The Next Ride: Sunday 5 February 2012 – A winter wander through Worthing

[Cancelled due to predicted snow]

We will wander west from Worthing central station through quiet residential streets. Those who are interested in such things can watch the progressive changes in domestic architecture, which reveal the development of the town over the last 100 years or so. But the time line seems to reverse as we leave Worthing proper, and then it loses all rhyme and reason.

We finally reach the end of the suburban sprawl at Ferring where we will cruise down Sea Lane to the beach. Or, depending on time and inclination, we could take a footpath along Ferring Rife for coffee at the Bluebird café.

The ride back to central Worthing will be along the seafront, including the now legal cycle path on the promenade from West Worthing to the pier. Lunch will be at the Denton by the pier. Then a short ride through the town centre to the station for those whose choice is the train home. Keenies can carry on cycling along the coast to Shoreham, Hove and Brighton.

Meet: Worthing central station at 10:15am.
Getting there: 9:50 train from Brighton (9:54 from Hove). Worthing station car park is in Southcourt Road, on the north side of the line, and the fee on Sunday is £1.
Distance: About 15 miles plus an optional 12 or so more from Worthing to Brighton if you want (but lights may be needed).
Hills: None.
Off road: Mainly on quiet, suburban roads with a short length of bridleway (if not muddy) and possibly three-quarters of a mile of footpath.
Catering: Possible morning coffee stop en route. Lunch at the Denton by Worthing Pier.
Getting home: Direct trains to Brighton leave Worthing on the hour; an alternative is the 41 minutes past the hour, which involves a change at Hove.
My mobile: 0789 985 1172.



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