Saturday 24th August – Egrets Way Art Trail Rides

 

In conjunction with The Egrets Way, Cycle Seahaven will be holding led rides along the trail, and visiting a number of the open houses.

 

 

Find out more here.

 

More about this summers Artwave:

This summers Artwave showcases some of the very best creative talent from across Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven & surrounding Villages. The festival will give art lovers the chance to discover new artists, meet the makers, and buy direct from them. The diverse range of work on show includes jewellery, painting, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, metalwork, photography and performance art by a mixture of emerging and professional artists and makers. 

Follow the art trails to visit creatives in their studios, homes, galleries and workshops and visit 140 exhibitions – all for free!

The festival takes place over three weekends from 17 August to 1 September 2019. Take an time to explore, and with homemade tea and cake on offer too, Artwave is a special summer treat. View the free guide here 

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle

Car free cycling around some of London’s major landmarks.

Prudential RideLondon will take place on Saturday 3d August, and showcases the capital as part of the Festival of Cycling led by the Mayor of London’s office. It’ll take in iconic London landmarks including Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral. The route will be open from 9am to 4pm and includes a section of the newly opened East-West Cycle Superhighway (CS3).

To assist with planning, the trailer is being organised from Seaford to South Kensington from where the main routes can be easily joined. There were around 70,000 riders last year, so it is bound to be a great event!

Registration for the event itself is free, although the trailer spaces are limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Bikes will need to be loaded on Friday evening in Seaford, and you’ll need to get yourself to South Kensington by 9am on Saturday to pick them up. The bikes will then need to be collected on your return to Seaford, Saturday evening.

If you’re interested contact Tim Venables via the Ride Leaders contact page.

Ladies Ride: Saturday 20th July

The Cuckoo Trail – 8am to 4.30pm

This months ladies ride is a little later in the month. As Cycling UK celebrates the women’s festival of cycling this month, it’s something a little different – we’re riding the Cuckoo Trail!

The Cuckoo Trail is a 14-mile footpath and cycleway which runs from Hampden Park in the south, to Heathfield in East Sussex. It passes through the towns of Polegate and Hailsham, as well as the villages of Hellingly and Horam.

Cycling UK Says:

The Women’s Festival of Cycling returns in 2019 and events take place throughout the UK in July. We’ll be raising the profile of women’s cycling, putting on events to encourage more women to cycle, and featuring the women in cycling who inspire others. Join us and celebrate the fun, friendship and freedom that cycling provides.

To celebrate the Women’s Festival of Cycling this year Cycle Seahaven is hosting a ride from Heathfield, Sussex, along the Cuckoo Trail back towards Seaford. Bikes will be transported from Seaford to Heathfield using the club’s trailer, which will limit the number of riders to no more than 20. Early booking is therefore recommended. The ride is predominantly off road but on terrain that would be suited to hybrid bikes with the appropriate tyres. The ride is approximately 30 miles long across relatively flat ground. The group will stop at the Arlington Tearooms for refreshments along the way. If you require further details please contact the ride leader, Sarah Winser…

The bikes will be transported to the starting point at Heathfield via the club trailer, therefore there are limited spaces for this event if you require transportation. Book your place now by contacting Sarah Winser via the ride leaders page.

There will be two stops on this ride – one at Hellingly (bring your own snack and drink), and then lunch at Arlington Tea Gardens (cards accepted).

The ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and is suitable for MTB, Hybrids & E-bikes, riding over a mix of tarmac, gavel and grass.

As always, a helmet must be worn and a spare inner tube, pump, bike lock and lights should be brought.

 

 

 

The History of the Cuckoo Trail:

The Trail largely follows the route of a disused railway line, the Cuckoo Line, which opened in 1880 and ran between Eridge and railway stations, creating a direct route between Eastbourne and London. It obtained its name from the tradition that the first cuckoo in Spring was heard at the Heathfield Fair. The line closed in 1968 under the programme of closures put forward by Forest Row resident and British Transport Commission Chairman Richard Beeching.

In 1981 the route of the old railway line to the south of Heathfield was purchased by Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council. From 1990 Sustrans developed the route along with District Council and the County Council into a shared track for walkers and cyclists, with horses also allowed on some sections. An extension was constructed to the south into Eastbourne and the trail became part of National Cycle Network Route 21. The Trail is currently used by around 200,000 people per year and serves as a traffic-free route between several local schools. It is jointly managed by the latter in conjunction with East Sussex County Council.

Along the route of the Trail are six original sculptures which act as mileposts. In May 1993 a dozen wooden benches were installed which had been hand-carved by a local artist out of trees felled during the Great Storm of 1987. In 2003 a five-year £65,000 package of grants for improvements to the Cuckoo Trail was awarded as part of the Woodland Grant Scheme. Part of these funds went towards the resurfacing of the Trail as far as Heathfield in October 2006.

 

Do you have spare time to help?

Janie Burrage, Sustran’s Active Travel Officer for Southern England, is looking for helpers to assist with a Nature ride with Sussex Wildlife Trust on Friday 7th June from Seaford Head School to Friston Forest. Sustran’s ride leaders will host the ride but they would welcome some bike riding volunteers to help (you do not need to be a ride leader).

The ride will roughly follow the below schedule:

08:30 arrive at school, check bikes, brief pupils
09:30 depart school
10:30 arrive at Friston Forest, set boundaries, camp fire
12:00 lunch around the fire
12:30 peddle down to the sea and a view of 7 sisters, plus paddling in the waves if the sun’s out
14:00 cycle back to school.

If you can spare some time to help please contact janie.burrage’at’sustrans.org    
(use @ symbol in place of ‘at’ within address).

CSH Trailer use and a little help

Cycle Seahaven’s Trailer is a great resource available to members of the club. It is capable of carrying 24 bikes, including 4 E-bikes.

We’d really like to use the trailer more to enable us to host club rides somewhere different. To achieve this we are looking for vehicle owners, who have tow hooks fitted to their cars, who would consider allowing their cars to be used to tow it. We also need volunteers to tow the trailer – more information about driver requirements can be found here

If you are able to help please contact Events by clicking here.

London to Brighton Sunday 16th June 2019

The trailer will be used to transport bikes to the London to Brighton bike ride this year. If you are interested in using this facility please contact Sarah Winser here. Please note transport is being provided for bikes only and participants will need to make their own arrangements to get to the start line.

Eastbourne Mass Bike Ride Sat 9th June 2019

It would be great to get as much support as we can for this event. Details can be found here. If there is sufficient interest will endeavour to arrange the trailer to drop off and pick up bikes at the Towner Art Gallery. Participants will need to make their own transport arrangements separately. If you would like your bike transported to this event please contact us here

 

 

 

The Egrets Way Project

The Egrets Way Annual General Meeting
on Monday 10th June 2019 at 7pm.

At St John Sub Castro, Lewes 

 

A project loved by most if not all of Cycle Seahaven, The Egrets Way now has planning approval in place for the whole riverside route. The majority of final landowner agreements are in place and their next step is to get the substantial funding required to complete construction. Why don’t we show support at their AGM?


Followed by an illustrated talk about the fantastic female founders of the RSPB by Tessa Boase, author of Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather.

“In 1903, an ounce of egret feathers could fetch $32: twice as much as an ounce of gold. To the RSPB, this was a watershed moment.”

The true story of how the snowy egret was pushed to near extinction by the raging Victorian and Edwardian fashion for feathered hats – and how a small group of women fought back to save this, and other species, from ‘murderous millinery’.
An uplifting tale of women and birds. More details on our new website.


 

Join the Sustrans Active Travel East Sussex Challenge!

The Sustans Active Travel Challenge is all about taking part and getting more people to try healthy active journeys for their travel.

The Active Travel Challenge runs from 1 June – 30 June 2019.

Log your journeys to work by bike, walking and public transport from 1st to 30 June to enter,  and for a chance to win £1500 worth of prizes, including two nights stay in luxury cabin at Swallowtail Hill worth £320.

 

The Active Travel Challenge is being delivered by Sustrans as part of East Sussex County Council’s Active Access for Growth Programme.
ESCC has successfully obtained £1.2 m funding from the DfT to deliver a programme of active travel across East Sussex . The Active Access for Growth Programme will run from 2017 to 2020, focussing on the growth areas of Newhaven, Eastbourne & South Wealden and Bexhill/Hastings. 
https://eastsussex.getmeactive.org.uk/content/about-us

 

Mass Cycle Ride: Eastbourne seafront: Sunday 9th June 2019

Bespoke is organizing a mass cycle ride along Eastbourne Seafront on June 9th 2019. The aim is to get a designated Eastbourne Promande Cycle Route opened. So why not support them, ride over with a bunch of mates and enjoy an ice cream on the beach?

 

Cycle Seahaven’s Ladies New Forest Sportive Team

The New Forest Spring Sportive is one of the New Forests most popular events and has become a welcome ‘start of the season’ test for may cyclists, this year held on the 13th and 14th April.

Starting and finishing just outside the Hampshire town of Verwood, the riders took in the rolling scenery with a number of hills to challenge their legs. 

Eight of the touring ladies from Cycle Seahaven, including Sarah Webb, Debbie McFly, Carol Bryant, Kate Parkinson, Annette Blackman, Heather Cheek and Linda Pilkington-Peachey took on the challenge. 

Sarah reports

‘The 7 Sisters’ team completed the 66 mile New Forest Sportive on Sunday (the eagle-eyed among you may notice there’s 8 of us but we liked the team name so much we kept it). We all met through Cycle Seahaven and have had great support from our fellow riders in the tourers group. We didn’t specify this had to be a ladies only weekend but that’s the way it worked out, so naturally there was a 2 night stay in a log cabin with sauna and fizz involved!

Well done ladies!

The 7 Sisters. All eight of them!