Cycling

Shelley Bicentenary Bike Ride

A Shelley Bicentenary Bike Ride will be taking place on Saturday 9 July departing at 1.15pm at Poet's Corner in Horsham Park and finishing at the Warnham Parish Room at 5.15pm.

The 6-mile ride takes in places of historical significance and is being organised to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Horsham and Warnham's most famous poet and political thinker.

The ride

The ride will go at a very gentle pace and we will stopping frequently to see the places associated with Shelley's life and to hear the stories and a little of his poetry. The ride is suitable for adults (All children under 18 must be accompanied on the ride by an adult) who enjoy or want to start cycling.

The route avoids busy roads and mainly uses a mixture of tarmac and gravel paths. Our ride leaders will be on hand to guide you. No one will be left behind. You don't need a special bike to take part; just make sure the bike you are using is in working order.

Cyclists in helmets riding on the Horsham Causeway on a sunny day

The second part of the route from Warnham Local Nature Reserve to Warnham includes an uphill stretch but there is an option to finish half way at Warnham Local Nature Reserve.

On arrival in Warnham at 4:30pm there will be an official 'opening' ceremony and unveiling of an information board, followed by complimentary refreshments (tea, coffee and gingerbread) and a slideshow in the Warnham Parish Room next to Warnham Church about Shelley’s Horsham Years ‘Exploration of an Idyllic Childhood…and beyond…’

Shelley cyclists taking a break

Route map and options

There will be opportunities for people who don't want to ride the full 6 miles to stop early.

  • Option 1 is to ride from Horsham Park to The Guildford Road (Near Tanbridge House School) which is 3 miles and will take approx. 1 hour.
  • Option 2 is to ride from Horsham Park to Warnham Local Nature Reserve which is 4.2 miles and will take approx. 2 hours.
  • Option 3 is to ride the full route from Horsham Park to St Margaret's Church (Warnham) which is 6 miles and will take approx. 3 hours.

Book a place

We have 20 places available on the bike ride. If you would like to take part, click the button below to book online.

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FREE ride tickets must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of the ride.