The Next Ride: Sunday 15 October 2017 – Hassocks to Shoreham

2 October 2017

From Hassocks station we turn right onto the B2116 and through Hurstpierpoint to Albourne. At the T-junction there we turn right into the B2118 for a few yards then immediately left onto the Henfield Road (B2116).

After cycling about a mile take the second road on the left signed Blackstone Lane. Continue through the village of Blackstone to the T junction with the A281 (on old maps this is the B2117!). Turn right into this road, directed to Small Dole, then immediately left into Bramland Lane, the road continuing as Horn Lane.

At the T-junction just past Woods Mill nature reserve – where we had a picnic in the summer with Joyce and Leon – we turn left onto the A2037. Continue along this main road for about a mile to stop for lunch at The Fox.

After lunch we retrace our route through the village as far as New Hall Lane, turning left into this small and quiet cul-de-sac then right onto a potholed track as the lane comes to an end. After a short distance at another T-junction, turn left onto a narrow, well-surfaced lane and at the fork in the road, we turn right towards Stretham Farm. At the entrance to the farm a few yards along we go through a footpath style gate on the left (on Sundays the entrance to the farm is locked). Cross the cattle field towards the farm, and once through the gate turn left onto a pebbled track for 100 yards or so, to join the Downslink Cycle route. Turn left here and continue along this route to Shoreham.

Terrain: mostly flat with short undulations. The morning on tarmac, some roads with fast-moving traffic, some quiet lanes. The afternoon mostly off-road – one field – and the Downslink. Possibility of one muddy patch if weather has been wet.

Distance: Approx. 18 miles, (8 am, 10 pm.) Waterproof shoes advisable if it is wet.

(Alternative routes in wet weather or for those wishing to avoid the potentially muddy field, and the bumpy bits of the Downslink north of Bramber: – after lunch turn right onto the main road (A2037), and cycle as far as the roundabout (about 1-1/2 miles). Take the right turning there into Upper Beeding through Bramber to rejoin the Downslink at the roundabout below Bramber Castle, on the A283)

(There may be a possibility of the two groups, if we do divide, meeting up again at this roundabout – there is a benchseat!)

Trains from Brighton: 10.14 arriving Hassocks at 10.22. (Thameslink)

Return trains from Shoreham-by-Sea: 16.03, 16.33, both direct or the 16.48 with a change at Hove. (Southern)

We will have to book a table for lunch so please ring Sikka 01273 697412 if you wish to have a meal at The Fox.

Tessa and Sikka


The Last Ride: Sunday 1 October 2017 – The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

2 October 2017

Six of us, Angela (D), Prudence, Wendy, Chris (S), Julian and Sean decided the weather forecast was overly pessimistic and set off, under Julian’s leadership with Wendy acting as backstop, for Falmer.

Sunday 1 October 2017: The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

Rather than follow the usual route via the University to Falmer we took the underpass towards The Keep and then cycled past the Amex Stadium. Interestingly as Prudence cycled towards the road barrier across the exit road from the Stadium it duly opened to let her through and promptly closed again. The rest of us lesser mortals were left to push our bikes around the barrier.

Sunday 1 October 2017: The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

After the initial steep climb out of Falmer we paused for breath and a group photograph with the Amex Stadium as the backdrop. By this time the weather had improved to the point that a number of us felt the need to remove jackets to avoid overheating! The steady climb to the Woodingdean traffic lights was soon completed and followed by the exhilarating ride down Bexhill Road and into Rottingdean where we were greeted by sunshine.

Sunday 1 October 2017: The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

Disappointingly The Coach House could not accommodate us unless we were prepared to compete with a football match on Sky TV. After due debate we adjourned to The Queen Victoria where we were made most welcome. The beer drinkers amongst us were impressed with the range of beers on offer and those looking for a meal were impressed with the quality of the food. As befits “teenagers” of a “certain age” smart phones were used to take photographs of the meals. A pub to remember for the future!

Sunday 1 October 2017: The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

Sunday 1 October 2017: The Level to Brighton Pier via Falmer, Woodingdean and Rottingdean

The lunch conversation embraced the benefits of dual nationality, cycling in France, Julian’s taste in puddings and the possibility of cycling the Downslink from Guildford to Shoreham.

As we left the pub sadly it started to rain but it stopped shortly after we commenced cycling the under-cliff towards Brighton. At the Palace Pier we went our separate ways and I suspect most of us made it home in the dry.

I am sure I speak for all those who took part when I say “Thank you Julian for arranging a very enjoyable ride”

Chris (S)


2 October 2017

Dear All

Ian and Sue are away at the moment so I’m looking after this issue of the “Clarion Latest”.

Many thanks to Chris for a very prompt report on yesterday’s ride. My main recollection of the ride I led on a similar route some time ago is the breath-taking descent from Woodingdean down to Rottigdean. It’s hard to imagine that a suburb could be so exciting … on which subject, please do read the historical piece at the end of this issue … and then check your brakes!

The next ride will be led by Sikka and Tessa on October 15th (see below). We are still looking for someone to lead on 29th October, and dates thereafter. Please send details to Ian if you can make an offer (



The Origins of the Clarion Cycling Club and Cycling in the 1890s

2 October 2017

I wasn’t looking for something that might seem relevant to the recent court case, when I came across this in ‘Cycling Notes’ The Clarion, 15 August 1896 – but it seems only too relevant …