Ashdown Forest Pleasure Ride (non-vetted)

SUNDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER 2018

 This is a stunning ride across the beautiful open high heathland of Ashdown Forest with glorious views in all directions to the South and North Downs. The route is across land normally only open for riding to those with a permit from the Conservators of Ashdown Forest. The entire route is over the Forest tracks, with no roadwork whatsoever.  Two minor roads are crossed.  There is just one gate on the route which will be ridden through in both directions.  The gate is easy to open and close on horseback but if you need to dismount there is a mounting stump adjacent to the gate.

 

Venue: Blackhill Car Park, Crowborough, East Sussex

By kind permission of the Ashdown Forest Conservators

Black Hill car park (Grid ref: TQ475 308; OS Expl. Map No: 135) on Ashdown Forest, on the B2188 just north of junction with the B2026 at King’s Standing.  Lorries should park in the car park itself.  Cars with trailers will be parked on the adjoining Forest ride, reached by a concrete track immediately north of the car park entrance.  Nearest Post Code for Sat Nav: TN6 1XE (Note: This is for the farm just before the car park on the opposite side of the road).

 

ORGANISER:  Peter Davenport 

Tel: 01825 740347; 07850 000264; email: peter@reapyears.com

 

ENTRIES TO

Leo Davenport, Reapyears, Streeters Rough, Chelwood Gate, East Sussex RH17 7LL

Tel: 01825 740347; 07710 901275; email: leo@reapyears.com

 

EMERGENCY NUMBERS ON THE RIDE DAY:  07850 000264 & 07710 901275

CLASSES:

Class 1: 24kmPleasure Ride – Weald Trophy Qualifier – last chance to qualify before the Final!

Class 2: 18kmPleasure Ride – Weald Trophy Qualifier – last chance to qualify before the Final!

Class 3: 12kmPleasure Ride – Weald Trophy Qualifier – last chance to qualify before the Final!

Entries close Wednesday 12thSeptember. 

 

ENTRY FEES

Entries received with signed cheques by Sunday 1stSeptember will qualify for an Early Bird Discount of £2 per rider.

Class 1 Entry Fee: £20 for EGB Members & Associate Members [£18 with Early Bird Discount]; £28 for EGB Supporters & Non-EGB Members [£26 with Early Bird Discount].

Class 2 Entry Fee: £20 for EGB Members & Associate Members [£18 with Early Bird Discount]; £28 for EGB Supporters & Non-EGB Members [£26 with Early Bird Discount].

Class 3 Entry Fee: £15 for EGB Members & Associate Members [£13 with Early Bird Discount]; £23 for EGB Supporters & Non-EGB Members [£21 with Early Bird Discount].

EGB Supporters & Non-EGB Members Entry Fee includes Temporary Day Membership to EGB for the day of the ride to cover insurance and paramedic cover.

 

ENTRY FORMS:

Pleasure Ride Entry Forms can be downloaded from EGB SE Group Website. Please post your entry form with a signed cheque made out to Endurance GB SE.

Pleasure Ride Entry Form

 

START TIMES:

24km riders – please arrive in time to start between 9:30 am and 10:30 am

18km riders – please arrive in time to start between 10:00 am and 11:00 am

12km riders – please arrive in time to start between 10:30 am and 11:30 am

NO RIDERS TO START AFTER 12 NOON

Riders will set off at approx. 2 minute intervals. You may choose to ride alone, as a pair, or as a group.

 

RIDE ROUTE MAP AND INFORMATION:

Please send an SAE with your entry form if you wish these to be posted to you.  Alternatively please include your email address with your entry and then the route map can be emailed to you.  As a further alternative, it can be downloaded here - Ashdown Ride Map 20180001.pdf

 

ASHDOWN FOREST ROUTE DISTANCES

 

CLASS 1 24K

CP1                      0.5K

CP1                      6.5K

CP2                      10.0K

CP2                      16.0K

CP1                      19.0K

FINISH                  24.0K

 

CLASS 2 18K

CP1                      0.5K

CP1                      6.5K

CP2                      10.0K

CP1                      13.0K

FINISH                  18.0K

 

CLASS 3 12K

CP1                      0.5K

CP2                      4.0K

CP1                      7.0K

FINISH                  12.0K

 

 

BLACK HILL CAR PARK VENUE TO PINES CP1 = 0.5K

KINGS STANDING LOOP CP1 TO CP1 = 6.0K

PINES CP1 TO BOX CP2 = 3.5K

MISBOURNE LOOP CP2 TO CP2 = 6.0K

BOX CP2 TO PINES CP1 = 3.0K

PINES CP1 TO BLACK HILL CAR PARK FINISH = 5.0K

 


 

THERE IS NO WATER AT THE VENUE. PLEASE BRING ADEQUATE AMOUNTS FOR YOUR NEEDS.

 

We regret that there will be no catering wagon due to Ashdown Forest byelaw restrictions.  Please bring your own provisions and drinks.

 

This ride is run under the Rules of Endurance GB which must be observed at all times (copy available with the Secretary). 

Number bibs must be collected from the Secretary before starting.  They must be worn at all times when mounted.

There will not be a farrier or vets present at the ride.

Under 18s.  The parent or legal guardian of any under 18 year old entering an event or ride with EGB or any of its Groups must complete a Parental Permission Form.

All Junior Riders must be accompanied by a nominated mounted adult (18 years old or over) until they have reached their 13thbirthday (i.e. their actual birthday and not the year in which they become 13 years old).  All adults accompanying junior riders must sign the entry form consenting to the acceptance of the responsibility.

 

Route Marking:  Will be with spray chalk arrows on the ground.  

 

Checkpoints:  Riders are responsible for ensuring that the Checkpoint Steward records their number and that they approach the checkpoint from the correct direction. 

 

Riding Safely:  Competitors are reminded that they ride at their own risk.  The Forest course is not a fast ride; it is hilly and sometimes on uneven ground which should be ridden with care. 

 

Other Riders & Walkers:  The Forest is a ‘place of amenity’ open to the Public and it is much used at the weekends by walkers and their dogs and other riders. There are grazing sheep and cattle loose in some areas, so please ensure that all gates are shut.  Please show courtesy to others on the Forest. Riders reported for discourteous behaviour may be eliminated.  Pass walkers slow and wide and ask beforeovertaking another rider, particularly those not taking part in the ride. 

CREWING

CREWS:  Please display the rider’s number on your windscreens and drive with consideration for other people living locally and using the Forest. 

ACCESS TO CREWING: Most of the course can be reached from the B2026 from Gills Lap Car Park down to Duddleswell and C3 from Duddleswell cross-roads to Friends Clump/Stonehill Car Parks.  Please observe the 40mph speed limit on the roads across the Forest.  Be aware that loose grazing sheep & cattle may be encountered on C3 within the grazing area (between the cattle grids).  Please drive extremely slowly & carefully. 


 

Car Parks for Crewing: All crew vehicles must be parked in an official forest car park.  You must not crew beside the road.  This will contravene the Ashdown Forest Byelaws which are strictly observed by the Forest Authorities.  You may park in any official Forest Car Park for crewing purposes but must walk to meet the horse on the ride route to crew them.  THE ONLY CAR PARKS ON THE ROUTE WHERE HORSES ARE ALLOWED INTO THE ACTUAL CAR PARK ITSELF ARE THE “HORSEBOX CAR PARKS” AT BLACK HILL (THE VENUE) and BOX (CP2).  Taking a horse into any other official Forest Car Park will contravene the Ashdown Forest Byelaws.  

CAR PARKS ADJACENT TO THE ROUTE (Crews must walk to route):

Gills Lap – TQ467315 – at junction of B2026 & Kidds Hill road to Colemans Hatch.

Pines – TQ472302 – on East side of B2026 adjacent to CP1.

Kings Standing – TQ473301 – West side of B2026 at junction with B2188.

Bushy Willows – opposite CP1 - TQ471302 - West side of B2026, North of Duddleswell Cross Roads. RECOMMENDED

Waterholes – TQ472298 - West side of B2026, North of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Smugglers – TQ472295 - West side of B2026, North of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Roman Road – TQ472293 - West side of B2026, North of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Ellisons Pond – TQ461286 – on North side of C3, West of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Box – CP2 – TQ460288 – on North side of C3, West of Duddleswell Cross Roads. RECOMMENDED.

Hollies – TQ461286 – on South side of C3, West of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Duddleswell Tearooms – TQ467279 - on West side of B2026, South of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Stone Hill – TQ455288 – on South side of C3, West of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Friends - TQ455288 – on North side of C3, West of Duddleswell Cross Roads.

Lodge – TQ470305 – on West side of B2026.

CREWING IN LARGER VEHICLES: Vehicles used for crewing must not exceed 6m in length or have a GVW over 3.5t.  THOSE WISHING TO CREW IN A SMALL HORSEBOX (3.5T) MAY ONLY PARK AT BOX CAR PARK.

 

EMERGENCIES: Each Check Point will be in contact with the Venue by mobile phone.  There will be a paramedic based at the Venue.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY PLEASE CONTACT THE RIDE ORGANISER AT THE VENUE:

07850 000264                 07710 901275

 

PHOTOGRAPHER:   There will be a photographer out on the course  - www.LRG-Photography.co.uk

NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON THE FOREST PLEASE.

FINALLY:    PLEASE READ THE NOTICE BOARD BEFORE STARTING YOUR RIDE.

Riders have a Duty of Care to their crew members, other participants in the event  and members of the public.  They are held responsible by Endurance GB for the acts or omissions of themselves or their crew.  Neither must cause hazard or risk to others.  Any rider failing in this responsibility will be reported to the Chairman of the Rides Committee by the Organisers. HEALTH AND SAFETY:  The Organisers of this ride have taken reasonable precaution to ensure the health and safety of everyone present. For  these measures to be effective everyone must take all reasonable precaution to avoid and prevent accidents occurring and must obey the instructions of the Organisers, all Officials and Stewards. DISCLAIMERS OF LIABILITY: This ride is run under Endurance GB Rules.  Save for death or personal injury caused by the negligence of the Organisers or anyone for whom they are in law responsible, neither the Organisers of the event to which these rules apply, nor Endurance GB, nor any agent, employee or representative of these bodies accepts any liability for any accident, loss, damage, injury or illness to the horses, owners, riders, spectators, land or any other person or property whatsoever whether caused by their negligence, breach of contract or any other way whatsoever. RESERVATION OF RIGHT: The Organisers have the right to (a) cancel the Ride, or any Class (b) alter the advertised times and (c) refuse any entry, with or without a reason. 

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DIRECTIONS TO VENUE

FROM SOUTH.  Travel North on A22 to the Lampool roundabout at the Northern end of the Uckfield/Maresfield Bypass, take the 2ndexit & then turn immediately LEFT onto B2026.  Follow this up & across the Ashdown.  Fork RIGHT onto B2188 & the venue Forest Car Park & track entrance are shortly on your left.

FROM NORTH. Travel South on A22 and at Nutley turn LEFT onto Crowborough Road.  This road has cattle grids & grazing livestock, so please drive with care.  At the end, turn LEFT onto B2026.  Fork RIGHT onto B2188 & the venue Forest Car Park & track entrance are shortly on your left.

FROM A26.  Travel South on A26 & South of Crowborough, just past The Crow & Gate PH, turn RIGHT onto New Road.  At the end turn RIGHT onto B2026.  Fork RIGHT onto B2188 & the venue Forest Car Park & track entrance are shortly on your left.

 

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