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)

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.

Bexhill to Hilliers / Old Loom Mill

Sunday 17 March 2019 – Level 2a – 30 Miles

An easy ride from The Colonnade, Bexhill via the Pevensey Levels to Hilliers Garden Centre (or The Old Loom Mill if Hillier’s Café is still closed) for coffee. We will then head north free of traffic on the Cuckoo Trail to Hellingly, where we will take the road east to Magham Down and then head back south across Pevensey Marsh to Rickney and Pevensey roundabout.

Mainly flat and avoiding busy traffic (except near Magham Down). Perfect for anyone returning to fitness after a winter lay off.

Suitable for Any bike.

Depart The Colonnade 10:00 hrs

Return The Colonnade approx. 14:00 – 14-30 hrs

09:34 train from Hastings arrives Bexhill 09:44 hrs (please check for engineering works).

Parking available in locality.

Philip

07845 968149 (Text preferred)

Whatlington & Appledore circular

A circular ride to Appledore and back.  Meet at Footland Wood car park (TN33 0NT) Whatlington at 10am where we will ride to Appledore for coffee via Beckley and Wittersham.
Our return route will be via Iden and the quite lanes around Peasmarsh and Broad Oak.
There is a choice in Appledore of either the coffee shop of pub which ever takes your fancy but please also bring a snack to eat later on as Appledore may be a bit early for lunch.
In total approximately 35miles with around 2000 feet of climbing and back around 3pm at the latest.

 


For anyone starting from Battle, there will be a feeder ride starting 9:30am from the abbey green.  No need to book in for this part, just turn up.

Idyllic 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.

Oh No… Birling Gap again!

One of our favourite routes, just a bit colder this time around 🙂
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

Viking Way Trail

For those who haven’t enjoyed this ride before, this is a 32 mile route around the Isle of Thanet. Starting at Minster, we take in Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Margate and Reculver before returning to Minster. (We could do it the other way round – let’s decide on the day.) Much of the route is coastal and comprises a roughly equal mixture of roads and shared cycle/walking routes.
This is an easier Level-2b ride and might be a good one for those people that are ready to move on from Level 2a

See here for a map

The weather looks hopeful, dry with a moderate southerly breeze, so we’ll be relatively sheltered around the coast. It’s a lovely ride and pretty flat for the most part, just a few lumps around the North Foreland. We should be able to find coffee and lunch on our way round, but perhaps bring some snacks just in case. Also, please bring some spare clothing in case the temperature falls in the afternoon.

I’m aiming to arrive at Minster by train at 11:06. Allowing 3 hours cycling and some time for stops, we should be back at Minster by 4pm.  From Battle or Hastings, you’ll have the choice of trains via either Tonbridge or Ashford.

NB Although there is engineering work that weekend, Network Rail say it’s much further towards London and won’t affect our normal train times.

There is parking adjacent to Minster Station if anyone prefers to drive.

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

 

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