Rides to Bexhill always prove popular with cyclists who prefer to cycle at touring pace, i.e. an average speed of 12½ mph whilst cycling. The touring ride this morning (Sunday) was no exception as 11 cyclists met at the Martello Tower to commence the touring ride to Bexhill.
The route from Seaford to Bexhill is reasonably flat apart from Chapel Hill, a serious climb between Litlington and Wilmington. We always take a breather at the top and regroup. After Wilmington the route goes through Hailsham and then eastwards across the Pevensey Levels, along Rickney Lane and Sluice Lane to Bexhill. So, although this ride is a round trip of almost 50 miles, it’s quite easy to cycle; perhaps that’s why it’s so popular.
The weather conditions for the ride this morning were ideal, dry and sunny with just a slight breeze. We reached Bexhill in two hours, bang on schedule as the distance is almost 25 miles. Our refreshment stop was at the Italian Way restaurant, almost opposite the De La Warr Pavilion.
It was so pleasant sitting outside in the sunshine that we stayed there for quite a long time, about 45 minutes. The return journey was easy as we had a slight tail wind and, two hours later, we were back in Seaford.
The touring ride next weekend will be on Saturday instead of Sunday.