Battle and Heathfield

A hilly loop from Battle to Heathfield and back. 3500ft of elevation gain, approx 39 miles total. Meet Battle Green at 10.00. We will go via Netherfield and Rushlake Green to Heathfield returning via Waldron, Cowbeech, Herstmonceaux and Ashburnham. A good level of fitness required. Coffee and cake in Heathfield.

Brede Giants revisited. Two pickup points

We visited the Brede Steam Giants a few years ago, and it’s time to go back again. The main attraction is 2 giant beam engines which used to pump water from the the Brede valley over the ridge and down into Hastings. Lots of other shiney things to point at too.

Meet outside the Wheatsheaf in Little Common ready to leave at 9.45 (park in the streets adjacent to the pub, loos available), cycle via Catsfield to pick up in Battle at 10.45, on route to Brede via Sedlescombe and some lovely, (hilly) lanes.
I’ve thought long and hard about the grading and have decided to grade it as a Level-2a ride because some of us may need to walk up the steeper hills. It’s not suitable for those progressing from Level-1 though, as there are a fair few hills!
At Brede Waterworks we can get refreshments and a tour of the interesting exhibits and machines before returning to Battle at around 14.30 and Little Common 15.30.
Total mileage from Little Common around 32 miles, and around 16 miles from Battle.

Have a look at http://bredesteamgiants.co.uk if you are interested

Bexhill to Horam

A scenic ride to Horam’s famous tea cafe near the old railway line. This is your chance to get in some preparation for next week’s Castle Challenge. There are a few hills on the way out but we can relax with a nice cup of tea at Horam and then enjoy the descent back towards the South coast hopefully enjoying the help from the gentle South Westerly breeze.
Approx 37 miles in total.

Please contact Joe if you are thinking of going. Text message preferred

Bexhilll, Friston, East Dean

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 coffee and cake. It would be advisable to bring some food for lunch.

“Fools Errand” ride

To all,
I have entered the “Fools Errand” Event from Hadlow College,near Tonbridge. There are 2 options 120 km and 65Km. I have signed up for the shorter one. Let me know if you are coming so we could start or ride it together. Sue 07952166819

CANCELLED – Battle & Rye on Monday

Sorry, ride cancelled. Rain is forecast all day!

 

If you haven’t made plans for Easter Monday ( sorry for late notice ) and like a faster ride, do join me to cycle from Battle to Rye and back. 30 mlles in total. 2B ride . Leaving Battle Abbey Green at 10 am. Back about 2 pm. Contact Sue to book in. 07952166819

Road or hybrid bikes

Pett Level & Dungeness

Meet at Pett Level at 10am
Please park along the sea road the other side of the Pett Level sign, NOT opposite the houses as they get the hump! 🐫🐫
Level 2a, long distance approx 40 miles but almost flat. Road or hybrid bikes suitable.
We will stop for lunch at the pub (fish n chips is good 🐠🍟)at Dungeness. Please bring plenty of snacks and water.
We will follow the NCR 2. Although it is mostly flat it can be very windy, so can be hard work.
Aim to return about 3ish.
Do hope you can join me 🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️🚴🏻‍♂️
Please text Penny to let her know if you’re joining her on 07931 516715

Beachy Head Circular

Today we will try an old favourite… Meet at Cooden Beach Station, then out through Norman’s Bay and Pevensey Bay, on to Eastbourne, up and over Beachy Head to Birling Gap. Then back to Cooden Beach via East Dean, Jevington, Polegate and Rickney.  A beautiful ride on a nice day, so if it’s not a nice day we’ll stop in Eastbourne and not do the high bits!  Bring a picnic, but if it’s too cold on the day we will find a pub en route.

Distance: 32 miles total
Contact Val on 07508838209 (text please)

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

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