Last chance to sign up for event at Lewes Hike and Bike Festival

Photo courtesy of Sustrans
Photo courtesy of Sustrans
  • Explore the South Downs with experienced rangers in 13 mile mountain bike ride
  • Watch documentary Bikes vs Cars which looks at conflict between cyclists and drivers
  • Enjoy a festival at Peacehaven Centenary Park with guided walks and rides

A festival in Peacehaven’s Centenary Park with guided walks and bike rides is just one of the exciting events coming up in the final week of the Lewes Hike and Bike Festival (May 30-June 21).

Organisers promise there is something for everyone, with walks, rides and talks taking place across Lewes District to suit all abilities.

They are urging people to take part in Lewes Bike to Work Day on Tuesday June 16 and leave their cars at home.

Festival co-ordinator Brian DeVal said; “Saturday marks the start of National Bike Week that runs until the 21 June.

“The Festival is marking this event with some high profile cycling events.

“On Saturday June 13 we have two challenging rides: the South Downs Explorer for mountain bikes is a 13-mile ride across the South Downs and is led by experienced South Downs rangers.

“The second is a return of the popular 56-mile Tour de Lewes that takes a figure of eight route around Lewes with a start and finish in the town.

“On Sunday June 14 we are proud to be able to show the award winning documentary Bikes Vs Cars that looks at the growing conflict where cyclists and drivers meet considers how communities and politicians meet these challenges.

“After the film we have a number of speakers who will debate the issues that the film raises.”

On Sunday June 14 there is short three mile circular walk from Lewes to Cooksbridge led by rangers from the National Park that follows the River Ouse, starting at 2pm.

And on Tuesday June 16 Brighton and Hove Ramblers are leading a five mile circular walk from Kingston at 9.45am.

The Festival in the Park on Saturday June 20 at Centenary Park in Peacehaven will feature 13 different events including four guided rides over the South Downs, two rides between Peacehaven and Brighton Marina along cycle paths, walks exploring the Meridian Way and hikes between Peacehaven and Lewes. Visit

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