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

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.

Time and location to follow…

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.

 

Wheatsheaf to Lime Cross

30 mile ride, Level 2a, leaving from the Wheatsheaf Pub in Little Common at 10:00am. Just a few hills on our way to Lime Cross for coffee before making our way back. Returning around 2:30. Suitable for any bike. Contact Steve on 07789546833 if you would like to come.

Catsfield and the hilly country

A hilly Level-2b route from Catsfield to test the legs, although we will not set a high pace.
Depart at 10:00am from the public car park in Catsfield. Our ride will take us through Penhurst to Robertsbridge and then Etchingham for coffee. We will loop back via Stonegate and Burwash.
Route is 31 miles overall with 3300 ft of climbing. Should be back around 2:45. Probably best to bring a snack lunch to keep you going. Please let Steve know if you are coming on 07789 546833.

 

Horam Lakeside Cafe

Cooden Beach Station (CBS) Bexhill to Lakeside Café, Horam – Level 2b – 37 miles.

We will leave CBS and cycle the familiar flat Pevensey Levels route to Stunts Green via Rickney. From there we will take the undulating lanes via Cowbeech and Vines Cross to Horam, where we can enjoy an early lunch at the Lakeside Café. For our return we will keep to the roads as far as Hailsham, then follow the Cuckoo Trail to Langney and back to Bexhill via Pevensey Bay.

Although graded as a 2b, only the northern half will really test the legs. There are no big hills.

Depart CBS 10:00
Return CBS 14:30-15:00
(09:22 train from Hastings arrives CBS 09:38)
Parking available in locality.

Philip
07845 968149 (text preferred)

Kent Random Ride

We’ll meander through random Kentish lanes and villages. Route to be invented on the day, according to weather conditions and personal whims! We’ll try and include some new scenery and of course at least one coffee/lunch stop. About 40 miles, then back to David’s for a cuppa.

Start: We’ll leave from Staplehurst Station at 10:20. The 08:50 from Hastings arrives at 10:08, change at Tonbridge.

Return: We should get back around 15:00. There are trains from Staplehurst Station at 14:38, 14:50, 15:20, 15:38, 15:50.

Please check for engineering work before travelling.

Distance: 40 miles approx.

Suitable for road and hybrid bikes.

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

 


If driving, you are welcome to park at David’s house and cycle to the station with him (about 1 mile). If so, please let him know and try to arrive at 09:40 to allow time to unload and cycle to the station to meet the train. Alternatively, you could park in estate roads in Staplehurst village (turn left at the traffic lights, into Marden Road – there are various estate roads soon after) and cycle a short distance to the station. Parking at the station is expensive.

Cuckoo Trail and Bodle Street Green

The first part of this ride will be mainly flat and follow the same route as my Level 1 ride on 11 August, crossing the Pevensey Levels to Hilliers Garden Centre for coffee (previously the Old Loom Mill), and then taking the Cuckoo Trail to Hellingly. We will then head further north to find some hills via Cowbeech and Bodle Street Green, before heading back via Wartling and Hooe.
Further liquid refreshment can be taken at the White Horse, Bodle Street Green if required. However, they aren’t doing food at the moment so you may wish to bring a packed lunch.
Approx 35 miles total

Depart Cooden Beach Station 10:00 hrs
Return Cooden Beach Station 14:00-15:00 hrs
(09:36 train from Hastings arrives CBS 09:52)

Parking available in locality.
Philip – 07845 968149 (text preferred)

Level 3 ride to Biddenden

Starting from Battle, we go out towards Biddenden, across the marshes to Rye and back to Battle via the Udimore Road and Westfield. Approximately 50 miles, with a climb of between 1250 to 1500 meters

We will be passing Sedlescombe, Biddenden, Chapel Down and Carr Taylor vineyards and the Smallhythe Place National Trust property. Potential cafe stop at Smallhythe Place,

This is a Level 3 ride so expect to keep up a good pace, only suited for road bikes

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