CYCLE LEWES - Watering hole makes summer cycling a true joy

The Anchor Inn in Barcombe - a favourite haunt for cyclists
The Anchor Inn in Barcombe - a favourite haunt for cyclists

Difficulty 2/5

Long summer days are made for leisurely summer cycles, good company and a refreshing drink in the sun.

Sussex is blessed with a number of fantastic country pubs which act as watering holes to the thirsty cyclist.

This week, we look at a flat ride to the Anchor Inn, Barcombe, perfect for a sunny summer Sunday. You will need knobbly tyres, as part of the route is off-road.

Starting at the bottom of Landport bottom, behind Wallands school, head down and out of Lewes on the A275, which has a path adjacent for less confident cyclists.

Take the first right past Offham church and down to the level crossing. Once over this, follow the road round 90 degree left and right turns and head on towards Barcombe.

After a mile, head right to avoid the climb in front of you and you’ll soon pass a picturesque church on your right. Follow the road for another mile and a half until you reach a T-Junction with Barcombe Mills Road.

From here, turn right and head downhill to visit Barcombe Mills. Before you reach the car park, you can see the mills and a little walk up the footpath is a lovely picnicking spot.

When you want to continue riding, head back the way you came and look for the [THIS HAS A NAME] bridleway on your right (the north side of the road).

This used to be part of the Lewes – Uckfield trainline and takes you along a mile of wooded embankment to another minor road. This can get muddy after wet weather, but is usually fine during the summer months.

Turn right once you reach the minor road and follow it for its entire length. After a gentle half mile, you will reach the Anchor Inn and the end of the ride. A well earned drink or ice cream is recommended and although there is ample outside seating it can still get very busy in the height of summer.

The riverside walk is an excellent extension to your day – although please don’t cycle on this footpath. For the more adventurous, the Anchor also hire out rowing (ARE THEY ROWING) boats for a trip up the Ouse.

The ride back isn’t too strenuous, although the climbs to Offham church will have you puffing.

On your return into Lewes, turning left at the fork before the rise and cycle along the A259 towards the Elephant and Castle allows for a flatter route back to your start point.

After 500 metres, turn up an obvious path leading up the hill on your right, dismount and climb back up towards Wallands school.