A gentle short, on road, cycle ride from Lewes to Barcombe good for a summer evening or a winter afternoon, or as a beginners run. Lots of little lanes and a nice pub.
Distance, Terrain and Time
10 miles, mostly fairly flat, but some ascent, particularly at Offham
One short and unavoidable main road section
Start and finish points
Lewes Railway station
For bus and train times see Traveline South East
Ordnance Survey maps
Explorer series number 122 Landranger 198
For your Satnav
Pubs, café’s and shops in Lewes, Pub and shop at Barcombe, Pubs at Offham
1).Start at the exit from the station on platform 1. Go across the car park to the exit. Turn right and cycle along nearly to the end of Pinwell Lane. Just before the end of the lane turn right through a gap just before a garage. Emerge onto a road and go straight ahead. Turn left at the end.
The road bears round to the left and comes to a junction. Turn right and then left after the entrance to the car park. Cycle over cobbles to reach Cliffe High Street. Turn right. Cross Cliffe Bridge. After about 20 metres take an alley to the left (about 4 metres wide). Cycle straight ahead and then follow the path as it turns left and right to reach the river. Your route passes under the main road. This is a cycle route, but beware of pedestrians. Pass Tesco on your right and then follow the path round to the right past the scate park.
Turn left. At the roundabout initially go straight ahead, but immediately after the roundabout there is a path going off to the right.
2). Take this. It is a cycle route, although there are no signs. At the end turn left and follow the road round to the right as it passes under the overpass and then continues to bear right. Take the next left then first right, first left and first right again. Turn left at the junction with Malling Hill. It is usually better to ride on the pavement here as far as Paygate Cottages. The path is quite wide and there are not usually any pedestrians. Keep straight ahead at Earwig Corner, by the allotments.
After Paygate Cottages the path comes to an end and you must cycle in the main road for about 100 metres, although if you are really nervous you can walk your bike on the verge.
3) Take the first left, on to tiny Wellingham Lane. Follow this to its end. Turn left towards Barcombe. Pass a drive leading to the water works.
4). Turn right just after a car park, on a little lane which wanders over a number of bridges. This is scenic Barcombe Mills. Come to a junction. Turn left on a tarmac track. Continue straight ahead on the track to re-join the main road. Bear right and follow the road into Barcombe village, ignoring a number of turnings on the left.
5) Turn left at a mini roundabout. This is the main street of Barcombe. You pass the local shop and the Royal Oak pub where you may wish to stop. To continue the ride go on in the same direction. Where the main road bears right, continue straight ahead.
From here to Offham you keep more or less straight ahead at each junction. However sometimes it is not clear which way straight ahead is so: at the first and second junctions bear right. At the third junction bear left, following signs to Hamsey, not Cooksbridge. Then ignore two turnings on the left. Cross the railway line and head up hill to Offham.
6). The incline gets steeper and the road turns right. (At this point it is possible to turn left on a track.(The Landport track) This is quite passable if it has not been raining and is a pleasant ride through woods. Keep going until you reach the Landport estate. Then ride ahead keeping the estate on your right. Cycle up a track in front of you pass Pells School to emerge again on the main route)
To follow the main route, follow the road up to the right and then turn left onto the main road, opposite the Blacksmith’s Arms This is a very busy road and you may prefer to cycle along the pavement. Pass the Chalk Pit inn. Come to a junction. Bear left and cycle gently downhill, passing the Landport estate on your left.
On entering the main part of Lewes the road bears left and starts to climb. Pass the Elephant and Castle pub and Pleasant Stores and café on your left. You come to a junction where traffic from the left has right of way. Turn first right here (a small lane). Pass the Lewes Arms pub. Follow the lane round to the right. You will now see a small alley down the side of the Rights of Man pub. Walk your bike through this narrow alley.
Emerge in Lewes High Street, To your left, on the opposite side of the road, is narrow St Andrew’s Lane. Cycle down this. Turn left at the bottom and then first right. You now return to Lewes station. This time you are at the main entrance.