With reference to the article in last week’s edition on footpaths and comments that followed, it would appear that, despite years of requesting East Sussex County Council to carry out much needed maintenance to the cycle paths around Rye, they remain untouched.
I started using the cycle path between Rye and Lydd to commute to work at Dungeness along the section from Rye to the border of Kent, and the path on the East Sussex side is a rough stony track unsuitable for road bikes, but on the Kent side it is built with proper groundwork and a tarmac surface.
Over the years the East Sussex section has deteriorated and narrowed down to a single track and in many places there are huge puddles near to the junction with the B2075 – not surprising really as there hasn’t been any maintenance carried out since it was built 20 years ago.
And on the other side of Rye the path to Dumb Womans Lane, the safe route to Winchelsea, is now almost impassable – a narrow, dangerous, single track quagmire. And it’s hard to believe this is a designated cycle path and part of the National Cycle Network.
Image Credits: Steve Blattman .