via Portslade – Devil’s Dyke – Poynings – Bramber
This is a repeat of an earlier ride held in the summer that we will start a little earlier so that we can still get home well before dark after the clocks have gone back. We will start at Shoreham Station and take the inland route eastward through Southwick to Portslade, Benfield Valley and Hangleton to the start of the Dyke Railway Trail – RCN 82.
We follow this gentle climb to the top of Devil’s Dyke, where we might stop to look along the South Downs and spot some hang-gliders, buzzards or distant views of Sussex. From here on it is a fast run downhill back to Saddlescombe Farm where we can stop for a pleasant break at The Hiker’s Rest before making the final leisurely ride to the Royal Oak for our lunch stop.
After this break, we head west along the foot of the Downs through Fulking and Edburton and pass Tottington Manor Farm before joining the A2037 from Henfield to continue to Upper Beeding and Bramber. The last leg follows the River Adur southwards along a section of the Downs Link before joining Coombes Lane and back to Shoreham Station. If you are feeling fit and need a longer ride, you could cycle into Shoreham from Brighton and back (allow an extra 45 minutes each way).
Start at 10:00, Shoreham-by-Sea Station.
Take 09:40 train from Brighton, or get off at Portslade for a coffee and meet us at this station at about 10.30.
Length: Only 20 miles (16 if starting at Portslade)
Duration: About 6 hours including lunch and coffee break.
Return from Shoreham at 14 and 48 mins past the hour to Brighton.
Terrain: Quiet roads and smooth off-road to RCN 82, apart from two short lengths of B roads through Portslade; hard surface, gentle climb to the Dyke and steep downhill run to Poynings; one short climb on Edburton Road; half mile of busy road on A2037; moderate undulation on Coombes Lane.