The Next Ride: Sunday 9 December 2018 – Polegate Circular via Herstmonceux

27 November 2018

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.

Route: From Polegate station we cycle through the car park , 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 Old 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 10.44 Return trains from Polegate 50 minutes past the hour.

Please let us know if you are coming and want to have lunch so we can book appropriate numbers. The cafe have asked that we give them good warning if we are booking as a group. You can email me , Sikka, at or text me on 07787 402229. Thanks.

Sikka and Tessa


The Next Ride: Sunday 25 November 2018 – Palace Pier to Lewes via Telscombe and Southease

16 November 2018

Please remember that sunset is at 16:02 so make sure that you have working cycle lights.

Starting at the Palace Pier at 10 am we take the undercliff to Saltdean and a cafe stop either at Rottingdean or Saltdean.

Then we follow the road up towards Telscombe from Telscombe Cliffs with a short section of Bridleway to the top of Gorham’s Lane and the run down to Southease.

At Southease we will either go down to the river and along part of the Egrets way to Lewes although part of this is still technically a footpath or along the C7 into Lewes, depends on the ride recce.

Lunch will be at the end of the ride in Lewes, probably at the Snowdrop Inn.

Post Lunch members can either take the train back to Brighton or cycle (7 miles)

Length: 14 Miles approx
Duration: about 4 hours to Lunch.
Start time at Palace Pier 10am

Nick and Graham

The Next Ride: Sunday 11 November 2018

30 October 2018

Hassocks loop via Hurstpierpoint, Washbrooks Farm, Muddleswood, Twineham, Goddards Green

Please remember that sunset is at 16:19 so make sure that you have working cycle lights.   This is a delightfully simple 15 mile winter loop ride to lunch with an early coffee stop.

From Hassocks station we will make our way through Hurstpierpoint to Washbrook Farm for a coffee stop. Hopefully quieter than on the recce during half term when the noise from the small people was horrendous.

As it will be Remembrance Sunday and also the 100th anniversary of WWI, which ended a century ago in 1918 members may wish to observe a two minute silence at 11am hopefully we will reach the cafe by then.

Leave your bike outside the entrance, they charge to go round the farm but not to just use the cafe.

Leaving the cafe we will turn right and follow the B2117 across the A23 down to the Ginger Fox where we turn double right on Shaves Wood Lane and north via High Cross to Twineham.

There we turn right and follow Hickstead lane back to the A23 After crossing we find and follow Jobs Lane on the far left side of the roundabout. Before getting to Burgess Hill we cross the A2300 at Bishopstone lane and the final stretch to our lunch stop at The Sportsman Pub.

Then we follow the Cuckfield Road, turning off to pass Hurstpierpoint College then Hurst Wickham and back to Hurst Road and our return to Hassocks Station

Length: 15 miles and largely flat apart from the Hill to Hurstpierpoint from both directions, all paved surfaces.

Duration: 5 hours including stops

Meet: at Brighton station at 9:40 to catch the 10:08 train to Hassocks (Buy a return ticket to Hassocks)

Start: We will start the ride at 10:20 at Hassocks station (West side) for anyone arriving by car.

Return: from Hassocks about 15:30 (Frequent trains)

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



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.