Cracking ride - at least the first 5.82 miles. At that point, I followed someone under an evergreen on a corner (to avoid some mud) and managed to whack my head on a branch. It caught on my helmet and twisted my head up and to the side before releasing.
I stopped to check that the helmet was OK, by which time the group was out of sight. I followed the trail to the first junction and asked some riders if they had seen you guys. They said you had dropped down, so I did the same and found myself at a gate by a farmer's field - which I think we passed on the way back from Peaslake. With no sign of anyone and remembering Lloyd's advice, I headed up to the junction I passed on the way down. As I was waiting, a headache and stiff neck came on so I decided to go all the way back up and turn back.
What followed was a circuitous jaunt on dirt and tarmac, and with the help of some walkers and roadies I found my way back to Bockett's. All in all, about 14 miles - the long 20% incline climb towards the end was particular fun. Hope the group didn't wait too long - sorry if this held you up.