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.

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