Back by popular demand, a cross-country non-technical ride starting in Battle Abbey Green leaving at 10am. We will ride no less than 3 bridleways and some roads in between. We will finish our ride in Battle and have a coffee or more there. Make sure you have some sustenance and drink with you as we will stop for a short break along the way.
Back to Battle at 12ish
About 15 miles.
Short but nice circular route starting on Battle Abbey Green, heading out on the 1066 Country Walk Route to Catsfield. Then following country lanes and bridleways via Henley Down, Telham, Kent Street and Battle Great Wood.
Approximately 2 hours / 12 miles with optional coffee stop at the end of the ride.
Please book in with David Pierson
Meet at the cafe for 11am. usually having coffee by 1pm.
Anyone wanting to do the “family track” is welcome to join in and meet us for coffee’n’cake afterwards.
Mountain bike essential for single tracks.
Hybrid / mountain bike for family track.
Please message me if you’d like to join me.
For anyone who isn’t a member of Bedgebury it’s approx £13 to park in Bedgebury….. you may want to consider parking in one of the lay-bys on the A21 and entering Bedgebury by the little cottage (see map below)
Monday 22nd April.
Meet at the cafe for 11am
Any one wanting to do the family track welcome to join in and meet us for coffee n cake afterwards.
Mountain bike essential for single tracks. Hybrid/mountain bike for family track.
Note that if you’re not a Bedgebury member it’s approx £13 to park in Bedgebury. An alternative is to park in the lay-by on the A21 and enter Bedgebury by the little white cottage.
(Pink bits on the map are laybys, blue dots are your route from A21 on the main “family trail” through to the carpark/cafe)
I’d like to invite friends to join me at Bedgebury on the 24th of February at 11am.
Meet at the Café.
Bedgebury has two different types of tracks, the “family trail” has a relatively good surface and is suitable for mountain bike OR hybrid bike. The “single track” sections are only suitable for a mountain bike.
I will be attempting the single tracks that I haven’t done for a while…..think I’ve lost my nerve! you will need a mountain bike for this.
You may prefer to ride the family trail which is less demanding and has a better surface, in which case a hybrid or mountain bike will ok for this route. We can all join up afterwards for coffee.
Please text me if you’d like to join me
Fairly easy MTB ride, re-run by popular request. Previously run on 4th August, but many people were unable to come due to holiday period.
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 tea room. About 16 miles all told, so probably about 2 ½ hours, plus time at the tea room.
Free parking at station and on roads nearby.
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.)
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
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
A really enjoyable trail through the woods and a great opportunity to practice/develop your MTB skills.
For those who may not have been before:
The trail is divided into a series of sections, so we can re-group at the end of each one. No-one will be left behind. The trails are well prepared and a pleasure to ride on.
Meet at the café for 10:30 start (or earlier if you fancy a coffee first). Mountain bike essential. If you would like to come along but do not have a mountain bike, you can hire one from Quench Cycles (01580 879694), which is at the Visitor Centre, adjacent to the car park and café at Bedgebury. Please allow at least 20 minutes to sort this out. http://quenchuk.co.uk/bedgebury/
Remember to bring a drink and a snack to eat on the way round. We‘ll return to the café about 13:00 for coffee, cake and chat.
Anyone that would prefer to do the family trail instead should be OK with a hybrid bike and we can still meet up after at the cafe.
About 8 miles.
If, like me, you don’t want to pay for parking, consider riding in from Stonegate Station or parking in the lay-by on the A21 at Ticehurst (from where you can ride to the café on a track). Alternatively, park in Kilndown and ride to Bedgebury with me at 10:00 (takes 15 mins).
Please text David on 07709 620267 if you would like to come along.
Meet at Middle Farm situated on the A27, four miles east of Lewes 7 miles west of Eastbourne. Postcode BN8 6LJ.
18 miles mostly off road. Two long climbs (one optional, which will be explained when we get to the option). One short part will most probably be muddy. Limited technical skills required though two short downhills need to be taken at a steady pace. One long grassy downhill, very safe where you can let the bike run.
One stop at Seaford, hopefully, as my usual stopping point isn’t open on a Sunday, so suggest you bring food and drink just in case.
Usual caveats apply, Helmet, working bike, water, good quality knobbly tyres, spare tube, tube repair kit, gloves would be good.
We will be covering routes that haven’t been used before by the club
Contact John on 07505665072 if you are planning to ride. At the moment weather seems good but this ride is dependent on relatively good weather.