Easy mountain bike ride

An easy MTB ride, especially suitable for those that are less confident doing technical sections. If you find Bedgebury a bit challenging, this could be the ride for you!

Starting at Ham Street Station, this ride is mainly a mixture of country lanes and fairly decent tracks through the woods and forest. Some hills, but not many and nothing severe.

The route loops round through Ruckinge and Shadoxhurst and back to Ham Street, where there is a nice cafe.

About 16 miles all told, so probably about 2 ½ hours, plus time at the cafe.

Free parking at station and on roads nearby.

Medium distance, Mountain or hybrid bikes

Start from Ham Street Station at 10:15. The 09:26 from Hastings arrives 10:01 – but check for engineering work and strikes. (At present, the railway website can’t confirm the service will run, presumably it’s too far ahead at the time of writing.)

Breakfast Ride

Join me for an early start of 8.30 for a breakfast ride. Meet at Battle Abbey Green.  We will out towards Staplecross, loop round and come back to Battle for late breakfast or early elevenses. About 15 miles with some nice Rother hills but none of them are very,very steep. We aim to be back in Battle by 10.30.

To book contact Sue 07952166819

Abbots wood MTB ride

This is the ride which was cancelled a few weeks ago….

Sat 14th. Start time 10am. Meet at the junction of Levett Road and Shepham Lane, Polegate

This is a flatish ride with no technical skill required. Start at the beginning of the Cuckoo Trail. A loop through Abbots Wood. Then a mixture of single track and road (via Arlington Reservoir) to Middle Farm. Then the Coach Road back to the Reservoir and follow the same route to Abbots Wood where we will do a different loop and back to the start.

Distance around 20 miles. Mainly flat some humps on the Coach Road. Terrain is very bumpy in parts.

I would suggest fat tyred bikes but if people want to bring hybrids be warned that some parts will be a challenge.

Usual caveats apply. Water, Helmet, a bike that doesn’t break down!. Don’t forget that there are such a variation in wheels sizes now that you cannot guarantee that someone else will be able to help out in the event of needing another tube, if you haven’t made provision yourself.

Let me know on 07505665072 if you are coming. Ride may be altered depending on weather.

Thanks – John

Scenic Build Up, easy Level-2a

Following on from the hugely popular Stone Cross Circular Level-1 ride two weeks ago, build up those legs and lungs by joining me on this very scenic Level-2a ride. We will meet outside Cooden Beach Station and cycle west over the Pevensey Levels to Hilliers Garden Centre for elevenses (and yet more cake). We shall then head south, free of traffic, on the Cuckoo Trail to Langney, enjoying some lovely views of the South Downs along the way. From Langney we will cycle back east via Pevensey Bay and Normans Bay.

Mainly flat with a few gentle inclines. Some traffic. Approximately 25 miles total

A faster pace than Level-1 but still moderate. Suitable for any bike.
Depart 10:00hrs
Return 13:30-14:00hrs
(09:19 train from Hastings arrives 09:35. Please check for delays resulting from works on the line)

Parking available in locality.

07845 968149 (Text preferred)

Picnic by the lake

There will be a ride to Ashburnham Place for a festival. The club went last year and it was good. There is music, you can swim, and there are many eats & drinks available.

Please meet at 10am Sunday morning at Battle Abbey.

My ride will be a 2a suitable for road or hybrid bikes,

We will ride 13 hilly miles to Ashburnham for the picnic by the lake, which starts from 12 till 8 (think we stayed until about 4.30 last year, but we can discuss what suits everyone)

A few of us went last year and really enjoyed swimming in the beautiful lake…..the music, food and actives were also very good. we can buy tickets on the gate £15.

I’m happy if anyone wants to come for the ride only, but I wont be riding back to Battle until later in the day.

Please be sure to call Penny to book in for this ride 07931 516715


Beat the Street in Battle and Robertsbridge

We will leave Battle Abbey Green at 10 am and make our way to Robertsbridge via Watlington and via good old Poppinghole Lane. We will pick up the Beat the Street beeps at Robertsbridge and an excellent coffee at Judge’s as our reward !. Then, back to Battle via Sedlescombe. Yes there are hills but none are very,very steep.Nobody will get left behind. Back by 1 pm. Do join me. Check in with Sue 07952166819. Don’t forget your Beat the Street card. ( I have a few spares if you haven’t got one yet )

Approx 18 miles total

Teston Country Park ride

Hi all…
I was going to do this ride in March but the weather was somewhat inclement!  I’ve updated the details to include a picnic and the revised SE Trains timetable. No planned engineering work at present. I had originally made this ride a 2a, but it’s really a bit borderline on the hill front so perhaps safer to call it an easier 2b. People that have done a few 2a rides should be fine.


A further update from David on 14/06/18…

Marden Road is closed by the traffic lights, so you can’t get to my house by the usual route. The best alternative is:
Just after entering the 40 mph limit in Staplehurst, turn left into Pinnock Lane. (If you go past the filling station, you have just missed it.)
Continue for a mile or so, then turn right into Five Ashes Lane.
At the far end of FIve Ashes Lane (note the Grand Designs house on your left), turn right into Pagehurst Road.
Continue to cross-roads, go straight across (poor sight lines) and you are in Clapper Lane. My house is the first on the right.
Please allow an extra 5 – 10 mins in case you get lost. Ring me if you do!
If you prefer to park in an estate road, I suggest you go straight on at the traffic lights and then turn right into Fishers Road, which is near the train station.



Teston Country Park ride (N.B. It’s pronounced “Teeson”, not “Teston” or “Teeston”!)

Starting and finishing at Staplehurst Station, this is a mainly flattish ride centred around the Medway Valley in Kent, although there are a few hills.

At Teston Country Park, David will tell you a little history about the river, the navigation lock and the canoe/fish pass. Bring some sandwiches, it’s a nice picnic spot.

Then we’ll pedal on and hopefully find a coffee near Yalding: the girls will be getting desperate for caffeine but unfortunately there is nothing earlier. From there it’s a flat ride back.

Bring plenty to drink, your lunch, some snacks, and sun cream.

Start: We’ll leave from Staplehurst Station at 10:15. The 08:50 from Hastings arrives at 10:08, change at Tonbridge. Please check for engineering work.
Return: We should get back to Staplehurst Station around 15:00. There are trains at 20 and 50 minutes past each hour.

Level: 2b (only 1,200 ft elevation gain, so a relatively easy 2b)
Distance: 27 miles
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 (but see note above!) 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. Alternatively, park in estate roads in Staplehurst village (turn left at the traffic lights, into Marden Road – there are some estate roads soon after) and cycle a shorter distance to the station. 
N.B. Parking at the station is expensive.

1066 Cycling Festival – Ride from Hastings

Arrive at 1066 Cycle Club stand at Hastings Stade, ready to leave at 9am.
Distance is approximately 25 miles, quite hilly.  Our route will be The Stade, Ore, Three Oaks, Brede, Udimore, Rye, Winchelsea, Pett, Ore and back to the Stade. There will be a stop in Rye for coffee and cake.
We aim to be back around 12:30 which allows time to enjoy the other activities  going on at the 1066 Cycling Festival.




Please contact Steve on 07789546833 if you would like to book or request further details

MTB ride – Polegate start




Off-road ride starting at the junction of Levett Road and Shepham Lane Polegate. Post code BN26 6NE (a residential area, please park your car responsibly!). The train from Bexhill gets in at 10:07   No details of engineering works as yet.

This is a ride that starts at one of the starting points of the Cuckoo Trail but quickly diverts to Abbots Wood where we will attempt to do a circuit and then heading West towards Arlington Reservoir. Then after the reservoir a road ride/bridleway to Middle Farm. We can have a stop there if wanted. From there we follow the Coach Road East towards Berwick village where we will follow a bridleway to the south of the village and onto the Alfriston Road and then towards Arlington Reservoir where we will retrace our route to Abbots Wood where we will do a different circuit and back to the start.

I would advise Mountain Bikes as some of the bridleways in the woods and outside the woods may be quite muddy. Depends on the weather running up to this ride. However if people want to have a go on Hybrids then its up to you. One can always walk through any muddy bits.

Abbots Wood is fun though can be a bit challenging knowing in which direction you are travelling. A relatively flat ride. When we get to Middle Farm we can make an informed decision as to whether we follow the whole route or cut it short depending on how everyone feels. I reckon the ride will be in the region of 20/25 miles.

Usual caveats apply. Helmets are a must. Well maintained bike. Puncture repair kits. Spare tyre. Water. Clothing appropriate for the weather forecast.

Contact John to book in or if you have any questions

South Downs ride

An old favourite revisited –  great circular route from Berwick taking in the South Downs, Seaford coast, Cuckmere Haven and back via Alfriston.  This is a mixed off road/on road route and hybrid bikes will be OK.  Take lunch as no possible cafe stop until Seaford.  Around 26 miles and a mixture of terrain.
Please note that although this ride is a 2a speed-wise, it will be strenuous at times so a good level of fitness is required.

Dep Berwick:  10.00am ( I regret there are engineering works and no trains to get to Berwick on time – please let me know if you’re planning to join the ride and could  take an extra bike and person)

Return mid-late afteroon


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