The Next Ride: Sunday 13 May 2018 – Ford via Binsted to Littlehampton

30 April 2018

This ride will take us through beautiful Binsted woods, currently threatened by the Arundel by-pass. I’m hoping Emma or Mike Tristram will be able to come and explain a little of what is proposed.

We will have a brief stop at the Norman church of St Mary Magdalen near a farmyard. Then we go on through the woods which should be full of bluebells at this time of year. We also pass Binsted church also very quaint but a little modernised by the Victorians. If time we can visit the Madonna pond with echoes of the famous trysts between Lorna Wishart and Laurie Lee.

South of the railway line there is a chance for morning coffee and then on down the Littlehampton road (not nice I’m afraid) for a short while until we get to a byway leading to the sea. Bathing optional (!) and then there is lunch at the Black Horse Inn Climping. From there we go via delightful lanes to Littlehampton and a return train.

Meet Brighton station at 10.15 for 10.30 train to Ford.
Train stops additionally at:
Hove 10.33
Portslade 10.38
Shoreham 10.45

Return trains from Littlehampton
16.15 to Hove, change Hove for Brighton
16.54 change at Ford for Brighton

My mobile number is
07814 457 680

Angela (D)

The Last Ride: Sunday 29 April 2018 – Emsworth to Fishbourne

30 April 2018

Pigs at Funtington

Jim met up with Sikka and Julia at Brighton Station, more riders had planned to be there but several fell by the wayside with sickness and tiredness! It was unexpectedly cold as we set off from Emsworth Station. We passed by a pig farm with fields of healthy looking pigs, and rode on through beautiful quiet lanes and the pretty villages of Westbourne, Southbourne and Funtington.

Notice in Watery Lane

Here was the delight of Watery Lane, where a clear, fast moving stream attracted Mallard ducks and Sikka discovered a mother with eight tiny fluffy ducklings.

Black swan at West Ashling

Then, at West Ashling pond, Julia provided Nairn’s oatcakes to feed a lone black swan and unidentified mottled ducks. Also, Jim was delighted to identify several black and white tufted ducks proving that Julian’s suggestion, from the last sighting, was correct.

Geese at West Ashling

A group of ‘honking’ geese sent us on our way and we continued on to Bosham and the Anchor Bleu pub for lunch. Fortunately, Jim had booked a table and it was a lovely surprise to sit upstairs looking out of a picture window onto the Bosham channel. We all enjoyed the good food and pleasant service.

After lunch we were able to cycle around the edge of the quay towards Fishbourne. The road was still very wet and slippery with clumps of seaweed in the wake of the outgoing tide, a novel experience!

Sikka and Julia on a wet road at Bosham

We stopped for afternoon tea at Fishbourne and then sped on to Chichester feeling happy and satisfied by a wonderful day out… thanks to Jim!

Sikka & Julia

Amphibious vehicles only!


30 April 2018

Dear All

As you’ll see from ‘Future Rides’ we are now in the happy position of having not only the next two rides covered but two more of the summer ones already spoken for. The next one we need an offer for is 10 June.

Latest from Julian – Wendy reports
Jim and I called in to see Julian yesterday [21 April] and were pleased to find him looking relaxed and well, and a delight to chat with, as ever. It was interesting although unsurprising that whichever angle and whatever room one viewed Julian from, there was a permanent backdrop of books! 

He was able to walk around his flat with the aid of a frame and has also managed a short walk to the local shops with one of his physiotherapists. As he mentioned to you previously, he has several hospital appointments lined up over the next few weeks and is looking forward to having a proper diagnosis and prognosis. In the meantime he is having physio a couple of times a week and also has a home help who does his shopping etc., so quite a busy schedule. As we know, Julian pursues many interests and consequently has a number of folk from a wide variety of local groups wanting to pay him a visit, so it seems he has his social life covered for the time being. 

Jim made himself useful by downloading an app on to one of Julian’s computers and doing some minor furniture removals, and I straightened a rug, so we felt our visit was of some practical use. 

Julian mentioned that he likes to read our ride reports, and sends his best wishes to his fellow Clarionistas.


You can contact him via

Cycle-friendly infrastucture
You don’t have to do much cycling around Brighton and Hove to come to the conclusion that though provision for cycling has certainly improved compared to, say, 20 years ago there is still plenty of things that need improving. For example, in the days of the council’s cycling consultation group I raised several times the potential danger of the cycle path that goes along the eastern section of Kings Esplanade – the one that passes Marroccos – which surely should either be continued off-road as it is for the bit behind the King Alfred or at least moved to the other side of the road – presently taken up by parking – to lessen the potentially dangerous junctions with two roads coming on the seafront. All in vain. The latest edition of Cycling UK’s ‘Cycleclips’ has news of a national campaign I think we should support. What do you think? Perhaps it’s something Joyce could take up as Campaigns organiser? Here’s the Cycleclips piece

Smart, safe design
One of the recommendations in our “Cycle Safety: make it simple” report, is to create consistent cycle-friendly infrastructure. At present, guidance and design for cycling infrastructure fluctuates widely and can be conflicting, unclear and often dangerous. But it’s not all doom and gloom, the Government are currently commissioning a review on Cycling Infrastructure Design and we are asking you to support our call for a practical, consistent single approach to designing it. Cycling UK’s Roger Geffen explains this more in his blog and you can support our recommendation by taking our online action today. For a full and comprehensive explanation of our six simple recommendations, check out our live chat on Facebook from earlier this week or visit our website.


The Next Ride: Sunday 29 April 2018

17 April 2018

Emsworth to Fishbourne

Westbourne – Woodmancote – Southbourne – Hambrook – Funtington – West Ashling – Bosham

This ride, which we last did in 2016, zigzags along between the inlet channels and the foothills of the Downs, taking in the above 7 villages en route. We first travel alongside the river Ems to the delightful old village of Westbourne (definitely not twinned with Eastbourne!), crossing back and forth over and under the A27, and, after passing several large pig farms and a Qinetiq site that resembles a concentration camp, we eventually arrive at Funtington. Then we follow the Bosham Stream down Watery Lane to West Ashling, whose pond is home to many waterfowl.

Lunch will be at the Anchor Bleu pub in Bosham, overlooking Bosham Channel, where we hope to see lots of interesting birds. The waters here lap against the very walls (and cover the road) at high tide. After lunch we’ll follow the harbour road round to Bosham Hoe, then back up to Fishbourne. Visits to the Roman Palace – “the largest Roman home in Britain” – will be possible, as long as we arrive well before the closing time of 5pm. All that’s left of it is the mosaic floors, but they are very interesting and beautiful. There is also a nice cafe there, which you can patronise without buying a ticket.

We can travel home from Fishbourne station, or ride the 2 miles to Chichester for a more frequent service.

The pub is very busy and would like to know approximate numbers in advance, so please let Jim know if you are planning to come.

Distance: 17 miles (19 to Chichester)

Duration: about 4½ hours to Roman Palace, including lunch. Another ½ hour to Chichester.

Terrain: Mainly quiet lanes, a quiet B road, and a short section of A259 in the cycle lane. Mostly flat.

Start at: Emsworth Station, westbound exit, at 10:45

Getting there: Catch the 09:30 Portsmouth train from Brighton (9.34 Hove, 9.45 Shoreham). Get a return ticket to Emsworth.

Getting home: Trains from Fishbourne are hourly at 50 mins past the hour. There are three trains per hour from Chichester towards Brighton.

Jim and Wendy*

*Wendy will be participating in a virtual sense.

The Last Ride. Jim’s Report

17 April 2018

15 April 2018: Hove to Shoreham

On the path

On their last ride, Sikka and Tessa introduced a revolutionary idea – having the lunch at the end of the ride rather than the middle. Not content to rest on their laurels, for this ride they pushed the boundaries even further by having the coffee stop at the beginning – at Tessa’s house, in fact, where Angela D, Marilyn, Prudence, Sikka, Wendy and I were served our chosen tipples by our attentive hostess. This was actually the first of two coffee “stops”, the second one being at Saddlescombe Farm, where we enjoyed either second breakfast or (in Wendy’s case) what looked more like first lunch; for David, a fruity ice lolly; for the rest, various teas, coffees, scones and cakes. Later we had our proper lunch stop, of course, at the Kings Head at Upper Beeding, where Wendy had her second lunch and everyone else their first. Unfortunately, plans for a proposed third lunch, or third coffee stop, or afternoon tea, at Shoreham Airport were shelved in order for us to fully appreciate the new extension of the Downs Link path right down to the Ropetackle centre in Shoreham.

David and lolly

In between the eating and drinking, there was actually a bit of bike riding. We cycled through Hove Park to the Engineerium (scandalously, still closed), then, skirting Hangleton, we arrived at the footbridge over the A27 where, after a few minutes’ rest, David caught up with us, having cycled from Shoreham. At the top of the path we joined the road, then down to Saddlescombe for the aforementioned breakfast/coffee/lunch, then whizzing on down to Poynings (this ride did appear to have more “downs” than “ups”, somehow) and Fulking, stopping to admire the two antique drinking fountains on the way.

Along the road towards Edburton, with the glorious backdrop of the Downs to our left, the ride leaders came across a horse in a field struggling to get up. Prudence knocked a couple of doors and found the owner, who explained that the horse was 27 years old and suffered from arthritis, but thanked her for telling him. Further along, we came across another horse with its head poking out through a seemingly purpose-built dip in the wall. Unfortunately we had nothing to feed it with. Behind, a tiny pony stood in the yard.


After a scary mile or so of the A2037 round Windmill Hill, we came at last to Upper Beeding and the aforementioned lunch stop. Obligingly, the forecast rain arrived just as we got inside; disappointingly, however, it refused to yield on our emergence an hour later. But it did eventually let up and we saw the sun again, whilst riding southwards along the Downs Link.

Thanks to Sikka and Tessa for a very enjoyable ride and for arranging the weather so neatly.


Devil's Dyke from the viewpoint above Poynings



17 April 2018

Dear All

You’ll see that I have now added the agreed ride dates for June, July and August to the ‘Future Rides’ grid. Clearly it will be necessary for anyone planning a ride to check train availability nearer the time.

Latest from Julian

I phoned Julian at the weekend to get an update.

He is making slow progress; he is to have hospital visits soon for an MRI brain scan, and probably also for his left shoulder and arm, and assessments of his stroke and neurological condition.  Only then may he be given an overall diagnosis and hopefully a prognosis.

I believe Wendy is planning to visit him later in the week. You can contact him via

Message from Mick

Those of you who were at the AGM will know that Bob Harber gave me a book by my professional cycling namesake – Michael Barry. It is a fascinating insight into the less than glamorous life of a professional cyclist who while racing for Lance Armstrong’s US Postal Service team got dragged into doping. He also raced for Sky  with Brad and Cav. If you would like to read it let me know.

From Becky at Bricycles

The Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge, July 1st  Last year a number of Bricycles members helped marshal the Mayor’s Charity Bike Ride. This event is being run again this year as the “Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge” on July 1st .

Can anyone spare 2 – 3 hours (or more) to marshal? The organisers would be very grateful and so would Bricycles because this year Bricycles would receive £10 for every marshal who is a Bricycles member! Ideally, marshals would be able to independently get to the allocated marshalling point.

If you would like to marshal or if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch withChris Todd Mob: 07889 302229 Otherwise you might like to ride and raise funds for homelessness! Event on Facebook <>

 And – just to remind you again– from Jim

 Please let Jim know if you are planning to come on the ride on 29 April. The pub is very busy and would like to know approximate numbers in advance.”


The Next Ride: Sunday 15 April 2018 – Hove to Shoreham via Devils Dyke

3 April 2018

Meet at Tessa’s house – 38 Lorna Road, Hove. (5 minutes ride from Hove station and 10-15 minutes cycle from Brighton station). Free parking in Lorna Road and surrounding streets – those in the ‘O’ zone (no pun intended?) on Sundays.

Tessa is providing hot drinks for anyone prepared to arrive for 10am! And then we will start out at 10.30 making our way to Route 82 which takes us along the cycle track on the Old Shoreham Road. The 82 then takes us legitimately through Hove Recreation Grounds and Hove Park linking the two via Hove Park Road. After the parks there is a short sharp hill to the main road and briefly along this past Blatchington School. Bypassing the windmill, we join the old railway track to Devil’s Dyke. So a long slow haul up to the Dyke.

We plan to stop for a coffee at the Dyke Road Inn to break up the morning ride. Then there’s a long downhill run past Saddlescombe Farm, turning left to go through Poynings and Fulking, following a softly undulating road at the foot of the Downs. On through Upper Beeding to Bramber to lunch at the Kings Head at 2pm.

Back along the Downs Link to Shoreham, (or deserting the Link and detouring along Coombe Lane past St Botolphs if the ground is soggy). Possibility of tea at the airport if desired. Option of cycling back to Brighton or taking the train from Shoreham.

Distance: About 20 miles, or if cycling back to Brighton 27. All distances approximate as my cycle computer does not work properly.

If you wish to have lunch please let Sikka know so she can reserve you a seat in the pub. Sikka 07787402229 and 01273 697412.

Thank you.

There are frequent trains back from Shoreham to Brighton.

Sikka and Tessa