Successful Lewes Hike and Bike Festival to run again next year

Mountain biking on the South  Downs near Lewes.
Mountain biking on the South Downs near Lewes.
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The first Lewes Hike and Bike Festival has been deemed a success by organisers who said more than 100 people took part in the cycling and hiking events held over six days, with dozens more attending the evening talks.

A total of 20 events were held during the festival from May 28 to June 2, with organised walks and bike rides aimed at a broad range of fitness levels.

Organisers said they were planning to run the festival again next year and would stage more evening events, so people who worked during the day could take part in more rides and walks.

It was coordinated by Cycle Shack, Gearshack and Intersport in Lewes, with some support from Lewes District Council.

The aim was to draw attention to the breathtaking scenery that Lewes and the South Downs National Park can boast.

Next year they are hoping the festival will attract visitors from out of town to come and spend a few days in Lewes, taking part in hiking and cycling activities.

One of the organisers, Harriet Cunningham, said: “I think overall the festival has been deemed a success by those involved in organising it and judging from the feedback we received from those who took part.

“I think that there will be a Hike and Bike Festival at the same time next year, so keep an eye on facebook and twitter. I’m sure we’ll be after ideas and volunteers to lead walks and rides.”