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.


The Next Ride: Sunday 23 June 2019 Hove Park to Devils Dyke

15 June 2019

Meet Hove Café at 10 Am for coffee and departure at 10.15 to Devil’s Dyke. A nice gentle ride to the top via the scenic route and then a whizz down Dyke Road.


The Next Ride Sunday 9th June Hove Park to Shoreham via Henfield (revisited)

30 May 2019

Starting at Hove Park Cafe this route makes a three quarter loop round the downs  via Devils Dyke, Poynings, Fulking, Woods Mill, Henfield, Partridge Green, Steyning and back to Shoreham.

 This is a RED (Hard) Ride (see Below) (New experimental colour coding)

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Leaving the cafe after an opportunity for an early morning coffee and loo stop we head north west upwards through Hangleton to the Dyke railway trail.

At the end of the trail we turn left onto Devils Dyke Road to the high point at the Golf club and swish down to Saddlescombe and the Wild Flour Cafe.

From Saddlescombe we go left through Poynings and then turn right onto Clappers Lane as we enter Fulking which takes us north towards Woodmancote.

Before reaching the A281 we turn right onto Bramlands Lane which brings us out onto the A281 for a mile or so and into Henfield and Lunch, likely at the Plough Inn.

After Lunch we will Join the Downslink and head north to Partridge Green then south on the road to steyning and onto the downslink.  There is also the easier option to head south to Shoreham on the downslink from Henfield saving three miles.

Length:  25 Miles approx.

Terrain:  This is a long and sometimes hilly ride with over one thousand ft of climb along the route of which half is the climb up to the Dyke Golf club.

Difficulty: This is a RED (Hard) ride. I am hoping that we can cycle this route in between 3 and a half and 4 hours cycling excluding breaks, wind and weather permitting.

  • Green(Easy) Less that 20 miles, reasonably flat
  • Blue (Moderate) Over 20 miles, reasonably flat
  • Red (Hard) Hilly or over 20 miles or fast
  • Black (Difficult) Very Hilly, over 25 miles or lots of rough Bridleway

Starting Point:  Hove Park Cafe , BN3 7BF (South end of park west of tennis courts). at 10am for 10:15 start

There are no parking restrictions around Hove Park on a Sunday

End Point: Shoreham Ropetackle Arts Centre

Time: About 6 hours

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


The Next Rides: Sunday 26th May Cuckoo Trail and Pevensey Levels

15 May 2019

This is a circular ride from Polegate Station which will see us take the Cuckoo Trail further than before as far as Sandy Cross (Heathfield) . We have done much of the route before as parts of other rides but this is more dedicated and longer (30 miles) but not a hard ride.. Please check the distance and options are OK for you from the description below. It will be a late return into the evening, see train times.

This ride divides into three sections

5 miles to Hailsham

Having crossed the Polegate bypass we will turn west and then North giving us a couple of miles or so through the dappled shade of Abbots wood then across the A22 and into Hailsham for coffee and a snack at Bebbles Langos maybe around 11:45 (this was unexpectedly closed on the last trip).

Mostly flat.

10 miles to Tottingworth Farm Cafe at Broad Oak

We will follow the Cuckoo Trail gently uphill to Sandy Cross about 300ft climb over about 7 miles, then head north east for three miles to our second stop at Tottingworth Farm Cafe at Broad Oak maybe around 2:30pm (the highest point on our route 550 ft). This involves the only steep climb of 250ft through Old Heathfield over about a mile and a half.

Anyone wanting a shorter ride would have to turn back on this section somewhere between Hailsham and Heathfield (Horam would give an 18 mile trip, Heathfield 22 miles), and just stay on the Cuckoo Trail back to Polegate

A final 15 miles back to Polegate Station

Via Rushlake Green, Cowbeech, Stunts Green, Gingers Green and some of the Pevensey Levels. We do miss out about two miles of the less scenic part of the cuckoo trail south of Hailsham. There is the opportunity of a further rest break at the Merrie Harriers at Cowbeech after 5 miles if anyone would like, but too late to get lunch.

Downhill all the way from Broad Oak so should be no problem.

There are several pubs in Polegate for those needing refreshment before getting the train home

Length: 30 miles all on road or Cuckoo Trail, except for about 2 miles through Abbotts wood.

Duration: 7-8 hours including stops. The ride has two cafe stops neither of which is booked for a specific time you could treat either as a lunch stop or bring a sandwich, so essentially no timing once we start

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

Start: We will start the ride at 10:45 at Polegate station for anyone arriving by car.

Return: from Polegate at 15 mins (change at Lewes) and 47 mins past each hour

Any queries email me at



The Next Rides: Sunday 12th to 14th May An Extravaganza of Choices

1 May 2019

Choose between The late spring break or Shoreham to Littlehampton Circular

Clarion Late Spring Break 12-14th May

Places Still Available Six going so far.
Staying at Puttenham eco Barn

Sunday 12th May
Some gentle cycling in the beautiful Surrey countryside, first from Shalford a gentle ride up the river Wey and then up onto the downs via the North Downs Way and our cultural excursion to Watts Chapel and Gallery, then on to our residence at Puttenham eco Barn (5pm arrival), only just over six miles in total.

Ride Leaders Train Route
10:27 Train from Brighton changing at Gatwick and Redhill to Shalford arriving 12:15
Buy an off peak return ticket to Shalford if you want option to return by train another day.

Monday 13th May

An anticlockwise circular ride from Puttenham along minor roads and bridleways with morning tea at the Old Kiln Cafe in Forest Bourne Wood and then Lunch at the Mill at Elstead, then ride back to Puttenham.
The terrain can best be described as continuously undulating with about 1000ft of climb over the ride. The ride is currently about 20 miles but we can adapt that as we go to fill the day (til 5pm). More arduous options are available.

Tuesday 14th May

Puttenham to Shoreham via the Downslink (40 Miles).

Leaving at 9am we will retrace our route back to Shalford and onto the Downslink the Total Route is 40 miles with one major hill at Rudgewick to overcome. The route has may cafe opportunities.

Early Morning tea at Bramley (7Mls)
Late Morning Tea at Cranleigh (12mls)
Lunch at Rudgwick (16 mls)
Christ’s Hospital. Half Way. Snowflakes get train home from here via Three Bridges!
Early afternoon tea at Southwater (23 mls)
Afternoon tea at Stan’s (28mls)
Late Afternoon tea at steyning (34 Mls)
Collapse late late afternoon tea Shoreham (39 mls)

If you want to do the whole route we aim to get back by around 5pm split 5 ½ hours for cycling and 2 ½ hours for stops. So you need be comfortable with an average of about 7+ miles per hour over 40 miles of off road. Decision time is half way at Christ’s Hospital station.

Please email us at if you are coming

Wendy and Graham


Sunday 12 May 2019

Shoreham to Littlehampton Circular

For those Clarionistas that are unable to get away for the long weekend at Puttenham, there will be an option of a ride from Shoreham station to Littlehampton, with the return leg along the same route back to Shoreham. This is a very gentle ride along the coast, although it is 30 miles and close to our usual maximum distance. The last time we rode this route in September 2016, some of the “lucky thirteen” decided to return from Littlehampton by train, but please remember that this ride is planned as a circular route, so we will need to keep to the schedule so we can have lunch in Littlehampton and get back to Shoreham in good time. The route generally follows the NCR2 and keeps as close as possible to the beach and promenades, being mainly off-road on cycle paths or quiet estate roads, with no “undulations”.

After crossing the Adur Ferry Bridge we pass Widewater Lagoon and head off westwards to Worthing and Goring for 9 miles, with a coffee stop at The Bluebird Café on Ferring Rife. This café is always very busy, particularly on a Sunday, so if you don’t want to wait 15 minutes for your order, it might be best to bring your own energy bar and a flask From here we can go through opening gates into Kingston Gorse Estate, and then straight on (with many left and right turns) for 6 miles through the quiet roads of Angmering and Rustington onto the promenade into Littlehampton and the harbour. The previous lunch stop at the Harbour Lights Riverside Café has recently gone into administration, but we have found an alternative riverside restaurant at The Arun View Inn close to the swing bridge for lunch at 1.15pm. This inn offers a wide choice menu, including superb roast lunches, a vegan menu, an excellent range of beers and a riverside patio (if the sun shines). This inn is always full, so we will need your reservation before Sunday if you plan to eat here. (text to 0783-726-3722). On the return to Shoreham (15 miles) we can take tea and cakes halfway at Sea Lane Café or other options.

Catch the 10.00h train from Brighton to Shoreham-By-Sea arriving at 10.15h and aim to get on the road by 10.30h.

Possible return trains from Littlehampton to Hove leave at 14 minutes past the hour; change at Hove for Brighton. Alternatively a long journey to Brighton at 31 minutes past the hour with a half hour change at Ford.

David and Chris


The Next Ride: Sunday 28 April 2019 – Bluebell wood ride, Angmering to Littlehampton 

22 April 2019

From the station we cycle North over the A259 and through Angmering village. Turning left into Dappers Lane we go under the A27 and veer left, then straight ahead onto the bridle path. This leads us to the top of the Downs and West onto the Monarch’s Way which commemorates the route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated at the battle of Worcester. And here, blossoming beneath the tall trees of the forest, we expect to see a vast carpet of bluebells.

The track from here is well surfaced and almost entirely downhill, taking us past the red post which marks the spot where the last person was hanged in Sussex in 1771. Quiet lanes lead us to the A27 which we cross at Arundel station and re-cross to enter Arundel itself for lunch.

Lunch is in Belinda’s Tea Rooms where we can only eat if we book in advance. If you want to eat there please let us know and we will include you.

After lunch we make our way to the roundabout on the West side of the river Arun, take the Ford road for a few yards and cross onto quiet roads leading uphill, along a short footpath, onto a short stretch right and uphill then left for a long downhill ride with open country views to Tottington. There to rejoin the busy Ford road which takes us down to the A259 where we cross to enjoy a quieter road that leads to the bridge over the River Arun and into Littlehampton. Here the option of a train home or a search for further refreshments.

The terrain is mixed, with some off-road stony earth tracks, the surface firmer after dry weather, one busy main road past Ford, the rest being small, quiet country roads.

Trains: Brighton station 10 am train direct to Angmering, arriving 10.38. Disruptions on the train journey back means returning from Littlehampton at 14 minutes past the hour direct as far as Hove, but change for Brighton in Preston Park on the 16.14 or in Hove on the 17.14 . (There are trains at 0.31 which do not go via Hove and require a change in Ford with a wait of 29 minutes to get to Brighton!)