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 October 2017 newsletter


There is an article for cyclists on this thorny subject on the Cycle Seahaven web site at


Southern Rail guards will strike on these days.

Southern says it will try to run a full service, with the exception of the trains listed below:

•           A limited West London line service will operate at peak hours only 

•           Some peak hour services between Ashford International and Hastings will not run        

•           The four trains a day that run in each direction between Leatherhead and Guildford will not run           

•           A number of services on other routes (predominantly Coastway services) will not operate

Full services will run on Gatwick Express between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport / Brighton.

Thameslink will also run a full service on all routes.


Two pedestrians, part of a larger group, were run down and killed by a driver in a four by four vehicle in Harvey’s Lane, a country lane near Ringmer. It reached only the local news.

A cyclist ran down and killed a pedestrian in London.  It made national news and excited a lot of comment.

Is this because London is thought to be more important than Ringmer or because motorists killing pedestrians is so common as to be not news?

Perhaps this article has the answer.


North of Shoreham airport a large development is planned.  It will involve a lot of houses and a branch of Ikea (creating more traffic on the A27)  As part of this it is intended to block off the junction which currently allows traffic to come up from the east side of Shoreham airport and continue along the country lane towards Steyning. This is a very popular route for cyclists.

Instead cyclists will have to make a substantial detour and navigate a busy roundabout.

You can see full details at

Please object to this part of the application and ask for a subway which can be used by pedestrians and cyclists. You can object by  emailing Adur Council ) or on line.  If you want to object on line you will have to register on the site.

Further details can be found on the Bricycles web site (You will have to scroll down a couple of articles.)


The bridge will be closed for repairs from 2nd October to about 20th October.


A selection of autumnal walks

To Arlington with the Ramblers

The walk starts and end at Berwick railway station,An idyllic ramble through tranquil, quiet and gently undulating countryside with fine views of the downs and weald, highlighting the footpath work of the Ramblers. Lots of opportunities for refreshment, but quite a few stiles. 7.63miles / 12.28km

The multi-million pound paths of Firle

Being an exploration of tax avoidance, Bohemianism and upmarket graffiti.  The Firle estate has been given hugely valuable inheritance tax exemption for property worth millions, seemingly simply in return for providing 2 new paths.  This walk explores those two paths and nearby attractions.   11.46 Km / 7.12 Miles

Transports of Delight, Barcombe to Isfield

Old railways, closed and preserved, a bus route that needs preserving, an old canal, pubs, riverside walks, ice cream, boat rides, wild swimming, pastoral countryside. What else do you need? 6.5 km 4 miles

Chailey woods, commons and fields

A delightful circular walk featuring woods (bluebells in spring), commons and farmland based on the Chailey Link walk devised by local people. Slightly undulating. A number of stiles. 6.82miles / 10.97km  This is one of Travelman’s particular favourites.

The Horns Lodge Pub Walk

This walk is designed to be a short introduction to some of the most attractive countryside in the Low Weald.  It is also designed so that you can take the bus from Lewes, do the walk, and get the next bus back, with perhaps a short break in the Horns Lodge if you are lucky. If you miss the bus you can spend the time in the pub, or even stay the night.  The pub has been highly recommended if you have the time- although it is now under new ownership and reports are welcomed.

The Ian Drury walk

A short walk in memory of Ian Drury,  taking in some North Chailey commons, farmland and woodland with views over the Weald, before or after a visit to a pub or tea room. 4.5 miles, 7.5 km   gently rolling countryside.



…..or, more precisely, MP Maria Caulfield’s ambitions to build a motorway between Lewes and Polegate- ambitions that are shared by East Sussex County Council.

These plans would cause a huge amount of noise and visual pollution on one of the most beautiful pieces of countryside in Sussex.

Highways England, who are responsible for the A27, seem to have an answer.  Former MP Norman Baker had long championed detail improvements to the existing A27 as an alternative, including improvements to the roundabout at Drusillas, changes at Wilmington, a Selmeston bypass and improvements at the Polegate junction.

These were accepted by a lot of people, with the exception of the Selmeston bypass, which was objected to by the South Downs National Park.

Indeed it looked like the improvements might be made, making the case for a motorway on a different route more difficult to make, until the government was persuaded to divert money that might be spent on the route to a study of alternative options. 

Highways England has done the study and recommends doing similar detailed improvements, but without the Selmeston bypass.

Highways Agency 1, Maria Caulfield and ESCC 0.


Highways England is consulting on controversial plans for the A27 at Arundel: it is offering no real choice between three bypass routes all of which would cause considerable damage to the National Park and ancient woodland.

Campaigners from SCATE, CPRE Sussex, the South Downs Society and others have developed an alternative option that relieves the worst bottlenecks in Arundel while protecting the Arun Valley and South Downs National Park.

Campaign for Better Transport is supporting this new local route option as the best way to solve Arundel’s traffic problems and improve local transport choices.

Consultation runs until 16 October. 


(Written by Cycle Lewes)

The Missing Link

Lewes is surrounded by a wonderful network of country lanes leading to unspoiled villages and glorious countryside. Recent cycle paths have made access easier and safer: to Firle , Ripe and Chalvington to the east; northeast to Ringmer; west to Kingston, the universities and Brighton. But the area to the north west of Lewes, roughly between the River Ouse and the B2116 Ditchling road, can only be accessed by the A275 which runs through Offham to Chailey, or via the track that links Landport to Offham Church. The latter, though pretty is often muddy and all but impassable. The A275 between Nevill Road and Offham is challenging at the best of times and downright dangerous at the worst.

This could be resolved at a stroke by the provision of a new pedestrian/cycle route along the line of the old Lewes-Uckfield railway. The track bed still exists – used by walkers every day. It runs along the western edge of Malling up to the river. It continues on the north side, past Hamsey church. All that is needed is a new pedestrian/cycle bridge. The missing link!

The new route would provide safe and level access for all, linking Lewes to Hamsey, Barcombe and beyond. There is precedent - a similar bridge already exists carrying the South Downs Way over the River Arun at Houghton in West Sussex.

Our County Council is currently preparing a Cycling Strategy for Lewes as required by government legislation. Cycle Lewes is campaigning for this missing link to be included in their proposals. Then we will have a truly joined up network of pedestrian and cycle routes linking our town to the countryside and villages all around us.


Everyone is invited to a talk by Trevor Beattie (Chief Executive South Downs National Park Authority) and Alister Linton-Crook (Cycling Projects Officer at SDNPA):

Linklater Pavilion, Railway Lane, Lewes

Cycle Lewes AGM

 Wednesday 11 October  7.30-9.30


Bill Ball writes:

“I was interested in the piece on "fake history" of the cobbles in Market Street. I wonder if any of your newsletter readers are old enough to recall the days before the one way system, when traffic went up Market Street towards the War Memorial. I remember that John Eccles got that wrong in a Rouser article several years ago.. I lived in Market Street from 1956 to 1966”




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