A New Destination for Cyclists & Walkers from this Christmas

Cyclists and walkers have a new destination to head to from Boxing Day with the opening of Cadence Cycle Hub at Church Farm in Litlington, next to The Long Man Brewery in the Cuckmere Valley.

Cadence offers somewhere to meet, grab a coffee or a bite to eat. Cycle hire, servicing and repairs, plus e-bike guided tours will also be available in the near future. It’s a quirky venue with the promise of great coffee backed by on-site roastery Liquid Spirit.

Along with a large courtyard there is ample space for cyclists and walkers peeling off the South Downs Way, surrounding bridleways, trails and country lanes.

It aims to serve and connect with people who love the outdoors and is welcoming visitors arriving on foot or via two wheels. Sensitive about its environmental impact, reclaimed, recyclable and compostable products and materials have been used throughout.

Cadence has been launched by passionate local cyclists Roger Myall and Matthew Jackson and opens directly after Christmas. Its arrival marks the end of a year that has seen a boom in cycling, running and walking outdoors according to Sport England*, along with a nation’s desire to reconnect with its countryside.

Cadence will be open every day from Boxing Day to 3rd January from 9am until 1pm. Thereafter, it will be open every Wednesday to Sunday during the Winter months and looking to extend these hours once Spring arrives.

Follow Cadence on Facebook, Instagram and on Twitter. Or visit www.cadencecc.co

According to co-founder Matthew who lives in Alfriston, “The Cuckmere Valley has always been a popular destination for those with a love of outdoor pursuits, such as cycling and walking. Cadence offers the opportunity for these people to refuel and meet in a welcoming and inclusive environment, and to feel part of the Cadence community that we are building.”

When not out on his gravel bike or walking the Downs, Matthew is the Founding Director of Sporta Group which provides sports travel, logistics and management services worldwide to sports industry clients such as the England Cricket team, Premiership Rugby teams and many of the country’s top sports schools. Sports Bike +, part of the Group is also launching cycling tours in 2021.

Fellow co-founder, Roger, lives in Eastbourne and is also a Director of Sporta and Chairman of The Saffrons Sports Club in the town.

Roger Myall and (right) Matthew Jackson.

Roger Myall and (right)
Matthew Jackson.

Starr 100 Bike Challenge – October 2020

Full details here: https://starrtrust.org/news/detail/starr-100-bike-challenge/

For more information, or to sign up email rosie@starrtrust.com


Sadly we have had to postpone our Nice to Nîmes Bike Ride this September until 2021. With all our events cancelled this year, to continue supporting our existing Starrs, we need your help!

Join us on our Starr 100 Challenge

• 3 October 2020 – West Sussex Challenge – starting and finishing in Shoreham.

• 4 October 2020 – East Sussex Challenge – starting at Devil’s Dyke and ending at the i360.

• Entry is £100 for both days or £70 per day.

• If you have already paid your deposit for the Nice to Nîmes 2020 ride, your entry is free, we just ask you to raise some sponsorship. If you want to sign up now for the rescheduled ride for 2021, your entry fee will be waived.

• Sponsorship £100 or as much as you can raise.

Everyone will get a goody bag on completion with a tshirt and certificate.

Prizes up for grabs in East Sussex active travel challenge

Sustran’ s annual Active Travel Challenge in East Sussex is now open. People can register now to be in with a chance to win early bird prizes.

The Active Travel Challenge is an online journey-logging competition for people who live or work in East Sussex, with prizes up for grabs worth £1500.

Log your journeys throughout October

You can register as an individual or as a workplace team and log journeys made by walking, cycling and public transport throughout October.

The aim of the challenge is to encourage a switch to active and more sustainable travel.
Take part even if you’re working from home


In recognition of the impact that Covid is having on peoples’ lives, anyone currently working from home can still take part, by going for a walk, run or cycle during their working day.

Those taking part can also log any journey replacing the car with a mode of active travel.

Making walking and cycling the preferred way to travel

Robert Laslett, Sustrans’ Active Travel Officer, said:

“The Challenge fits really well with the Government’s new strategy for making walking and cycling the preferred way of travelling locally during the current pandemic and beyond.

“And we hope it will also help people to stay fit and healthy while having fun.”

A large proportion of the East Sussex population lives and work in the same area.

A fifth of people choosing to drive a car or van to work make trips under 2km, while nearly half of all journeys in Newhaven, Eastbourne, Bexhill and Hastings are under 5km.

Competitions such as the Active Travel Challenge have a significant role in helping people reconsider how they travel for everyday journeys, and in helping them to stay active if working from home.

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Prizes to be won

There’s £1500 worth of prizes and vouchers to be won.

Anyone who logs 20 active journeys will automatically be entered into a prize draw for the grand prize of a new bike or a voucher to stay at the Rye Lodge Hotel.

Other prizes include an East Sussex organic winery tour and lunch, cream tea at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne, a local fruit and veg box, Klean Kanteen water bottles and vouchers for Cotswold Outdoor, National Trust and Wiggle.

There is also a package of charity donations to give away to the best workplace teams.

The challenge is supported by East Sussex County Council with funding from the Department for Transport’s Access Fund.

Click on this link for more information Register for the Active Travel Challenge

Sustrans and East Sussex Cycle Training to provide free bicycle loans to key woprkers in East Sussex

A new initiative from Sustrans in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC), will provide free loan bicycles to key workers in the East Sussex region.

Over 60 bicycles will be offered on a free loan basis for three months, with potential to renew after the initial period. The bicycles are available for loan from the ESCC Peacehaven Cycle Hub and Eastbourne Cycle Centre. The loan includes a new helmet and lock for each user.  [continued below]



With the government asking the public to avoid public transport where possible during the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, this scheme offers keyworkers an active and sustainable alternative to travelling by car.

Sustrans said:

We are all so impressed with the dedication and hard work of all key workers during this crisis. We wanted to offer something in return. We have a good fleet of bikes, which are not being used due to the lockdown. So we are delighted to offer these bikes on loan to any key worker who would like a safe and healthy way of getting to and from work

ESCC said:

This is an ideal opportunity for us to give something back to these extremely hard working key workers that we are all so proud off.  If we can make their journeys to work easier and safer then I am proud to be part of this project.

Helen Kellar, Sustrans Delivery Coordinator said:

With recent government advice encouraging workers to avoid public transport and to cycle and walk whenever possible and local councils rapidly installing new cycle lanes, we are at an exciting cross roads and have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a lasting transformative change in how we make short journeys in our towns and cities.”

The project is part of East Sussex County Council’s Active Access for Growth, which aims to encourage behavioural change by promoting active travel to local schools and workplaces.

The free bike loan scheme will launch on 15th June 2020.  To register interest and for more information contact Jamie Lloyd jamie.lloyd@sustrans.org.uk

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BBC News Report – Government to urge us all to walk and cycle more

We need to protect the public transport network as lockdown is lifted, the UK’s transport secretary is expected to say at a press conference on Saturday. The BBC understands Grant Shapps will encourage the public to continue to work from home if they can.

Image copyright JEFF OVERS

Those who need to travel to work will be urged to consider more active ways to travel like walking and cycling. Extra funding is likely to be announced for English local authorities to help alter road networks to facilitate this. The intention is to take the pressure off roads and public transport networks.

This is a devolved issue and in Wales, the assembly is suggesting a number of new policies including road and lane closures with filters for cyclists. Scotland announced funding for “active travel infrastructure” in April. No specific measures have been announced yet in Northern Ireland although the infrastructure minister is expected to appoint a cycling and walking champion.

It is believed that Mr. Shapps will talk about using the unique “opportunity” of the lockdown restrictions to change the way we get to work.

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Digging out the old bike?

Artist Karl Jilg for the Swedish Road Administration

Artist Karl Jilg for the Swedish Road Administration

I was reading this article today from BBC’s environment analyst and it got me thinking…

I’ve lived in my house for nearly 10 years. It’s on a quiet road on the outskirts of Seaford. I’ve never seen so many people cycling – and not just the regulars I see all the time. Young families, older people on 90’s mountain bikes, eBikers and even the odd cargo bike.

From speaking to friends it would seem that the lack of traffic is helping less confident cyclists to take to the road. I’ve been able to cross the normally dangerously fast and busy A259 with my children without the usual fear! My son HATES crossing the A259 at Bishopstone Road. He’s been so much happier when we go for family rides.

My question is what happens when we return to normal? Public transport usage is expected to drop until a vaccine is available – this is surely going to lead to a rise in individual car usage. An obvious answer is would be to make walking and cycling a safe and viable alternative to avoid extra pollution and gridlocked roads. But how?

One thing has been made very clear… our shared paths are simply not wide enough to social distance and we lack joined up cycling infrastructure. If we are to get people back on their bikes once the traffic increases then we really need to give novice and experienced cyclists alike safe places to ride. Bike riding shouldn’t be scary. You shouldn’t need to cycle defensively covered head to toe in high-viz. Popping to the shops for a pint of milk – the bike should be your first choice rather than the car.

The benefits are all to well known to us cyclists… health, well-being and environmental. We just need a strong grass-roots movement to ask for support to make this a reality.  We can’t do this on our own though. Support from local councils and government bodies will be required to make changes a reality.

I’ll be having conversations with the council over the coming months about the developing Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP). I’ll make sure I keep everyone updated as I know more!

I’d be interested to know what you think… what could be done locally to get more people on their bikes?

Egrets Way Ride – Sunday the 22nd of March from 2-5pm. 

The Egrets Way now runs to and through the Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve

We are pleased to announce that the construction of the newest section of the Egrets Way network of shared paths has now been completed and that an opening celebration based at the Linklater Centre will be held on Sunday the 22nd of March from 2-5pm. 

This new path, which is available to all non-motorised users, extends the existing Egrets Way route from Ham Lane near the entrance to the Lewes Recycling Centre. It is 800 metres long and runs through a section of privately owned land before passing under the railway line and continuing through the Railway Land where it ends at Railway Lane near the centre of Lewes.  The funding for its construction was provided by the South Downs National Park, the EU Rural Enterprise (LEADER) Fund, Lewes Town Council and private donations made to the Egrets Way project. 

This ‘Signalling Spring’ event is being held in conjunction with the Railway Land Wildlife Trust who are, at the same time, celebrating the opening of their newly refurbished and repurposed Signal Box which has been transformed into a Wildlife Hide.  This will provide the opportunity for Railway Land visitors to enjoy panoramic views of the beautiful water meadows which are home to a host of wildlife.  A loft has also been built into the Hide to encourage bats to roost and nesting boxes have been fixed to the exterior to encourage swifts and swallows to roost there.  Cyclists will be able to use the dismounting point which is alongside the Hide. 

This joint celebration is intended to make people aware of the improved accessibility which the widened and sensitively surfaced route provides for users of all ages and capabilities. There will be a range of family-friendly activities on offer for everyone attending the celebration.

The Egrets Way 

‘Hit The Downs’ with Chestnut Tree House


Hit the Downs MTB

Sunday 3 May will see the return of Hit the Downs MTB, the annual off-road mountain bike event across the South Downs. You can choose from the cool 30km, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km or dare to take on the new epic 80km route!

Registration includes chip timing, refreshment stops and mechanical support on route along with souvenir medal and pre-event training rides.

The undulating course will test you with its multitude of tricky climbs and rapid downhill descents. Whether you choose to take on the cool 30km route, challenge yourself to the impressive 60km route or dare to take on the new epic 80km route you are guaranteed an exhilarating day in the saddle.

Visit our Information Hub for everything you need to know, from training advice to fundraising tips.

Hit the Downs with Chestnut

Newhaven Together – Community Engagement Day


Cycle Seahaven & Dr Bike will be in Attendance – hope to see you there!