After a great fireworks display last night at Holy Cross School, bonfire 2011 properly gets underway this evening in Uckfield, for the first of (what is now, following the cancellation/imploding of Burgess Hill) eleven Saturday nights of burning fun and intense banging, between now and the middle of November, including the “big daddy”, Lewes, on 5th November,which falls on a Saturday this year.
It all gets underway at Grange Road in Uckfield from 7:30pm this evening with the procession heading off down to the station, up to New Road, Harcourt Road, Vernon Road, Selby Road, Framfield Road and then back up to the top of the High Street to Southview Drive and then, after a short pause, back down to the bus station.
Roads in the town centre will be restricted during the procession, so make sure you are parked in plenty of time and don’t become trapped if you wish to leave early!
Should be dry, probably quite warm, with just the outside chance of a thunder storm!
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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