Welcome to the Cycling Samaritan’s site!

Here you’ll find details of the Spring 2019 cycle ride from Hastings in Sussex to Lerwick in the Shetland Islands. While I’m riding the entire route, cycling Samaritans have already agreed to join several of the thirty-five legs. Others are very welcome to join the ride too. Get in touch if you would like to join part of the ride.

Winter training ride – Seven Sisters, East Sussex

The ride’s aim is to promote and raise funds for a great cause – the SAMARITANS.

The Samaritans have 201 branches across the British Isles. Trained voluteers in each branch support people who need someone to talk to or who are going through a difficult time in their lives.

The route to Shetland passes through 29 towns and cities with Samaritans branches. Where possible, I’ll be completing a shift in these branches listening to callers.

Follow the ride

Follow the ride now on Twitter @Cyclingsussexs1

Updates on this website from 15th April will record how the ride’s doing. There’s already a post about my trial rides through Sussex and Kent. 

Join the ride

Volunteers and supporters in each branch will be welcome to get on their own bikes to join the ride for a few miles. Our destination will be a cafe or pub where we’ll enjoy a chat over coffee and cakes. After the coffee-stop, I’ll be continuing to the next branch while local riders may ride back to base or, if they’re feeling adventurous, could carry on to complete the whole of that day’s leg.

Check out the schedule and contact me to join a stage, a leg or the whole journey.

If you would like to join the ride, please get in touch on 07790 632698 or by emailing

Support the ride by donating to the Samaritans

If your commitments prevent you from getting involved right now, you can show your support through a small donation to the Samaritans via

OR you may prefer to donate to my branch, Hastings and Rother Samaritans, by using the button below.

Please support Hastings and Rother Samaritans

Your donation will help us to support two callers whose lives are in crisis.


All donations go directly to the Samaritians.

Join the Samaritans

You are very welcome to join the thousands of Samaritans across the country who support people who are desperate for someone to talk to. It’s vital work with a commitment of just 16 hours a week and you won’t find more supportive colleagues anywhere else.

Enjoy the blog.

Steve Johnson 





  1. Hi, hope you are getting on alright, good luck with the rest of your travels. See you on the 21 May.

    Caithness branch


  2. Well done mate You have made it without any incidents or hiccups. I have been following your progress day by day on the computer .It has been a long hard ride for you. Again well done and will hear all about it when you get Sussex


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