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With Nick Marks, The Argus's very own bicycle expert
12:48pm Wednesday 6th April 2011
If you enjoy undulating country lanes passing through the most peaceful and idyllic countryside the Weald can offer, then this ride by Nick Marks is for you. Do it this weekend and you’ll catch the last of the daffodils; leave it a month and you’ll see the best of the bluebells.
12:45pm Wednesday 6th April 2011
This month Nick Marks heads out on a leisurely lap of the Weald, starting out along the coast before heading inland via Steyning, then along the back of the Downs. The ride offers a fine introduction to the pleasures of touring, with a wonderful variety of scenery and plenty of places to stop and eat. This would make a great day trip, and you don’t have to be super fit to do it.
12:42pm Wednesday 6th April 2011
If you’re tired of the local trails and fancy seeing somewhere different, Friston Forest is the place for you. You’ll find plenty of space, trails for all levels of rider and experts on hand to offer advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your visit. Nick Marks finds out more...
3:26pm Monday 6th September 2010
Summer is over which means two things: firstly, it’s time to leave the muddy bridlepaths behind and hit the tarmac, and secondly, there’s no need to be beach gorgeous. What better time for some calorie-rich tours of the pubs and cafes of the Weald? This month Nick Marks heads out to Hurstpierpoint.
10:30am Saturday 17th July 2010
This month’s ride with Nick Marks is a leisurely trip out along the coast, past some of Brighton’s most famous and historic landmarks. It is especially suitable for taking children along, either on bikes, in bike seats, or in a trailer.
12:30pm Saturday 5th June 2010
On this month’s ride with Nick Marks we take a trip over the Downs via Pyecombe and Clayton, taking in some fantastically varied riding and enjoying the Weald on the very cusp of summer. From now until the end of June is the best time of the year to savour the bucolic delights of Sussex: enjoy!
11:10am Saturday 1st May 2010
This month’s bike ride with Nick Marks is a brief excursion into the beautiful wild area between Whitehawk and Woodingdean. It’s fairly short, the roads aren’t too busy, and you can use almost any kind of bike, so it’s ideal for a family bike day out.
10:30am Saturday 3rd April 2010
This month’s ride with Nick Marks follows Monarch’s Way, the route Charles II took in 1651 to escape to France after losing the Battle of Worcester to Oliver Cromwell. It’s not the most scenic of rides but it has its own unique kind of barren appeal, and the downhill sections are fun. If this isn’t enough you can always ride it in kingly fancy dress.
12:40pm Saturday 6th March 2010
A peek at a dairy farm, horsey Telscombe, a concrete road stretching to infinity and the power of mutual respect to transcend the need for law. Discover it all, and more, on this month’s ride with Nick Marks out to the Downs and back.
12:50pm Saturday 6th February 2010
This month’s ride with Nick Marks is a leisurely lap of our beautiful city of Brighton, to be taken at your own pace. It involves some busy roads but all of them can be crossed at pedestrian crossings, making it suitable for younger riders too.
1:10pm Saturday 2nd January 2010
The first ride of 2010 with Nick Marks takes you to Lewes along the old Juggs Road donkey track and returns over the Downs, finishing with the finest stretch of cross-country riding in the area. If your new year’s resolution is to get fit, this is a great way to start.
6:00am Saturday 5th December 2009
This month’s ride with Nick Marks takes you over the Downs to Fulking, then back over via the Chattri war memorial. On the way you’ll gain an insight into the futility of golf, marvel at the preposterous noise of motorised transport, and conclude horses never should have been invented.
6:16pm Friday 9th October 2009
This month’s ride with Nick Marks takes you around the eastern outskirts of Brighton and is split into three distinct stages, each about an hour, so you can decide how much you want to do. Each section is very rewarding in itself, but link them all up and you have a fantastically diverse ride that shows you many different facets of the city and its surrounding countryside.
6:00am Saturday 12th September 2009
It’s that old conundrum: you want to get out on the bike for a few hours, but the kids need a leg-stretch too. Why not take them with you? This month Nick Marks takes a mini tour around Brighton and Hove taking in some of the city’s best play parks, offering rewarding riding for you, and serial swing and roundabout action for your charges.
6:00am Saturday 1st August 2009
To celebrate our first year of On Your Bike with Nick Marks, this month’s ride is something of a mini marathon, offering a thorough check of your fitness and bike technique, with lots of sights along the way and a priceless piece of local trivia.
6:00am Saturday 4th July 2009
6:00am Saturday 6th June 2009
5:31pm Friday 1st May 2009
This month’s circuit with Nick Marks takes you on a brief tour of the local bottoms: steep-sided little folds in the Downs offering classic downland scenery with sheep, gorse, rabbits and birds of prey in abundance.
6:00am Saturday 4th April 2009
This month’s bike ride with Nick Marks takes you up over the Downs at Streat Hill, then deep into the Low Weald through some of the county’s most picturesque woodland. It is everything cross-country riding should be, and at this time of year the scenery is breathtaking.
6:00am Saturday 7th March 2009
2:32pm Monday 5th January 2009
2:57pm Monday 3rd November 2008
4:13pm Monday 6th October 2008
1:43pm Thursday 2nd October 2008
3:44pm Monday 22nd September 2008
2:08pm Thursday 2nd October 2008
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- Hangleton and Knoll
- Hanover and Queen's Park
- Hove Park and Goldstone Valley
- Kemp Town
- North Laine
- Preston Park and Fiveways
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