Sunday 19 April 2015
Adur to Arun:
When we last went to Amberley, in April 2012, for Angela’s circular ride, we had to turn back after Storrington and West Chiltington. Since then I have wanted to do a linear ride, to cover the gap between here and the more familiar territory around Steyning.
Starting from Shoreham, we’ll cross the Adur at the toll bridge and ride up through Coombes, although anyone seriously allergic to hills (even the 1 in 25 between Coombes and Botolphs) can use the Downs Link instead and meet us in Steyning. The next bit of the plan was to go along the lovely Mouse Lane, but that ends in a gate saying NO PUBLIC ACCESS and no way round Wiston House. Bah! So we will continue from Steyning to Spithandle Lane, and then Ashington where we’ll have lunch at the huge Red Lion, with plenty on the menu and average pub prices.
After a short climb to the 13th century Church of the Holy Sepulchre at Warminghurst (which may be worth a visit – I haven’t been inside) we will descend and undulate a little as far as Storrington, then through the lovely Parham Park (as last time but in the opposite direction) to Amberley village. If we want a tea stop, we can choose between the tea room in the village, and the Riverside Cafe overlooking the Arun and near the station (which we visited last time; my vote would be for the latter, which has the advantage that we can use up time here while waiting for the train).
Length: 22.5 miles
Duration: About 6 hours including lunch and a tea stop
Terrain: All hard roads, mostly quiet, a few undulations
Start at: Shoreham-by-Sea railway station, south side, at 10:20
Getting there: Get the 10:00 train from Brighton to Shoreham (or the 9:30 to avoid the rush). Londoners can get a direct train from Victoria at 8:17 or via Brighton at 8:32. Lewesers: oh dear, you’ve got buses …
Getting back: Trains leave Amberley station at 26 mins past the hour, a 90 minute journey to Brighton with a change at Barnham. (You will probably need a return to Amberley, unless two singles are cheaper. Londoners will have to change at Barnham too, because of buses from Horsham, and the journey back will take 2½ hours. Bring a fat book).