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This is a circular (Brighton-Brighton) ride I did with a friend earlier in the year, and I “re-cycled” it to satisfy a dual need: (1) to celebrate the opening of the new Adur Ferry Bridge across Shoreham harbour; (2) to enable us to take comrades from the London Clarion, who will be visiting Brighton on the previous day, around some of our familiar haunts.
Unfortunately it looks like the Londoners will not be staying overnight; but nevertheless we can still do the ride, can’t we? It’s also not 100% clear whether the bridge will be open – but we can still do the ride, can’t we? (Well, with a slight diversion to avoid getting wet…)
We proceed westwards from the Palace Pier towards our coffee stop at Carat’s Café. Some of you will know that I’m not over-keen on the Basin Road route, but needs must on this occasion; I am sure the A259 is even less fun.
After coffee we’ll go across the lock gates (hoping that they too will be in place … but they usually are!) and proceed via back streets to Shoreham town centre. If the bridge is open we’ll christen it and, once across, we’ll head for the Old Shoreham Fort – not sure if this has featured in a Clarion ride before but it is worth a (re-)visit.
Then back along the river and the Shoreham Houseboats which, again, are worth visiting every so often and are a “must-see” for those who have not yet had the pleasure.
If the bridge is not open, we’ll do the houseboats and fort in reverse order. Then – bridge or no bridge – we arrive at one of our favourite teatime haunts, Shoreham Airport, but this time as a lunch stop – not sure if we’ve done that before? Lunches there are very nice, and incredibly cheap considering how posh the place is! Afterwards we will hopefully have time to visit the little museum there. After lunch we can go and see how our old friend the Shoreham Toll Bridge is getting on. Those preferring a shorter ride (14 miles) can then return by train from Shoreham station (trains at 3 and 34 minutes past).
For those wanting the full works (20 miles) there is a route back to Brighton, which on the original ride took in Foredown Tower – but the tower is not open on Sundays, so I may alter the route slightly. We can still go via Portslade Village, which is quite a surprise if you’ve never been there – a real old village centre and not the faceless suburb you might expect. The original route ended at Preston Park, where we might want to have tea.
Practicalities: Assemble at the Palace Pier at 10:00 am.
Terrain: All hard surfaces; cycle path along the seafront and then roads.
Duration: about 4 hours for the short version, 6 for the longer version (including all stops)
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