Triple Challenge 20/30 Sponsored Cycle Ride

Once again Martello Rotary are organising their sponsored challenge in aid of British Heart Foundation on Sunday, 10th June 2018.

The courses are similar to last year.  The 20 mile will lead you across the Downs to Firle, along the Coach Road to Alfriston and then back across the Downs to Norton and Seaford.  The 30 mile is similar but includes an extension across the Ouse Valley to Telscombe and a tough climb back up Itford Hill to rejoin the 20 mile route.

Please Register before the event so that full provision can be made for post event facilities.

Full details, maps, directions and Registration Forms can be found at http://www.triplechallenge.martellorotary.org.uk

Local rides from schools to the beach

Sustrans are working with Sussex Wildlife Trust in Seaford, offering led rides from local schools to the beach. This is part of their wider Active Access for Growth project and Sussex Wildlife Trusts Wild Beach project, which encourages children to hop on their bikes and explore their local environment.

As a result, Sustrans are looking for willing volunteers to assist rides on the following dates. Times will be announced asap but the rides will probably be  during the school day:

  •  Annecy Primary School, Monday 30th April
  • Cradle Hill Community Primary, Tuesday 12th June and Tuesday 3rd July

Any club rider can be an assistant or backmarker providing they have experience of taking part in previous Sustrans rides or have experience of riding in a group and being part of an organised led ride, with an understanding of the principles of group management (so that’s most of you).

There will be more in rides planned for the future and Sustrans are hoping to extend this to other schools in the area very soon. Please let us know if you would like to assist and what dates you can help by contacting us here.

 

Egrets Way Planning Update

The Egrets Way project have applied for planning permission at two locations:

  1. to create a link from Railway Lane (just off Cliffe High Street, Lewes) through the Railway Lands past the Linklater Pavilion, and on to Ham Lane. This will join up to an existing section of Egrets Way that goes from Kingston, past Spring Barn Farm, through the Stanley Turner ground, along Ham Lane to The Cockshut, and on to the Lewes waste disposal site;
  2. to create a link through Piddinghoe village using existing footpaths along the river bank. This take the route past the boathouse and onto the newly-laid footpath and round the sailing pond. The new section of footpath retains its No Cycling status, so we will need to walk this bit.

The full planning application (SDNP/17/05291/FUL) is available on the South Downs National park website HERE, or you can jump directly to this planning application be clicking HERE.

Finding a route through Piddinghoe has proven to be tricky for many years, so we urge everyone who wishes to see a flat, traffic-free walking and cycling route between Newhaven and Lewes to support this proposal. There are already some objections to these plans, so every letter of support will help secure the next steps in achieving the whole route.

There are a few ways in which you can show your support:

  1. log into the SDNP site (you will need to set up an account) and go HERE then click on the button ‘Make a comment’ to leave support as a member of the public;
  2. use the form at the bottom of this page to leave comments which we will collate and add as part of the club’s formal response.

This is very short notice and we only have till noon on Friday 5th Jan, so please do it now.

Thanks in advance.


If you don’t use the SDNP website to leave comments then please use this one –
This option has now lapsed. You have until the end of Friday 5th jan to use the above links to leave your support.


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Pointers for supporting comments:

  1. when completed Egrets Way will be a flat, traffic -free route from Newhaven to Lewes;
  2. suitable for kids and the less able, as well as cycle commuters between Lewes, Peacehaven (via Valley Road and Dean’s Farm) and Newhaven;
  3. it will link up –
    • our  International sea port to our county town;
    • the villages all along the West bank of the Ouse: Pidinghoe, Rodmell, Southease, Northease Swanbourough, Iford, Kingston and Cranedown;
    • the South Downs Way, pubs, farm shops, wildlife areas, the Railway Lands & Linklater Pavillion;
    • rail stations at Newhaven, Southease and Lewes (meaning you can get the train for part of the way if you wish).

Click HERE for more on the Egrets Way project.

Click HERE for the Egrets Way website

 

Tour of Britain – Seaford Video

If any of you missed the Tour of Britain as it passed through, or you need a reminder, then check out this video by Christopher Conil. It gives you a marvellous taste of the atmosphere and excitement surrounding this event.

Southease to Rodmell Opening Celebration

Saturday 7th June

The weather forecast for rain did not deter the 50 walkers,  horse riders and cyclists who attended the official opening of the Southease to Rodmell section of Egrets Way. This latest section to be completed (also called Phase 2, Phase 1 being the Kingston to Lewes section) starts at a wide gate near Southease bridge, and a lovely all-weather surface follows the river bank before turing left to Rodmell. There is an unmade section in the middle,  but we hope this will be rectified soon. Once at Rodmell you can visit Monks House,  and a little further up the road is the Abergavenny Arms. You can get to the Southease end by train. Visitors to Monks House or the Pub can use their carparks.

Cycle Seahaven were in attendance with their regular ‘Dr. Bike’  tent and three volunteer mechanics – plenty of ‘shed bikes’  were working much better after free air,  oil and a bit of knowledge-sharing on how to tweak a bike. The local policing team were there too, applying security markings to bikes – also free. Abergavenny Arms donated 100 cupcakes (yes, one hundred) to give to the hungry crowds – my favourite being the ones with salt caramel icing. Refreshments were further complemented by the Ouse Valley Cycle Network team who laid on free fruit juice.

The sun soon came out and the day became wonderfully sunny, making the most of the gardens at Monks House (National Trust), which were opened for free to those attending the celebrations. The South Downs National Park Authority were also in attendance, with a huge map and information on how the National Park is being run and developed. Did I mention the price for attending this celebration? Yup, all free.

For those looking to explore this section of Egrets Way here’s a link to Google Map http://goo.gl/maps/obyJX

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Click HERE for more Cycle Seahaven info on Egrets Way and go to http://egretsway.org.uk where you can sign up to support this amazing project.

Another write up http://disabledramblers.co.uk/2014/06/08/egrets-way-opening/