The Sound of Pedalling

Lewes District Area

A road based circuit around Malling Down taking in Glyndbourne Opera House.


Start: Lewes railway station
End: Lewes railway station

You can take bikes on trains except during peak hours. Normally only a few are allowed on any one train. This ride can also be started and finished at Glynde railway station or linked to Poverty & Chips if wanting a longer ride to Seaford.

For those wanting a longer trickier ride you can take conquering the scarp (hot link) from Lewes to Southease followed by Its the climb to Firle beacon and then Poverty and Chips to Glynde to join the return leg of The Sound of Pedalling.

Route Notes

This ride is entirely on tarmaced surface, primarily small country lanes and marked bike paths. Be careful cycling through Lewes and crossing the A26 at the marked crossing before going up Mill Hill to join the cycle path to Ringmer.

After Glynde the route joins a cycle path along the busy A27. Back in Lewes the ride takes you through the historic town centre which can be busy with pedestrians.

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About the Ride

Leaving the historic town of Lewes the ride skirts around the unique chalk grassland habitats of Malling Down and towards Glyndbourne Opera House, Glyde Place and the village of Glynde.

Glynde lies on Glynde Reach, a tributary of the River Ouse, and at the foot of Mount Caburn. Mount Caburn is host to an early age Iron Fort and also home to ‘Gil the Giant who legend sais would roam the hill hurling his hammer from the summit.

Cycling through Glynde you will notice many of the doors in this pretty flint village are painted the same dark blue colour. Glynde Village is a tied village with many of the residents paying rent to The Trevor family of Glynde Place. Glynde is also where Southdown sheep were first bred in the 18th century by John Ellman, a local farmer , and this variety of sheep is now found throughout the world . Glynde Place is also home to Love Supreme – the best funk, soul, jazz and blues festival in England and second best festival in Sussex.

Heading back to Lewes the River Ouse valley and Lewes Brooks SSSi dominates the view before you arrive back in Lewes near the Snowdrop Pub, scene of one of the deadliest avalanches in Britain when in 1836 a massive snowdrift fell onto Boulder Row, now the site of the pub.

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