Lets start the month off with a ride out to St Wilfred’s Hospice coffee shop. Great coffee and cake, and supporting a good cause. It would be lovely if you would join me on this relatively flat ride.
Leave Bexhill colonnade at 10.0am, we will cycle along to Pevensey roundabout, Westham, Peelings lane, Stone Cross, winding our way thorough the industrial estates and retail parks to St Wilfred’s Hospice.
Our return will be along Lottbridge Drove cycle path to the sea front, Sovereign Harbour and back along to Cooden Beach and Bexhill.
Please join me on a gentle 29 mile circular route from Cooden Beach Station to Pevensey and across the marshes, a route familiar to most of us. We will pass Chilly Farm and on to Herstmonceaux via Flowers Green. I’m adding an extra section which is unfamiliar to me at least, a small circular route from Herstmonceaux via Stunts Green, Cowbeech & Bodie St Green to the Café at Lime Cross for a cuppa & cake. (about midday @ 20 miles). After a break, we are heading towards Windmill Hill and turning right past The Observatory, through Wartling and back to Pevensey. Then heading back to CBS via Sluice Lane.
Total of 29 Miles
The maps look different recently…
Yes, we’ve changed the mapping system. We’ve used GoogleMaps for a few years but it’s no longer free to use. To keep costs down for the club we’ve changed over to OpenStreetMap. We’re still experimenting with it’s many features, but one of the nice ones is the ability to display routes, like John’s one below.
The route is based on the GPX file which John sent in. You can download the GPX file and load onto your own device if you wish.
I would love it if you would join me for this delightful circular route which explores some stunning Kent and Sussex countryside.
We will cycle from Rye, via Peasmarsh, Beckley, Wittersham, and Ebony to Appledore, then back via Stone and Iden.
It’s about 30 miles, largely on quiet lanes with 1,900ft of climb.
Tea/lunch comes after about 20 miles in Appledore (after most of the climbing has been done!) where there is a choice of Miss Mollet’s High Class Tea Room or The Black Lion Pub, you will have difficulty choosing as they are excellent. Maybe fit in both as we will stop for about an hour!
We will also stop after 10 miles for a snack so please bring something with you.
Please be aware that the ride will NOT take place if there is any chance of icy or inclement conditions.
Meeting Place: Rye Station, Café Des Fleurs from 9:45am
If you’re coming on the train, check for engineering works
There is free parking on the roads on the Tilling Green Estate or paid parking in Gibbet Marsh, Rye Station and other car parks.
Ride to Northiam for coffee at Will’s. Leave Battle Abbey Green at 10am, to cycle via Staplecross for delicious coffee and their famous almond biscuits. We will come back via Sedlescombe.
A short section of main road, mostly country lanes with hills at regular intervals.
20 miles approximately. All good fun !
Back by lunchtime
One of our favouite rides leaving from Cooden Beach Station at 10.00, ride via Pevensey Bay and Eastbourne to Beachy Head, along to Birling Gap, inland to East Dean and up to Friston, avoiding the main road. We will return via Jevington, Polegate and Pevensey. There are two climbs of note on the route, a long steady climb up to Beachy Head and and a short steep climb to Friston. A reasonable level of fitness is required. Returning around 3pm. We will stop at Birling Gap for coffee and cake with a view of the 7 sisters. Total mileage will be around 32.
If you are not up for the Club’s “Level-2b” Beach Head ride today, here is an easier “2a” alternative and if you have not ridden this route before, you will be pleasantly surprised by the mixture of coastal, urban and rural scenery that it offers. Good coffee and cakes at “Fusciardi’s Ice Cream Parlour” is also a bonus.
Route : Leaving the Colonnade, Bexhill at 10:00, we will follow the coastal route to Eastbourne, arriving at Fusciardi’s for coffee about 11:00. From there we will continue west and then head north inland towards Polegate via Willingdon. We will then briefly join the southern end of the Cuckoo Trail before heading home via Rickney and the Pevensey Levels, arriving back about 14:30. The route has a few gentle undulations, which will be ridden at an easy/moderate pace. Total distance of about 30 miles.
Trains : 09:37 train from Hastings arrives Bexhill 09:47
Parking : Ample free street parking in area.
A repeat of the ride I’ve done a few times in the past
A short 20 mile ride, with only 1000 feet of climbing.
Meet at Pett Level (just past the speed limit sign, past the houses, going towards Rye) at 10am, return approx 1pm.
There will be a coffee stop, but bring snacks.
Join this ride at the start at Little Common Wheatsheaf or en route at Battle Green, to visit Brede and the giant beam engines that once kept Hastings supplied with water. Have a look at the website https://bredesteamgiants.co.uk to see all that is on offer. The Brede site is run by volunteers, entry is free (please give a donation) and refreshments are available.
This hilly ride through mainly typical wealden scenery will leave Little Common at 09:45am, picking up in Battle at 10:45am
We return to Battle at around 2:30pm and Little Common at 3:15pm.
Distances are approx 36 miles from Little Common, and 20 miles from Battle.
Please text Bill on 07746 997193 if you want to join this ride
Cycle out via Netherfield and Mountfield to Robertsbridge. On via Bodiam, Staplecross and Sedlescombe to Battle. Coffee stop at Bodiam. Back around 3:00pm. A fair few hills but no one will be left behind.
If you have not ridden this route before, you will be pleasantly surprised by the mixture of coastal, urban and rural scenery that it offers. Good coffee and cakes at “Fusciardi’s Ice Cream Parlour” is also a bonus.
Leaving Cooden Beach Station at 10:00, we will follow the coastal route to Eastbourne, arriving at Fusciardi’s for coffee about 11:00. From there we will continue west and then head north inland towards Polegate via Willingdon. We will then briefly join the southern end of the Cuckoo Trail before heading home via Rickney and the Pevensey Levels, arriving back about 14:30. The route has a few gentle undulations, which will be ridden at an easy/moderate pace. Total distance of about 30 miles.