Calendar & Ride Descriptions

 

Below, are descriptions to the Introduction Rides, Health Rides & Rural Rides. The dates are below each description and clicking on the dates will give you more information about each individual ride. 
Before attending your first Ride the Downs session, be it Intro, Health or Rural Ride, you must complete our ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM.
For subsequent rides within any category, please complete the ride attendance form, prior to each ride. This form can be also be found within the details of each ride. (Once completed, there is no commitment as we appreciate circumstances do change and you might not be able to join. This just gives us an idea of how many will attend.)

 

CANCELLATIONS:
if rides or events have to be cancelled, ride leaders or organisers will update
this page
as early as possible and no later than 1 hour before the start time.

Introduction Rides
The Introduction Rides will all be held at The Big Park In Peacehaven (running after our Dr Bike sessions). They’re a great opportunity to dust of the bike and begin the season. They’ll last around 60 minutes and involve bike handling skills to include: mounting and dismounting, setting off and stopping, gear changing, braking, cornering, hand signals and slow speed control. There’ll also be a few fun competitions with prizes, followed by a short loop around The Big Park. All under the watchful eye of our team, who will help you become more confident on your bike. This will help you to gain the confidence to join a Health Ride.

This is a fun and relaxed session; everyone is welcome including children and youth riders under the age of 18, although they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A parental consent form will be available on the day for completion. During the ride the parent or guardian must at all times take responsibility for the actions of the child / youth rider. 
You may sign up on the day but we would prefer if you sign up before by filling in our online registration form.

12:00 – 1:00pm at The Big Park in Peacehaven.
12:00 – 1:00pm at The Big Park in Peacehaven.


Health Rides
These rides are longer than the Introduction Rides. Lasting up to 2 hours, their aim is to increase your fitness and confidence on your bike, whilst exploring some of the local cycle routes and quiet rural roads. Help and assistance can be given to those requiring advice on road positioning and signaling. 
Health Rides are set at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
You must register for your initial ride using our online registration form. For subsequent rides, please complete our Ride Attendance Form


10:00am at The Martello Tower, Seaford and 10:30am at Denton Corner, Newhaven
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
Our first Health Ride of the season takes us over to Newhaven West Beach. We will start at The Martello Tower, Seaford. Following Seaford promenade and cycle path along Marine Parade to the OET (Ouse estuary trail) to Newhaven then onto the West Harbour and a short rest / refreshments break. Our return will retrace our steps via the OET then continue along Marine Parade and Seaford promenade back to the Martello Tower. This ride is a mixture of Cycle path and a small quiet road section.
Perfect for beginners and those of you that want to get back out on your bike this season.
Suitable for all bike types.
Helmets are required on all club rides. 
Health Rides are set at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form

1:00pm at The Big Park, Peacehaven.
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
This Health ride takes us up to Telscombe Tye. Following the cycle path out of big park up to Pelham Rise, we will take a small road section to join the bridleway off of Telscombe Road. Here we take the gravel bridleway up to Telscombe Tye where we will take a grass section down to the A259 crossing by the Smugglers Rest Public House. We will then join the grass/path section that runs along the cliff until we reach The Highway, where we will cross back over the A259 taking the cycle path back to Arundel Road and back into the Big Park for refreshments. Perfect for beginners and those of you that want to get back out on your bike this season.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides.
This ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

1.30pm at The Big Park, Peacehaven.
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
For this ride, we’ll take the cycle path to the A259 crossing at the bottom of The Highway, we head up the track in our own time until we reach Charleston Avenue. We then drop down the grassy path until we reach Newhaven Heights and Court Farm Road, where we will have a small road section to join the cycle path along the harbour, passing the lifeboat station and towards Newhaven swing bridge. Continuing onto the cycle path towards Elphick Road, we then turn right at the Jolly Boatman Public House and take the bridleway towards Piddinghoe Village. We will then take a small section of road to join Valley Road (a private road we have access to). This brings us back onto Telscombe Road where we will drop back into the Big Park, Peacehaven for refreshments. Perfect for beginners and those of you that want to get back out on your bike this season.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides.
This ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

1:00pm at The White Lion Hotel, Seaford
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
We’ll begin with a small road section towards Firle Road, where we join the ‘concrete road’ just before Blachington golf course. We will follow the route up to Bo-Peep, where we’ll turn left and head for the Firle masts. Once at the mast’s we will drop down, taking the left fork and head for Poverty Bottom / Cantercrow Hill. We’ll take a left round the back of Denton, dropping down Palmerston Road / Mount Road to Denton Corner to pick up the Ouse Estuary Trail back to Seaford. We will then take the path to the Martello Tower for refreshments. A little longer than our previous health rides as today we are reaching the South Downs.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides. 
Health Rides are set at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

1:00pm at The Big Park, Peacehaven
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
This Health ride takes us up to Telscombe Tye. Following the cycle path out of big park up to Pelham Rise where we will take a small road section to join the bridleway off of Telscombe Road. Here we take the gravel bridleway up to Telscombe Tye where we will take a grass section down to the A259 crossing by the Smugglers Rest Public House. We will then join the grass/path section that runs along the cliff until we reach The Highway where we will cross back over the A259 taking the cycle path back to Arundel Road and back into the Big Park for refreshments. Perfect for beginners and those of you that want to get back out on your bike this season.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides. 
Health Rides are set at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form

1:00pm at The Martello Tower, Seaford and 1:30pm on the cycle Path next to McDonald’s, Newhaven.
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
Starting at the Martello we take the promenade and join the OET cycle route into Newhaven, picking up additional riders outside McDonald’s. We then head towards Newhaven Station and under the flyover to cross the swing bridge. Continuing onto the cycle path towards Elphick Road, we then turn right at the Jolly Boatman Public House and take the bridleway towards Piddinghoe Village. We will then take a small section of road to join the Egrets way cycle route. Following this route up to Southease, where we will stop for refreshments at the YHA café (where we can gaze up Itford Hill on the South Downs). Once refueled we will return to Seaford taking the same route.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides.
Health Rides are set at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

Regretfully ride cancelled due to Newhaven RNLI event. Please come and visit us at the event in Fort Road Recreation ground .

1:00pm at The Big Park, Peacehaven
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
We follow the cycle path out of the Big Park up to Pelham Rise, where we will take a small road section to join the bridleway and drop-down Valley Road. We then take a small road section into Piddinghoe Village and bridleway into Newhaven where we will join the cycle path along Newhaven harbour. We pass the RNLI station and head towards Court Farm Road and head up onto the cliff path and onto The Highway and back onto the cycle path into the Big Park for refreshments.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides.
This ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

10:00am at The Martello Tower, Seaford 
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Guy.
Today’s health ride begins at the Martello tower Seaford and takes us along the seafront on the shared cyclepath towards the junction A259. Via the central reservation we’ll cross the 259 heading to Hill Rise. Making our first steady climb then turning left following along Grand Ave we head towards Seaford Golf club. Just before there we take a track leading to the Comp, this is the track that takes us to Bo Peep car park, on the South Downs Way. There we make a left turn and head towards Firle beacon where we enjoy splendid views up on the South Downs looking north and south at the terrain and coastline below.
Continuing along we head towards Firle Bostal and then on along the South Downs way to Itford hill where we can enjoy a relaxing downhill ride followed by a refreshment stop at the Southease YHA cafe.
Once refreshed it’s then a gentle ride along Egrets Way via Piddinghoe and Newhaven then back to Seaford via the Ouse Estuary Trial. 
Non club members please follow the link above and complete the online registration and attendance log where appropriate.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides.
This ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

10:00 am at The Martello Tower, Seaford
Ride Leader(s) and Assistant(s): Gray, Kirstie & Michelle.
Route: Today’s health ride begins at the Martello Tower Seaford and takes us along the seafront on the shared cyclepath towards the junction with the A259. Via the central reservation we’ll cross the A259 heading to and climbing Hill Rise, making our first steady climb. We turn left and follow along Grand Ave, towards Seaford Golf club. Just before there we take a track leading to the Comp. Turning right at ‘the bench’ we’ll take the decent down to Alfriston Road and the bridleway behind Seaford crossing the A259 again, and join Chyngton Lane. We then take a small road section back to the Martello tower for coffee and cake. The ride will take up to 1.5 hours depending on the ability of participants.

Non club members please follow the link above and complete the online registration and attendance log where appropriate.
 
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides.
This ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

1:30pm at The Big Park, Peacehaven 
Ride Leader(s): Gray Brett, Kirstie Forcey & Assisted by Michelle Brett.
Route: Today sees us begin the ride at The Big Park cafe along with our rural riders. We shall all set off together and share the route for a short while until we arrive at turn off near Highdole hill. There we turn left towards Pickers Hill farm and follow the downhill track all the way through Saltdean and on the under cliff path, NCN 2. Heading west along flat easy riding all the way towards Brighton marina. There we’ll stop for refreshments. Our route back will take us along the NCN2 back towards Peacehaven. At Telscombe cliffs we can follow the cliff track and enjoy the sea views before turning back towards the Big Park.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires (don’t forget we have bikes you can use if you don’t have a suitable one).
Helmets are required on all club rides.
This ride will be at the pace of the slowest rider and there will be regular stops.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

 


Rural Rides
These rides are aimed at those riders that wish to go that bit further, that bit faster. The rides last approximately three hours and can be on bridleways, byways and fields, exploring the South Downs National Park across a mix of terrain that may be rough and rutted, with some steep slopes. The Rural Rides may be incorporated into a Cycle Seahaven 3B ride. 
You must register for your initial ride using our online registration form.

1.30 pm – Martello Tower, Seaford
Ride Leader: Paul Sandles
Our first RTD Rural ride will see us leave the Martello Tower making our way up to Chyngton Way and on to Chyngton Lane North, crossing the A259 and taking the track to Alfriston Road. We cross the Alfriston Road and start our off road route up to Bo-Peep car park where we join to the Southdowns Way. Once on the SDW we head West making our way over to Southease, using the footbridge to cross the A26. We follow the road over the railway track & river Ouse before heading towards C7 via the Egrets Way. Once at the C7 we cross over and follow Valley Road into the back of Peacehaven, we then take Telscombe Road and make our way to Pelham Rise and head for the Big Park. Leaving the Big Park we make our way to the A259 and up the Highway, dropping down into Newhaven. We follow the riverside past the RNLI station and on the Swing Bridge. Using the shared access footpath we make for the Ouse Estruary Trial back to Seaford, finishing our ride at the Martello Tower.

The Rural Rides are the next step up from the Health Rides and will be ridden at a slightly higher pace. However we will ride at the pace of the slowest rider and will stop and regroup frequently, allowing everyone to enjoy the ride. We will also stop at relevant points to discuss alternative routes and local land marks.

I strongly recommend bringing a drink (not fizzy) and a snack or two.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via the website should you have any questions.

Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires
Helmets are required on all club rides
For each ride, please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

1.30 pm – Big Park
Ride Leader: Paul Sandles

Our second Rural Ride will see us heading for Woodingdean. We leave the Big Park and head for Telscombe Tye via Glynn Road West. From the Tye we take the bridleway around the back of Saltdean & Rottingdean to Blaze Hill Road, a short road climb leads us to another bridleway which will bring us to the top of the Falmer Road in Woodingdean. At this point we turn and head back, we’ll pick the Southdowns Way and follow it to Rodmell where we’ll drop down Mill Lane to the C7. A short hop on the C7 and we drop down to the Egrets Way, crossing the C7 to Valley Road which will lead us back into Peacehaven. We take Telscombe Road / Pelham Rise and back route into the Big Park, where the ride will finish with refreshments.

The Rural Rides are the next step up from the Health Rides and will be ridden at a slightly higher pace. However we will ride at the pace of the slowest rider and will stop and regroup frequently, allowing everyone to enjoy the ride. We will also stop at relevant points to discuss alternative routes and local land marks.

I strongly recommend bringing a drink (not fizzy) and a snack or two.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via the website should you have any questions.

Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires
Helmets are required on all club rides.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

1.30pm – Martello Tower
Ride Leader: Paul Sandles

Our third Rural Ride will see us heading for Friston Forest and Lullington Heath. We leave the Martello and make our way to Chyngton Way & Chyngton Lane, we take the NCR dropping down into the Cuckmere Inn carpark. A short road hop will see us into the carpark at Friston Forest, once in the forest we follow the main track through the forest, past Westdean pond and climb up on to the Gallops. From here we head for the Southdowns way, we follow the SDW to Windover Hill, at this point we turn and start heading back to Lullington Heath. Once at the Lullington Heath we drop down through Lullington Valley and pick up the bridleway through to Charlston Manor and the Littlington Road. We follow the Littlington Road back to the A259 where we’ll retrace our steps to the Martello Tower.

The Rural Rides are the next step up from the Health Rides and will be ridden at a slightly higher pace. However we will ride at the pace of the slowest rider and will stop and regroup frequently, allowing everyone to enjoy the ride. We will also stop at relevant points to discuss alternative routes and local land marks.

I strongly recommend bringing a drink (not fizzy) and a snack or two.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via the website should you have any questions.
Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires
Helmets are required on all club rides.
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.

1.30pm – Big Park
Ride Leader: Paul Sandles

Our forth Rural Ride will see us heading for Brighton Race Course. We leave the Big Park and head for Telscombe Tye via Telscombe Road. From the Tye we take the bridleway around the back of Saltdean, a steady climb leads us to Iford Hill and onto the Southdowns Way. We follow the SDW heading to Kingston Ridge, leaving the SDW we drop down to the Falmer road, where we take the cycle path to Warren Road, Woodingdean. We cross Warren Road, enjoying a long dowhill track into Ovingdean. We ride through Ovingdean, passing the Rottingdean Windmill and dropping down into Rottingdean crossing over to the undercliff. We ride along the undercliff to Saltdean and pick up the shared cycle/footpath into Peacehaven and drop onto the cliff top by the Wimpy. We ride along the cliff top and up Cliff Ave, back to the A259. Crossing the A259 we head for the Big Park, where the ride will finish.

The Rural Rides are the next step up from the Health Rides and will be ridden at a slightly higher pace. However we will ride at the pace of the slowest rider and will stop and regroup frequently, allowing everyone to enjoy the ride. We will also stop at relevant points to discuss alternative routes and local land marks.

I strongly recommend bringing a drink (not fizzy) and a snack or two.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me via the website should you have any questions.

Suitable for MTB/Hybrid bikes with knobbly tires
Helmets are required on all club rides
For each ride please complete our Ride Attendance Form.


 

 

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