DECEMBER  2019

Festive whotsits to everyone!

LEWES CUT OFF

Lewes station continues to be closed to trains until Monday 2nd December.  Replacement buses are running to Seaford, Brighton, Haywards Heath and Polegate.  No reduction in fares as usual.

SOUTHERN RAILWAY DECEMBER TO JUNE TIMETABLE

From 15th December the new timetable is introduced.  Most trains stay the same, but a key alteration is that there will be regular services throughout the day Monday to Saturday which stop at Cooksbridge.  You can print out timetable for individual routes here (You have to scroll down the page a bit)

ENGINEERING WORK

Major changes to services out of Lewes on Sunday 15th December.  It looks like the only trains will be to and from Brighton after 10 am.  Full details here

FESTIVE YOHOHO

Details of festive train services here

Brighton buses festive alterations here

Compass bus festive alterations here

As usual no one is running anything on Christmas Day.  On Boxing Day there are limited buses Lewes to Brighton, but nothing else.  There are also limited train services from Brighton to London.

Bus passes are still not valid before 9.30 Monday to Friday over the holiday period.

LOOKING FOR A CAB AT BRIGHTON STATION?

They are now round the back of the station.

ATTACK AT THE RACECOURSE

There has been another attack on a walker at the Old racecourse.  There have been a number of threats and attacks at the racecourse in recent years.  If something has happened to you, even if it was a while ago and there were no witnesses, do please report it to the police.

THINKING ABOUT BUYING A BIKE

If you are thinking about buying a bike, either for Christmas or in the sales, here is an article to help you.

BIKE RIDE TO PEACEHAVEN AND BRIGHTON

And here is a bike ride to try your bike out on

A FESTIVE STORY

Actually there is no mention of Christmas in it, but if you have to tell stories to children over the holiday this story of Henry the Chailey steamroller could be a basis

SHOREHAM AND WORTHING CYCLING AND WALKING STRATEGY

Imogen Makepeace tells us that the draft Adur & Worthing Local Cycling & Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP) is out for consultation until 6th January.

She says “Obviously, it will be of interest to anyone living in Adur and Worthing, but also to anyone who uses the longer distance cycle routes (the coastal National Cycle Network route 2 and Downslink), or who aspires to a cycle route to the north of Worthing.

The focus is on the creation of the strategic network, rather than detailed design.  Of particular interest, it includes a segregated cycle route (cycle-superhighway?) between Shoreham and Hove along the south side of the A259. This has emerged from the Shoreham Harbour Regeneration project.

It is important that we get as many responses to the consultation as possible. Responses from groups are welcome, but more important are lots of individual responses.

Can I ask that you use your networks to publicise the consultation as widely as possible, please?

Details of the consultation are here:
DRAFT Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan – Adur & Worthing Councils

While it is a lengthy document, the maps are a good start point. The on-line response form is straightforward; very easy to express support and suggest priorities”.

LEWES CYCLESHACK RIDES

Lewes Cycleshack says:

“We have three rides planned for December – including a boxing day outing – and a bonus one for 1st January. Add them to your festive calendar.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our rides this year and that we’ll see you out in 2020.

The next ride is planned for Sunday 8th December
It will be across downland bridleways, suitable for cross and gravel bikes as well as MTBs. We will leave from our Cliffe High Sreet branch at 9am prompt, at a fairly relaxed pace covering about 20 miles in around 3 hours.
Ride lead – Richard

Our next Tuesday ride will be on 17th December
We will leave from our Cliffe High Street branch at 6.30 pm prompt, covering roughly 15 miles in around 2.5 hours. The pace is steady and we will stop regularly to regroup. The terrain is mixed, including open downland and more technical, twisty trails through woodland. You will need good quality lights at this time of year as the route we take is largely unlit.
Ride lead(s) – Richard, Danny

Boxing Day and New Year’s Day rides
Come and ride off your seasonal indulgences. Each of these rides will also leave from our Cliffe High Street shop at a more sociable 9.30am, covering around 20 miles. Come and join us to sweat off the mince pies…

As on every ride, please ensure that your bike is trail worthy and that you carry at least one spare tube and a basic toolkit and pump appropriate to your bike.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT, IF YOU HAVEN’T ALREADY, YOU FILL IN AND RETURN THE CONSENT FORM THAT IS AVAILABLE FROM CYCLESHACK.

We also post these, as events on our facebook page, here.
It’s the best place to check as you can indicate if “interested” or going” on a ride. It’s also where we will post if we have any last minute alterations (rather than send out another email).
Join our Cycleshack Strava club, here. It’s just for fun 🙂

Useful phone numbers to put in your phones, please, in case we have any group splits: 
Danny 07390 159225
Richard 07917 275547

We look forward to seeing some of you there… and to you all may we take this opportunity to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

RAMBLERS FESTIVAL OF WINTER WALKS

Every year the Ramblers organises a festival of Winter Walks- Led walks that anyone can go on.  As usual there are lots of walks in our area.  Details at https://www.ramblers.org.uk/go-walking/find-a-walk-or-route.aspx#

THIS MONTH’S TRAVELLOG WALKS

Some ideas for walks you can do on your own or with family.  This month with the emphasis on avoiding too much mud.

Brighton! (and actually a bit of Hove)
Sun, sea, sex, stations, parks, promenades, palaces,  bathing beaus, twittens, tourists, respectability, raffishness, arson and a model railway exhibition. Where else but Brighton? 11km, 7 miles.  Lots of opportunities to shorten the walk.  You can cut off about a mile by leaving out Queens Park. You can cut out a further mile by riding on the Volks Electric railway along the front. The route can be split in two by making a diversion at Palace Pier/The Old Steine.

Eric Ravilious and Peter Owen Jones, a walk from Glynde Station
The group of artists centred round Furlongs in Beddingham is less well known than the Bloomsbury Group along the road, but their paintings are better.  We also see feudalism at work and follow celebrityvicar Peter Own Jones.

Newhaven and Seaford – nature and sea
A gentle ramble by a nature reserve and along the sea front at Seaford.  Suitable for wheelchair users and those with prams.  You can pretend you are in the Netherlands, with cycles passing by and a flat landscape.  3.7 miles.  Can be shortened by stopping at Bishopstone station after about 2 miles, but this station has a lot of steps.

A Plumpton Perambulation
An all weather walk, largely on tarmac, with one short muddy str