2B Sunday Morning Beginners Ride

This Sundays ride saw the beginners group and the intermediate group set out together for a relaxed poodle along Seaford seafront to the car park at Tidemills, where the groups split. This left the beginners ride with 17 of us heading for the youth hostel cafe at Southease. A second beginners group was to follow on behind as afew riders were running late. We carried on to Newhaven and then along the riverbank to Piddinghoe where we passed the intermediate group, nothing to do with the speed we were riding at, more to the fact they had all stopped as one of them had picked up a puncture. Shortly after this one of our group also picked up a puncture, however the main group carried on whilst the puncture was repaired, thanks Gus for coming to the rescue.

After a short hop on the C7 we joined the Egrets Way to Southease, having made good time we were to early for the café, so we carried on up the Erget Way until the hard packed surface ended. Turning round we rode back to, and over the bridge crossing the river Ouse and on to the Cafe. The look on the poor waitress’s face when see saw all 17 of us ride up was a picture, a mixture of surprise and fright. Shortly after arriving the second group turned up – all 8 of them…. WOW We couldn’t believe it 25 riders on our beginners ride – a record – as you can see from the photo.

After coffee and cake we returned via the same route, back to Seaford, where people split off at different points to head home, hopefully having enjoyed a very pleasant mornings ride.

I would like to add a personal thank you to those ride leaders & more experienced riders who assisted me on this ride. It is greatly appreciated.  

Paul Sandles


Egrets Way Opening Event – Sat 14th May

A new section of the Egrets Way between the South Downs Way at Southease Bridge and Deans’ farm will be opened on Saturday 14th May.

There are cycle rides to and from the event, ebikes to try, bbq & café, and our club stand.

See our website for more details at

Sunday MTB – Ride Report 15th March 2015

Ten riders started out from The White Lion for our usual Sunday morning ride. This time we planned to ride to the Courtyard Café at Southease Youth Hostel. The ground was dry & firm and we had a following wind for much of the outward journey. All that winter riding in rain and over soft ground had paid off:  we arrived half an hour before the café opened. We did however use the new public workshop facilities outside the café to inflate a tyre with a slow puncture. It’s handy to know these facilities exist for emergency repairs.

Debbie shows off the cycle tools at Southease YHA

Debbie shows off the cycle tools at Southease YHA

Rather than wait in the cold for the café to open we carried on to the new café at The Big Park in Peacehaven for coffee and cake (and bacon sarnies) (and bacon & egg rolls).

The Bridleway from Telscombe Village to Bullock Down

The Bridleway from Telscombe Village to Bullock Down

Bikes at the Big Park Cafe

At the Big Park Café. Bikes on the outside, coffee and cake on the inside.

Our return route was via the popular Cycle Seahaven route for road and off-road riders: turning left off the busy A259 down Valley Road and past Meeching Valley School,  to pick of the cycle lane behind the Jolly Boatman and back to Seaford. At over 20 miles this was certainly one of our longer rides,  but the improving conditions are making lengthier outings much easier.

The Big Pedal 2 – Ride Report 31st January 2015

On Saturday 31st January The Big Park project organised two cycle rides to help promote the amazing work that’s going on in Peacehaven’s Big Park. Cycle Seahaven were only too happy to help with the ‘Intermediate’ ride, and Sustrans led the ‘Family’ ride.

At ten past eleven we ran a headcount and a briefing of the ride before 17 riders of all ages set off from The Big Park for the intermediate ride. The rain had eased off while we rode towards Newhaven using the quiet roads on the designated cycle route along Arundel Road. At the junction of the A259 we all crossed over the main road and headed up The Highway past Rushey Hill caravan park. This is quite a climb so we all stopped at the top to get our breath back. After a short break we headed left down Upper Valley Road, across the main road, and down into Meeching Valley –  a lovely fast descent to reward our earlier climb. The quiet residential streets along Valley Road took us towards Lewes Road Recreation Grounds and onto the beginning of the Egrets Way by Robinson Road. The river banks were very muddy and hard work for part of the route, but the scenery was stunning. The rain was still holding off and it was good to get onto the tarmac road at Southease. The original plan was to continue on the Egrets Way to Rodmell, but the tough conditions meant we had to cut the ride short and take the more direct road route. The easy, flat road was a joy to ride on after the muddy river banks, but it soon started its climb out of the valley and up Gorhams Lane to Telscombe Village, crossing the C7 on the way. This is almost 300 feet of climbing in a mile and a half, so when we got to the top we were certainly ready for a rest before the final descent to Telscombe Village for our free lunch. And what a lunch! Hot dogs, pizza, bread & cheese, soup, sausage rolls and hot & cold drinks. The Big Parks team had done us proud.

After our 8-mile ride and hearty lunch we rode with the Family group on the 3mile route back to the Big Park. Another fantastic free day out courtesy of The Big Park, Sustrans and Cycle Seahaven.

We look forward to supporting the next ride for the Big Park opening day on March 7th 2015. More details will soon be posted on our website and on our online calendar.

Jim's not too sure about his decision to ride on the lower banks

Jim’s not too sure about his decision to ride on the lower banks

Chris, Dave, Joanne, Lesley, Joseph, Steve, Lynn and Paul on the upper banks

Chris, Dave, Joanne, Lesley, Joseph, Steve, Lynn and Paul on the upper banks

Tobias, Alfie, Ricki & Kate on the lower banks

Tobias, Alfie, Ricki & Kate on the lower banks

Stopping for a rest on Gorhams Lane, 10 minutes form the finish.

Stopping for a rest on Gorhams Lane, 10 minutes from the finish.