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

Kent nature reserves

Chartham – Whitstable – Reculver Nature Reserve circular

A car-assisted full day out to enjoy the the Stour Way to Canterbury, the Crab and Winkle Way to Whitstable and the Viking Way to Reculver Nature reserve. On the return we pick up some of Sustrans route 1 back to Canterbury and then back along the Stour Way to Chartham.  Lunch in Whitstable and poss tea stop in Reculver.  A few extra stops along the way to check the map! Total distance for the day approx 35 miles.
Some of the track surfaces are loose, so unlikely to be suited to skinny-tyred road bikes

Group Size:  8  As I’ve not ridden all of this route before, particularly the return route, I’m going to limit the group size to 8 so do book in early if you wish to come along.

 


Note that getting a train to Chartham is almost impossible as there is a replacement bus service on the Ashford-to-Chartham section. This section is cycleable, the club has done it before when we’ve gone to “Catha’s Seat” events, but it will take you at least an hour to ride.

 

Mass Cycle Ride in Eastbourne

We are going to Eastbourne to take part in a mass cycle ride and/or demonstration march, to call for a safe cycle route along Eastbourne seafront. More details of the event are here


Dale is leading a ride from Battle, which will pick up riders at Little Common and Cooden Beach…

Starting from Battle Station at 9am, riding to Little Common and then on to Cooden Beach where we will pick up others around 10am. We will then ride to Eastbourne, arriving sometime between 11 and 11:30am for the start of the mass ride (see below).  After the event we will ride back, the same route but in reverse.

Please contact Dale if you’re coming, let him know where you’ll be (Battle, Little Common roundabout, or Cooden Beach station)

 

 

 

 

Rye to Folkestone

A Kentish Excursion
This is a train-assisted linear ride, starting at Rye and ending at Folkestone.

We’ll meet outside Rye Station. Trains from Hastings and Bexhill arrive 10:46, so we can start riding about 11:00. It would make sense to buy a return ticket to Folkestone Central Station.

The route follows the Military Road before heading up up the steep hill to Stone in Oxney, then on to Ham Street where we’ll stop for coffee and cake. We’ll undulate along the top of the hill at the back of Romney Marsh before we drop down into Hythe, and then climb all the way up again to Folkestone Leas, on top of the cliff.

About 30 miles, level 2b, suitable for road bikes.

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

Rye to Bodiam Countryside Tour

A beautiful spring tour of the Kent and Sussex countryside.

Morning Coffee: This can be taken at the “Café des Fleurs”, housed in the station building. Highly recommended. I shall be there soon after 10:00.

Route:

Leaving Rye at 11:00, our route will be – Iden – Rye Foreign – Beckley – Ewhurst Green – Bodiam Castle – Sandhurst – Great Job’s Cross – Rolvenden Layne – Potman’s Heath – Wittersham – Iden – Rye. It is graded 2b because of its undulations and distance. There are no big hills and it will be ridden at a moderate pace.

Lunch:

After 15 miles at approx. 12:30, we will stop at The Hub café, Bodiam for lunch. This serves lovely food and has vegetarian, gluten and dairy free choices. It occupies a very quiet rural location within earshot of the steam trains, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Eating your own picnic lunch is unlikely to be a problem. Water bottles will be re-filled free of charge.

Travel:

Train: Cooden Beach   Bexhill   Hastings   Rye
           09:08       09:15      09:26   09:45
           10:08       10:15      10:26   10:45

At Rye station, there is no need to carry your bike over the footbridge. When you alight from your carriage, turn right along the platform, follow the footpath to the rail/road crossing and turn right again through the station car park to the front of the station building, where we will all meet.

Car parks
Rye Station – £2.90 all day (limited space)
Rye Cattle Market – £2.00 all day (limited space and likely to be most full)
Gibbet Marsh (5 mins – 0.5 mile) – £4.00 all day (plenty of room)
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (15 mins – 2.5 miles on cycle path) – Free all day (acres of room)

This tour is most suited to road bikes, tourers and hybrids.

Don’t miss out on this lovely ride.

Philip

07845 968149 (text preferred)

Minging 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.

Please check for engineering works on the railway

 

Castle Challenge

Not a ride organised by us, but often several club members join in.
As in previous years there are 25, 40, and 75 mile options

See www.stleonardsrotary.org for details

We know that Fiona is going on the 40 mile route. Let us know if you are going on any of the routes and we’ll try to get people riding together

 


If you’re fancying something a bit different, Geof is doing the Horsmonden ride today, which is another good charity ride

 

Hilly Wealden Hop

A hilly Level-2B ride from Little Common Wheatsheaf (leaving 09.30) and picking up from  Catsfield public car park in Blacksmiths Lane  (leaving 10.00), hopefully some lovely views and loads of spring flowers We’ll cycle through the lanes via Freckley Hollow, Darwell Hole,and Oxley’s Green to Burwash, along the A265 ridge towards Broad Oak, stop for coffee/early lunch. Carry on south through Old Heathfield, Vines Cross, Cowbeech,  Bodle Street Green and back to Catsfield and Little Common. There will be options for a further refreshment stop on the way back, decision on if/what by popular vote. Approx mileages are 32 from Catsfield and  39 from Little Common.

Please bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

There re public loos and street parking in the area around the Wheatsheaf and a public car park in Catsfield.

Thannks,  Bill
Contact – 07746 997193 (text preferred)

Arlington Reservoir Picnic Tour

Leaving Cooden Beach station at 10am, Returning approx 2:30pm (depending on time spent at lunch!)
A leisurely cycle along to Pevensey, Rickney, Polgate arriving at Arlington Reservoir for either a quick coffee stop or a leisurely lunch break depending upon the weather !
We shall then return via the Dicker, Hailsham and Rickney with a possible tea stop at chilley Farm.

There is a ‘Hut’ at Arlington Reservoir that serves hot drinks and cake (no GF or Soya options though, I propose we take our own supplies!)
The route is via National Cycle Route 2, and will take us on roads, tracks, off-road through woods, and a brief time on main roads. Approx 30 miles total, with an elevation of approx 450ft.
Although this route has been done on road bikes, I would suggest hybrid bikes would be more suitable.

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