Brede Giants revisited. Two pickup points

We visited the Brede Steam Giants a few years ago, and it’s time to go back again. The main attraction is 2 giant beam engines which used to pump water from the the Brede valley over the ridge and down into Hastings. Lots of other shiney things to point at too.

Meet outside the Wheatsheaf in Little Common ready to leave at 9.45 (park in the streets adjacent to the pub, loos available), cycle via Catsfield to pick up in Battle at 10.45, on route to Brede via Sedlescombe and some lovely, (hilly) lanes.
I’ve thought long and hard about the grading and have decided to grade it as a Level-2a ride because some of us may need to walk up the steeper hills. It’s not suitable for those progressing from Level-1 though, as there are a fair few hills!
At Brede Waterworks we can get refreshments and a tour of the interesting exhibits and machines before returning to Battle at around 14.30 and Little Common 15.30.
Total mileage from Little Common around 32 miles, and around 16 miles from Battle.

Have a look at if you are interested

Cooden beach to Lime Cross

Meet Cooden Beach station at 10.00am. Go out via Pevensey and Herstmonceaux for coffee at Lime Cross. Returning via Bodle Street Green, Wartling and Hooe. A few hills but no one will be left behind and we will set a relaxed pace. Back around 2.00pm. Road bikes or hybrids will be most suitable.

Hollington to the AGM

Saturday 7th April

Meet 10:20am at the Co-Op shop, 290 Battle Road, TN37 7BA

Dawn will be leaving the Co-op and cycling to Battle to arrive for coffee at the Almonry and the AGM at 11:30am. We will return via the same route. About 8 miles. Level 2A. Please text Dawn on 07870602277 if you would like to join her.

Little Common to the AGM

An undulating easy pace ride from Little Common via Pear Tree Lane, Catsfield and North Trade Road to the Almonry in Battle High Street for our AGM.

Meet outside the Wheatsheaf at Little Common roundabout at 10 am to arrive for coffee at the Almonery at 11 am and the AGM at 11.30 am. Return to Little Common via Freckley Hollow, Ninfield and Hooe afterwards.

About 17 miles.

Please text Bill on 07746 997193 if you would like to come along.

Pett Level & Dungeness

Meet at Pett Level at 10am
Please park along the sea road the other side of the Pett Level sign, NOT opposite the houses as they get the hump! 🐫🐫
Level 2a, long distance approx 40 miles but almost flat. Road or hybrid bikes suitable.
We will stop for lunch at the pub (fish n chips is good 🐠🍟)at Dungeness. Please bring plenty of snacks and water.
We will follow the NCR 2. Although it is mostly flat it can be very windy, so can be hard work.
Aim to return about 3ish.
Do hope you can join me 🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️
Please text Penny to let her know if you’re joining her on 07931 516715

Bedgebury single tracks

A really enjoyable trail through the woods and a great opportunity to practice/develop your MTB skills.

For those who may not have been before:

The trail is divided into a series of sections, so we can re-group at the end of each one. No-one will be left behind. The trails are well prepared and a pleasure to ride on.

Meet at the café for 10:30 start (or earlier if you fancy a coffee first). Mountain bike essential. If you would like to come along but do not have a mountain bike, you can hire one from Quench Cycles (01580 879694), which is at the Visitor Centre, adjacent to the car park and café at Bedgebury. Please allow at least 20 minutes to sort this out.

Remember to bring a drink and a snack to eat on the way round. We‘ll return to the café about 13:00 for coffee, cake and chat.

Anyone that would prefer to do the family trail instead should be OK with a hybrid bike and we can still meet up after at the cafe.

About 8 miles.


If, like me, you don’t want to pay for parking, consider riding in from Stonegate Station or parking in the lay-by on the A21 at Ticehurst (from where you can ride to the café on a track). Alternatively, park in Kilndown and ride to Bedgebury with me at 10:00 (takes 15 mins).


Please text David on 07709 620267 if you would like to come along.


CANCELLED : Teston Country Park ride

Sorry folks, but at the time of writing (Friday evening) the weather forecast for Sunday is terrible, and possibly dangerous. I’m therefore cancelling the ride today.  I’ll put it on again when the weather is better !

(N.B. It’s pronounced “Teeson”, not “Teston” or “Teeston”!)
Starting from Staplehurst Station, this is a mainly flattish ride with a couple of hills, centred around the Medway Valley in Kent. At Teston Country Park, David will tell you a little about the river, the navigation lock and the canoe/fish pass. Then we’ll pedal on and find a pub or café near Yalding. From there it’s a flat ride back.

Start: We’ll leave from Staplehurst Station at 10:20. The 08:50 from Hastings arrives at 10:12, change at Tonbridge. Please check for engineering work.

Return: We should get back to Staplehurst Station by 15:00. There are trains at 14:43, 14:49, 15:19, 15:43, 15:49.

Distance: 27 miles

Please text David on 07709 620267 if you would like to come along.

The Met Office forecast indicates snow overnight, with daytime temperatures around freezing and strong winds. If the forecast does not improve, the ride will have to be postponed.  Watch this space!

If driving, you are welcome to park at David’s house and cycle to the station with him (about 1 mile). If so, please let him know and try to arrive at 09:45 to allow time to unload and cycle to the station to meet the train. Alternatively, you could park in estate roads in Staplehurst village (turn left at the traffic lights, into Marden Road – there are some estate roads soon after) and cycle a short distance to the station. Parking at the station may be difficult, as the Sunday market usually fills the main car park, and it’s expensive anyway.

Battle and Northiam

Ride from Battle to Northiam along our favourite country lanes. Not too many steep hills so ride is graded 2A. Keep your winter fitness going and join me for the ride.
Ride will leave Battle Abbey Green at 11am, and back about 2pm
20 miles in total

I will be having a pre-ride coffee at Mrs Burton’s cafe on Abbey Green from 10.30, see you there or for the ride at 11am
Book in with Sue 07952166819

Bedgebury single tracks

Meet at the cafe for 10.30
Mountain bike essential for single tracks (but see below)
Hopefully the sun will shine for us 🙂


Anyone wanting to do just the “family track” is welcome to join in and meet us for coffee n cake afterwards.
A hybrid bike will be OK for the ‘family track’ if the weather has been dry. Talk to Penny if you’re in any doubt

Hastings to the Loom nr Hailsham

A fairly flat ride via the lanes and cuckoo trail to Loom Mill cafe for lunch.  As its still going to be cold with a few snowshowers forecasted we may not stop for coffee, but keep going and have a longer stop at Loom Mill cafe.  However if people are desperate…….!
Not sure of mileage but less than 30 miles I think. WRAP UP WARM!

Dep:  HASTINGS pier @ 10am
return mid-afternoon

Please book in with Denise if you wish to come along
01580 880889 or 07508262768

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