Ashford cyclepaths, Catha’s Seat and North Downs

A fabulous gently undulating ride with quiet lanes, and great views from points on the north downs. There is a 3½ miles track to Catha’s seat which would be tricky for skinny tyres. Although marked as 2b because of distance this will be an all day leisurely ride with a couple of stops to be sorted for coffee and lunch. Am keeping this to a maximum of 10 riders due to getting bikes on trains etc.

Approx 35 miles
Level 2b
suitable for hybrid bikes

Time of start:  10.15
Meet:  Ashford International Station (If driving the car park only costs £1 all day on a Sunday)
Return: late afternoon around 5pm.

01580 880889   07508262768

Breakfast Ride

Meet at Battle Abbey Green for an early start of 8.30 am. Ride via Ashburnham and Penhurst to Netherfield to have a well earned breakfast at the award winning Netherfield Cafe. Short cycle back to Battle afterwards. Back by mid day. I hope you will join me.

Please book in at the latest by Friday 26th July.

18 miles total

Calling Non-Dieppers!

I would love it if you would join me for this delightful circular route starting at Robertsbridge.
We will cycle via Salehurst, Bodiam (coffee stop at The Hub), Ewhurst Green, Northiam, Beckley, Staplecross and Cripps Corner.
The route is 20 miles largely on quiet roads with 1,500ft of climb. The hill out of Salehurst is steepish but gets it out of the way before coffee!  The remaining route is undulating. Poppinghole Lane can be a ‘free cycle’ done at your own pace.
Coffee comes early in the ride and there is the option for lunch/tea at Judges Robertsbridge on return.

Meeting Place is Robertsbridge Station
Trains from Hastings leave at 09.50 arrive at 10.14 There is plenty of free parking on the roads, Recreation Ground and Station Road Car Park. (Please note, parking is not free at the Station).

 

Please text Dawn on 07870602277 if you would like to come

Wadhurst and Bewl

Meet at WADHURST STATION at 10.30am on Sat June 8. A train from Hastings is due there at 10.29, we’ll wait for that. There is parking in the station car park (not free), or there is free parking in Wadhurst a mile or so away.

Ride a loop via Matfield of 15 miles/1000’ ascent to cafe at the visitors centre at BEWL RESERVOIR, the largest lake in SE England, for early lunch.

Then a 10 mile/1000’ run back to the station at Wadhurst.

The trains are scheduled to run on Saturday now, but check for engineering works

Rye to Folkestone

A Kentish Excursion
This is a train-assisted linear ride, starting at Rye and ending at Folkestone.

We’ll meet outside Rye Station. Trains from Hastings and Bexhill arrive 10:46, so we can start riding about 11:00. It would make sense to buy a return ticket to Folkestone Central Station.

The route follows the Military Road before heading up up the steep hill to Stone in Oxney, then on to Ham Street where we’ll stop for coffee and cake. We’ll undulate along the top of the hill at the back of Romney Marsh before we drop down into Hythe, and then climb all the way up again to Folkestone Leas, on top of the cliff.

About 30 miles, level 2b, suitable for road bikes.

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

Horsewalk, coffee and Greenway

A 26 mile hilly ride leaving Bexhill Colonnade at 10.00 via Pear Tree Lane, Hooe, Horsewalk plus a few more hills to coffee at Ashburnham and return through Catsfield, Crowhurst and down the Greenway to Bexhill. I hope to be back in Bexhill by 14.00

Hybrid or mountain bikes are suggested as the Greenway is still not suitable for roadbikes (although you could ride the last few miles from Catsfield via an alternative road route).

Free parking is available on Bexhill prom plus public loos. The French market will be on in Devonshire Road on May 18 so allow time if this is on your way in to the Colonnade.

Please text Bill on 07746 997193 if you would like to join this ride.

Rye to Bodiam Countryside Tour

A beautiful spring tour of the Kent and Sussex countryside.

Morning Coffee: This can be taken at the “Café des Fleurs”, housed in the station building. Highly recommended. I shall be there soon after 10:00.

Route:

Leaving Rye at 11:00, our route will be – Iden – Rye Foreign – Beckley – Ewhurst Green – Bodiam Castle – Sandhurst – Great Job’s Cross – Rolvenden Layne – Potman’s Heath – Wittersham – Iden – Rye. It is graded 2b because of its undulations and distance. There are no big hills and it will be ridden at a moderate pace.

Lunch:

After 15 miles at approx. 12:30, we will stop at The Hub café, Bodiam for lunch. This serves lovely food and has vegetarian, gluten and dairy free choices. It occupies a very quiet rural location within earshot of the steam trains, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Eating your own picnic lunch is unlikely to be a problem. Water bottles will be re-filled free of charge.

Travel:

Train: Cooden Beach   Bexhill   Hastings   Rye
           09:08       09:15      09:26   09:45
           10:08       10:15      10:26   10:45

At Rye station, there is no need to carry your bike over the footbridge. When you alight from your carriage, turn right along the platform, follow the footpath to the rail/road crossing and turn right again through the station car park to the front of the station building, where we will all meet.

Car parks
Rye Station – £2.90 all day (limited space)
Rye Cattle Market – £2.00 all day (limited space and likely to be most full)
Gibbet Marsh (5 mins – 0.5 mile) – £4.00 all day (plenty of room)
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (15 mins – 2.5 miles on cycle path) – Free all day (acres of room)

This tour is most suited to road bikes, tourers and hybrids.

Don’t miss out on this lovely ride.

Philip

07845 968149 (text preferred)

Pett Level ride

Starting from Pett Level at 11am
Please meet & park by the beach (not the houses) at 11am. Approx 25 miles
2000 ft of climbing
Road or hybrid bike
Level 2b but not fast, I’m happy to wait for people.
It’s an old favourite route of mine, I’m sure most of you have already done & hopefully enjoyed.
Bring snacks and drinks but we will stop along the way.
Aim to be back sometime 3pm-4pm
Hope you can join me.

Please message me to let me know if you’re coming… hope you can
Penny

Minging Maidstone!

About 35 miles, starting and finishing in Staplehurst. We’ll pass through the very best that Maidstone has to offer (yes, it does have some nice bits!), approach the North Downs at Detling and return via the river bank path and Loose Valley. Fairly hilly. Lunch at Aylesford Priory.

Train from Hastings gets to Staplehurst at 10:12am. If anyone prefers to drive there is parking on nearby estate roads (e.g. Lime Trees/Greenhill) where there is a footpath connecting to the station off Marden Road, Staplehurst, with a few minutes ride to the station. Alternatively, you’d be welcome to park at David’s house, in which case please arrive by 09:45 so you have time to unload and cycle 1 mile to the station.

Please check for engineering works on the railway

 

Hilly Wealden Hop

A hilly Level-2B ride from Little Common Wheatsheaf (leaving 09.30) and picking up from  Catsfield public car park in Blacksmiths Lane  (leaving 10.00), hopefully some lovely views and loads of spring flowers We’ll cycle through the lanes via Freckley Hollow, Darwell Hole,and Oxley’s Green to Burwash, along the A265 ridge towards Broad Oak, stop for coffee/early lunch. Carry on south through Old Heathfield, Vines Cross, Cowbeech,  Bodle Street Green and back to Catsfield and Little Common. There will be options for a further refreshment stop on the way back, decision on if/what by popular vote. Approx mileages are 32 from Catsfield and  39 from Little Common.

Please bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

There re public loos and street parking in the area around the Wheatsheaf and a public car park in Catsfield.

Thannks,  Bill
Contact – 07746 997193 (text preferred)

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