Oh No… Birling Gap again!

A ride which was meant to happen on 6th October, but was shortened on the day because of bad weather!

One of our favourite routes, let’s hope that the good weather persists.
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

Kent Random Ride

We’ll meander through random Kentish lanes and villages. Route to be invented on the day, according to weather conditions and personal whims! We’ll try and include some new scenery and of course at least one coffee/lunch stop. About 40 miles, then back to David’s for a cuppa.

Start: We’ll leave from Staplehurst Station at 10:20. The 08:50 from Hastings arrives at 10:08, change at Tonbridge.

Return: We should get back around 15:00. There are trains from Staplehurst Station at 14:38, 14:50, 15:20, 15:38, 15:50.

Please check for engineering work before travelling.

Distance: 40 miles approx.

Suitable for road and hybrid bikes.

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


If driving, you are welcome to park at David’s house and cycle to the station with him (about 1 mile). If so, please let him know and try to arrive at 09:40 to allow time to unload and cycle to the station to meet the train. Alternatively, you could park in estate roads in Staplehurst village (turn left at the traffic lights, into Marden Road – there are various estate roads soon after) and cycle a short distance to the station. Parking at the station is expensive.

Cuckoo Trail and Bodle Street Green

The first part of this ride will be mainly flat and follow the same route as my Level 1 ride on 11 August, crossing the Pevensey Levels to Hilliers Garden Centre for coffee (previously the Old Loom Mill), and then taking the Cuckoo Trail to Hellingly. We will then head further north to find some hills via Cowbeech and Bodle Street Green, before heading back via Wartling and Hooe.
Further liquid refreshment can be taken at the White Horse, Bodle Street Green if required. However, they aren’t doing food at the moment so you may wish to bring a packed lunch.
Approx 35 miles total

Depart Cooden Beach Station 10:00 hrs
Return Cooden Beach Station 14:00-15:00 hrs
(09:36 train from Hastings arrives CBS 09:52)

Parking available in locality.
Philip – 07845 968149 (text preferred)

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

Cooden and Beachy Head with Geof

We will ride out towards Pevensey, Eastbourne, Beachy Head, Birling Gap, Willingdon, Polegate, then returning to Cooden. Over 30 miles.
Lunch at East Dean where there are pub and picnic options. The direction of travel may be determined on the day depending on wind direction!

Message Geof on 07811098505 to book in

Rye, Camber, Appledore circular

Meet Rye station at 10am (train from Bexhill leaves 9.14, Hastings 9.26 arrives 9.47). We should be back by 3pm
We will ride from Rye to Camber and along the coast before turning in towards Lydd. We will carry on inland through to Appledore and then back along the Military Road.

Please bring a sandwich for lunch. We will stop somewhere along the way for sandwiches and then have a second stop at Appledore for a drink before returning to Rye.

This is a pretty flat ride with only a couple of hills but not bad ones. 35 miles in total but a total elevation of only 622 ft.

Please let Chris know on 07725 914 325 if coming.

Lime Cross, Horam, Blackboys

Starting 10:30am at Lime Cross nursery cafe – Herstmonceux, Hailsham BN27 4RS, where we can have a coffee (it opens at 10am Sundays), in case people cycling over are thirsty.
Leave at 11am. Head out via Horam, Waldron, Blackboys, Framfield and back to Horam for a lunch stop at the Lakeside Cafe (23 hilly miles).
After lunch, back to Lime Cross via Cowbeech Hill. Finish about 3.30pm.

Total 30 miles aprx., several hills so a Level 2b

Those who are using a car to get to Lime cross, I suggest parking nearby in Herstmonceux; there is free parking in a car park there

Contact me on rob.as.foster@gmail.com or via Whatsapp.

Cheers, Rob

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.

Bexhilll, Friston, East Dean

We’re repeating this ride, which was first ridden in April 🙂

The route will go via Eastbourne to Beachy Head along to East Dean and then Friston, avoiding the main road. We will return via Jevington, Polegate and Pevensey. The hill up to Beachy  Head is long and steep and the hill up to Friston is also steep but these are the only two major hills on the route. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Returning around 3.00pm. We will stop at Birling Gap for a view of the 7 sisters, for coffee and cake. It would be advisable to bring some food for lunch.

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