Last chance to take part in Lewes Hike and Bike Festival

The South Downs Way.
The South Downs Way.

It’s the final weekend of the Lewes Hike and Bike Festival with the festival fair taking place in Cliffe Precinct on Saturday May 31.

The fair is a chance to meet other walkers and cyclists and learn about improvements that are being made for walkers and cyclists in the South Downs National Park and in the Lewes area.

East Sussex County Council will be on hand to talk about the new Lewes to Ringmer Cycle Path, new cycle parking facilities and changes along some roads in Lewes to make them more cycle friendly.

They will also be showing proposals for a new section of the Regional Cycle Route 90 that could join up the sections to the east and west of Lewes.

The Lewes Cycle Challenge will be featured. It runs from May 26 to June 15 and aims to encourage businesses to compete with each other and help their employees to cycle more often.

Challenge manager Louise Dunn said: “The Lewes Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition.

“There are lots of great prizes on offer including a £500 bike, bike gear, cinema tickets and local restaurant vouchers. “It’s all about participation – which workplaces can get the most people to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more?”

To join the competition businesses need visit the stand or register online at

The festival fair is offering ‘lite bite’ road safety skills training in partnership with East Sussex County Council’s Bikeability team.

The free training is available to any children who can already ride a two wheeler; they can use their own bike or borrow bikes when they arrive.

The team will also check children’s bikes before training begins to make sure they area safe.

Liddy Leeding from the Bikeability team says; “There is no need to book in advance; just bring your children to Harvey’s Yard behind Cliffe High Street and our trainers will make sure that they leave with better skills and more knowledge about safe cycling than they had when they arrived.”

There will be expert ‘Dr Bikes’ on hand at the fair to carry out routine maintenance and give advice.

Sussex Police will offer free security marking.

Local walking and cycle groups from Lewes and Seaford will also be represented and encouraging new members to join their groups. And there will be opportunities to test out the latest bikes and walking gear.

The final event of this year’s festival takes place on Sunday June 1 when the ‘Tour de Lewes’ riders set off at 10am on a 57mile ride through the lanes of Sussex.

Full information about the ‘Tour de Lewes’ and all the other activities are available on the Festival website at or you can Festival on Facebook or Twitter@leweshikenbike.