Cooden/Birling Gap/Arlington circular – longer route

A medium pace and slightly longer version of one of our favourite rides. Please note the earlier than usual start time

We will leave Cooden Beach Station at 9.30, cycle along the coast to Eastbourne, climb up to Beachy Head, down to Birling Gap for coffee, back inland to East Dean, steep climb to Friston , then onto the A259 for a careful descent to Exceat and up the Cuckmere Valley to Arlington Reservior, via Litlington and Berwick  for lunch (best to bring a picnic although the kiosk should be open too). We’ll then return to Cooden on a flat route over the Pevensey levels, aiming to return around 15.30
The route is approx 44 miles with 2 main climbs and 2 descents which require particular care.
Trains from Hastings are scheduled to leave at 09.00 and 09.07 arriving at Cooden 09.16 and 09.23 but please re-check before travelling. There is plenty of parking near to Cooden Beach Station plus public loos
Please text Bill on 07746 997193 to join this ride

‘Ride & Relax’

A ride with a surprise !

10.0am meet at Cooden Beach Station for a gentle ride along the sea front to Bexhill, finding our way through the town to the new link road at Pebsham.
We will then continue along the Link road bike path to Ninfield, down (and up!) St Mary’s lane, past the brickworks, along the undulating road through Whydown.
At this point we can either :-
a) continue to Hope Cottage Cafe for coffee, or
b) add an extra loop around Hooe, before returning to Hope Cottage.

At 12.45 we will then depart for ‘The Barn’, Pashley Farm, where we will be having a ‘Relaxation Class’, till 1.30pm.

Once we are all relaxed, the final 3 miles back to Cooden Beach Station will be oh so easy!!

Back by 2.30pm latest.

Approx 15 miles, a few more if we choose to do the added loop!

Calling Non-Dieppers!

I would love it if you would join me for this delightful circular route starting at Robertsbridge.
We will cycle via Salehurst, Bodiam (coffee stop at The Hub), Ewhurst Green, Northiam, Beckley, Staplecross and Cripps Corner.
The route is 20 miles largely on quiet roads with 1,500ft of climb. The hill out of Salehurst is steepish but gets it out of the way before coffee!  The remaining route is undulating. Poppinghole Lane can be a ‘free cycle’ done at your own pace.
Coffee comes early in the ride and there is the option for lunch/tea at Judges Robertsbridge on return.

Meeting Place is Robertsbridge Station
Trains from Hastings leave at 09.50 arrive at 10.14 There is plenty of free parking on the roads, Recreation Ground and Station Road Car Park. (Please note, parking is not free at the Station).


Please text Dawn on 07870602277 if you would like to come

Kent nature reserves

Chartham – Whitstable – Reculver Nature Reserve circular

A car-assisted full day out to enjoy the the Stour Way to Canterbury, the Crab and Winkle Way to Whitstable and the Viking Way to Reculver Nature reserve. On the return we pick up some of Sustrans route 1 back to Canterbury and then back along the Stour Way to Chartham.  Lunch in Whitstable and poss tea stop in Reculver.  A few extra stops along the way to check the map! Total distance for the day approx 35 miles.
Some of the track surfaces are loose, so unlikely to be suited to skinny-tyred road bikes

Group Size:  8  As I’ve not ridden all of this route before, particularly the return route, I’m going to limit the group size to 8 so do book in early if you wish to come along.


Note that getting a train to Chartham is almost impossible as there is a replacement bus service on the Ashford-to-Chartham section. This section is cycleable, the club has done it before when we’ve gone to “Catha’s Seat” events, but it will take you at least an hour to ride.


Romney marshes

Meet at Rye railway station at 10am for a ride over Romney Marsh to Lydd and back to Rye via Camber.  We will ride to Appledore via the Military Canal Road and then to Snargate, Brookland and to Lydd.  From Lydd we can use the bike track alongside the main road back to Rye.  The route is flat with some time spent on quiet country lanes and great countryside.

In total around 25 – 30 miles, suitable for road and hybrid bikes.

We will aim to stop for lunch in Lydd at the cafe.

Let me know via text if you would like to join me
Karen 07825863606

Mass Cycle Ride in Eastbourne

We are going to Eastbourne to take part in a mass cycle ride and/or demonstration march, to call for a safe cycle route along Eastbourne seafront. More details of the event are here

Dale is leading a ride from Battle, which will pick up riders at Little Common and Cooden Beach…

Starting from Battle Station at 9am, riding to Little Common and then on to Cooden Beach where we will pick up others around 10am. We will then ride to Eastbourne, arriving sometime between 11 and 11:30am for the start of the mass ride (see below).  After the event we will ride back, the same route but in reverse.

Please contact Dale if you’re coming, let him know where you’ll be (Battle, Little Common roundabout, or Cooden Beach station)





Wadhurst and Bewl

Meet at WADHURST STATION at 10.30am on Sat June 8. A train from Hastings is due there at 10.29, we’ll wait for that. There is parking in the station car park (not free), or there is free parking in Wadhurst a mile or so away.

Ride a loop via Matfield of 15 miles/1000’ ascent to cafe at the visitors centre at BEWL RESERVOIR, the largest lake in SE England, for early lunch.

Then a 10 mile/1000’ run back to the station at Wadhurst.

The trains are scheduled to run on Saturday now, but check for engineering works

Rye to Bodiam Countryside Tour

A beautiful spring tour of the Kent and Sussex countryside.

Morning Coffee: This can be taken at the “Café des Fleurs”, housed in the station building. Highly recommended. I shall be there soon after 10:00.


Leaving Rye at 11:00, our route will be – Iden – Rye Foreign – Beckley – Ewhurst Green – Bodiam Castle – Sandhurst – Great Job’s Cross – Rolvenden Layne – Potman’s Heath – Wittersham – Iden – Rye. It is graded 2b because of its undulations and distance. There are no big hills and it will be ridden at a moderate pace.


After 15 miles at approx. 12:30, we will stop at The Hub café, Bodiam for lunch. This serves lovely food and has vegetarian, gluten and dairy free choices. It occupies a very quiet rural location within earshot of the steam trains, and has both indoor and outdoor seating. Eating your own picnic lunch is unlikely to be a problem. Water bottles will be re-filled free of charge.


Train: Cooden Beach   Bexhill   Hastings   Rye
           09:08       09:15      09:26   09:45
           10:08       10:15      10:26   10:45

At Rye station, there is no need to carry your bike over the footbridge. When you alight from your carriage, turn right along the platform, follow the footpath to the rail/road crossing and turn right again through the station car park to the front of the station building, where we will all meet.

Car parks
Rye Station – £2.90 all day (limited space)
Rye Cattle Market – £2.00 all day (limited space and likely to be most full)
Gibbet Marsh (5 mins – 0.5 mile) – £4.00 all day (plenty of room)
Rye Harbour Nature Reserve (15 mins – 2.5 miles on cycle path) – Free all day (acres of room)

This tour is most suited to road bikes, tourers and hybrids.

Don’t miss out on this lovely ride.


07845 968149 (text preferred)

Pett Level ride

Starting from Pett Level at 11am
Please meet & park by the beach (not the houses) at 11am. Approx 25 miles
2000 ft of climbing
Road or hybrid bike
Level 2b but not fast, I’m happy to wait for people.
It’s an old favourite route of mine, I’m sure most of you have already done & hopefully enjoyed.
Bring snacks and drinks but we will stop along the way.
Aim to be back sometime 3pm-4pm
Hope you can join me.

Please message me to let me know if you’re coming… hope you can

Minging 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.

Please check for engineering works on the railway


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