beer they purchased from the supermarket. In fact, there's a kind of irony in the fact that a former pub has been transformed into a supermarket, but there you have it; the Red Deer isn't the first and it won't be the last. In fact, there's a pub in Sutton (or there was a pub in Sutton) called the Woodman and it is now a Tesco Express. What a sorry state of affairs.
So the B269 starts by a former pub. The Red Deer used to be a live band venue 'back in the day.
|Further along the 269 – Sanderstead Church and pond|
I decided to ride the length of the B269 from beginning to end (wrongly thinking that it ended just past Botley Hill. Why I thought that, I don't know, but when I reached Botley, my heart sank as I saw a road sign stating that Edenbridge – not Botley Hill – was the end of the line for the 269.
|Reaching familiar territory – Warlingham Green|
|The 269 soon leaves suburbia behind it...|
Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that the
B269 continues to Edenbridge. And there was me thinking
it came to an end just past the Botley Hill Farmhouse.
|I like this shot of the old Scrap, taken Sunday on the 269.|