Cooden/Birling Gap/Arlington circular – longer route

A medium pace and slightly longer version of one of our favourite rides. Please note the earlier than usual start time

We will leave Cooden Beach Station at 9.30, cycle along the coast to Eastbourne, climb up to Beachy Head, down to Birling Gap for coffee, back inland to East Dean, steep climb to Friston , then onto the A259 for a careful descent to Exceat and up the Cuckmere Valley to Arlington Reservior, via Litlington and Berwick  for lunch (best to bring a picnic although the kiosk should be open too). We’ll then return to Cooden on a flat route over the Pevensey levels, aiming to return around 15.30
The route is approx 44 miles with 2 main climbs and 2 descents which require particular care.
Trains from Hastings are scheduled to leave at 09.00 and 09.07 arriving at Cooden 09.16 and 09.23 but please re-check before travelling. There is plenty of parking near to Cooden Beach Station plus public loos
Please text Bill on 07746 997193 to join this ride

Battle and Robertsbridge fast ride

We will be leaving Battle Abbey Green at 10am for a short but fast ride to Robertsbridge for coffee.
Back via good old Poppinghole Lane (which hasn’t many holes fortunately) to Battle.
Back around lunch time.  Approx 18 miles total
To book please text Sue on 07952166819

Level 3 ride to Biddenden

Starting from Battle, we go out towards Biddenden, across the marshes to Rye and back to Battle via the Udimore Road and Westfield. Approximately 50 miles, with a climb of between 1250 to 1500 meters

We will be passing Sedlescombe, Biddenden, Chapel Down and Carr Taylor vineyards and the Smallhythe Place National Trust property. Potential cafe stop at Smallhythe Place,

This is a Level 3 ride so expect to keep up a good pace, only suited for road bikes

Level-3 long ride

Steve says…

As I prepare for Ride London I want to do some longer rides and it would be nice to have company. So on 7th July I’ll offer a 60 mile ride from Battle out through Brede and Rye to Appledore returning via Lydd, Rye, Winchelsea, Three Oaks, Sedlescombe, and finally Battle.

Starting from Battle Green at 9:30am, aiming to be back there by 4:30pm
Coffee, lunch and tea stops on route. Because of the distance and setting a reasonable pace, I am proposing it at Level 3, although not too hilly.

Only suitable for road bikes and a good level of fitness is required.

Could be a feeder ride from Little Common if people want it.

Fast and Flat from Bexhill

Scenic ride through the county passing through the National Nature Reserve and some of the historic sites of recent and past times, there will be a short stop for breath and optional refreshment along the route at a well renowned Cafeteria before traversing through the picturesque lanes and an excellent sea view back to Bexhill where the ride will end.

27 miles, not very hilly but being a Level-3 it will go at a fast pace


A Nice Day Out in Kent

We are going to explore some new territory! Our route takes us up hill and down dale: through the lovely Loose Valley and on to West Malling, where we should find coffee. We take the lanes across to the North Downs, where we will have a fun challenge, drop down into Wrotham and then wend our way to Ightham and on to Ightham Mote (National Trust), where we will stop at their café (bike parking at their Information Centre). Then it’s a flatish route along the Medway Valley back to Staplehurst.

Please bring plenty to drink as it is a longer ride, it may be hot, and coffee stops are not guaranteed (still to be checked out). Some snacks and a sandwich for lunch would be a very good idea as well.

We will depart from Staplehurst Station at 10:15 (09:07 train from Battle arrives Staplehurst 10:07, change at Tonbridge). We anticipate returning to Staplehurst at about 4:00 pm.

Distance 49 miles. Please note: The route is moderately hilly and we will need to maintain a reasonably brisk pace, averaging 12 mph. This should be comfortably within the capabilities of stronger riders but, if you think you may not be able to keep up, please be prepared to leave the ride and make your own way back. OS Landranger Sheet 188.

Anyone travelling by car is welcome to park at David’s house. Please arrive a bit earlier and be ready to depart by 10:05. Parking is limited, so please car share if possible. If you can’t find anyone to car share on the club Facebook or WhatsApp groups, please let David know and he will try to help.

Off-road MTB ride

Off road ride. Level-3 stamina and Level-3 bike handling skills needed. 23 miles and around 2000ft of climbing. Mountain Bikes only.
Meet Middle Farm car park. On the A27 past Drusillas and before Firle.
We may have a coffee beforehand to discuss the ride and any questions. Intend to start at 10.30 ish.
This ride will take in stoney, eneven and rutted ascents. One climb is 1km long. There will be descents which will require concentration and good bike handling skills. There will be one part of twisty single track and a descent which will require caution and good control of your bike.
I will talk through the ride at various points to give information and suggestions re. how a part should be ridden.
All of the challenging aspects can be ridden with common sense and caution. There will be alternative routes throughout the ride if necessary.
You will see a varied part of the Downs and part of Friston Forest that you would not normally be aware of and if the complete planned ride is done you will have a good feeling of satisfaction.
This will be challenging ride but with caution, common sense and good bike handling skills it is all very ‘doable’.
The following are a given. Helmet, a bike that works well, brakes that work very well, knobbly tyres that have not turned into slicks, spare inner tubes and repair outfit, just in case you are lucky enough to get more than one puncture. Some food and drink as I expect the café to be full and the local pub is one to miss.
This ride and the route will be subject to prevailing weather conditions so I need to know who is coming in the event of a cancellation. If the weather is only marginally awful then I will come up with something else.  All in all, a fun challenging ride.

Good Friday Spin

We will have an energetic ride to Rye going via Whatlington and back via Sedlescombe. Coffee stop at the cafe at Rye Station which has excellent cakes and might even have hot cross buns. Back to the Green at the latest by 2 pm.


Please note that Battle will be busy in the morning due to the marbles match on the green, lots of people wandering around not looking where they are going!

“The Fool’s Errand” charity ride

Note, this ride is not led or organised by 1066 Cycle Club, but David from the club is going and you are welcome to join him.

David says…
A 65km ride in support of The Adventure Learning Charity and a chance to see some different Kent countryside.

Although its listed as a cyclo-sportive, I’ll be treating it more as a randonee and taking it at a fairly comfortable but sustained pace. I don’t intend to stop much, so it’ll be like a Level 3, Long distance.

It starts from Hadlow College, which is 2 or 3 miles easy ride from Tonbridge Station. For more information click here
It should be fun, and it’s a good charity to support.

If anyone would like to join me, please text on 07709 620267.



Note that the registration desk closes at 9:15am, if you’re cycling from Tonbridge station you should allow 20 minutes to ride to the start point.

Battle & Hurst Green – Level 3 ride

Battle to Hurst Green for coffee at Apples and Eggs,  or is it the other way round!  (one of my favourites!)

Our route will go via Bodiam and back via Etchingham.  We will be back early afternoon. About 30 miles.

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