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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
07845 968149 (text preferred)
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
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
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.
Contact – 07746 997193 (text preferred)
A hilly first half from the Colonnade, Bexhill (via Whydown, Hooe and the Horsewalk) to Lime Cross Nursery for coffee. Our return will be mainly flat, crossing the Pevensey Levels (via Rickney) back to Bexhill. As it’s early in the season for many, this will all be ridden at a moderate pace.The one really steep hill up to Wartling can be walked if desired and nobody will be left behind.
Approximately 26 miles total
Depart The Colonnade, Bexhill 10:00
Return The Colonnade approx. 14:00
09:37 train from Hastings arrives Bexhill 09:47
Ample free street parking in locality.
07845 968149 (text preferred)
Join me and leave Battle Abbey Green at 10am for a speedy cycle to Robertsbridge for coffee. Back to Battle via Poppinghole Lane and Sedlescombe. Back by lunchtime. 17miles. Contact Sue on 07952166819 if you’re coming.
Road bikes, Level-2b
This ride is back by popular demand, and will start from Tunbridge Wells Station (rear entrance). If you prefer to drive to the start, you can park for free on a Sunday on the roads around Tunbridge Wells Common. There is no free parking at the station, but it is very close to the common.
We ride out towards Pembury and then take the new A21 cycle path from Pembury to Tonbridge before heading west towards Haysden, Bough Beech and Hever. From there we head to Fordcombe, Langton Green and Rusthall and back into Tunbridge Wells. We will stop for lunch in one of the great pubs en route.
This ride is hilly, and has a mixture of off road paths, minor roads, town centre bustle and some short bits of quite major road. Fabulous scenery throughout and a bit different from our usual rides.
Start 10:30 am from Tunbridge Wells Station (rear entrance). Approximately 28 miles, Level-2B.
A circular ride to Appledore and back. Meet at Footland Wood car park (TN33 0NT) Whatlington at 10am where we will ride to Appledore for coffee via Beckley and Wittersham.
Our return route will be via Iden and the quite lanes around Peasmarsh and Broad Oak.
There is a choice in Appledore of either the coffee shop of pub which ever takes your fancy but please also bring a snack to eat later on as Appledore may be a bit early for lunch.
In total approximately 35miles with around 2000 feet of climbing and back around 3pm at the latest.
For anyone starting from Battle, there will be a feeder ride starting 9:30am from the abbey green. No need to book in for this part, just turn up.