Cycle Lewes map guide

Project Summary

Cycle map to Lewes and District with funding from Lewes District Council and South Downs National Park.

My wife and I have been involved for some years in campaigning for better provision for cyclists in my area. Many years back I devised a hand-drawn cycle map for Lewes town, to be published in Lewes News, a community newsletter. The Tourist Information Centre used to have a stock of photocopies of the map to hand out to cyclists - one of the questions they were asked most was how to cycle out of Lewes.

Happily Lewes District Council funded a project to get these routes properly mapped in a specially designed town map. We got round the legal liabilities of a council recommending routes that could have dangers on them by showing 'routes used by local cyclists' together with potential hazards marked.

The funding was made possible as the map was in accordance with the council's objectives to improve air quality in the town.

The reverse of the map shows rural routes in Lewes District, colour coded according to on-road routes and off-road routes. There are a huge number of off-road possibilities in the Downs (it's the best place in the Southeast for mountain biking) - only some are much more suitable for cycling than others, so we picked out the best ones, and graded them between easier and more challenging rides.

The inital print-run was 5000; it has since been reprinted. I carried out a thorough update in 2013.

The map was available free from Tourist Information Centres in the district. A third edition is planned for 2017.

Extract from the Lewes town side of the map (copyright © Andy Gammon)
Extract from the Lewes town side of the map (copyright © Andy Gammon)
Copyright © Tim Locke. All rights reserved.

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