BBQ Rides – 10th Aug 2013

A barbeque and two cycle rides were held on Saturday, 10th August, leaving from the Flying Fish at Denton as part of the day of fun and fund raising by Cycle Seahaven for the Ouse Valley Cycle Network (ocvn.org.uk) – a planned network of walking and cycling routes between Newhaven and Lewes. The weather was ideal, bright with a gentle breeze.

One of the rides was for families, especially young children and those who wished to have a gentle easy ride to Seaford. This ride attracted 16 riders, some very young indeed, one on a child seat, and several on their own cycles aged 6 upwards. The family route took the group along the Ouse Valley cycle trail through the nature reserve, along the new section of cycleway under Bishopstone Bridge and then to the Martello tower in Seaford. The return journey was back the same way with the youngest forging ahead, showing great enthusiasm.

The other ride was attended by 10 riders, including two 13yr olds. This was a cross-country ride of 11 miles from the Flying Fish to Bishopstone, Grand Avenue in Seaford, Bo-Peep, along the South Downs Way to Firle Beacon, and back . The views were stunning – the weald on one side with Arlington reservoir and Firle Folly, and sea views on the other side with Seaford Head and Newhaven Marina on the other.

Prizes were raffled, donated by Mr. Cycles of Seaford and The Flying Fish of Denton , and all riders and non-riders enjoyed a fabulous BBQ while sitting in the Pub’s garden listening to live music.

The event was a great success raising a grand total of £230.00

– a relaxing and beautiful day.

Cyclists gather at the Flying Fish for the bike rides

Cyclists gather at the Flying Fish for the bike rides

Heading west from Seaford Golf Course towards bo-peep

Heading west from Seaford Golf Course towards bo-peep

Enjoying a BBQ and live music in the gardens of the Flyting Fish

Enjoying a BBQ and live music in the gardens of the Flyting Fish

All smiles on Seaford beach

All smiles on Seaford beach

Taking a rest on the South Downs Way at Firle Beacon

Taking a rest on the South Downs Way at Firle Beacon

Chef Denis prepares the food for when the hungry riders return

Chef Denis prepares the food for when the hungry riders return

1 comment to BBQ Rides – 10th Aug 2013

  • Andy Lock

    ….’Neville Harrison, chair of the Ouse Valley cycle Network Project said ‘ this was a great family occasion, and for me a real thrill to be back on my bicycle again after fifteen years of it gathering dust. The pleasures of cycling came flooding back and I can’t wait to be out again- all thanks to that wonderful community organisation, Cycle Seahaven, who arranged the day to raise funds for the Egrets Way – a network of safe cycle routes in the Ouse Valley for everyday and recreational use. We are making real progress with the first section from Kingston to Lewes having just been completed and another section along the river from Rodmell and Southease recently receiving funding from the Governments Paths for Communities scheme. It’s terrific to have Cycle Seahaven supporting us . ‘