The Next Ride: 15 July 2012: Bexhill to Polegate

7 July 2012

This ride was inspired by an earlier attempt to plan one from Bexhill to Battle and back: I got to Battle (just about) but decided it was too hilly to inflict on others. This ride goes west out of Bexhill and is not “too hilly”, just hilly.

We head north out of Bexhill and join the wonderfully named Turkey Road which takes us through some very pleasant countryside. Our first target is Who (what?), sorry Hooe. It’s not a very big place: most of its Wikipedia article is about the things that used to be there (school, shop etc). But there is still a pleasant-looking pub, the Red Lion, where we will have lunch. The name Hooe comes from a Saxon word meaning ridge – yes, it is up a hill.

After lunch we head down to the Hooe Levels (which are flat) and Horse Bridge which will get us across the Waller’s Haven; this is the river which eventually reaches the sea at Norman’s Bay. Onward to the hill-top village of Wartling– yes it’s up another hill but, since it’s the last one, walking will be permitted, or possibly compulsory!

We come down from Wartling onto the Pevensey Levels and follow quiet, flat lanes to the Cuckoo Trail where we can stop for tea at the Loom before jumping on a train at Polegate.

Practicalities

Meet: Bexhill station forecourt at11:20.

Getting there: Buy a return to Bexhill. Catch the 10:20 from Brighton. (The 10:29 gets to Bexhill at 11:35 with a change at Lewes, so if you have to use that one give me a call.)

This is a linear ride: If you’re coming by car you could park at Polegate and catch a train to Bexhill or vice versa.

Distance About 21 miles.

Hills There’s a mile or so climb to get out of Bexhill. After that we’re in rolling country so there are a few more climbs, but the prevailing direction will be down. After lunch, just one more serious climb and then it’s down and flat.

Off road A short section of the Cuckoo Trail.

Catering Lunch at the Red Lion in Hooe (01424 892371). Tea at the Loom on the Cuckoo Trail.

Getting home Train from Polegate to Brighton at XX:13 (direct) or XX:28 (change at Lewes).

My mobile 0789 985 1172.

Roger

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The Next Ride: Sunday 26 June 2011 – Herstmonceux and Wartling

15 June 2011

Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk. 

We start on the Cuckoo trail for a short while and then head off to Rickney.

We cross the Pevensey Levels and head for Herstmonceux Church.

Lunch is a picnic in the grounds of Hersmonceux Castle, if fine, or at the Lamb in Wartling, if raining. I suggest we all bring a picnic and take it home again if it rains!  I’ve checked with the pub and there will be no problem.

We carry on past the Observatory in the grounds of Herstmonceux to join a busy road through Wartling and beyond.

Again weather dependent, there is a stretch of off -road that cuts off much of the busy road, but that is only possible if conditions are dry.

We continue through the Levels  back to Rickney and carry on till we hit the Old Loom, our tea stop. Then it’s a short hop back to Polegate.

Getting there

I will be catching the 9.20 from Brighton to Polegate, then have breakfast at the cafe which opens at 10. Breakfast companions welcome!  I suggest others spread themselves between the 10.09 slow train, changing at Lewes and arriving at 11.00, or the 10.20 fast train arriving 10.49.

We should set off from Polegate at 11.00

Distance: c 25 miles

Off road 2  short stretches of off road, some of which will have  to be walked.

Hills:  one hill, a few undulations

Trains back  at 6 (with change at Lewes) and 42 minutes past the hour.

Tessa