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The first part of this ride is much the same as one I led last year to Stanmer and Falmer. The main difference this time will be that I won’t fall off my bike.
The other main difference is that the cycle lane along the Lewes Road has been upgraded. It now keeps us well protected from the traffic, including buses once we’re past the Vogue Gyratory. The bus stops are now on islands cut off from the main footpath by the cycle lane: is this good for pedestrians? A suitable lunchtime discussion topic perhaps.
So we start at the south end of the Level and take the A27 to Stanmer Park. We’ll take a circular detour through the park, just because it’s nice. Then under the main road to the station and up a seemingly endless ramp across the railway line. On the other side we’ll take a spin right round the Amex Stadium (close up), just because it’s possible.
Now we get to the gem at the heart of this ride, the new cycle link between Falmer and Woodingdean. At last it’s possible to ride between these two places without being turned into a quivering jelly by the traffic on the narrow B2123. Mind you, the hills are still there: those who choose to walk up the steep bits will probably gain a fuller appreciation of the stunning views. It’s quite amazing how, in spite of all the new developments at Falmer, you can suddenly find yourself in beautiful, open, rolling country – pity about the traffic noise.
We’ll take a back road through Woodingdean, partly to avoid the traffic, but also to sneak a peek at one of our secretary’s best kept secrets. Then a long and steep downhill run (test your brakes!) to the road into Rottingdean where we’ll have lunch at the White Horse (tel. 01273 301945).
The final few miles of the ride could be along the Undercliff Path or, if that’s too crowded, along the cliff top cycle path. The ride will end back at the Level with tea at the Velo café. Non-riders might like to join us: approximate time of arrival 3 pm.
Meet: 11 am outside the Loving Hut cafe at the south end of the Level
Distance: Approx 18 miles
Hills: Quite steep between Falmer and Woodingdean, otherwise fairly flat.
Terrain: Road, cycle lane, track and shared space.
Catering: Lunch at the White Horse at Rottingdean (tel. 01273 301945), tea at the recently opened Velo Café at the Level.
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