Starting in the small market town of Heathfield in East Sussex we will ride the Cuckoo Trail (an old disused railway slicing through the local countryside, so nice and flat and no cars!) and for those with a little more energy and time we will also explore some local country lanes
And…. the ride will start off riding through a disused railway tunnel!
Travel and Parking:
Heathfield is about 40 miles from Hayes and about a 1¼ hour drive, without traffic delays. There are some free long stay car parks in Heathfield – the one I have used in the past is near postcode TN21 8LB
Gather at 10-45am by the old train station, Station Approach, TN21 0AA. Riding at 11-00am.
After visiting the tunnel we will ride South along the disused railway, the Cuckoo Trail, down to Hellingly and back. We will try to find a café en-route of course! The total distance is 12½ miles – although for younger riders you can ride less far down the trail and then double back
This section of the ride can be seen here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23732846
For those with more puff and time we will then explore the lanes North of Heathfield up to Mayfield. That is another 12 miles, and perhaps another watering hole?
This latter section of the ride can be seen here: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/23733151
Any bike will do.
Helmet, spare inner tubes, bike lock, drink, snack and some money if you want drinks / snacks / ice cream or whatever we can find along the way.
Who can attend / insurance etc:
This ride is being organised by the Bigfoot Cycle Club and is open both to members of the club and to non-members, and is free. There is no Bigfoot CC insurance to cover your cycling, you participate entirely at your own risk. We recommend all riders young and old are members of British Cycling, the Cycle Touring Club or the London Cycling Campaign – with at least 3rd party liability insurance. Children under 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult. For riders aged 16 and 17 who will not be accompanied by an adult – please contact Adam in advance of the ride at firstname.lastname@example.org .For full “ride rules” please visit the Bigfoot Cycle Club website at http://www.bigfootcc.co.uk
If you have any questions please email email@example.com. If you can email to say you are coming, that would help us have an idea of numbers, but everyone is welcome whether sending an email or not.
If people can offer transport or need transport please also contact Adam via his email address and we will see what we can pull together
Adam (doing all sections of the ride)