Sunday 19 August 2018
Hove Park to Shoreham via Small Dole
Starting at Hove Park Cafe this route makes a three quarter loop round the downs via Dyke Golf Club, Saddlescomb, Poynings, Fulking, Woods Mill, SmallDole, Upper Beeding, Bramber and back to Shoreham Station.
From the Dyke onwards the route is mostly wooded with shade, the first part of the route is uphill but spread over 4 miles so nothing difficult.
Leaving the cafe after an opportunity for an early morning coffee and loo stop we pass Hove Engineerium and ride gently upwards through Hangleton to the Dyke railway trail and beyond.
At the end of the trail we rejoin the road and from the peak at the golf club take the exhilarating run down to Saddlescome and the delightful Wild Flour Cafe for our tea stop.
From Saddlescombe its down hill again and we go left through Poynings and then Fulking and onto the lovely wooded Clappers Lane which takes us 2.5 miles north towards Woodmancote.
Before reaching the A281 we turn left and take a lane brings us out onto the A2037 at Woods Mill with the chance of a quick look around and a loo stop.
A mile further on is our lunch stop at The Fox in Small Dole.
Leaving the Fox we travel a mile further south on the A2037 before making a right turn at Upper Horton Farm and going off road down the aptly named Smugglers Lane round the north of Upper Beeding rejoining the road in Bramber at the crossing over the Adur.
It is then a short distance to Bramber Castle where we join the Downslink towards Shoreham. We leave the Downslink at The Amsterdam Pub and take a back road to Shoreham Station
Length: 20 Miles approx to Shoreham Station. Duration about 7 hours.
Starting Point: Hove Park Cafe , BN3 7BF at 10am. ( 0.5 ml north of Hove station in the bottom half of Hove Park between Goldstone Crescent and Park View Road and Just NW of tennis courts)
There are no parking restrictions around Hove Park on a Sunday
End Point: Shoreham Station (North Side). Return trains every 20-30 mins or ride back via the seafront.