(cancelled) Sussex / Kent Border Tour

I would love it if you would join me for this delightful circular route which explores some stunning Kent and Sussex countryside.

We will cycle from Rye, via Peasmarsh, Beckley, Wittersham, and Ebony to Appledore, then back via Stone and Iden.

It’s about 30 miles, largely on quiet lanes with 1,900ft of climb.

 

Tea/lunch comes after about 20 miles in Appledore (after most of the climbing has been done!) where there is a choice of Miss Mollet’s High Class Tea Room or The Black Lion Pub, you will have difficulty choosing as they are excellent. Maybe fit in both as we will stop for about an hour!

We will also stop after 10 miles for a snack so please bring something with you.

Please be aware that the ride will NOT take place if there is any chance of icy or inclement conditions.

Meeting Place: Rye Station, Café Des Fleurs from 9:45am
If you’re coming on the train, check for engineering works

There is free parking on the roads on the Tilling Green Estate or paid parking in Gibbet Marsh, Rye Station and other car parks.

Cooden /Beachy Head/Birling Gap circular ride

One of our favouite rides leaving from Cooden Beach Station at 10.00, ride via Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne to Beachy Head, along to Birling Gap, inland to East Dean and up to Friston, avoiding the main road. We will return via Jevington, Polegate and Pevensey.   There are two climbs of note on the route, a long steady climb up to Beachy Head and and a short steep climb to Friston.  A reasonable level of fitness is required. Returning around 3pm.  We will stop at Birling Gap for coffee and cake with a view of the 7 sisters. Total mileage will be around 32.

Giants of Brede (revisited)

Join this ride at the start at Little Common Wheatsheaf or en route at Battle Green, to visit Brede and the giant beam engines that once kept Hastings supplied with water. Have a look at the website https://bredesteamgiants.co.uk  to see all that is on offer. The Brede site is run by volunteers, entry is free (please give a donation) and refreshments are available.

This hilly ride through mainly typical wealden scenery will leave Little Common at 09:45am, picking up in Battle at 10:45am

We return to Battle at around 2:30pm and Little Common at 3:15pm.
Distances are approx 36 miles from Little Common, and 20 miles from Battle.

Please text Bill on 07746 997193 if you want to join this ride

Battle Circular

Cycle out via Netherfield and Mountfield to Robertsbridge. On via Bodiam, Staplecross and Sedlescombe to Battle. Coffee stop at Bodiam. Back around 3:00pm. A fair few hills but no one will be left behind.

Cooden Beach Station to Lakeside Café, Horam

We will leave CBS and cycle the familiar flat Pevensey Levels route to Stunts Green via Rickney. From there we will take the undulating lanes via Cowbeech and Vines Cross to Horam, where we can enjoy an early lunch at the Lakeside Café. For our return we will keep to the roads as far as Hailsham, then follow the Cuckoo Trail to Langney and back to Bexhill via Pevensey Bay.

Although graded as a 2b, only the northern undulating half will really test the legs. There are no big hills.   Approx 35 miles

Depart CBS 10:00

Return CBS 14:30-15:00

(09:22 train from Hastings arrives CBS 09:38)

Parking available in locality.

Philip

07845 968149 (text preferred)

Orangery from Battle

Meet at Battle Abbey Green to leave at 10am, cycling to the Orangery via a few steep hills.  We should meet the group coming from Little Common at the Orangery
Back at 1ish. 17 miles. Level 2B
Book with Sue 07952166819

Cooden, Hooe, and Orangery

From Cooden beach we will go through Whydown onto Hooe and horsewalk, back along Boreham Lane to the A271, where we will cycle carefully to Tilly Lane. It’s then a bit more uphill and down dale to get to Ashburnham, and a shop at the Orangery for a spot of refreshment.
Taking Compass lane back to Ninfield, continuing on the A269 to Peartree lane and back to Cooden.

Quite a hilly route, some of the back lanes are rather wet and a little muddy so not ideal for your best road bike!

25 miles approx
level 2b

As usual, please let me know if you would like to join me…. so I can let YOU know if I cancel it due to the rain!!

Thanks,
Heather

Hops, Orchards and quiet lanes of the Weald

A leisurely but undulating ride from Robertsbridge to the pretty hop gardens and orchards area of the Weald and quiet winding lanes north or Rolverden.  No official coffee stop but can have a short early stop at the shop in Sandhurst which has a coffee machine.  A few short bits of main road and a short bridlepath to link the lanes.

Please carry plenty of snacks, drink etc as am struggling to find coffee/lunch venues.  Possible lunch at The World of Water cafe near Rolverden or bring your own.    Although a 2B because of distance and hills we’ll ride at the pace of the slowest rider.  Ha (probably me)!

 

Denise

 

Ashford cyclepaths, Catha’s Seat and North Downs

Note, the date of this ride has changed. It is now on 29th

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

Bexhill to Brightling circular

Join me on this nostalgic tour of the green country lanes that I used to regularly ride as a boy (not so long ago!!!).

From the Colonnade we will ride to Hope Cottage, Hooe for an early coffee about 10:30 am. From there, our route will take us to Ninfield – Freckley Hollow – Penhurst – Darwell Hole – Brightling – Mountfield and Netherfield, where we will stop for lunch at Netherfield Café, Shop & Post Office (about 1:00 – 1:15 pm). After lunch we will return to Bexhill via Catsfield and Henleys Down, arriving back about 3:00 pm. Whilst the ride has plenty of ups and downs, these will all be ridden at a moderate pace.
Total distance will be about 30 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,935 ft.

Trains: 09:37 train from Hastings arrives Bexhill 09:47.

Parking: Ample free street parking in area.

Philip
07845 968149 (text preferred)

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