Please be clear that while all are welcome to join us we each take part in rides at our own risk.
With the uncertainties of the weather and it getting dark so early, I always stick to really short rides at this time of year. But, as you’ll see, there is a possibility of extending this one a bit if conditions are right and participants want to.
Leave station, crossing road with care and take the usual route towards Hurstpierpoint but turn off along the Hurst Wickham road as far as Hurstpierpoint College. Then we’ll follow the lanes round till we reach the (often busy) A2300 just before the junction with the A23. Once across the bridge we make for Twineham then along Bob Lane till it joins Wineham Lane near our lunch stop the Royal Oak.
Then we return via Wineham Lane and the B2116 via High Cross Albourne, and Hurstpierpoint back to Hassocks station.
That would be a (“mere”) 13 to 14 miles.
The optional extra would be – after leaving the pub – we would take Blackstone Lane through the village and down to the A281 then the loop round Bramlands etc before rejoining the A281 and following that back to Hurstpierpoint turning right back to Hassocks at the traffic island. That would make it 18-19 miles.
Catch the 10.44 from Brighton station or meet at Hassocks station at 10.52 (If you have to get the later (11 am) train ring me and we’ll wait for you). There are a variety of trains for returning – at 14, 38, and 44 minutes past the hour.
My mobile number is 07770743287.