Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Now when I was but a mere lad
I've only lived here for 22 years but I can remember when this Path was just a muddy track in between head high nettles. I used to go North to Heathfield on the MTB and that was an experience in the winter. Then Sustrans started to convert it to a walkable path and laid the road scrapings on it. Not compacted but 2" lumps of gravel and tar did make it so you could walk it. That was about 15 years ago. They then worked a route through Hailsham Town and down to Polegate and that was the end of the line. Still a rough surface but gradually the surface has been covered in Asphalt so it is a good walking surface. There is still a dirt track at the side for Horses and younger lads that want to get their MTB's dirty.
So for the 15 miles from Heathfield to Polegate there is a good surface- for walkers and Cycles. Then there was a link made through housing and industrial estates with just a few sections having to be made to complete the route.
Eastbourne is the largest Town and probably the only large employment area locally. there are plenty of Commuters that use the Cuckoo Trail as their commute route- and I know of several that live in Heathfield and work on the outskirts of Eastbourne. On the 15 miles there is only about 350ft of rise-or fall- and nothing too steep except for one bridge that crosses a railway line. And that is only 8% for about 200 yards.
But one thing about the Cuckoo line. You don't ride it on a warm sunday or in the evenings. It is packed out with family groups- Dog walkers and crowds of kids on their bikes. And they are all deaf- Thats why I keep the bell in the pocket. Soon wakens them up when it whistles past their ears as they haven't heard you telling them you are there. Hence the advice on the last pic- which I must admit is difficult to read. It says "Carry a bell"---I do.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
Last edited by stapfam; 07-06-09 at 12:47 PM.