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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Organised by CPRE Sussex – the Sussex branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England - the award ceremony was held in the magnificent Petworth House on Wednesday, October 11th .
The Egrets Way Project was a Full Award winner in the Rural Enterprise category. The judges describe the project as ‘an inspirational community project … the result of much integrated work to obtain planning permissions, landowner consents and outside funding’
Lady Egremont presented the award of a Plaque and a Certificate to Susan Thompson and Neville Harrison, ‘It is an absolute thrill to win an award,’ said Neville, Chairman of the Egrets Way project, ‘and a real boost to the project that will surely help us to find the funds to enable us to complete the path’s missing sections between Lewes and Newhaven’