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A long-awaited tandem adventure in the South of England

Ana Carmen

A long-awaited tandem adventure in the South of England

Bike Touring Collection by Ana Carmen

6

Tours

27:05 h

210 mi

9,400 ft

I’d wanted to organise a cycle Tour with my friend Lidia for a long time. We used to race tandems 12 years ago, that's how we met. But, 10 years ago, we moved to different cities and stopped cycling together.

After such a long time, our paths crossed again and we had the chance to do a trip that had previously been put on the back burner. Lidia has been visually impaired since birth; she can only see 8% out of one eye, but this doesn't stop her from flying alone to an unknown country.

We set up the tandem and tested it unloaded to practice our commands and timing. Then we were ready to load up and add the trailer for Lidia’s dog, Dexter. We looked like a bus, ready to enjoy the adventure we’d been looking forward to for so long.

We had six days on the road to visit lots of the amazing places on our bucket list. But we still left some room to change plans if something came up on the way.

Riding along the National Cycle Network and lanes, we visited the Seven Sisters white cliffs. We challenged ourselves to climb the highest peaks in the area like Firle Beacon on the South Downs Way; the famous Box Hill which featured in the 2012 Olympics; and Leith Hill, the highest climb in the Surrey Hills.

We enjoyed the tranquillity of cycling on greenways and the contrast of visiting London. The cycle paths made it easy to ride through the city as well.

We also passed through villages where we could stock up on supplies. In rural areas, locals sell their own produce from their gardens on their doorsteps. We were intrigued to see what we could buy this way to make up our daily dinner.

Campsites and hotels lie all along the route and some nights we stayed with Warmshowers hosts.

When planning our adventure, we tried not to stray too far from train stations. In case of an emergency, it’s always useful to be able to hop on a train.

Sharing these six days with Lidia and Dexter has been an incredible experience, especially enjoying insignificant details of everyday life that made us very happy.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Stage 1: Ringmer to Seaford – South of England

    03:13
    22.3 mi
    6.9 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,350 ft

    We start the Route from Ringmer, a very small town located at the foot of the Lewes Downs nature reserve. The first pedals on the road with hardly any traffic helped us to adapt to the weight and synchronize ourselves. We pass through the town of Glynde, famous for its opera, and follow the National

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  • 03:38
    27.9 mi
    7.7 mph
    975 ft
    725 ft

    We woke up by the sea in the Ouse Valley, a beautiful and peaceful place with an incredible sunrise that we took advantage of to stretch and welcome a new day. After a good breakfast, we collected all our gear, cleaned the area of any abandoned garbage and headed off to continue our adventure.

    We passed

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  • 05:18
    39.8 mi
    7.5 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,000 ft

    @Gelu LF thank you 😃

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  • 04:39
    40.6 mi
    8.7 mph
    950 ft
    1,475 ft

    @Gelu LF thank you! Have you done this stage? I have no experience with the electric skate but I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

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  • 04:29
    30.4 mi
    6.8 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,550 ft

    We packed up the tent at dawn and had breakfast on one of the park benches waiting for the gates to open.

    

    We follow Route 21 of the NCN to the south. The next few miles were through parks, following creeks and London bedroom towns. Route 21 crosses train tracks several times. We had to take a good look

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  • 05:47
    49.0 mi
    8.5 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,250 ft

    After a good breakfast with the food we had left in our saddlebags, we packed up the tent, said goodbye to the owner of the bar and set off following Route 21 on our last day of the route.

    

    We traversed the rest of the lakes and reached Redhill, where we bought our last supplies for the day.

    

    The bike lane

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    6
  • Distance
    210 mi
  • Duration
    27:05 h
  • Elevation
    9,400 ft

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