Sorry for the late and brief update on Eastbourne – this is my fault entirely!
Eastbourne is a good, family bonfire, with no rookies/bangers allowed and lots of good viewing on the seafront. Posh Old Bloke and Beardy Hat Man put a lot of effort into this, so come down and enjoy it! Michael Fish says this evening will be dry and there won’t be a hurricane. So I guess a waterproof jacket wouldn’t go amiss!
The procession is different to last year – starting at the Fishermens’ Club, down the eastern end of the seafront (near Fort Fun/Treasure Island/The Redoubt) and heading down towards the Wish Tower. It will be on the road at the start, before heading down to the beach level.
The procession will start from the Fishermens’ Green and head towards the RNLI museum at 19:30, it will then descend to the lower prom for fireworks and fire-dancing.
If you fancy a ride along the beach, beside the marshes, but with the challenge of a nice Cat 4 climb, then this is a nice varied ride for you. About 18 miles, it usually takes me about 2 hours from Bexhill to Rye station on a mountain bike, but you may want to leave a little bit longer if you want to catch a specific train – they only run once an hour during the day – so you have to be there on time. The service on Sunday is pretty much the same as weekdays, but you can always check the times online at Southern Railway. At the time of writing you can get a 10% discount on rail tickets online, so it’s worth a visit, unless you fancy cycling back to Bexhill of course (rather you than me!)
Rye is an ancient town, one of the Cinque Ports, so it is worth exploring, there is a bike rack outside the front of the station.
The ride itself is mainly on quiet roads, the Hastings seafront section is mainly on cycle track and the only bit involving main roads is around the Old Town of Hastings – but you can easily get around cycling on the A259 itself. The climb up Barley Lane is short and steep, although the climb continues for a fair distance to Fairlight Road along a track. It isn’t steep though after the initial shock.
Later in the year I will publish part two of this ride – Rye to Folkestone via Lydd.
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