The Next Ride: Sunday 18th March 2018 – Ford to Littlehampton

Train from Brighton 10.00, Hove 10.04
We get off at Ford at 10.42

Return is from Littlehampton at
16.15 (to Hove) 16.40 (to Brighton via Ford) 17.15, 17.40

This ride is a lovely meander through Binsted and Tortington woods and then down through the plain of the river Arun taking in one of the few areas of unbuilt land by the sea.

However, much of this beautiful area is threatened by a proposed by-pass through Binsted and Tortington Woods. There are 2 proposals, both equally destructive.

Emma Tristram from SCATE (South Coast Alliance for Transport and the Environment)
https://scate.org.uk/about-us/

will be able to tell us a little more when she meets us at Binsted village at about 11.15

https://scate.org.uk/appetite-for-destruction-the-arundel-options-revealed/

for more information about road building:
http://www.cpre.org.uk/what-we-do/transport/roads?gclid=Cj0KCQiAoY7VBRDtARIsAHWoO-JTgOYvfXPf-cXIYNtrbZpnSLhEBA-EaNsBiZlFuuyscvp-XNkWnNMaAjUmEALw_wcB

This ride takes in some off road areas but only for short sections and is well worth persevering – we go through the woods, currently covered in blackthorn blossom with primroses and some snowdrops and we go pass the Madonna pond. At the beginning of the ride we go past, and may have time to enter, the medieval church of St Mary Magdalen, right in the middle of a farmyard

https://www.visitchurches.org.uk/visit/church-listing/st-mary-magdalene-tortington.html
Binsted church is also dates back to the 11th century.

There is also some off road on an otherwise wide track that takes us down to the sea.

We are having lunch at the Black Horse Pub which does a Sunday lunch menu but vegetarian by request.

Wendy (wendy.scottmarshall@ntlworld.com) is going to contact the pub with vegan/vegetarian option numbers on Friday. Could you please contact Wendy to let her know? Even if you are not vegan/veggie, if you are not a fan of roast dinners then I suggest this option.

Best Angela

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