Tunbridge Wells Revisited

This ride is back by popular demand, and will start from Tunbridge Wells Station (rear entrance). If you prefer to drive to the start, you can park for free on a Sunday on the roads around Tunbridge Wells Common.  There is no free parking at the station, but it is very close to the common.
We ride out towards Pembury and then take the new A21 cycle path from Pembury to Tonbridge before heading west towards Haysden, Bough Beech and Hever.  From there we head to Fordcombe, Langton Green and Rusthall and back into Tunbridge Wells.   We will stop for lunch in one of the great pubs en route.

This ride is hilly, and has a mixture of off road paths, minor roads, town centre bustle and some short bits of quite major road.  Fabulous scenery throughout and a bit different from our usual rides.

Start 10:30 am from Tunbridge Wells Station (rear entrance).  Approximately 28 miles, Level-2B.

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Robersbridge to Kings Toll Nursery Cafe

Coffee Ride  – Robersbridge to Kings Toll Nursery Cafe circular

A short morning ride but with plenty of hills. Suitable for members who want a gentle ride and may need to walk some hills.  Starting 10:15am at Robertsbridge railway station we will head out towards Burwash then north to Cottenden where we’ll circle round to Kings Toll Nursery Cafe for coffee before heading back via Etchingham.  Appox 17 miles

Train from Hastings leaves at 09:50am

To book in please contact Denise on 07508262768

Whatlington & Appledore circular

A circular ride to Appledore and back.  Meet at Footland Wood car park (TN33 0NT) Whatlington at 10am where we will ride to Appledore for coffee via Beckley and Wittersham.
Our return route will be via Iden and the quite lanes around Peasmarsh and Broad Oak.
There is a choice in Appledore of either the coffee shop of pub which ever takes your fancy but please also bring a snack to eat later on as Appledore may be a bit early for lunch.
In total approximately 35miles with around 2000 feet of climbing and back around 3pm at the latest.

 


For anyone starting from Battle, there will be a feeder ride starting 9:30am from the abbey green.  No need to book in for this part, just turn up.

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.

Train from Hastings gets to Staplehurst at 10:12am. If anyone prefers to drive there is parking on nearby estate roads (e.g. Lime Trees/Greenhill) where there is a footpath connecting to the station off Marden Road, Staplehurst, with a few minutes ride to the station. Alternatively, you’d be welcome to park at David’s house, in which case please arrive by 09:45 so you have time to unload and cycle 1 mile to the station.

Pett, Winchelsea, Rye

Thought I’d attempt to put my ride on again (which was abandoned in favour of a walk the last time I tried to put it on!).    Hopefully the sunshine is here to stay.

Saturday 2nd March 10am from Pett Level. Approx 20miles from Pett Level via fairlight, Winchelsea and Rye. Level 2a
Please join me for a ride I’ve led before, a few small hills but at a slow pace as I’m very unfit….
hybrid or road bikes. We will be riding on a track for part of the route but I find its ok for my road bike.
Please meet me by the 30mph sign at Pett Level… parking along the beach, not opposite the houses as the residents get the hump!
Bring snacks/lunch we’ll stop from lunch & coffee along the way.
We should be back approx. 1pm

Please text me if you are coming on this ride
Thanks, Penny

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.

 

Pevensey Levels and Horsewalk circular

We will leave CBS at 09.45 and cycle for around 13 mainly very flat miles over the Pevensey Levels via Rickney up to Lime Cross where we will stop for coffee, followed by around 11 undulating miles back to CBS via Boreham Street, Wartling, Horsewalk Hill, Hooe and Little Common.  We’ll take in some great Sussex scenery over the levels and Sussex Weald.

Please book in with Bill –  07746 997193 by text
Level 2a, Medium distance (around 24 miles), Best suited to hybrid or road  bikes

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