[Please note: in the event of a strong North wind, the ride may be reversed, riding first up the sheltered Cuckoo Trail and back across the exposed Pevensey Levels]
Terrain: This ride is flat for most of the route with a few manageable hills just before and after lunch. Length of ride – we guess it is about 16 miles or so.
Route: From Polegate station we cycle through the carpark, and out for a short ride along the cycle track on the pavement of the B2247 to the pedestrian crossing after Levetts Lane. Up this lane to the bridge over the bypass and along quiet roads to Rickney. Then north across the Pevensey Levels to the village of Herstmonceux where we will join the footpath by the main road for a few yards to cross over to Lime Cross Nursery. There we will have an early lunch.
After lunch we return to the footpath briefly then join the busy A271 for a short distance through Herstmonceux village, and turn right signposted Cowbeech. Passing Stunts Green we reach the top of Cowbeech Hill at Beech Cross (a long but gradual climb). We turn left at this point onto a slightly busier but wide road, which we follow down to a T-junction, taking in a couple of minor upward slopes on the way. Here we turn off to the right along a quiet road for a mile or two, slip over the verge on the left into a disused road and over another busy road into Station Road. Another 100 yards or so and just before a bridge we diverge off the tarmac down a track to turn left onto the Cuckoo Trail. This will take us south to the delights of tea at the Loom tea rooms.
After tea, just a mile to the end of the Cuckoo Trail and into Polegate to catch a train home.
Train from Brighton leaving at 10.12, arriving Polegate at 10.40. Return trains from Polegate to Brighton at 34 minutes past the hour (or 7 mins past the hour and a change in Lewes with 4 mins to change platforms)
Please let us know if you are coming and want to have lunch so we can book appropriate numbers. The cafe has asked that we give them good warning if we are booking for a group. You can email me, Sikka, at email@example.com or text Tessa on: 07787402229.
Tessa & Sikka