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Event title: Abbots Wood and Arlington, East Sussex
Event Ref. No. 4536
When: 23.04.2011 | 11:00:00 - 17:00:00
Where: East Sussex - (full information shown once you login/join)
Category: Road Cycling
Registration closes: Fri 22nd Apr 12:00pm
Event Availability: 6 attended and there were 0 No-shows.
Event description:
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Saturday 23rd April 2011 11:00am


Come and explore Abbots Wood with Nelly
on this easy 15 mile ride and pub lunch

County: East Sussex
Postcode:  BN21 3QJ
Grid ref:  


Grade: Easy
Pace: Slow / Moderate
Distance: 10 - 15 miles

Country Roads, cycle tracks and Bridleways
Bike Spec: MTB, hybrid bikes
abbots-wood.jpgWHERE ARE WE GOING

Starting from Polegate train station we will head north on the Cuckoo trail (disused railway track up to Hailsham, then we head east and will explore Abbots wood (Forestry Commission) 360 hectares of mixed woodland gifted by Henry I to Battle Abbey and once overseen by the Abbott (hence the name). The coppice areas support rare dormice and pearl-bordered fritillaries.

We will lunch at one of the pubs The old Oak or the Yew Tree Inn.

Our ride we then follow country roads around Chavlington, Ripe, Selmeston, Arlington Reservoir and Berwick.

Finally heading back to Polegate train station.



Meet outside Polegate Train Station at 11am

Polegate is 1 hour 40 mins by train from London.

About an hour 30 minute drive from Brighton

There is a car park at the station.

cuckoo-trail.jpgWHAT DO I NEED TO BRING
  1. A Bike!
  2. Puncture repair kit 
  3. Spare inner tube
  4. Snacks and plenty of water.
  5. Eye protection - Some form of eye protection is very desirable - impact from a bee, grit or even a fly at speed is extremely unpleasant, sunglasses may do if not made of glass and not too shaded.
  6. Clothing: do check the weather forecast before setting out and choose suitable clothes and footwear. Shorts are best even in rain, as they allow free movement of your legs!! Baggy tracksuit bottoms etc may snag in the chain and cause an accident.  Carry layers of clothing in your bag that you can put on or remove as desired choosing tight fitting items to reduce wind drag. You'll need trainers or similar with grippy soles. Flat-soled shoes are unsuitable and may lead to injury if your feet slip off the pedals.
  7. Helmet - Outdoorlads recommends you wear a cyclists helmet on this event, however UK law does not make this mandatory.
  8. Money for a pub lunch
This ride will be cancelled if we have heavy wind or rain.

YOUR SKILLS: To take part in this event you just need to have ridden a bike before and be able to change gear reliably and steer accurately on roads. You should have some road sense and be aware of basics like looking over your shoulder before turning or pulling out. 

FITNESS: You will need reasonable aerobic fitness. The route is gererally flat and there may be a head wind to contend with. On some stretches we will make rapid progress to allow more experienced riders to also develop their fitness, however we will stop for slower riders to catch up, and ensure nobody gets lost or feels under too much pressure.

Late or Lost - If you are late or lost, call the groups main number on 0161 420 0001 then at the voice prompt press 1 followed by the event number 4536.

During the ride please keep behind the Event Leader  otherwise you may get separated from the group.


Click the 'Register' button at the bottom of this page. If you register and then find you are unable to attend please be courteous and un-register yourself from this event quickly! This will free up a space for someone who wishes to attend, and avoid the group waiting to see if you show up.

Unfortunately when the event reaches its limit there will be no further space for people to join. Event limits are set for organizational and safety reasons.

However, if the event is full you can still register and you will appear on the event reserve list. When a place subsequently becomes available then it will be filled from the event reserve list on a first-come, first-served basis, so check again often, especially a day or two before the event.

You will meet some nice people and have a great time.

The Event Leader will ensure you are made welcome and introduced to others.                                                              
Please review the kit list in the events menu. 

If you are a Guest or Trial Member and have used your first two events, you’ll need to become a Full Member before you can register.
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