The Next Ride: Sunday 3rd April 2016 – Haywards Heath Circular

Haywards Heath – Cuckfield – Slough Green –  Goddards Green – Burgess Hill – World’s End – Haywards Heath

This is a repeat of a ride we last did in July 2010. On the way to Cuckfield we will go through Blunts Wood & Paiges Meadow nature reserve, which has a good cycle path. We encounter three very nice Clarionesque lanes: Buncton Lane, Stairbridge Lane and Jobs Lane.

Our lunch stop last time, the Bolney Stage pub, is now out of bounds to us because they require pre-orders for large parties. Instead we will try the other pub on the route – the Sportsman at Goddards Green, where we should arrive at about 12.30.

After lunch we continue eastwards towards Burgess Hill, and so come to Bedelands Farm Nature Reserve, which is a nice nature reserve although not ideal cycling country – we can choose whether or not to visit it. We are then at World’s End, known to the builders of the railway as “Wivelsfield”, when, to be fair to them, it was probably just a load of grass and trees. The option to return home from Wivelsfield Station, mentioned last time we did this ride, is now a real possibility thanks to the new ramp to the southbound platform. This will take about 4 miles off the ride. Those opting for the full whack, however, will be able to see what has become of the “High Bridge” since our last visit.

A Tea Stop will be possible as we ride back through the main streets of Haywards Heath, South Road and The Broadway.

Practicalities:

Start at Haywards Heath Station at 10:45. Meet at the station entrance.

Length: 17 miles (13 if returning from Wivelsfield)

Duration: About 5½ hours, including lunch and tea stops.

Terrain: Mainly quiet tarmacked lanes, some B roads. The nature reserves have some good cyclable surfaces. Mainly flat with a few “undulations”.

How to Get There: Catch the 10:14 Bedford train from Brighton, or any earlier train.

Return Trains: From Haywards Heath: every 10-15 minutes. From Wivelsfield: 32 minutes past the hour, or change at Haywards Heath.

Jim.

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