The Last Ride: Sunday 11 November

16 November 2018

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

The 3 of us paused for a group selfie outside Hassocks Station, wondering if our fellow Clarionisters had been deterred by the showery weather forecast, which proved to be a fine example of fake news, perhaps because we were north of the downs.

November 11, 2018: Hassocks circular

Graham led Nick and me off towards Hurstpierpoint, where a small crowd had gathered at the crossroads outside the church to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. We paused to observe the 2 minutes silence and hear the traditional bugle rendition of The Last Post before continuing on to Washbrooks Farm for our coffee stop. We were rather impressed by the magnificent pumpkins on display, but completely blown away by the silver sparkly toilet seats, unfairly only available in the women’s toilets.

November 11, 2018: Hassocks circular

Blue skies and wispy clouds contrasted with the golden autumn foliage and leaf fall as we continued along the B2117 and on to the quieter Shaves Wood Lane, then north towards Twineham. A traffic-free lane led us along the final stretch to our lunch stop at The Sportsman Pub. We were impressed with the quality of our food choices. Graham’s Nut Roast was served with beautifully cooked veg, my chips were served with a complementary side order of Cumberland sauce but Nick surprised us all by going crazy with an order of sweet potato chips, which came with a complementary side of braised carrots and parsnips. In honour of Julian, we perused the extensive dessert menu before returning to our cluster of bikes and heading off on the last leg of our journey.

November 11, 2018: Hassocks circular

More quiet roads and country lanes took us past Hurstpierpoint College on our return to Hassocks Station, where we waited about 2 minutes for the next train, which was a direct service to Brighton.

November 11, 2018: Hassocks circular

Thanks a lot Graham for leading us on this enjoyable ride, which fortuitously avoided the blustery showers forecasted for Brighton.

Wendy

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The Next Ride: Tuesday 3 January 2017 – Carat’s Café

20 December 2016

Traditional Brunch Ride To Carat’s Café at Shoreham Harbour

Meet by the Palace Pier at 10.30 a m – or along the route at e g Maroccos. Only about 9 miles (there and back) – plus from home to the Pier of course.

Do check your emails on 2 January – after 5 pm – just in case

Ian


The Next Ride: Sunday 19 October 2014 – Eastbourne to Bexhill

8 October 2014

The next ride will start at Eastbourne Station at 11, the Brighton train departs at 10.20. We will be riding to Bexhill with lunch planned at the De La Warr Pavilion where there are several exhibitions and good food.

We will return via The Loom for tea (and cakes I hope) from Polegate trains leave at 06 and 42 past the hour. The exact route has not yet been decided but will be about 25 miles of fairly flat cycling. Anyone coming by car could probably leave the car at Polegate and get the train or cycle to Eastbourne Station, 5 or 6 miles depending on the route.

Mick


News

6 November 2013

Dear fellow members

Welcome to the annual festival of religious bigotry edition. (What has Lewes got to offer besides that and a prison? OK, I like the castle and Harvey’s beer.)

Haven’t yet been exactly overwhelmed by new ride leaders coming forward with great ideas for the early 2014 dates – but this may be because it’s still only the beginning of November and they’re all busy working on interesting routes to offer. (You can’t do this job for ten years if you’re not an optimist.)

NHS demo 2 November 2013

Busy day on Saturday – not to mention the “ill wind” ride on Sunday (see Suzanne’s report below). In the morning it was the “Defend the NHS” demo. Nice to see so many Clarionettes – Anne, Jim, Joyce, Leon, Mick, Nick – and Sue with the Silver Sounds contingent leading the way with some excellent samba. Sheila – a founder member of both our section and Silver Sounds – would have been delighted (being hopeless with such things I’m sending photos to Fred requesting he put a couple of them on Flickr).

Then in the evening we met up with Alex and the redoubtale London Clarion members who’d ridden down and met us at the Signalman. We discussed the possibility of joint rides – maybe with a common lunchtime meeting place (most likely a pub) and the two groups arriving from north and south respectively – if you see what I mean.

Ian


Rides for 2012

17 July 2012

It is not possible to check train availability more than 12 weeks in advance so later rides will be provisional for this reason.

Sunday To/Led by
29 July Rye–Hastings via Brede Valley (Jim)
12 August Polegate to Vines Cross via Cuckoo Trail and back via Levels (Ian)
26 August  “Picnic at the Beach” (Roger)
9 September *  
23 September *  
7 October  
21 October *  
4 November  
18 November  
2 December  
16 December  Berwick circular (Ian)

* Ian not available as “back-stop”


Rides for 2012

4 July 2012

It is not possible to check train availability more than 12 weeks in advance so later rides will be provisional for this reason.

Sunday To/Led by
15 July* next ride – details below Bexhill to Polegate (Roger)
29 July Rye–Hastings via Brede Valley (Jim)
12 August Polegate to Vines Cross via Cuckoo Trail and back via Levels (Ian)
26 August  
9 September *  
23 September *  
7 October  
21 October *  
4 November  
18 November  
2 December  
16 December  

* Ian not available as “back-stop”


Rides for 2012

18 June 2012

It is not possible to check train availability more than 12 weeks in advance so later rides will be provisional for this reason.

Sunday To/Led by
1 July
(Next ride)
Croydon-Greenwich (Jim)
15 July* Bexhill to Polegate (Roger)
29 July Guildford to Christ’s Hospital (Downs Link North) Jim??
Will probably be a different ride
12 August
26 August
9 September*
23 September*
7 October
21 October*
4 November
18 November
2 December
16 December

* Ian not available as “back-stop”