The first Lewes Hike and Bike Festival will kick off on Tuesday May 28, offering a treasure chest of organised walks and bike rides to help you get to know the local countryside better.
Local organisations and businesses have teamed up with Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority to organise something for people with all levels of fitness and endurance catered for: from easy nature rambles to long mountain bike rides.
There will even be a ride over the Downs with a vineyard tour and tasting.
Among the other rides will be routes taking in the four peaks of Lewes, a ride to the sea and an off road ride from Lewes to Stanmer Park and back.
Anyone is welcome and all events are free – the schedule is on the website at: www.leweshikeandbike.co.uk
There will also be a talk by mountaineer Cliff Dargonne on May 28 - Everest the 60th Anniversary at 7pm at the Elephant and Castle.
Then the Greenwich meridian Trail, Genesis and Evolution, will be the topic of a talk by Graham and Hilda Heap on May 31 at The Dorset at 7.30pm.
If you’re looking for some new cycling or walking gear, head down to the Festival Fair on June 2 at Lewes Railway Station’s Car Park. 2
There will be stands from manufacturers, demo bikes, retailers – including Paramo, the South Downs National Park and more. It will run from 10am -2pm.
Want to know more about the history of Lewes? There is a guided tour of the town with local historian and Sussex Express columnist Kevin Gordon. This will take place on Thursday May 30 at 2pm.
A guided tour of Lewes’ best kept secret, the Railway Land Nature Reserve, will take place on Friday May 31 .
Meet at the Festival Meeting Point by the railway station at 10am or the Linklater Pavilion at 10.30am.
There are more walks of varying degrees of difficulty, taking in routes around the Ouse Valley, the Three Peaks of Lewes and the Seven Sisters Country Park.