Sun Jul 14th
Free to members and prospective members, £6 supplement for attendees from Meetup
For Bastille Day we will take advantage of the Avenue Verte cycle route (London to Paris) to mark the occasion with a long (30 miles) but leisurely cycle ride through the delights of the Sussex countryside. We will start at Polegate and head north on the Cuckoo Trail, another former railway route now converted by Sustrans into a traffic-free cycle trail. The route includes villages and former stations on the way; it is level with good surface and signage. We continue along Sustrans Route 21 via quiet lanes to finish at Eridge which benefits from the Spa Valley steam railway and Harrisons Rocks. We can join trains here for London or option to extend the route along the Forest Row Sustrans route to East Grinstead (via Pooh Corner and tea shop). Route suitable for all cycles.
Pubs and tea shops along the trail
Trains from London to Polegate, Clapham Junction 09:53 arrives Polegate 11:00. Leader is meeting at Shepherds Bush Overground at 09:15 for connection to Clapham. Return from Eridge, hourly trains. If arriving from other areas please check travel websites for all options.
11:00am prompt at Polegate station, Polegate, Sussex, postcode BN26 5BQ
Around 5:00pm at Eridge station, Sussex, postcode TN3 9LG