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 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.
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
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
Meet at Wesson’s Café, Horam at 10am, ready to leave at 10:30.
Cycle about 2 hours to Middle Farm, Firle for lunch.
Back to Horam about 3pm, second tea stop optional. Approx 35-40 miles in total
Please EMAIL me if you’re coming (mobile number infrequently used!)
Robertsbridge to the Coast, via Lime Cross and Pevensey levels. Then get the train back, or ride back
A favourite of mine – hilly lanes to Lime Cross for a quick coffee before dropping down on to the Pevensey Levels, Cooden Beach for picnic lunch then an amble along the seafront to St Leonards Warrior Square. Option to stay down there for swim and fish and chips if a hot day. Please note that this will be led one way.
Depart: 10:15am from Robertsbridge Station (trains seem to operating as normal)
Return: Whatever you choose to do once we reach St Leonards Warrior Square!
30 miles approx.
There is the option to meet at Woods Corner at 11am if you wish to ride from Battle
Please text Denise on 07508 262768 if you are coming (and whether you are joining us at Robertsbridge or Woods Corner)
Not a ride organised by 1066 Cycle Club, however Karen is going and you are welcome to join her (contact number is below).
This is what Karen said about the ride…
I am doing a charity ride for Action Medical Research in June and welcome any company. I am going to do the 68mile route having previously completed the other distances in previous years. I am including the link for info to the website and if anyone has any questions please do ask. This is a well organised and planned route and great feed stations and a bbq at the end included in the price. Previously there has also been the opportunity for a post ride massage and some goodies also given out such as gels and energy bars etc again all part of the entry price.
We are going to explore some new territory! Our route takes us up hill and down dale: through the lovely Loose Valley and on to West Malling, where we should find coffee. We take the lanes across to the North Downs, where we will have a fun challenge, drop down into Wrotham and then wend our way to Ightham and on to Ightham Mote (National Trust), where we will stop at their café (bike parking at their Information Centre). Then it’s a flatish route along the Medway Valley back to Staplehurst.
Please bring plenty to drink as it is a longer ride, it may be hot, and coffee stops are not guaranteed (still to be checked out). Some snacks and a sandwich for lunch would be a very good idea as well.
We will depart from Staplehurst Station at 10:15 (09:07 train from Battle arrives Staplehurst 10:07, change at Tonbridge). We anticipate returning to Staplehurst at about 4:00 pm.
Distance 49 miles. Please note: The route is moderately hilly and we will need to maintain a reasonably brisk pace, averaging 12 mph. This should be comfortably within the capabilities of stronger riders but, if you think you may not be able to keep up, please be prepared to leave the ride and make your own way back. OS Landranger Sheet 188.
Anyone travelling by car is welcome to park at David’s house. Please arrive a bit earlier and be ready to depart by 10:05. 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.
A 60-mile ride, primarily for those who are doing the 75 mile Castle Challenge next week, although anyone is free to come along.
Our route will be via Bodiam, Sandhurst, etc. Expect to be back late afternoon, sometime between 4pm and 6pm
Light snack at a cafe in Paddock Wood, and maybe a 10 minute look around the bike shop before returning
I’ve done this ride a few times, it uses a lot of quiet lanes and even a section of woodland path through Bedgebury Pineatum (there’s a very short rough section which can be walked, but I found it OK even on a road bike)