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There’s nothing classical, geometric or innovative about this ride. We simply catch a train to Hassocks (cheap and quick!) and ride back into Brighton.
We’ll set off eastwards and make the short climb up to Underhill Lane, then back westwards through Clayton – note the church of St John the Baptist on the left, famous for the medieval frescoes covering most of its walls. The Sunday service will probably be in full swing at the time we pass so a visit may have to wait until another time.
As we head for Hurstpierpoint along New Way Lane look out for a glimpse of Danny House on the left, an impressive, grade I listed Elizabethan mansion. During World War One it was the home for six months of prime minister, Lloyd George together with his wife and his mistress – those were the days! Now it’s a posh retirement home.
College Lane will take us north to ogle the local public school on its 140 acre campus. Crossing the motorway-style A23 (by bridge of course) we will detour through Newtimber, possibly stopping to view the church.
After that there is no getting away from the A23. So we’ll grit our teeth and use the excellent but noisy cycle path that runs alongside it into the City. The ride will end at the Rotunda café in Preston Park. If you live nearby but are not coming on the ride, perhaps you could join us there for afternoon tea: very approximate arrival time: 3:30pm.
Meet: At Hassocks Station (west side) at 10:21
Getting there: Catch the 09:44 or the 10:12 from Brighton. There’s a station car park.
Distance: Approx 20 miles
Hills: A few
Terrain: Road and cycle track.
Catering: Lunch venue to be confirmed. Tea at the Rotunda Café, Preston Park.
Getting home: Brighton and Preston Park Stations are both a short ride away from the café. I’ll ride home via Brighton station if anyone needs a guide.
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