The Next Ride: Sunday 19 February 2017 – Lewes to Newick and back C 20 miles

6 February 2017

Meet at Lewes railway station car park at 10.30 am outside the very posh bicycle storage facility.

Catch the 10.12 from Brighton, arriving 10.28 or the 10.17 arriving 10.32 or why not ride from home? Riding from Brighton will add about 8 miles to your journey one way. Why not ride out and take the train back?

Return trains to Brighton at 16.22 and 16.44. Home before dark I should think.

Lunch at The Royal Oak, Newick.

1 Church Rd, Newick, Lewes BN8 4JU. Jimmy and Beryl, would like to offer everyone, and dogs! (no cats) a very warm welcome to our friendly and traditional country pub! Offering a good range of quality beers, wines, ciders, spirits and home cooked food! (Food served 7 days a week from 12-3pm and 6-9pm!) Phone: 01825 722506

I’ll book for about 10 people. Attendees please confirm to

My landline is 01273 776361 and mobile 07814 257495

According to Google Maps we travel through Hamsey, Barcombe, Spithurst Road and on to Newick. They are some hills but pretty ones. Apart from getting out of Lewes the roads are minor with little traffic. We should be able to chat a bit on the way.  It’s a nice route and one I use to Fletching, a bit further on. Jenny knows the area well, so if we get lost (if she comes) we’ll follow her.

For those who like a bit of interest to their itinerary St. Mary’s Church on the way to Barcombe is worth stopping at. Flint elevations and a prominent steeple single it out. I stopped here some years ago attracted not only to the church but also to the sound of the music wafting from the building. Inside I met with the music maker, a woman. We spoke for some time and she told me of the old saying, “going to the wall”. It seems in days gone by before pews were used the elderly tired of standing were allowed to sit on benches lining the walls of the church. Hence the saying. Interesting, if you stop awhile its surprising what you can find? Only by bike!

May the road rise up to meet you
may the wind be always at your back
may the sun shine
warm upon your face
the rain fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again
may God hold you
in the palm of his hand

An old Irish saying.


The Next Ride: Sunday 5 April 2015 – Easter Bonnet Ride from Lewes to Newick and Back

25 March 2015

Quiet lanes, rural pubs, neo-nazis and an old workhouse.

Celebrate Easter by dressing up (optional) – an Easter bonnet, fancy 
dress, and Easter egg, your plus-fours and tweed, or whatever.

Getting there:

Step boldly onto the 11.09 from Brighton to Lewes. The train 
continues to Seaford, so there should be lots of room for bikes. (If
 you miss this/can’t get on it, the 2 coach Ashford train leaves at 11.20 arriving shortly after the Seaford train. But ring or text me on 
07901533876 if you are doing this).

Leave the station by the side entrance on platform 1 to avoid the road
works. Meet your intrepid leader in the car park at 11.30, by the
 platform exit.

The ride
About 19 miles of gently undulating countryside. A longish, gentle
 uphill through Spithurst after lunch but nothing too serious. The 
general trend is up towards Newick and Down after.

We start by navigating craftily through the back alleys and secret
 cycle ways of Lewes to emerge at the base of the new cycle route to 
Ringmer (not yet open) 100 metres of A26 follows and then a left turn 
onto bucolic Wellingham Lane. We then visit Barcombe mills, passing 
over the toll bridge (no charge for cyclists).

We then keep straight 
ahead past the old Barcombe Mills station to reach the Royal Oak at 
Barcombe where we will take lunch in this unspoilt local pub. 

We then cruise up the incline through Spithurst and visit Newick, with
its attractive village green.

Behind this rural charm is something 
else. Green Party tellers say that in the last election only 
Peacehaven had more votes for the BNP than Newick (in Lewes 
district). Quickly we descend to Chailey where there will be the
opportunity to sample the delights of the Horns Lodge pub if you wish.
 The pub wins all kinds of awards but the landlord wants out, saying 
that it is too much work. We then visit the site of the Chailey 
Workhouse, now bijou dwellings, before returning towards Lewes using
 tiny lanes through the East Chiltington area.

Finally there will be the opportunity to sample the fleshpots of Lewes 
including the hole in the wall tea facility in delightful Grange
Gardens, before returning to Brighton by trains which run 3 times an hour.

I have booked a table for 8 at the Royal Oak in Barcombe, so I need to 
know numbers. Please email me on or 

Chris Smith