Ouse Valley Cycle Network
Local people living in and around the lower Ouse Valley have set up the Ouse Valley Cycle Network (OVCN) to encourage the development of The Egrets Way - a network of multi-user routes in the Ouse valley for recreational and utility use.
Please sign up as a friend to the OVCN website to show support for the Egrets way project, join forum discussions, post blog comments or photos.
If you're already signed up to the OVCN website as a friend of The Egrets Way and would like to become a formal member of The Egrets Way Charity please email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org
Formal OVCN Membership requires that you agree with and support the aims of the OVCN Project (listed in the l/h panel) and that you become a Member at least 3 months before voting at an AGM.
Membership does not impose any obligations on you other than to continue to support our aims, so you can resign membership at any time. It does, however, ensure that we'll keep as well informed as possible about progress.
If you would like to become a formal OVCN member please contact email@example.com
Neville Harrison (Chair)
Wendy Brewer (Vice Chair)
Susan Thompson (Secretary)
Mick Long (Treasurer)
Steve St Clair
Registered Charity Number
Please sign up to our website to support the OVCN Egrets Way project.
1. To establish a network of safe cycle and walking routes linking Lewes, Newhaven and the villages of the Lower Ouse Valley for both recreational and utility use
2. To encourage sustainable and healthy life-styles by creating opportunities for cycling and walking with due regard to the environment
3. To promote routes which join up with other cycle and walking trails locally, nationally and internationally
4. To help support the development of a sustainable local economy, especially green tourism
5. To work with local parishes and communities, other interest groups and relevant public bodies
A network of interlinking cycle and walking routes within in the
Ouse Valley between Lewes and Newhaven including the parishes of Kingston, Swanborough, Iford, Northease & Rodmell, Southease, and Piddinghoe.
Trails that can be built up piece-meal from sections already in place; sections at an advanced stage of planning and sections
which can be created sharing existing footpaths; sections which
will require more investigation and formal infrastructure e.g. C7
Accepts most trails will be shared with other users
Accepts some will be predominately recreational; others utility
Accepts some will be seasonal or fair weather only
Accepts surfaces will vary according to stage of development,appropriateness to use and to the landscape
Following a number of open meetings over the last year, facilitated by South Downs National Park Officers, we now have in place an organisation with a Constitution and a Steering Committee.
We have set up four working groups exploring and advising on:
We plan to:
Build on the experience of an earlier attempt to create a safe route along the C7, Lewes to Newhaven road.
Work with our Parish, Town, District and County Councils;
local schools, community and interest groups; farmers,
landowners and businesses; the South Downs National Park
and other public bodies
To encourage the healthy and responsible enjoyment of this
beautiful area and its special landscape of river valley,
wetland pastures and chalk downland
To create a facility to promote better understanding of Living Landscapes using the trails for outreach work through organisations such as the Linklater Pavilion, Sussex Wildlife Trust and the South Downs National Park.
To invite individuals and groups in tune with our aims to sign up as supporters or contribute to a working group.
We are now a constituted organisation with officers and a
We are building on the experience of earlier attempts to create a safe route along the C7 Lewes-Newhaven road.
We have held a series of open public meetings during 2011
with help from South Downs National Park staff.
We have commissioned a Project Feasibility Study undertaken by Sustrans.
We accept that some trails will be more suited to recreational use.
Some may be seasonal or fair-weather only.
Surfaces will differ according to usage, stage of development
and landscape sensitivity.
We are working with our Parish and Town Councils, Lewes
District and East Sussex County Councils; the South Downs
National Park, The Environment Agency and other public
We are engaging with local schools, colleges, community
groups, farmers, landowners and local businesses.
We have been grant aided by the South Downs National
Park Sustainable Communities Fund to help with set-up costs
and are actively seeking further funding support.
Individuals and groups in line with our aims to sign up as supporters.
A Welcome addition to the Egrets Way
Following on from the planning approval for holiday Lodges at Swanborough Lakes is a proposal to create new off-road multi-user paths which, going east, will connect the lodges to the Egrets Way at Spring Barn Farm, and going to the west, to the South Downs Way via Swanborough village.
This is great news for everyone and we urge you to look at the planning application on the SDNPA web-site (www.southdowns.gov.uk) and add your support. This link will take you to the application: PLANNING APPLICATION SDNP/17/03167/FUL
You can see what we and others have said in support. To make a representation click on ‘Comment’
Deadline for comments extended to the 5th September....
Could you be the person we are looking for?
We are looking for a media savvy person to develop a new web-site, keep it up to date and perhaps to introduce a social media component. As a supporter of the Egrets Way Project you can be co-opted just for this specific role. We are getting a lot of positive feed-back from users of the open sections and we are confident the riverside route between Newhaven and Lewes will be completed. Please let us know if you think you could help in any way?