Lewes Hike and Festival to be bigger than ever before

Hike and Bike Festival in Lewes promises more events than ever before.
Hike and Bike Festival in Lewes promises more events than ever before.

A festival which celebrates walking and cycling looks set to be the biggest ever with events taking place in Lewes, Peacehaven, Seaford and Newhaven.

The Lewes Hike and Bike Festival has more than 40 walks, rides and evening events taking place from May 30 until June 21.

It will open with a Street Fair on Satuday May 30 in Lewes Precinct with many events starting from towns and villages across Lewes District and most are free to join.

Festival co-ordinator Brian DeVal said: “The programme has something for everyone no matter how experienced or fit people think they are.

“Many of the walks and rides will take just a few hours including stops for refreshments.

“We also have longer hikes and rides, short nature rambles, town centre lunchtime walks, as well as map reading and compass courses and evening talks.”

The first walk of the Festival returns by popular demand.

The Lewes Town History Walk led by local historian Kevin Gordon takes in some of the quirky, off the beaten track, corners of Lewes, including a couple of graveyards, one with Jack the Ripper connections.

This walk leaves from the Festival Fair at 10.30am and takes about 90 minutes.

Also returning on the opening day is the popular ‘Retro Ride’ for those who prefer tweed to lycra.

The route takes a gentle 10-mile route from Lewes to with a stop off at a pub.

One of the highlights over the first weekend of the Festival will be the Lewes Meander, a scenic bike ride through the stunning countryside around Lewes.

The route will give riders the opportunity to get close to the landscape that rushes past car windows.

There are two versions of the Lewes Meander. Riders can choose to cycle the shorter 19-miles ride that takes in Glynde, Ripe and Ringmer or the longer 39-mile route that goes out to Chailey and Ditchling Common before returning to Lewes.

The Meander is suitable for all abilities, as long as everyone can manage their bike safely.

Most of the programmed walks and rides during the Festival have been especially designed by local clubs and organisations using their local knowledge and experience to make the routes as interesting as possible.

For more information and programme details go to the Festival website at www.leweshikeandbike.co.uk or find it on Facebook and follow it on Twitter @LewesHikenBike