Ham Street to Shadoxhurst (well, almost)

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.)


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

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

Bedgebury single tracks

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.


Off Road Ride – Middle Farm and Seaford

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.

Level 2b Mountain Bike Ride

Mountain bike ride from Berwick station. Meet at 10.20. Route will be down to Alfriston then up and across the Downs to Beddingham. Down to Newhaven and Seaford returning via Alfriston to Berwick. Around 20 miles. Suitable for mountain bikes or cyclo-cross bikes. Back at Berwick around 3.30. Will include coffee in Alfriston and a lunch stop in Newhaven/Seaford.
Contact Steve on 07789 546833

CANCELLED – Off Road ride from Middle Farm

Apologies, this ride has been cancelled due to weather conditions

John contacted us and said Hi, sorry to be a pain but considering the amount of rain we have had and the forecasted rain I am cancelling the ride for tomorrow. It would too challenging for 1066 in  these conditions




Off Road ride from Middle Farm (off A27 between Selmeston and Glynde)

Distance is around 20 miles. Some climbing but no technical skills required. There is a steep descent which I may or may not include. (I will be doing this descent later this week so will decide after that)

Mountain bikes only. Proper off road tyres. Bike in good condition. Good brakes. Helmet. Gloves. Puncture repair kit plus spare inner tube.

You will need to bring some food and especially water. Most probably a stop in Seaford maybe for food. Parts of this ride will cover new routes.

This will be a full day ride.

As I do not normally ride off road at weekends I will cancel if no one contacts me to say they are coming, or in the event that the weather is atrocious.

Please text John on 07505665072 if you would like to come along.

Off-road ride, South Downs Way

Start 10am at East Dean village car park (in Village Green Lane). No technical skills required, but there will be some climbs. Around 14 miles

Start with or without coffee at the village café. Sharp climb up ‘Hobbs Ears’ then across A259 to Willingdon Old Road. 3km trail to South Downs Way then South crossing A259. Then off-road eventually crossing the B2013. Then a 3 km downhill to Meet up with the B2103 again. Then through some woodland to Birling Gap. Lunch stop if wanted. Off road steep climb and then back to East Dean. All off road.

Usual applies; A helmet, well-maintained bike, spare inner tube, repair outfit, and knobbly tyres (just in case its wet or damp).


Through the Woods and Forest – MTB ride

Route: Darwell Hole, The Observatory, Three Cups, Dallington Forest, Great Wood, Hollingrove, Darwell Wood.

Start point:  Darwell Wood Car Park. From Netherfield, turn right at Darwell Hole and it’s a little way along on the right. Explorer Map 124, grid ref 696195.

We can have a coffee stop at the Three Cups Inn, but this is fairly early on so please bring drinks and plenty of snacks to eat on the way round.

Please text David on 07709 620267 if you would like to come. This is essential since, if the weather is wet beforehand, we may cancel due to mud.

14 miles with option to extend to 17 miles. Please wear shoes with plenty of grip in case the ground is slippery.

Off-road MTB ride

Off road ride. Level-3 stamina and Level-3 bike handling skills needed. 23 miles and around 2000ft of climbing. Mountain Bikes only.
Meet 10.am Middle Farm car park. On the A27 past Drusillas and before Firle.
We may have a coffee beforehand to discuss the ride and any questions. Intend to start at 10.30 ish.
This ride will take in stoney, eneven and rutted ascents. One climb is 1km long. There will be descents which will require concentration and good bike handling skills. There will be one part of twisty single track and a descent which will require caution and good control of your bike.
I will talk through the ride at various points to give information and suggestions re. how a part should be ridden.
All of the challenging aspects can be ridden with common sense and caution. There will be alternative routes throughout the ride if necessary.
You will see a varied part of the Downs and part of Friston Forest that you would not normally be aware of and if the complete planned ride is done you will have a good feeling of satisfaction.
This will be challenging ride but with caution, common sense and good bike handling skills it is all very ‘doable’.
The following are a given. Helmet, a bike that works well, brakes that work very well, knobbly tyres that have not turned into slicks, spare inner tubes and repair outfit, just in case you are lucky enough to get more than one puncture. Some food and drink as I expect the café to be full and the local pub is one to miss.
This ride and the route will be subject to prevailing weather conditions so I need to know who is coming in the event of a cancellation. If the weather is only marginally awful then I will come up with something else.  All in all, a fun challenging ride.

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