The Egrets Way spreads its wings. July 2013

Natural England has announced they will provide £117,000 from the Paths for Communities scheme to fund the construction of a new bridleway running alongside the Ouse River The Egrets Way logolinking the villages of Rodmell and Southease.

The new route will form another link in the chain of The Egrets Way: a new network of safe routes connecting Ouse valley villages and linking Lewes to Newhaven. The first section from Lewes to Kingston is currently under construction and nearing completion.

The existing footpath running along the top of a high river bank will remain in place. The new bridleway will run along the foot of the bank, parallel with the footpath and provide access for cyclists, horseriders and the less able. It will be welcomed by local people and visitors to the new Itford Youth Hostel as a valuable connection to the South Downs Way.

Neville Harrison, Chairman of the Ouse Valley Cycle Network Project said:

“We couldn’t be more pleased; this grant means work on a second section of the Egrets Way can follow close on the completion of the first and demonstrates that our OVCN Project is well on its way.This community led undertaking couldn’t be achieved without support from major partners including the South Downs National Park, Sustrans, ESCC, the Environment Agency and, crucially, local landowners’.

Planning permission for the Rodmell to Southease section is already in place and it is hoped that construction will begin early in the autumn as the grant stipulates completion by the end of February, 2014. There is a lot of work to be done in order to meet this deadline, £12,000 is yet to be raised but The OVCN Project Committee is confident that this will be achieved in the time available.

21 July 2013: Touring Road Ride to the Lavender Line

It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning as seven Cycle Seahaven cyclists gathered at Martello Tower at 8.30 am to commence a road ride at touring pace (average speed of 11.5 mph) to Isfield. Why Isfield? Because that’s where the Lavender Line starts and there’s a quaint old railway station with a superb buffet. The talk, as we gathered at the start, was all about the Tour de France; it was the final day and, barring a major upset, Chris Froome would be the winner.

2013-07-21 Lavender LineAs we wound our way through the country lanes that morning there was a gentle breeze which took the edge of the sun’s heat. The countryside looked magnificent if a little parched at times and there was an unusually high number of cyclists on the roads. Even car drivers seemed more cycle friendly today; was this a Tour de France effect??? It almost felt as if we were cycling in France except we were on the other side of the road!

We reached the railway station at Isfield two hours and 24 miles later; a fast touring pace at 12 mph! Perhaps we should slow down. After a cuppa in the buffet and a quick wander around the station we started our return journey. The terrain was easy going and the return route was shorter so we had time to stop at Arlington Reservoir for an ice cream and still managed to return to Seaford on time at 1.00 pm.

By now the sun felt really hot so, after a cold shower and something to eat, it was soon time to sit down and watch the final stage of the Tour de France. Chris Froome won of course.

A perfect cycling day!




This ride appeared in our calendar with the following details:
Road – Touring (C): Isfield (Lavendar Line)
When Sun, 21 July, 8:30am – 1:00pm
Where Martello Tower in Seaford
Description This ride is specifically aimed at those who want to cycle at Touring Pace, ie an average speed of 11.5 mph whilst cycling.
It’s approximately a 44 mile round trip with a refreshment stop in the buffet at Isfield Station, on the Lavendar Line. Parts of the route are flattish and some parts are quite hilly.
Google Maps link: The Route