Eastbourne Downs Mountain Bike circular (full)

Sorry this ride is now full, but let Denise know if you’d like to be put on the reserve list.
An exploratory ride from Eastbourne station to check out some of the bridle paths on the Downs.  Please expect a few map checks stops!  We may be able to get coffee in East Dean. Otherwise we’ll have a lunch stop on the green before heading north and circling back. Please carry lunch, mask, first aid kit, tools. ICE number.
Approx 12 miles
Dep:  Eastbourne Station 10.45.  Train gets in at 10.36 but please check nearer the time as there could be changes or engineering work)
return: 3pm approx

Abbots Wood MTB ride

I phoned piglets cafe at middle farm they are doing takeaway: drinks, sandwiches, pasties, sausage rolls. Weather on BBC isn’t brilliant but met office better!  I am happy to lead but may need a bit of help on navigation I will have a os map and have roughly remembered the same ride in October.
There may be limited food, so you may want to consider bringing a packed lunch

MTB ride from Polegate through Abbotts Wood to Middle Farm for a lunch stop, returning along the foot of the Downs and skirting Arlington reservoir. 26 miles.

Meet at 10:00am at the end of Levett Road in Polegate returning around 2:30pm. Maximum of 6 riders.

Please let Mike know if you would like to come

Battle’s Bridleways

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.


Battle Mountain Bike Circular

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

Bedgebury single tracks

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.



Bedgebury (SingleTrack & FamilyTrail)

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.



Bedgebury single tracks OR family trail

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
Thanks, Penny

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

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