The Next Ride

14 October 2018

Sunday 28 October 2018:

Glynde to Berwick via Ripe, Laughton, Chiddingly and Muddles Green

*** Please email Graham if you are coming (see below) ***

This ride welcomes all those clarionistas who remembered to put their alarm clocks back 1 hour on the Saturday.

Also please remember that sunset is at 16:42 so make sure that you have working cycle lights. We will need to keep to schedule to make the 15:55 train back in daylight.

This is a delightful and easy 18 mile ride down some lovely quite and largely flat lanes and byways which should provide some amazing autumn colours. I believe the last version of the ride was done by Sue in Nov 2011

From Glynde station we will make our way to Middle Farm, following the cycle path on the north side of the A27 for coffee at the café there.

Then from the farm car park we follow a quite lane north east to Ripe where we turn left towards Laughton via church lane. Turning right onto the Lewes Road at Laughton we pass the Roebuck inn and then turn left onto a track leading into Laughton common wood and then Vert wood (This track is wide and flat with a better surface than much of the downslink).

Emerging a mile and a half later we cross the A22 and curve round to Chiddingly and our lunch stop at the Six Bells pub. This pub has lots of atmosphere and could well have a Jazz band playing depending on what time we arrive.

After lunch we go the short distance to Muddles green where we will call in at Farleys House and Gallery where there is an exhibition on of unseen images from the Lee Miller Archives and The Penrose Collection.

Then we cross the A22 again and follow a long straight byway-lane-byway for 3 miles ending to the east of Chalvington. From there it is a short spin to Berwick station.

Length: 18 miles and largely flat including about 3 miles on byways.

Duration: 6 hours including stops

Meet: at Brighton station at 9:40 to catch the 10:05 train to Glynde (Buy a return ticket to Berwick) Start: We will start the ride at 10:30 at Glynde station for anyone arriving by car.

Return: from Berwick at 15:55 (last train in daylight)

Warning : on the 28th there are no London bound trains and as a consequence Southern have lengthened the Glynde train to 8 carriages which is too long for the platform. Please check the signs and only get on I think the front four Carriages.

To help me book lunch please email me if you are coming.




The Next Ride

2 October 2018

Sunday 14 October 2018

Today’s ride has been CANCELLED due to bad weather.


The Next Ride: Sunday 30 September 2018 – Bosham – Bosham/Itchenor Ferry – Witterings – Chichester

19 September 2018

This area, known at the Manhood Peninsula, is delightfully picturesque, with country lanes interspersed with watery views and cycle paths. The exact route is a surprise (ie yet to be finalised) but will involve some or all of the following, in no particular order! 

Bosham, Itchenor/Bosham ferry, Coffee, Witterings, country lanes, pub lunch, some of the Salterns Way, Chichester Marina, Chichester Canal, tea.
Meet: at Brighton Station 09.15 to catch the 09.30 train to Bosham, arriving 10.35 (buy return train ticket to Bosham)
Return: from Chichester Station, trains 16.22, 16.53, 17.22
Terrain:  Flat, country lanes, some off-road cycle paths
Bring:  £3 cash for ferry (£2.50 per person +50p per bike)
Length:  About 20 miles


The Next Ride: Sunday 16 September 2018: Redhill-Horley via Tandridge

9 September 2018

Redhill – Nutfield Marsh – Bletchingley – Tandridge – Blindley Heath – Smallfield – Horley

This is a repeat (sort of) of a ride we did on 27 July 2014. If you want a flavour of it, do look at Suzanne’s amazing, record-breaking (well, it would be if there were any records to break) “acrostic” ride report here.

We’ll start off across Nutfield Marsh, with its associated lovely nature reserves, along NCN21, then continue south-eastwards, passing through Bletchingley and arriving at our lunch stop, the Griffin (which is in the process of changing its name to The Brickmakers, which was apparently its original name) in Tandridge Lane.

In the blurb back in 2014 I referred to “the ominous cow-infested swamps of Blindley Heath”, which was a reference to an earlier ride we did in September 2008, from which we were lucky to escape alive, though not unmuddied. Happily I can confirm that we will be skirting the Heath this time, not going through it. We return along Croydonbarn Lane to Smallfield, then Horley. If, as last time, there is a collective wish to continue to Gatwick through the lovely Riverside Garden Park, we can do that, and get the train from Gatwick.


Start at Redhill station down side (platform 3) exit at 11:00

Getting there: Take the 09:42 Bedford train from Brighton and change at Three Bridges.

Getting back: Trains from Horley are hourly, at 1 minute past the hour. Trains from Gatwick are more frequent.

Length: About 19 miles

Duration: About 5 hours

Terrain: Mostly quiet lanes and good quality Sustrans-standard cycle path (NCN21) May be a bit muddy for a brief stretch near Bletchingley.

Undulations: Not many.

Undue undulations: None.


The Next Ride: Jim’s Bath-Bristol weekend

22 August 2018

The Next Ride is Jim’s Bath-Bristol weekend.

Jim writes ‘if anyone else wants to come they’re welcome, but (a) they must find their own accommodation and (b) they must let me know ASAP because of numbers for the meals.’ If you want to come, email Jim by clicking here.

The Next Ride

6 August 2018

Sunday 19 August 2018

Hove Park to Shoreham via Small Dole

Starting at Hove Park Cafe this route makes a three quarter loop round the downs via Dyke Golf Club, Saddlescomb, Poynings, Fulking, Woods Mill, SmallDole, Upper Beeding, Bramber and back to Shoreham Station.

From the Dyke onwards the route is mostly wooded with shade, the first part of the route is uphill but spread over 4 miles so nothing difficult.

Leaving the cafe after an opportunity for an early morning coffee and loo stop we pass Hove Engineerium and ride gently upwards through Hangleton to the Dyke railway trail and beyond.

At the end of the trail we rejoin the road and from the peak at the golf club take the exhilarating run down to Saddlescome and the delightful Wild Flour Cafe for our tea stop.

From Saddlescombe its down hill again and we go left through Poynings and then Fulking and onto the lovely wooded Clappers Lane which takes us 2.5 miles north towards Woodmancote.

Before reaching the A281 we turn left and take a lane brings us out onto the A2037 at Woods Mill with the chance of a quick look around and a loo stop.

A mile further on is our lunch stop at The Fox in Small Dole.

Leaving the Fox we travel a mile further south on the A2037 before making a right turn at Upper Horton Farm and going off road down the aptly named Smugglers Lane round the north of Upper Beeding rejoining the road in Bramber at the crossing over the Adur.

It is then a short distance to Bramber Castle where we join the Downslink towards Shoreham. We leave the Downslink at The Amsterdam Pub and take a back road to Shoreham Station

Length: 20 Miles approx to Shoreham Station. Duration about 7 hours.

Starting Point: Hove Park Cafe , BN3 7BF at 10am. ( 0.5 ml north of Hove station in the bottom half of Hove Park between Goldstone Crescent and Park View Road and Just NW of tennis courts)

There are no parking restrictions around Hove Park on a Sunday

End Point: Shoreham Station (North Side). Return trains every 20-30 mins or ride back via the seafront.


The Next Ride: Sunday 5 August 2018

25 July 2018

PLEASE NOTE: If you are thinking of travelling from London Road or Preston Park stations, they will both be closed all day Sunday because of Pride.

Hassocks to Wivelsfield Green and return. Circular taking in quiet country lanes and a working windmill.

Meet at Hassocks railway station for a 10.30 prompt start.

Mostly flat and easy pleasant riding with mixed scenery and woodland. one or two short off-road tracks which could be muddy. Optional hilly detour to Oldland Mill by road approx 2 miles.

Ride via Westmeston, Plumpton Green, Wivelsfield Green for lunch 1pm, the Cock Inn. for menu.

Return via Hundred Acre Lane. tea stop at Oldland mill, open 2-5pm on that day.

Return to Hassocks Station.


Brighton to Hassocks: 09:57 (arr 10:05) or 10 08 (arr 10 18)

Hassocks to Brighton: 16 04 (arr 16 15) or 16 21 (arr 16 31)