Battle and Eastbourne day out

We will leave Battle Abbey Green at 10:30. If you would like to have coffee beforehand I will be at Mrs Burton’s Tea Room on Battle Abbey Green from 10am. We will be heading west to Eastbourne via Ninfield. There will be a pick up at The Red Lion pub at Hooe at 11:15. Then we will do our biggest hill of the day, Horsewalk (do you think a horse would find it easy?!), Then the  route gets a bit flatter through beautiful Pevensey levels on NCN2.Then we will meet NCN21and go through the suburbs of Eastbourne to Hampden Park. There, not only is there a good cafe, but the local example of a “Pump Track” something we are working towards in Battle. After a cafe stop, we will be heading towards Westham, another area of Pevensey levels, wave to the sea and Bexhill. Loo and bananas stop at Cooden Beach. Then on to Battle, via Little Common. The route is varied with lots of off-road sections some tarmac, other partially surfaced tracks plus plenty of undulating country lanes. Back by 3.30 – 4pm. 41 miles in total

Although the ride is graded 2a we will be need to keep to a steady pace to be back before dark
Text Sue on 07952166819

Battle to Rye for lunch

Road ride to Rye via some of NCN2 and the Rye nature reserve. Ride leaves Battle Abbey Green at 10.30. Coffee from 10am in Mrs Burton’s tearoom on Abbey Green if you would like a cuppa before you start. A road ride of about 33miles. We will keep to country lanes but they go distinctly up and down between Battle and Rye whichever way we go. We will be stopping for a bit of lunch in Rye at one of the many lovely coffee shops. Back to Battle at 3.30 approximately.Let me know if you can join me. Sue 07952166819

Fish & Chips + Quest point

Meet in Mrs Burtons Tea Shop, 2 High Street, Battle  (near the abbey green) for a for a coffee fix. Depart at 11am
Via Hooe & Wartling to Pevensey, where there is a 1066 Quest point, so bring your pencil & paper if you haven’t done that one.
Then Pevensey Bay and along the coast cycle path through Bexhill to Hastings for a fish and chip lunch. (21 miles, 2 hours or so, some hills then flat).
Afternoon, we leave via Ore, Westfield and Sedlescombe back to central Battle (12 miles, 1hr 30m, some hills)
Should be finished by about 3 – 3.30pm.

NB. If its icy the ride will be cancelled (so don’t forget to ‘book in’)

Led by Rob, contact him on email on if you are coming

Dallington and Great Park Farm

The 30 mile ride will start from Battle Abbey at 10.00am, level 2b grade, and go out to Dallington along quiet country lanes.
I would recommend taking water, banana and/or snacks for brief stop at half way. Main stop will be near end at Great Park Farm, Catsfield – brilliant cakes and light lunches!
Please email Martin if you are coming –

Ride through some of the prettiest villages in Rother

Our ride will see us heading out towards Cripps Corner and on to Beckley. We will stop for coffee at Wills in Northiam. Then, up and down a few more hills to get to Bodiam to give the fabulous castle a wave. The last few villages we pass though are Robertsbridge and Sedlescombe on our way back to Battle.
Total 32 miles. Back about 3 pm. Do bring snacks to eat along the way

We will be able to do a quest point on this ride 🙂

A day in the Sussex hills

Starting at Lime Cross Nursery, on A271 just east of Herstmonceux. Meet at 09:30, ready to start riding at 10am

Cycle via Bodle St, Woods Corner, Burwash, Stonegate (where we can stop for the 1066 QUEST point) and on to Wadhurst. 18 hilly miles, 600’ ascent.

Lunch – picnic in churchyard, or pub or cafe.

Leave about 1pm. Cycle back via Mayfield, Broad Oak, Rushlake Green back to Lime Cross. Finish about 3pm, having done 17 hilly miles, 600’ ascent.

Total hilly 35 miles

Short ‘n’ Hilly again – Feeder ride from Battle

A ride from Battle which will end in Bexhill, ready to join Bill’s ride.


Meet at 9am at the entrance of Battle Recreation Ground. We will ride via Catsfield to Bexhill to meet Bill’s ride. After the Orangery coffee stop we will ride back to Battle. Finish at lunch time. Contact Sue if you are joining her. 07952166819

Note, we’ve classed this as a Long Ride, because if you do this one and Bill’s ride the total distance will be over 30 miles. You probably won’t want to do over 30 miles on a mountain bike so we’ve changed the ‘recommended bike’ category too!

Over the North Downs to Faversham

We will cycle from Staplehurst to Lenham for an essential early coffee stop, and then hop over the North Downs and on through Doddington to Faversham. If time, we’ll first nip over to Oare and have a look out across the Swale at Harty Ferry. Then we’ll find some refreshments at a café in Faversham and have a quick look around this historic market town and its harbour. Return via Charing Heath and Egerton. Generally scenic route, with a variety of landscapes and pretty villages. Mostly long lanes and not too many turnings to worry about. 54 Miles in total

Return to Staplehurst around 4:00 pm. Option to shorten near the end if we are running late.

We will depart from Staplehurst Station at 09:15 (08:07 train from Battle arrives Staplehurst 09:09, change at Tonbridge – please check for engineering work on the day). We anticipate returning to Staplehurst at about 4:00 pm.


Please bring plenty to drink as it is a longer ride and it may yet be hot. Some snacks would be a very good idea as well.

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

Anyone travelling by car is welcome to park at David’s house. Please arrive a bit earlier and be ready to depart by 09:05. 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.

1066 Lanes and Castles

Starting from The Colonnade below the Art-Deco De-la-Warr Pavilion we will cycle along the Promenade to Pevensey near to where King William is alleged to have landed in 1066 passing the notorious Star Inn where members of the Hawkhurst Gang stashed their smuggled loot before transporting it north.
From here we will meander through the marshy lanes stopping for thirty minutes refreshment at Lime Cross before returning via the ancient market town of Hailsham and descending along the route of the old railway line now renamed Cuckoo Trail to Polegate where the Roman road from Pevensey to Lewes passed. From there we will continue onto Westham which is recorded in the Doomsday Book before arriving at the Medieval Castle at Pevensey, after a fleeting look at the Tudor Pevensey Court House and Gaol we will circumnavigate the Pevensey roundabout and cycle back to Bexhill.

35 Miles in total


Note, there is a feeder ride coming from Battle beforehand

Catsfield lanes and Etchingham

From Catsfield our route will be Ashburnham, Brightling, Robertsbridge, Etchingham for coffee, Stonegate, Burwash, Brightling, Penhurst and return to Catsfield.
A few hills along the way, returning to Catsfield around 2.30pm.

Coffee stop included, but bring some snacks to keep you going.
Approximately 31 miles, quite hilly

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