Ride Report – Easter Egg Hunt 2016


The Cycle Seahaven Family Forest Rides for 2016 started this Easter Saturday as just over 50 cyclists took to Friston Forest for what is becoming an annual Easter Saturday bike ride and Easter Egg hunt. 28 children braved the dry but windy weather for the promise of finding a hidden Cream Egg as they rode round the forest.

Lead by ride leader Mark Woodgate and supported by ride leaders Jo, Ray and Paul from Cycle Seahaven, the group started in the Exceat car park and headed around the Family Trail, stopping at regular intervals to hunt for the Cream Eggs that had been hidden at specific locations. Two bonus eggs were also given out to children who knew the answers to 2 questions that were posed as they rode round. The first was who is the land owner of the area we are riding around? Answer: South East Water. The second was how many trees are there in Friston Forest? Answer: lots!


Again this year we had a great age range out on the ride with the youngest being just 3 and the eldest at 75, showing that all ages and abilities can get out and enjoy this wonderful countryside we have right here on our door step.


This year’s ride was given an additional fun element courtesy of Mr Cycles in Seaford who lent out 2 full suspension demo e-bikes (normal bikes but with an additional electric motor that makes climbing the hills in the forest epic fun!). It was wide grins all around as people discovered the thrill of the electric motor kicking in as you power down.

This lovely video was sent in by one of the dads on the ride. In his words: “I hope you enjoy the video. You organised it so well. You children are a credit to you. There is a crash at 2:46min. He and his dad wanted it in the video. A epic crash. “. Enjoy…

We very much look forward to next year’s Easter Egg Hunt

Ride Report – Brighton Races – 4C

Thirteen intrepid riders set out form the White Lion at 8am on Sunday morning, 20th March. It was a breezy day and just warm enough for shorts, but only if you also wore a few layered tops.

We took the Ouse Estuary trail from Seaford to Newhaven, then the cycle track past Denton Island and onto the Jolly Boatman. A nice flat warm-up to get the legs and heart going. The long, slow, gentle climb along Newhaven’s Valley Road is a club favourite, and is a way of getting to Peacehaven on quieter roads. After a final short/sharp climb up to the A259 cycle track we road through the Big Park and up to Telscombe Road. We then go to the bridleways that took us on to Woodingdean and the lovely new cycle track down ‘The Drove’ to Brighton racetrack. The descent to Brighton Marina was long and fast, and a terrific reward for all the height we gained.

A short stop for coffee (free refills) and cake at Weatherspoons was a bargain at only £2.75. Suitably refreshed we rode the lovely undercliff route back to Saltdean. The warmth of the pub was a stark contrast to the cold wind. Was a Seaford morning really that much warmer than a Brighton afternoon, or had we got too cosy in the pub? The short and steep climb up from the underfcliff is always a shock, but it was over quickly. That left us with a very scenic ride along the cliff top through Peacehaven and up The Highway past Rushey Park. We descended Upper Valley Road right back down to Valley Road to return to Seaford via Valley Road – the same way we had started out.

Another great ride with lovely company.

Route map and timings: https://www.strava.com/activities/521935913

Brighton races

Brighton races

Mind the puddles

Mind the puddles

Jelly babies

Jelly babies

Cliff Top, Peacehaven

Cliff Top, Peacehaven

Smile for the camera

Smile for the camera

Steep descent

Steep descent

Newberry Tully sponsor our First Aid course

Article shown in Haven News:

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An estate agency in Seaford is working together with a local cycling group, a safety training provider and a Sussex charity to provide first aid courses later this month.

Newberry Tully in Church Street, is sponsoring the two-day training sessions which will see bike ride leaders from Cycle Seahaven equipped with potentially lifesaving first aid skills.

Sussex Wildlife Trust has donated the use of a venue at the Seven Sisters Visitor Centre for free and the training itself will be provided at a discount by Seajay Training.

Stephen Newberry, of Newberry Tully, said: “We’re delighted to support such a worthwhile project. As a business we take our responsibility to the environment and our community very seriously.

“Cycling is a healthy pastime and doesn’t impact on the environment and for us to be able to help is fantastic and fits in with what we are passionate about.”

Andrew Lock of Cycle Seahaven said: “Thanks to the support of Newberry Tully, Sussex Wildlife Trust and Seajay Training we have been able to heavily discount the course.

“This in turn means that more of our ride leaders will be confident and able to deliver even safer rides for our members and be equipped to administer first aid whenever and wherever needed at other times.

“This is a great example of businesses working with charities and voluntary groups for the benefit of the community.”

The two day course to be held over the Easter Weekend has proved popular and is already fully booked.


Related links:

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Super Cycling on the Spring Equinox

Cyclists at Lakeside Cafe

Cyclists at Lakeside Café, Horam

It was a chilly morning for the Spring Equinox on Sunday but that didn’t deter eleven Cycle Seahaven members from jumping on their road bikes and going for a ride to Lakeside Café at Horam. There were two groups: seven Sportives (average speed of 17 mph) who took a fairly long route via Laughton, Blackboys and Waldron, and four Tourers (average speed of 12½ mph) who took a more direct and therefore shorter route via Hailsham. Both groups left the Martello Tower in Seaford at the same time and arrived at the café in Horam within a few minutes of each other. Good timing! There had been rather fresh north-easterly breeze blowing so a warm drink was most welcome. The return ride to Seaford was much easier, being mostly downhill or flat with a tailwind.

This proved to be a super Sunday morning bike ride and hopefully the start of a run of such rides through to the Autumn Equinox and beyond. (There have been rather too many cancellations over the past few months due to bad weather). That said, the Touring ride next weekend (Easter) will be on Saturday morning instead of Sunday morning.

Happy cycling,


Family Easter Egg Ride 2017

Saturday 15th April we will hold our hugely popular Annual Family Forest Easter Egg Ride.

We meet at the first Forest car park at 2:00pm for a short briefing where you get to meet everyone and talk about the rules to stay safe.

We will then take the family route round the forest stopping half way round for an egg hunt in the field. Finally we head back to the car park we started from. All at a leisurely pace with plenty of forest features to enjoy.

You must register and indicate how many children you will be bringing along so that we can ensure an ample supply of Creme Eggs.
Please register and agree to the rules by clicking on the Registration Form link below:


Ride Leader: Mark Woodgate
mjwoodgate@hotmail.com or
07446 37005 or
use our online contact form at http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/contactrl/ .



Sunday Morning Touring Rides

Now that Spring has well and truly arrived, the Sunday morning touring rides will revert to an 8.30am start as from Sunday 20 March. Also, they will revert to starting at the Martello Tower.

Touring rides are for those cyclists who prefer to cycle at an average of 12½ mph whilst cycling; it is an average so clearly we go faster given a tail wind or flat terrain and slower uphill, especially Chapel Hill!

An aim of our Sunday morning touring rides is to be back in Seaford by about 12.30pm, give or take half an hour. Therefore, allowing for a 30 minute café stop, the distance of these rides is typically about 30 to 40 miles; occasionally a bit more or a bit less.

The ride next Sunday, 20 March will be to Horam, the distance being about 37 miles.

Happy cycling,



Ice is clearly a hazard for cyclists. It can catch out even the most experienced of us and in late Winter the roads can be unexpectedly slippery. Also, the temperature a few miles inland can be 2 or 3 degrees lower than along the coast. As a ride leader the possibility of ice is one of those things I have to consider when deciding if a planned ride should go ahead or be cancelled.

The latest weekly email newsletter “CycleClips” from the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) has a couple of good links on the subject of Ice. (You may already have seen these links if you’re a CTC member). They are:



It’s certainly worth clicking on them and having a read.

Safe cycling,