We started off from Lewes Train Station, heading east out of Lewes and on to the, relatively, new cycle path along side the A27.
A very useful way of getting to Middle Farm by bike without the need to use a main road, but we weren’t stopping for cider today, onwards.
Along through the lanes, past Chalvington and Berwick, with little help from my sat nav that decided to lose the route for a while, crossing over the A27 at Drusillas roundabout and along Alfriston Road into the village of Alfriston, a really nice little village with lots of history and interesting places to visit.
As we leave Alfriston, the “fun” begins, with a climb - High and Over, with a max 16 per cent gradient, it is a fairly short, sharp climb and once at the top, while taking a well earned rest, and a photo, for a couple of minutes, we are rewarded with a fantastic view over the Cuckmere Valley.
Then, the rain came...
From here it is a pleasant ride down into Seaford and along the coast road to join with the cycle track that joins Seaford and Newhaven.
It winds through the Ouse Estuary Nature Reserve, part of the Sustrans National Cycle Route 2.
As the weather had closed in now, we took a group decision to take a slightly quicker route back, along the C7 (Kingston road) which is a nice alternative route, otherwise to follow our originally planned route you would head along the coast road, with great views on our left out to sea, through Peachaven and Saltdean and upon reaching Rottingdean turn right and head up the long climb, to Woodingdean.
At the top, it’s worth a quick rest stop to take in the view looking out over the city of Brighton and Hove, the Amex Stadium and across the rolling South Downs.
From here it is a fast descent down to Falmer and to join up with the cycle lane along side the A27, again, from Falmer back into Lewes.
All in all, a great afternoon’s ride, with some great company.
If you would like to follow this route, or any of the others used during the festival, visit the website www.leweshikeandbike.co.uk
where each walk and ride have their own page with a link to the route map used which can be printed off or downloaded to a sat nav unit or smart phone.
A Ride to the Coast was part of the Lewes Hike and Bike Festival and took place on Wednesday May 29, covering 56km.
The festival features a series of organised walks and cycle rides to suit all levels of fitness and finishes on Sunday June 2.