The Next Ride 29 September

16 September 2019

his ride will be led by Angels (D) and will depart from Normans Bay and return via Pevensey and Wareham.

Full details will be emailed shortly.


The Next Ride: Sunday 8 September 2019

6 September 2019

Chichester Circular

From Chichester station we cycle through the outskirts of the town to join a bridleway taking us between lakes and heading for North Mundham. Following the road through the village we move seamlessly onto bridleways leading to Pagham Harbour. We then have a choice. Either explore the new pedestrian/cycle paths in the Nature Reserve/s and return north via the Saltern Way, or, alternatively, make our way via mostly quiet roads towards the Saltern Way going south-west and catch the West Itchenor ferry taking us eventually to Bosham. Here we would have an optional stop for tea. From there on road and pavement cycle path back to Chichester via another well-surfaced pedestrian/cycle way. The ferry costs £3.50 with a bicycle and is cash only.

Bring a picnic if the weather is suitable, if not we will divert, probably to the Anchor north of Sidlesham.

This outline is a little vague as we are still to complete our final recce.

The terrain is largely off-road, the roads are mostly quiet with brief forays along busy roads to join these up.

A gentle flat ride. Approximately 20-25 miles depending on the final choice of route.

Trains: Brighton 10 am arriving in Chichester at 10.58 when we will begin the ride.

Return: Chichester 0.22 and 0.52

Sikka and Tessa

The Next Ride 1st September 2019 Haywards Heath to Lewes

23 August 2019

This is at least the third time I have scheduled this ride, but it has never got as far as actually being done, for various reasons. Hopefully we will have more luck this time.

The ride explores some rarely visited territory to the east of Haywards Heath and features some of my favourite lanes. There will be several mandatory stops to admire interesting animals and other attractions, with some optional railway history at the end. We will proceed in a group, as usual, at the speed of the slowest.

There will be a morning coffee stop, lunch at a pub in Shortbridge, and hopefully tea as well later on.


Length: 27 miles.

Duration: 7 hours (7½ with tea stop)

Terrain: Short section of bridleway and some dedicated cycle route; the rest on quiet roads. I can’t remember any hills (but then I did do the recce 18 months ago!)

Start at Haywards Heath Station, Boltro Road exit, at 9:20 am.

Getting there: Take the 08:57 Victoria train from Brighton to Haywards Heath. At Haywards Heath, go towards the south end of the platform (opposite direction to the direction of travel) and go up in the lift to the bridge, then take the lift down from the bridge to the Boltro Road exit (not the car park).

Getting home: Trains leave Lewes station for Brighton at 07, 24 and 46 minutes past the hour.

This is a linear ride. Motorists can use the direct Lewes to Haywards Heath train (hourly at 21 minutes past) at the start or end of the ride.


The Next Ride: Sunday 18th August. A seaside, sandwiches and swimming ride around Hayling Island and to Portsmouth Harbour.

9 August 2019

Buy return tickets to Portsmouth Harbour. Train leaves from

Brighton station 09.30

Hove 09.34

Portslade 09.39

Shoreham 09.46

Hayling Island is very pretty and has lots of suitable places to swim, so bring your cossies and a towel and we will have a picnic on the beach. There are cafes dotted around where we can recover with a nice cup of tea. We will be mostly following Billy’s route, named after the old steam engine line. There are many little nature reserves along this route.

We then get the ferry to near Portsmouth and cycle along the promenade, most of which has an excellent segregated cycle path, (see photo on Clarion twitter account) to Portsmouth old town and depart from Portsmouth Harbour back to Brighton

Portsmouth Harbour 16.14, direct train Btn 17.52. This is the train we will be aiming for as the next direct train is not until 18.14

17.10 arr 18.24 change at Fratton or Havant, lifts available

arr 19.24 change at Fratton or Havant

My mobile on the day or in case of emergencies is 07814 457 680


The Next Ride: Sunday the 28th July Hove Lost Dog Cycle Search Team Ride

24 July 2019

The ride will start at Portslade Station at 10.15

The route way points/sections will be as follows:

Benfield Valley past Sainsburys to Hangleton Lane (on cycle path) and then Hangleton Way to the Dyke Railway Trail

Follow the Trail and cycle route to the Devil’s Dyke.

Down into the Dyke following one of two bridleways to Poynings

Poynings to Rushfield’s Garden Centre Cafe for coffee/tea

Continue to Dale Hill, and Pyecombe and SDW past Pyecombe Golf Club to bridleway running SE

Past the Indian Chattri Memorial (photo opportunities!) to Vale Road area of Patcham.

A choice of routes through Patcham, which might include the cycle route into Brighton, quiet roads, part of Withdean Woods to join the cycle route at Peacock Lane and then to Preston Park for another tea or coffee.

As on all the rides I run we take our food and drink with us so that none of us will have too many hunger pangs and thirst!

I have planned the morning tea/coffee stop but we tend to take lunch on the hoof, or wheel might be appropriate, using sheltered woods, barns or bus stops so any riders need to know this in advance. We do this so that muscles don’t get too cramped or stomachs overladen!


For those with smartphones the free app, MAPS.ME will show the route and I use this for simple reference on rides and general navigation if required and have found it very useful.

If you’re planning to come on the ride please let me know on 07940 796934

Dave Churchill

The Next Ride: Sunday 21 July ‘Summer Picnic” at Pevensey Castle

11 July 2019

At Pevensey Castle outer Fort East Side. Members can arrive by bike, car or train

Bring your own picnic large or small and meet at about 12:30. First there choose the best picnic spot for a large group.

The outer fort is a large grass area and free to access. There is a tea room for those wanting a shot of coffee or a loo visit. The Castle cottage tea room is open from 10am to 4pm

Arrival by Bike

There will be a 13 mile ride through the levels starting from Polegate Station at 10:45am. There will be no breaks on this route so we expect to arrive at Pevensey castle by 12:30pm latest.

Catch the 10:05 train from Brighton.

At the end of the afternoon it’s a five or six mile unguided ride back to Polegate Station or ride on:

to the beach if it’s hot

Bexhill De La Warr for the end of their “Great Gatsby Fair

Even Hastings for an evening beer

If you are not cycling you can arrive by train or car

Arrive by Car:

You can park in the castle car park for £2 for 4 hours

Arrive by train

The nearest station on a Sunday is “Pevensey and Westham” with an hourly service. Suggest the 11:17 train which arrives at 12:27 from Brighton from where it is a half mile walk or cycle to the castle

Terrain: Flat

Difficulty: Easy


The Next Ride July 7th, 2019: Brighton Pier to Worthing Pier

27 June 2019

(cycle or rail return options)

Distance: 12 miles one way

We will meet at 10.30 outside Brighton Pier and take the National Cycle route 2 along the coast to Worthing Pier (which I haven’t visited since a Clarion ride in 2007).

The flat coastal route will take us past Hove Lawns, Shoreham Harbour, Widewater Nature Reserve and potential Worthing Beach swimming options (if warm). We will then have lunch on Worthing Pier.

For those who want to cycle one way, there are regular train services from Worthing back to Brighton.

The Cowley Club’s summer vegan beer festival will be an option for a post-ride half of ale when we return to Brighton.