Preston Park to Hove Park via Hurstpierpoint
We ride from Preston Park to the Beacon
(with an optional section through Stanmer Woods), but then turn left at the bottom of the hill and
proceed to Clayton, where we take New Way Lane to Hurstpierpoint. Here, after a brief look at the
”Children of the Fair” statues, we will have lunch at the Horse Inn. Then to Newtimber via the old
London road and an off-road path that may be a bit muddy.
After that, I am afraid that the law that “what comes down must go up” comes into play as we climb
back up to the top of the Downs. Anyone wanting to avoid that can instead take the NCN20 route to
Brighton, which is flat, but also noisy, smelly and boring, as it runs alongside the A23. The rest of us
will take a slightly different route from last time, turning right at Saddlescombe into the road shown
on the map as Summer Down. It still goes as high as the main road, but is much quieter. We can then
say hello to the ostrich and then whizz down the Dyke Railway trail to Hove.
Distance: 21 miles
Terrain: mostly hard surfaces, some off-road. Please note that the route has two hill climbs of approx 700ft and 550ft.
Start: 9.30 am in Preston Park, south end at junction of Preston Rd and Stanford Avenue.
The Horse has a heated marquee, which should be pretty Covid-secure, and we can book a table in
it, so I would like to know who is, or is thinking of, coming. (This does not commit you to coming – it
is just to get a general idea of numbers).
Led by Jim