Ladies Ride: Saturday 8th June

Ladies Lunch to Litlington Tea Gardens 

 
This months Ladies Ride will depart from the cycle path at the bottom of Edinburgh Road at 11:00am and follow a lovely countryside route, riding at a gentle pace set by the pace of the slowest rider and supporting each other. We will be passing through cow/sheep fields and sharing our route with walkers, dogs, horses and fellow cyclists.
Litlington Tea Gardens have their own little nursery and gift shop – a great excuse to buy a plant or 2!
 
The route is suitable for MTB, Hybrids & E-bikes, and you could come across mud, grass, concrete, gravel & tarmac.
As always: Helmet, drink, spare inner tube, pump, lights and bike lock are all essential kit. 
 
The aim is to be back at Edinburgh Road at approx 15:30
 
For more info please see the calendar here, or contact either of the Ride Leaders, Sarah or Kate here.
 
 
 
 
 

Ladies Ride to the Beanstalk Tea Garden – Saturday 4th May

This month’s ride, a week earlier than normal, will meet on the cycle path at the bottom of Edinburgh Road, next to the ice cream van at 11am. We aim to be back by 5pm.

A longer ride again this month, you’ll be passing through cow and sheep fields and sharing our route with walkers, dogs, horses and fellow cyclists… and sharing the Tea Room with a peacock!

On what can be a beautiful route at this time of year, the ride will take you up to Bo-Peep and on to Firle car park. At the bottom of Firle Bostal, you’ll take a right onto the Old Coach Road where, along this ancient old road you’ll find The Beanstalk Tea Garden.

Visited this gem for lunch with a friend. We both had dietary requirements which they willingly accommodated. The little nah salad was delicious and the coffee and cake was excellent. Very peaceful part of the countryside too.

The return will be to continue along the OCR to Ariston and emerge onto the quiet Littlington Road. You’ll then turn right onto a short section of the A259 to cross over Exceat Bridge and into the Cuckmere Haven car park. It’ll then be off road into Seaford where the quiet roads will bring you back to the Seafront for your return to Edinburgh Road.

Depending on the weather conditions, the route may change.

 

Amazing little idyllic corner of Sussex – like out of some fairly tale. Piles of cakes in the sunshine in a filed with a peacock squawking! Best place I’ve been all year.

The route is suitable for MTB’s, Hybrids & e-bikes with knobbly tyres. Essential kit, as always, includes: your helmet, a drink, a spare inner tube, pump, lights & lock.

As last month, this route is a little more adventurous than the winter routes. Although the ride will always be paced at the speed of the slowest rider, and everyone supports each other, the 217m climb to Firle isn’t for beginners! If you have any concerns about this, contact either of the Ride Leader’s: Sarah Winser or Kate Carver from the Ride Leaders contact page, and they’ll be happy to help and guide.

Ladies Ride to the Courtyard Cafe – Saturday 13th April

This months Ladies Ride incorporates a lovely long lunch at the Courtyard Cafe, based at the YHA South Downs Hostel at Itford Farm.

The ride will be leaving at 11am from the meeting point at the bottom of Edinburgh Road (next to the cycle path where the ice cream van parks), and will aim to return at approximately 4.30pm.

It’s unusual for them to be THIS close to the gate!

Essential kit, as always, includes: your helmet, a drink, a spare inner tube, pump, lights & lock.

This months route will encounter grass, concrete, gravel, tarmac and depending on the weather, mud.  Making it suitable for MTB & Hybrids with knobbly tires. 

Leaving the meeting point, the ride will head into Seaford and towards Seaford Golf Club. The concrete road will take you up onto the downs where you’ll head towards Bo-Peep and Firle along part of The South Downs Way. Once you’ve reached Firle it’ll all be down hill (almost!) via Itford to the lunch stop. Depending on weather conditions, this could change.

The return will be via the much less hilly Egretts Way / Ouse Estury route, which will, as part of the cycle route, take in a short part of the C7.

This route is a little more adventurous than the winter routes. Although the ride will always be paced at the speed of the slowest rider, and everyone supports each other, the 217m climb to Firle isn’t for beginners! If you have any concerns about this, contact the Ride Leader Sarah Winser from the Ride Leaders contact page, and she’ll be happy to help and guide.

One thing (weather permitting, of course!) guaranteed, are fabulous views from The South Downs Way across the flatlands below to the High Weald in the distance. On a clear day you can see over 40 miles in a 360° panorama from the top.

As the ride is on the Downs, there’s every chance that we’ll be sharing our route with other cyclists,  pedestrians, horses and dogs, and of course those that live there: cows and sheep. Be prepared for your bike not being perfectly clean on your return!

Ladies Ride to Follers Manor. 1st September 2018.

 
The Ladies Rides go out on the second Saturday of the month and are more of a social affair, than aiming to cover the route in as fast a time as possible! If you’ve just joined, or are thinking of joining the club, then a Ladies Ride could be the perfect way of getting to know others. Sarah is a wonderful ride leader and will put you at your ease from the moment you arrive, or contact her. What’s to loose?!

 

Royal Wedding Ride. 19th May 2018.