Cycle Rides from Little Marshfoot
The location of Little Marshfoot is ideal for cyclists, as there is easy access to the Pevensey Levels which are flat and more or less free from traffic, or the traffic free Cuckoo Trail, or for the more adventurous there are plenty of routes utilising country lanes and tracks up onto the High Weald, or south towards the sea and the Cuckmere Valley. Or you could cycle part of the South Downs way…………
The Cuckoo Trail
Only half a mile from Little Marshfoot, this Sustrans former railway line runs from Polegate via Hailsham to Horam and Heathfield. It is completely traffic free and ideal for families, and for those who would like a gentle and gradual climb up to Heathfield on the High Weald. Travelling south, the Cuckoo Trail continues as an off road cycle route all the way to the sea front at Eastbourne.
( images of the Cuckoo Trail)
Those who may prefer a more challenging ride can travel north out of Hailsham and climb up onto the High Weald via various unspoilt villages. There are quiet roads that cross the Pevensey Levels which are ideal for cycling as well.
We can supply the relevant OS maps for your rides, and also a number of detailed routes for you to try – well graded, researched and tried out.
We can provide safe overnight accommodation for your bikes as well as facilities to clean your bikes and basic repair kits.
Bring your own bike or you can rent one locally – we can arrange this for you.
Examples of rides
- Hailsham to the Cuckmere Valley via the Long Man at Wilmington returning via the village of Arlington ( 20 Miles approx)
- Hailsham via the Pevensey Levels to the sea, via the medieval village of Hooe then climbing once more up to the ancient ‘eye’ of Wartling and finally dropping down to the Levels en route to Pevensey (20 miles approx)
- Pevensey via Herstmonceux to Old Heathfield (R) returning via Horam and Hailsham (20 miles approx).
- Hailsham to Heathfield via the Cuckoo Trail (18 miles return all off road)
- Hailsham to Eastbourne via the Cuckoo Trail and national cycle route (18 miles return all off road) – return via the Pevensey Levels
The new UK wide scheme, which was developed with expert advice and support from the Countryside Agency and the Youth Hostel Association, will give cyclists the confidence that they are booking quality accommodation that meets their particular needs. Simple common criteria for the scheme have been introduced along with several activity specific requirements.
read more about how the scheme works here: Cyclists Welcome