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!)

N.B. LUNCH – ONLY AVAILABLE BY PRIOR BOOKING SO LET US KNOW BY PHONE OR TEXT …

 

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The Next Ride

26 March 2019

Sunday 7 April 2019: Berwick to Hastings

Apart from the start time this is a free ride with no specific lunch time, and as we are following an easy marked coast route NCR2 if the group is large we can easily split into a fast and slow sections if needed.

Please note: in the unlikely event of an easterly wind the ride may be reversed and start from Hastings in which case new instructions will be posted.

The ride divides into three sections

Section 1

6 miles to Hillier Garden Centre for loo stop and coffee.

We will follow NCR2 as far as the cuckoo trail then divert onto Otham court lane and a short section of the Hailsham Road to the Garden Centre. Mostly flat, there is a mile long wooded off road section of NCR2 as we approach the A22.

Section 2

After coffee we will rejoin the NCR2 and a 10 mile run along the coast via Pevensey and Normans Bay to Bexhill and lunch at the De La Warr Pavilion cafe. Sea bathing could be available for those who like cold spring seawater.

Whilst at the Pavilion we have the opportunity to see two exhibitions, both free.

HAYV KAHRAMAN: DISPLACED CHOREOGRAPHIES

An exhibition combining paintings, drawings and new sculptural works.

STILL I RISE: FEMINISMS, GENDER, RESISTANCE, ACT 2

Exploring resistance movements and alternative forms of living from a gendered perspective.

Section 3

Anyone who wants to stay in Bexhill or only ride that far can return from Bexhill Station.

For those want to carry on to Hastings it is a further 6 miles. Sunset is at 7:40 pm so no rush to return, maybe a few beers in Hastings..

Length: 22 miles mostly on NCR2

Duration: Morning session 3 hours to Bexhill including coffee. Afternoon unlimited

Pace: We will divide into a fast and slow group as required.

Meet: at Brighton station to catch the 10:05 train to Berwick (Buy a return ticket to Hastings)

Start: We will start the ride at 10:35 at Berwick station for anyone arriving by car .

Return: Half hourly service from Bexhill, St Leonards or Hastings. Some trains require a change at Eastbourne. If you want to get back to Berwick you have to go via Eastbourne.

Please email me if you are coming

Graham


The Next Ride

14 March 2019

Sunday 24 March 2019:

Brighton Pier, Peacehaven, Cowley Club Beer Festival Vegan Extravaganza

 We will make our way along the coast on the Undercliff and up on the cliff tops, via the Prime Meridian monument, staying right on the coast through Peacehaven as far as The Road Shack Cafe.  If the weather is glorious, we might be tempted to juggle our bikes and coffees down to the beach.

We will return to the Pier, then take the cycle paths to the Cowley Club, 12 London Road.

We should be there around 1pm, should anyone wish to meet us there for a vegan roast dinner and to assist in the beer, cider and kombucha sampling (Fred).

Distance: Approx 15 miles

Meet: Brighton Pier

Start: 10am

Wendy

 


The Next Ride: Sunday 10 March 2019 – Three Bridges Circular

27 February 2019

via Worth Church and Weir Wood Reservoir

Worth – East Grinstead – Weir Wood Reservoir – Kingscote – Turners Hill

This is a repeat of a ride we did in October 2015. We’ll ride along the Worth Way to East Grinstead, and make our way to, our lunch stop at the Old Dunnings Mill, the lovely Harveys pub and former watermill where we ate last time. We then proceed southwards to the reservoir, and spend a little time in or around the bird hide there. The reservoir was created in 1952 by damming the river Medway, which flows through this valley.

After leaving the reservoir we take a bridleway past Stone Farm Rocks, a striking series of sandstone crags which belongs to the British Mountaineering Council, and which, last time, were covered in ladybirds – a spectacle we were told only occurs once a year, so we’re presumably unlikely to see it in March. Later we cross the juvenile Medway, pass the Kingscote Estate Vineyard, and go under the Bluebell Line. We’ll then use a Permissive Bridleway to avoid a hill, passing some wonderful views and emerging into Vowels Lane near the top. After Turners Hill (which is not much of a hill) we will experience the downhill variety, rejoining the Worth Way and returning to Three Bridges Station.

The original ride included 30 minute stops at Worth Church in the morning and Tulleys Farm Tea Rooms in the afternoon, as well as 30 minutes at the reservoir. We can decide on the church on the day, but the other two stops are mandatory.

Anyone wanting to avoid the ups and downs can retrace the outward journey from the pub, and this also makes the ride about 3 miles shorter.

Terrain: Much of this ride is on quiet lanes through lovely woodlands, and the off-road sections are on good surfaces, though they may be bumpy in places. There is a short section of the B2028.

Length: 21 miles or less (see above)

Duration: about 6½ hours, depending on stops.

Undulations: some. Valleys have sides, unfortunately.

Start at: Three Bridges Station at 10:45

Getting there: London Bridge train from Brighton at 10:08, arriving Three Bridges at 10:42.

Getting home: Trains to Brighton at 21, 33, 54 mins past the hour.

Jim.


The Next Ride: Sunday 24 February 2019 – Berwick Circular

11 February 2019

This ride divides into three sections:
6 miles to Hailsham and a coffee and snack at Bebbles Langos.
Mostly flat.
10 miles to Chiddingly and lunch at the Six Bells

We will follow the cuckoo trail to Horam the highest point on our route, then head west to Lions Green and then south to Chiddingly and lunch at the Six Bells at 1:15.

A final 6 miles back to Berwick Station.

After lunch we go the short distance to Muddles green where we will head south via Golden Cross and Chalvington and back to Berwick station.

Length: 22 miles all on Road or Cuckoo Trail, some gentle undulations max gradient 3.2%
Duration: 6 hours including stops
Pace: We will need to maintain a good pace on this ride to keep to timing.
Meet: at Brighton station to catch the 10:05 train to Berwick (Buy a return ticket to Berwick)
Start: We will start the ride at 10:35 at Berwick station for anyone arriving by car.
Return: from Berwick at 15:55

To help me book lunch please email me at clarionistas@gmail.com if you are coming

Graham


The Next Ride: Sunday 10 February 2019

31 January 2019

Brighton Pier to Worthing Pier and Return

Trying to predict the vagaries of meteorological conditions for a weekend sometime next month that are guided by chaos theory is always fraught, So I have proposed another short, easy ride between the two piers, a distance of only 12 miles each way. The advantage is the opportunity for several stops along the route if we have to duck inside for cover.

I was thinking of adding a short, cultural extension to visit the “other” Sistene Chapel in Goring but it is closed for viewing until April, so perhaps I can make it the subject of a ride later in the Spring.

We can either take lunch at the Pavilion Café on the landward end of Worthing Pier, or try the Southern Pavilion Café, which would require locking up our bikes and strolling the length of the pier. St. Paul’s would make a good lunch stop, but it reverts to a church on Sundays, so it might offer a good mid-week pop-up ride. I am still exploring possible pubs in town offering suitable clarionista meals and beers. If I find one, I would need an indication of numbers (see Google Group messages).

We should have time for a coffee stop on East Street in Shoreham and on the return leg. Unfortunately The Coast at Splash Point is being completely refurbished again and won’t be ready until mid-February.

Assemble at Brighton Pier at 10am for a 10.15am departure.

David


The next ride: Sunday 27th January – Hassocks to Shoreham

18 January 2019

via Henfield, Partridge Green, Ashurst, Steyning.

Please remember that sunset is at 16:43 so make sure that you have working cycle lights for the return from Shoreham.

From Hassocks station we will make our way through Hurstpierpoint to Washbrook Farm for a quick coffee and loo stop.

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 right onto the Brighton Road for a short distance before going left onto the back roads to Henfield.

We cycle through Henfield and take the downslink north to Partridge Green and our lunch stop at the Partridge at 12:30.

After lunch we will take the Horsham Road south to Steyning and follow Clays Hill to the roundabout at Bramber and onto the downslink to Shoreham.

Length: mostly on road 23 miles and free of Major undulations. Two sections of downslink .
Duration: 5 hours including stops
Pace: We will need to maintain a good pace on this ride to keep to timing.
Meet: at Brighton station to catch the 10:09 train to Hassocks
Start: We will start the ride at 10:20 at Hassocks station (West side) for anyone arriving by car.
Return: from Shoreham Station from about 3:30pm(Frequent trains)

To help me book lunch please email me at clarionistas@gmail.com if you are coming.

Graham