Tunbridge Wells Revisited

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.

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Whatlington & Appledore circular

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.

Idyllic 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.

Oh No… Birling Gap again!

One of our favourite routes, just a bit colder this time around 🙂
Meet at Cooden Beach Station in time to leave at 10.00, we’ll ride via Pevensey Bay, Eastbourne Harbour, along the seafront, brief stop before we climb up to Beachy Head and then cruise down to coffee at Birling Gap where we’ll stop for around 30 minutes. After coffee we’ll cycle on to East Dean, up the hill to Friston and then via Jevington and Polegate to get back down to the levels and back to Cooden. The climbs up to Beachy Head and Friston will be challenging for some and some other parts of the ride are undulating but we’ll re-group so we can keep together, as we go.
Bring some snacks and water to help you along + we’ll take a vote on a 2nd drinks stop at Chilley Farm, as we go.
Free parking and public loos are available at Cooden Beach.
The 9.22 train from Hastings arrives at Cooden Beach at 9.38 (re-check before travelling)
The ride is approx 35 miles and we plan to return to Cooden before 3pm

Viking Way Trail

For those who haven’t enjoyed this ride before, this is a 32 mile route around the Isle of Thanet. Starting at Minster, we take in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and Reculver before returning to Minster. (We could do it the other way round – let’s decide on the day.) Much of the route is coastal and comprises a roughly equal mixture of roads and shared cycle/walking routes.
This is an easier Level-2b ride and might be a good one for those people that are ready to move on from Level 2a

See here for a map

The weather looks hopeful, dry with a moderate southerly breeze, so we’ll be relatively sheltered around the coast. It’s a lovely ride and pretty flat for the most part, just a few lumps around the North Foreland. We should be able to find coffee and lunch on our way round, but perhaps bring some snacks just in case. Also, please bring some spare clothing in case the temperature falls in the afternoon.

I’m aiming to arrive at Minster by train at 11:06. Allowing 3 hours cycling and some time for stops, we should be back at Minster by 4pm.  From Battle or Hastings, you’ll have the choice of trains via either Tonbridge or Ashford.

NB Although there is engineering work that weekend, Network Rail say it’s much further towards London and won’t affect our normal train times.

There is parking adjacent to Minster Station if anyone prefers to drive.

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

 

Catsfield and the hilly country

A hilly Level-2b route from Catsfield to test the legs, although we will not set a high pace.
Depart at 10:00am from the public car park in Catsfield. Our ride will take us through Penhurst to Robertsbridge and then Etchingham for coffee. We will loop back via Stonegate and Burwash.
Route is 31 miles overall with 3300 ft of climbing. Should be back around 2:45. Probably best to bring a snack lunch to keep you going. Please let Steve know if you are coming on 07789 546833.

 

Club Meal – 9:45 2B from Battle

We will ride via Cripps Corner, Ewhurst Green, Goatham Green, Sedlescombe to Westfield and lunch at noon!   A mix of B-roads and little lanes
18 miles/1200 ft ascent, so hilly, I’ve marked it as a “2B” ride.
Please note the new start time of 9:45am

 


Note, if you are in Battle and want to cycle direct to Westfield (around 5.5 miles) at a “Level 2a” pace then you may prefer to wait until nearer 11ish when Philip’s ride from Little Common passes through Battle.   If you want to do this then please book in with Philip instead of Rob.

Bexhill – Ashburnham hilly circular

Meet in time to leave the Colonnade on the promenade in Bexhill at 10:00.
The route will include Freezelands Lane, Catsfield and Freckley Hollow to coffee at The Orangery at Ashburnham Place, where we should meet up with riders from Battle

After coffee there are more hills including Tilley Lane and the Horsewalk and then to Hooe, Little Common and back to The Colonnade
Approximately 25 miles in total
To book please text Bill on 07746 997193

Battle – Ashburnham hilly circular

A level-2B ride from Battle Abbey Green, to meet the Bexhill riders at the Orangery (if all goes to time !)
Leave at 10am and ride to the Orangery, at Ashburnham Place via Penshurst. So some steep hills to get up and a couple down. Cycle back to Battle via the pretty Freckley Hollow and Catsfield. About 16 miles in all. back by lunch time.  To book contact Sue 07952166819

 

Horam Lakeside Cafe

Cooden Beach Station (CBS) Bexhill to Lakeside Café, Horam – Level 2b – 37 miles.

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 half will really test the legs. There are no big hills.

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)

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