Lime Cross and Alfriston

Leave Lime Cross nursery (Herstmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 4RS) at 10:30am There is a cafe there which opens at 10am on Sundays for a pre-ride coffee if you want.

Ride to ALFRISTON via Horam, Chalvington, Berwick (18m, some hills which we will not rush, say 2hrs)

Lunch stop (or picnic). Alfriston has 3 cafes, etc. – will choose one when we arrive.

Return ride leave at about 1.30, back to Lime Cross, via Wilmington, Hailsham, Flowers Green (13m, not too hilly). ETA 3-3.30 pm??

Total miles 31 aprx. Gentle pace.

Cheers, Rob

Eastbourne/Polegate Circular

If you have not ridden this route before, you will be pleasantly surprised by the mixture of coastal, urban and rural scenery that it offers. Good coffee and cakes at “Fusciardi’s Ice Cream Parlour” is also a bonus.

Route
Leaving the Colonnade, Bexhill at 10:00, we will follow the coastal route to Eastbourne, arriving at Fusciardi’s for coffee about 11:00. From there we will continue west and then head north inland towards Polegate via Willingdon. We will then briefly join the southern end of the Cuckoo Trail before heading home via Rickney and the Pevensey Levels, arriving back about 14:30. The route has a few gentle undulations, which will be ridden at an easy/moderate pace. Total distance of about 30 miles.

Trains
09:37 train from Hastings arrives Bexhill 09:47.

Parking
Ample free street parking in area.

 

Ashford cyclepaths, Catha’s Seat and North Downs

Note, the date of this ride has changed. It is now on 29th

A fabulous gently undulating ride with quiet lanes, and great views from points on the north downs. There is a 3½ miles track to Catha’s seat which would be tricky for skinny tyres. Although marked as 2b because of distance this will be an all day leisurely ride with a couple of stops to be sorted for coffee and lunch. Am keeping this to a maximum of 10 riders due to getting bikes on trains etc.

Approx 35 miles
Level 2b
suitable for hybrid bikes

Time of start:  10.15
Meet:  Ashford International Station (If driving the car park only costs £1 all day on a Sunday)
Return: late afternoon around 5pm.

01580 880889   07508262768

Bexhill to Brightling circular

Join me on this nostalgic tour of the green country lanes that I used to regularly ride as a boy (not so long ago!!!).

From the Colonnade we will ride to Hope Cottage, Hooe for an early coffee about 10:30 am. From there, our route will take us to Ninfield – Freckley Hollow – Penhurst – Darwell Hole – Brightling – Mountfield and Netherfield, where we will stop for lunch at Netherfield Café, Shop & Post Office (about 1:00 – 1:15 pm). After lunch we will return to Bexhill via Catsfield and Henleys Down, arriving back about 3:00 pm. Whilst the ride has plenty of ups and downs, these will all be ridden at a moderate pace.
Total distance will be about 30 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,935 ft.

Trains: 09:37 train from Hastings arrives Bexhill 09:47.

Parking: Ample free street parking in area.

Philip
07845 968149 (text preferred)

Battle/Winchelsea (Level 2b feeder ride)

This is a feeder ride which we have graded as “Level-2b”, starting 10:30am at Battle and arriving at Winchelsea Station around 11:45am, where a Level-1 ride (see here) will take place.
After the Level-1 ride has finished, we will ride back to Battle again from Winchelsea Station, and will be back in Battle mid-afternoon

 

Cycle, kayak & lunch

Booking and payment essential.
Please meet me by 9.30am in the free car park in Northiam near St Marys church, Southern end of Northiam almost opposite Wills Café.
We will cycle through the hilly lanes approx. 20 miles in total to Bodium Boating Station where I have reserved 10 single kayaks and 2 tandems for anyone wanting to bring a child.
You could meet us there at 11.45 if you only want to kayak and lunch.
Kayaking 12 midday……..cost…….£11 for a single Kayak
£15 for a tandem
I must receive payment by Saturday 17th of August. First come first served basis. Please also message me to notify me of your payment.

My bank details:
Penelope Broad
Barclays Bank
sort code 20 06 72
account no 73007596
Please be prepared to get a wet bottom on the day, you may want to bring a change of clothes/shoes.

Lunch 1.15pm BBq meal available for £14 per head we tried this last time, was well worth the money or normal lunch menu available.

2.30 approx. cycle back to start. finish approx. 3pm

Do hope you can join in the fun.

CANCELLED – Fish n chips for supper

Sorry, this event has been cancelled due to high winds

Meet at Bexhill by the Sovereign light café at 2.30pm for a medium pace ride to Beachy Head and possibly beyond (see how we feel on the day) where we’ll have coffee etc.
Fish n chips for supper on our return.  30 plus miles depending how far we decide to go.

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.

 

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