08/2/04 - Uckfield by Clem

*****Proper Report by Clem

We had a good turn out with 9 tandems and 1 Newton tandem trike. The sun was out as we headed north from Uckfield to Fairwarp and then into Ashdown Forest. We then bear round to the left to head south with the wind behind us, to go through Fletching, Piltdown and down to Barcombe Cross. From here we cross the disused railway to Ringmer for lunch.

After lunch we head east where we had some head wind. Went past Bentley wildlife reserve. After crossing the A22 we were sheltered from the wind by higher hedgerows. We went below Uckfield to Framfield then in to Uckfield to end the ride.

Thanks to everyone who came on the ride.

*****Provisional Report by Dave.

Lying in bed listening to the wind howling outside, we felt a bit reluctant to venture outside, but anyway we drove down to Uckfield for the start at the Fire Station on what turned out to be a very pleasant if windy day.

A total of 21 people were on the ride, including one father on his first tandem club ride with his two young children in childseats on a tandem fitted with a Dereck Shackles tricycle conversion.

We left Uckfield heading north through the town to Coopers Green joining a very pleasant lane at the back of Maresfield. Just before Fletching Christopher (on Kiddicranks) started falling asleep so a swap was made with Radeyah riding the kiddicranks for the first time and Christopher sleeping in her childseat. Radeyah rode very well and seemed to enjoy the experience as we followed the lanes south to Barcombe Cross and then to the Green Man at Ringmer for lunch.

After lunch we sometimes had that strong wind to fight against as we headed back North, skirting round Framfield then back to Uckfield for some very welcome tea.


Total climbing 1789 ft, highest point 272 ft, distance 29 miles.

Clem helping to get Radeyah ready - NULL

Oblivion for Christopher and Amatuallah - NULL

Radeyah's first ride with Kiddicranks - NULL

Tricia in her normal role of tandem support - No need to support the trike!

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