Ride 5: Hastings to Brighton - 45 miles


The Ride 

This is the fifth ride of the “Cycle 30” group. It willl  starts in Hastings and finishes in Brighton. The total distance is around 47 miles, from Station to Station.

The ride is fairly flat,r without too many ups and down, the maximum elevation we go up to is 200 feet. The latter part of the ride goes through lovely country park

This route is mostly on road. A road bike should be fine for this trip. The link below shows the main route including an elevation graph.


(Please note by default the distance markers are shown in km, if you want to see these in miles you need to create an account on mapmyride and then you can change the setting to imperial)

The site also has a link for downloading a GPX file for all the high tech riders who know what I am talking about.

Getting to the Starting Point

 The starting point will be the Hastings Station Car Park. The meeting time is 10:35 am. And we will aim to start at 10:45 am from there.

To get to Hastings by train the cheapest and the recommended option is as follows:

London Bridge to Brighton: Starting at 8:12 am arriving Brighton at 9:15 am.  Buy a return ticket – The fare is only £10 .

There are many other options to get to Brighton before 9:30 am , but they are more expensive. Remember to buy a return ticket.

From Brighton we will take the 9:32 am to get to Hastings at 10:35am. The fare is £12.90.  However as I expect most of people coming to take this train. We can get try and get a Group Saver. If you are definitely coming, send me a note and I will include you in the Group Saver from Brighton to Hastings.

For people coming by car, I would recommend driving to Brighton, and parking in the car park at the Station, and then taking the 9:32 am from Brighton to Hastings with the rest of us. However, please note the Parking charges at Brighton are £12 for the day, that makes them a little more expensive than the train fare.

The Route 

 The route follows the National Cycle Network Route 2 (NCN 2) and is sign posted all along the way.  People can ride at their own pace along this route.


We will stop every 5 miles for a quick catch up, and there will be 3 longer stops of 20-30 minutes approximately after every 10 miles.

Pit Stop 1:

The Star INN

Normans Bay, Pevensey BN24 6QG.

This can be an early lunch for some, or just a short stop for a drink. The pub will be open at that time. It is around 10 miles from the start.





Pit Stop 2:  Lunch stop

Arlington Tea Garden

Placketts corner

Wilbees Road

Arlington, East Sussex, Polegate BN26 6RU


This a tea shop in a beautiful garden setting. It is 22 miles from the start and we expect to get there by 2:00pm









Pit Stop 3: Seaford Marina 


A fifteen minute stop at on the Seafront at the Marina parade at Seaford.



End of Ride in Brighton 

We will finish the ride on the Brighton Beach. The beach has many pubs and lively places and you can choose to sit and party there if you wish.

The meeting point at the end of the ride will be a pub on the beach, called the Bare foot Bar


Yellowave Beach Sports, 299 Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN2 1EN, BN2 1EN









The Brighton Station is a mile and half from the sea front and trains back to London Bridge are quite regular.

We will aim to take the 18:34 train back from Brighton to getting to London Bridge at 19:30.


Time Schedule

The approximate time schedule is as follows:

10:45 am  Start from Hastings

12:00-12:30 pm Pit Stop 1 : Normans Bay

1:30 – 2:00  Pit stop 2 – Lunch Stop at Arlington

3:15 – 3:30 pm  Short stop at Seaford

5:00 pm End of Ride in Brighton Sea front.


Break-downs, getting lost, giving up or arriving late

If you have a breakdown or any other issue with the ride there are train station every 10 miles, however I will have a Cycle rescue company’s number who can come and give you a ride to the nearest station. The cost of this rescue will be around £30.  


Safety along the route is your responsibility, so please make sure you are watching out for pedestrians and cars and taking special care through towns and villages

What to bring

Here is an initial list of things you should consider while packing for this trip ; Water; Food, including lunch, chocolate energy bars ; Helmet; First aid kit ; Shinny Safety jacket ; Waterproof gear (depending on the weather forecast); Money for pint and train tickets.  It is expected to be very hot to please make sure you bring enough water.


The ride will go ahead under most weather conditions, it will be only be cancelled if the forecast if heavy thunder showers or flood warnings.

Any other questions?

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  • Neetha

    Lots of hills, great weather, challenging and fun! Was a fantastic workout too. The lunch stop was a beautiful tea garden in the middle of nowhere, the best pear crumble in a long time, loved it. Thanks vineet

    August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    As always, a great ride with the weather on side. Sorry I missed you guys on the platform. The festival goers made things difficult.

    August 3, 2013

  • Eveline

    I will be joining you from Brighton onwards, so please count me in from there onwards for the group ticket.

    July 31, 2013

    • Vineet

      eveline are you here in brigton

      August 3, 2013

  • Jackie

    So sorry to change at the last minute - I didn't realise that I had signed up to this. Unfortunately I can't make this date. Looks really fun though.

    August 2, 2013

  • Neetha

    Anybody for a group saver from London bridge?

    July 31, 2013

    • Vineet

      I will be starting for London Bridge as well, so that makes it 3 of us. See you at London Bridge. before 8 am.

      August 1, 2013

    • Neetha

      Woohoo! That's great! See you both there. Meet at the ticket counter.

      August 2, 2013

  • Neetha

    Please include me in the group saver from Brighton please

    July 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, work.

    July 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where do we meet at Hastings?

    July 27, 2013

    • Vineet

      Meet at the Hasting Station Car Park. Are you coming by train or driving?

      July 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I shall be getting the train from Brighton

      July 28, 2013

  • carole

    How hilly is this one? I know. I know. I'm a light weight.

    July 26, 2013

    • Vineet

      Carole - This one is fairly flat.

      July 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please include me in the Group Saver from Brighton to Hastings. Tnx Vineet.

    July 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Pry ride very early next day so will need my rest. Enjoy. Hope you get some nice weather.

    July 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      *Prudential ride

      July 26, 2013

  • Kimuli

    Unfortunately I'll have to miss this one

    July 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you have a GPX file for this ride? I like to follow any route on my Garmin. Thanks

    June 23, 2013

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