Bigger and better - the Lewes Hike and Bike Festival is back

Mount Caburn, Lewes, picture courtesy Lewes Hike and Bike Festival
Mount Caburn, Lewes, picture courtesy Lewes Hike and Bike Festival

The Lewes Hike and Bike Festival will run over four weeks and with events taking place across the district in 2015.

Next year the majority of activities will be held at weekends, allowing people who work full time to take part.

However activities aimed at more elderly people, such as slower paced walks, will take place during the week.

Organisers are working with a number of groups, such as Cycle Seahaven and Sussex Community Development Association, to provide activities across the district.

The 2015 festival will open with a street fair in Lewes precinct on May 30 and continue through to June 21 with events in Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven, Peacehaven and Ringmer as well as villages right across Lewes district.

Festival co-ordinator Brian DeVal said: “We learnt a lot from the events in 2013 and 2014 and have built those lessons into the four week programme for 2015.

“We are working with a variety of groups and clubs in the district to ensure that everyone who wants to get involved has the opportunity to do so.

“The programme will focus on weekend activities but there will also be a lot of things going on during the week and in the evenings.”

The walks and rides programme will include events starting in towns and villages all over the district and there will be a wider range of activities for different abilities.

There will be both on road and off road cycling, long hikes and short walks as well as family focussed events.

Brian added: “We want as many people as possible to be able to enjoy what we have locally from the stunning coast line to the fantastic scenery on the South Downs and low Weald.”

Festival organisers will encourage primary schools to get involved so that more children can learn the essential skills to ride their bikes safely.

Organisers want to hear from people, groups or organisations that would like to be part of this exciting event. Visit