Meet at Tessa’s house – 38 Lorna Road, Hove. (5 minutes ride from Hove station and 10-15 minutes cycle from Brighton station). Free parking in Lorna Road and surrounding streets – those in the ‘O’ zone (no pun intended?) on Sundays.
Tessa is providing coffee for anyone prepared to arrive for 10am! And then we will start out at 10.30 making our way to Route 82 which takes us along the new cycle track on the Old Shoreham Road. The 82 then takes us legitimately through Hove Recreation Grounds and Hove Park linking the two via Hove Park Road. After the parks there is a short sharp hill to the main road and briefly along this past Blatchington School. Bypassing the windmill, we join the old railway track to Devil’s Dyke. So a long slow haul up to the Dyke.
Then the good news. A long downhill run alongside the Dyke itself, stopping at Saddlescombe for a pause and/or a drink at the Hikers’ Rest. Then up a short hill and down to turn left through Poynings and Fulking, following a softly undulating road at the foot of the Downs. On through Upper Beeding to Bramber for lunch at The Castle Hotel.
Back along the Downs Link to Shoreham, (or deserting the Link and detouring along Coombe Lane past St Botolphs if the ground is soggy). Possibility of tea at the airport if desired. Option of cycling back to Brighton or taking the train from Shoreham.
Distance: approx. 7 miles to coffee; 7 miles to lunch and 7 miles to Shoreham station with the option of a further 7 miles cycling back to Brighton. Total: About 21 miles, or if cycling back to Brighton 28. All distances approximate as my cycle computer does not work properly.
It would be helpful in booking lunch to have an idea of numbers so if you could leave a message on Sue’s phone if you are coming that would be great: 01273 697412. Thanks.
Trains back from Shoreham 15.09, 15.39, 16.09, 16.39, 16.52, 17.09, 17.39 etc…
SueP/Sikka and Tessa
PS: Fred – will we see you on your new electric bike??