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 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
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.
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.
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