Having looked back in the archives for a December Ride I was struck by the inclement weather & consequent falls on ice, soakings by rain & coatings in mud, punctuated by punctures & thus thought a less adventurous ride may be safer.
I had been searching for The Old Coach Road Ride but Mick refused it on grounds that wet,slippery chalk road was inappropriate uninviting in wintery weather, so fell back on my old favourite-the NCN2 Eastward.
This ride has everything!–the Downs, the sea, good pubs good bike paths , few hills, nature reserve, woods & most importantly -railway stations to return home easily if disaster or weather strikes.
Meet at Palace Pier at 10.15am. If weather is awful we can have a festive drink together in Brighton then go Xmas shopping or canvassing for General Election.
Proceed along cliff-top bike track to Rottingdean (thus avoiding any risk of punctures on the way out). Along the Undercliff to Saltdean Art Deco Cafe. Stop if needed.
Up on top again to Peacehaven.
We can have lunch at The Ark pub which serves- fish from local boats & /or tapas plus usual fayre. OR If weather & spirits are good may be able to make it on to Seaford , via NCN2 & the Nature Reserve- to The Yatch Club, which is open for lunch on Sundays & I have asked for their menu, which will be sent to me on Tuesday.
Any tired riders can return from Newhaven station, or Seaford & keener, sprightlier riders can proceed on to Berwick Station for a train home, or cycle back .
Distance; 22 miles if you go all the way to Berwick on NCN2.
Duration; As much as you can manage
Start, 10.15am Palace Pier
Terrain, NCN 2 Quiet roads & well marked Sustrans Trail .
Undulations A few but mostly flat
.Trains From Newhaven at 05, 36 past the hour From Seaford at 59 and 29 past the hour Berwick 14 and 55 past the hour