2011/01 – Bexhill to Rye

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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