Riverside cyclepath from Lewes to Newhaven to be built

Looking up the River Ouse towards Lewes.
Looking up the River Ouse towards Lewes.

An exciting scheme to build a cyclepath alongside the River Ouse from Newhaven to Lewes is reaching its final stages.

Cycling charity Sustrans and the Ouse Valley Cycle Network have applied to Lewes District Council for permission to construct the route, known as the Egret’s Way.

If approved it will create a safe route for people to cycle between the two towns and potentially a popular tourist attraction in the middle of the South Downs National Park.

The Ouse Valley Cycle Network will hold drop in sessions for people to find out more in Newhaven on Friday May 2 at the Hillcrest Centre in Hillcrest Road from 3pm to 6pm.

Another drop in session will take place on Sunday May 4 at the Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes, from 2pm to 5pm.

In total 8.8km of cycle path in two sections will be created, linking up with existing roads and cyclepaths to form a connection between the two towns and the Ouse Valley villages.

The cyclepath will tie in with Ham Lane in Lewes and Robinson Road in Newhaven.

Residents have been campaigning for a safe alternative route between Lewes and Newhaven for years, given the current options are the busy C7 and A26.

Funding for the riverside cycle path looks set to come from the South Downs National Park.