Spa Valley Railway – Groombridge 2018-12-12T12:26:45+00:00

The Spa Valley Railway – Groombridge

We cannot be more excited to be partnering The Spa Valley railway. The trains are a truly iconic part of this area of the High Weald and the station at Groombridge is a marvel in itself. 

Spa Valley Railway image

The station at Groombridge where we are placing our bikes sits at the start of the Forest Way off-road cycling route to East Grinstead via Hartfield (home of Winnie the Pooh). To us, this sounds like all the ingredients for fantastic days out exploring the countryside, which is what we are all about. 

This really is a fantastic venue for those looking to get out into the countryside with easy off road cycling. Why not take a steam train out from Tunbridge Wells before exploring the route by bike. Alternatively just park in the village and head out for the day. 

Forest Way

Specifics for this location

Where the bikes are located

Our bikes are situated on the station platform. They can be accessed regardless of if the trains are running via the pathway at the end of the old station building. The bikes are positioned under the shelter alongside the picket fence.

Bikes in situ

How much the bikes cost

Autumn / Winter prices now on – To rent a bike using the Mobile app costs £5 for the first hour of rental and then £2.50 per 30 mins afterwards

Cycling level

Type of cycle routes: We recommend the Forest Way cycle route

Suitability:  The Forest Way is suitable for a range of ages and ability

Difficulty: The Forest Way is an easy route that is off-road (you just need to connect onto the trail from the village) and mainly flat

For directions to the Forest Way / Cycle 21 route (or to Groombridge Place), please download this pdf attached kindly provided by the Spa Valley Railway:

Directions to Forest Way from the station

The location also sits on the Avenue Verte London to Paris cycle route if you fancy stretching those legs even further!

How to hire the bikes

  • Download the Mobile app ‘Linka Go’ from either google play or the App store
  • We recommend this is done at home or on wifi before visiting the venue to hire the bikes if possible
  • Register an account using your email address. Note you will need to validate the email address as part of the process
  • Carefully read the terms and conditions
  • Add valid credit card details to the app
  • Check over the bike or bikes you plan to take out 
  • If you spot any problems with any of the bikes then don’t hire them and email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk to let us know
  • Make sure you choose a bike that has the right size frame for you (sizes are shown in the basket of the bike)
  • Make sure you have a good signal to your phone or else join local wifi if available
  • Make sure none of the spokes of the front wheel are touching the shackle of the lock
  • Press the button on the right hand side of the lock to wake it up
  • Open up the Linka Go app on your phone
  • Click on the ‘Select bike’ button
  • Scan the QR code or enter the 4 digit number of the bike found in the basket 
  • The lock on the bike should now open
  • To add an additional bike to your rental then simply click on the ‘+’ button next to your current bike number in the centre of the App screen and repeat the scanning a QR code or entering a bike number process
  • You can adjust the seat height by opening the quick release clasp where the seat post meets the bike frame, raising or lowing the post and then re-securing the clasp
  • Please make sure to recheck the bike before heading off. If you spot any problems then please return the bike to the bike post, re-lock it and then email us to let us know. We will make sure you are refunded for any charges the app assumes to make for your rental of that bike
  • You are all set – your countryside awaits…

How to return the bikes

  • Return the bikes back to the original venue / bike stands that you hired them from 
  • Ensure your phone is switched on, mobile data and bluetooth are both enabled and that you have a mobile signal
  • If you do not have a mobile data signal then please use local wifi if possible as internet connection is needed to end your rental
  • If you are unable to connect to the internet then please use the ‘Pause Rental’ function on the Mobile app to re-lock the bike and email us to let us know. We can end your rental remotely and ensure you are only charged the correct amount
  • Hook the lock at the front of the bike over the U-bolt which is attached to the bike post
  • Turn the wheel slightly if needed to ensure that the shackle of the lock will not hit a spoke when it closes 
  • Open up the Mobile app and click the ‘End Rental’ button. This will close the lock of the bike the app is currently talking to (shown by the bike number in the bottom centre of the screen)
  • Ensure the shackle of the lock closes fully and is not caught by a spoke
  • If you have hired more than one bike, then repeat the process until all the bikes are re-locked
  • Once all bikes have been returned then the app will give you a summary of the distance you travelled, the calories you should have burned and the overall fee for the rental
  • We hope you had a good time. Please do let us know how it went. You can leave reviews on Facebook or Instagram @wearecountrybike or on Google maps where you see the Countrybike tag. Likewise, please email us at hello@countrybike.co.uk. We are a family owned business and keen to do everything we can to offer a great service and keep improving as we go

The bikes themselves

Please see below the bikes stationed at this venue:

If you want some more guidance on what frame size is suitable for you then please just download our pdf frame size guide – Frame size guide.

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Adult small (also suits older kids)

Dawes Aluminium framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 28″ (indicative average height 5’3″-5’7″)

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Adult medium

Dawes Aluminium framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 30″ (indicative average height 5’7″-5’11”)

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Adult large

Dawes Aluminium framed 21 gear hybrid bike

Suitable for people with an inside leg measurement of around 32″ (indicative average height 5’11”-6’2″)

Note that pending availability, we can also deliver extra adult bikes as well as children’s 14 inch frame bikes in advance of your visit. To enquire about this service, please email hello@countrybike.co.uk. We have have baby seats and a tag along too.

For more details about our bikes see our bike page.

Planning in advance? To enquire about reserving bikes in advance of your visit, then just email hello@countrybike.co.uk. Do please give us 24 hours notice to try and facilitate your needs.

Helmets

Basic helmets are available at this venue to use for free when renting one of our bikes. For details of where to pick them up from, then please read the laminated instructions in the bikes’ basket (including terms and conditions for their use).

Helmets