Saturday 7th June
The weather forecast for rain did not deter the 50 walkers, horse riders and cyclists who attended the official opening of the Southease to Rodmell section of Egrets Way. This latest section to be completed (also called Phase 2, Phase 1 being the Kingston to Lewes section) starts at a wide gate near Southease bridge, and a lovely all-weather surface follows the river bank before turing left to Rodmell. There is an unmade section in the middle, but we hope this will be rectified soon. Once at Rodmell you can visit Monks House, and a little further up the road is the Abergavenny Arms. You can get to the Southease end by train. Visitors to Monks House or the Pub can use their carparks.
Cycle Seahaven were in attendance with their regular ‘Dr. Bike’ tent and three volunteer mechanics – plenty of ‘shed bikes’ were working much better after free air, oil and a bit of knowledge-sharing on how to tweak a bike. The local policing team were there too, applying security markings to bikes – also free. Abergavenny Arms donated 100 cupcakes (yes, one hundred) to give to the hungry crowds – my favourite being the ones with salt caramel icing. Refreshments were further complemented by the Ouse Valley Cycle Network team who laid on free fruit juice.
The sun soon came out and the day became wonderfully sunny, making the most of the gardens at Monks House (National Trust), which were opened for free to those attending the celebrations. The South Downs National Park Authority were also in attendance, with a huge map and information on how the National Park is being run and developed. Did I mention the price for attending this celebration? Yup, all free.
For those looking to explore this section of Egrets Way here’s a link to Google Map http://goo.gl/maps/obyJX
Another write up http://disabledramblers.co.uk/2014/06/08/egrets-way-opening/