EGRETS WAY Statement from the SDNPA

A spokesperson for the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA) said:

“A lot of hard work has gone into the Egrets Way shared path network by SDNPA, Sustrans and OVCN and it’s always been a long-term goal to connect Lewes with Newhaven. We’re very grateful to the many landowners who have given over land for the project, we also respect people’s reasons and rights not to do so at this time. We are delighted that the next stages of work – linking Southease to Deans Farm north of Piddinghoe and Ham Lane in Lewes, under the A27, to the River Ouse – are due to start in July and we’ll continue to work with the OVCN and local communities on other opportunities in the future.”

 

Neville Harrison, chair of the Egrets Way project said:

‘We are excited that construction of some further sections of the Egrets Way will start shortly. This has been made possible thanks to the agreement of landowners and funding from the South Downs National Park’s ‘Cycling ambition’ fund.

We will continue to pursue our goal of a complete safe shared route linking Lewes, Newhaven and the villages of the lower Ouse Valley. The Egrets Way project has always been seen as one that will take time and require the goodwill of local communities, organisations and landowners. New sources of funding will also be needed but we remain optimistic that our goals will be achieved and will bring many benefits to local people, visitors and the wider community, including businesses’.

Our Annual Ride to Littlehampton

Cyclists at Littlehampton, on the Climping side of the river

Cyclists at Littlehampton, on the Climping side of the river

Our ride to Littlehampton has become an annual event having cycled it for the past three years, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. On Tuesday (16 June) we cycled it for the fourth time and as usual, the weather was kind to us being dry and sunny with only a slight breeze.

Most of the route is virtually flat with much of it being along promenades and the like so it makes for easy cycling. Just as well as the total distance is 75 miles so it’s our longest touring ride of the year although I’m considering a century touring ride this summer.

Every year the route improves. Last year we were able to cycle along Seaford promenade (in previous years cycling hadn’t been allowed along it) and we crossed a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists at Shoreham. This year we cycled on the superb new ‘shared use’ path between Newhaven and Peacehaven alongside the A259 which has a smooth tarmac surface; ideal for cycling on. Well done to Andy Lock and others in Cycle Seahaven who have campaigned for this path to be built.

Our route to Littlehampton follows National Cycle Route 2 except through Newhaven where we go via Elphick Road, Valley Rd, Brazen Close and The Fairway. This nicely joins the new ‘shared-use’ path alongside the A259. It’s far easier than following NCN Route 2 up Gibbon Rd and along the gravel and pot-holed track called The Hwy.

Six of us started the ride at the Martello Tower in Seaford with two more joining us at The Peace Statue in Hove. It was interesting to see the building work starting on the  i360 Tower close to the West Pier. It should be an amazing sight when finished.

It wasn’t long before we reached Worthing where we had a café stop than on to Littlehampton where we crossed over the River Arun to the Climping side to have lunch at the West Beach Café.

Our return trip was back along the same route with an ice cream stop at Lancing. It had been a very enjoyable ride and no doubt we’ll be doing it again next year.

Our touring ride next Tuesday will be to Hastings.

Prepare for longer rides

HowToMenusWith the brighter evenings and good weather many of you are undertaking longer journeys or even going on epic adventures by bike.  Cycle Seahaven have a number of articles to help you prepare you and your bike,  including maintenance and nutrition.  From our menu hover over ‘How To’  and choose the relevant option. You can find articles on what tools and spares you need to carry or what to eat before/during/after a ride. There are also maintenance tips and advice on saddle height.

If you have any advice or tips you’d like to share then add them to the comments section below,  or email them to us from our CONTACT page at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contact/  (use the ‘general’  option).

 

Cycling on the Isle of Wight

Do you fancy a cycling weekend on the Isle of Wight?

Two vacancies have just occurred on an Isle of Wight cycling weekender of 3 – 5 July which would suit a couple as a double bedroom is available. It’s being organised by Phoenix-CTC, a CTC member group with which I’m involved. It’s open to CTC members only so, if you’re a member of the CTC and interested in doing some cycling on the Isle of Wight, then please click on the following link.

http://www.phoenix-ctc.org.uk/events-for-2015/weekender-isle-of-wight/

Two of us from Cycle Seahaven will be on this event and will be cycling to the Isle of Wight but, of course, you can go by train. Our hotel in Shanklin is close to the train station.

Happy cycling,

Clive