The Next Ride

6 August 2018

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.

Graham

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The Next Ride: Sunday 5 August 2018

25 July 2018

PLEASE NOTE: If you are thinking of travelling from London Road or Preston Park stations, they will both be closed all day Sunday because of Pride.

Hassocks to Wivelsfield Green and return. Circular taking in quiet country lanes and a working windmill.

Meet at Hassocks railway station for a 10.30 prompt start.

Mostly flat and easy pleasant riding with mixed scenery and woodland. one or two short off-road tracks which could be muddy. Optional hilly detour to Oldland Mill by road approx 2 miles.

Ride via Westmeston, Plumpton Green, Wivelsfield Green for lunch 1pm, the Cock Inn. www.cockinn-wivelsfield.co.uk for menu.

Return via Hundred Acre Lane. tea stop at Oldland mill, open 2-5pm on that day.

Return to Hassocks Station.

Trains:

Brighton to Hassocks: 09:57 (arr 10:05) or 10 08 (arr 10 18)

Hassocks to Brighton: 16 04 (arr 16 15) or 16 21 (arr 16 31)

Helen


The Next Ride: Sunday 22 July 2018

16 July 2018

Berwick to Polegate

This ride takes us through leafy shady byways and eventually on to the Cuckoo trail. We go through beautiful Abbotswood. There is a possible early morning ‘lagos’ stop in Hailsham – delicious Hungarian rolled up pizza- you can have small, very small portions because our main stop is in Cowbeech at The Merrie Harriers with wonderful views across the Sussex weald.

We do some miniature undulations to get on to the Pevensey levels and then detour back to the Cuckoo trail to end up in Polegate.

The distance is approximately, or about, 26 miles.

Train 10.05 Brighton arrive Berwick 10.32

Train Polegate 50 minutes past the hour.

Meet 09.45 Brighton station

Angela and Wendy


The Next Ride: Sunday July 8th 2018

7 July 2018

Barnham to Southbourne

(formerly Abrogam to Mutantsod) – NOTE REVISED ROUTE

 I have managed to find a substitute ride after Network Rail’s treachery ruled out the Haywards Heath one. It’s a linear ride, including the lovely Aldingbourne Country Centre as a morning coffee stop, then after Waterbeach we’ll turn westwards onto the Lavant Straight and skirt Goodwood Aerodrome; at Lavant we’ll ride a very short section of the Centurion Way, leaving it as usual at the amphitheatre, but taking the lane north-westwards to the lovely Wellies Restaurant at Oldwick Farm in West Stoke Road, where we will have lunch at about 1.20.

After lunch there will be a tour of local villages, including most of: West Stoke, East Ashling, West Ashling, Funtington. There will be a tea stop at the wonderful bike-friendly pub in Woodmancote, beloved of our comrades in Gosport Clarion. Finally back home via Southbourne.

Mileage: 20 miles

Duration: About 5½ hours including lunch, tea and coffee stops

Terrain: Very flat. Quiet lanes, half a mile of Centurion Way, and a short bit of A285. As it’s been dry, I would like to try the delightful Tinwood Lane, a nice woodland path which we eschewed last time because it was muddy. It may be bumpy though. There will be no suicidal crossings of the A27.

Start at Barnham Station at 10:50

Getting there: Take the 10:00 Southampton train from Brighton (Hove 10:04, Shoreham 10:17).

Return trains to Brighton at 41 minutes past the hour. Our tea stop is only 15 minutes’ ride from Southbourne so we can leave at an appropriate time to catch it.

Just a final note – I see that my previous attempts to do this ride were both dogged by railway problems. The first occasion was cancelled, the second did happen but we had to go via Three Bridges. Let’s hope this one makes up for all the grief.

Finally finally – anyone seeking to comprehend the subtitle may find the answer in the Clarion archives, or you may just be able to work it out on your own! If not, ask me over a pint.

Jim.

 

 


The Next Ride: Sunday 24 June 2018

14 June 2018

Sunday 24 June     Downslink Revisited (What so soon!)

Following the last ride those who missed out or just want another visit to Stan’s or a lunch at the Plough have requested that I do it again. Due to Sue’s injury we have an early opportunity. Best wishes to Sue for an early recovery.

To spice things up and maybe entice more returnees, I am adding a First to Stan’s competition.

A free tea or coffee and cake for the first one to get to Stan’s, obviously not me. This may be hard to watch!!

This ride explores the Downslink trail to Shoreham which should be nice and dry unless the weather changes, and of course downhill most of the way.

The Downslink surface is mostly hard, compacted earth and stones, Apart from the road sections and the new surface coming into Shoreham. Ok for MTB or Hybrid.

The first section to Henfield takes us first via Southwater where the track is a bit narrow and we have to cross the Worthing Road and then a little further on Cripplegate Lane (There is a Cafe here should anyone need a comfort break) then on under the A24 and out into the countryside.

Then on past Copsale where we cross Bar Lane then under the Cowfold road and over the B2135 at Needs Bridge, and on into Partridge Green.

Here we have to turn right onto the B2135 for a short distance and then left again at Stans Bike Shack. (This is 8 miles into our Journey so option for Coffee and a break ).

Our Lunch stop is 3 miles further on in Henfield at the Plough Inn.

After our lunch stop we will retrace our route via Church Street, Upper station Road and Station Road back to the old Railway and south towards Bramber.

After About 2 Mls and just after crossing the Adur the track abruptly leaves the railway on the right and up short piece of farm track to Wyckham Lane, this is a bit rough and pothole strewn for the next mile until we get onto Kings Barn Lane then on into Bramber via King Stone Avenue and Castle lane.

We could break at the Castle for a rest.

To avoid crossing the A283 we then follow a track which runs SE parallel to the A283 and under the road bridge over the Adur cutting back in the opposite direction.

We then briefly join the S Downs way and over the Adur ourselves and down the last section of the Downslink into Shoreham. As the last bit of the footpath is closed we will finish the ride at Shoreham Station.

Length: 21 miles.
Duration: about 5-6 hours including lunch.
Starting at Christ’s Hospital Station 10:45
Getting there:
Suggested that we get the 9.27 Victoria train and changing at Gatwick Airport (14 minute wait) onto the Southern service from London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour.

If you miss the above then get the 9.42 Bedford train changing at Three Bridges onto the same Southern service from London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour (only a 7 minute gap) . But do look out for us getting off the train from a different carriage.

If you miss both of the above you would be 50 mins behind as the next train arrives CH at 11:30. We could be catchable by Stans with some dedicated pedalling.

Single Ticket to Christ’s Hospital

Getting back: From the ride finish at Falconers Court there is the option of a train from Shoreham station or we can follow the NCR2 via Southwick then across the locks and follow the seafront to Hove and Brighton

Graham

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The Next Ride: Sunday 10 June 2018 – Christ’s Hospital to Shoreham Downslink

30 May 2018

This ride explores the Downslink trail to Shoreham which should be nice and dry unless the weather changes, and of course downhill most of the way.

The Downslink surface is mostly hard, compacted earth and stones, Apart from the road sections and the new surface coming into Shoreham. Ok for MTB or Hybrid.

The first section to Henfield takes us first via Southwater where the track is a bit narrow and we have to cross the Worthing Road and then a little further on Cripplegate Lane (There is a Cafe here should anyone need a comfort break) then on under the A24 and out into the countryside.

Then on past Copsale where we cross Bar Lane then under the Cowfold road and over the B2135 at Needs Bridge, and on into Partridge Green.

Here we have to turn right onto the B2135 for a short distance and then left again at Stan’s Bike Shack. (This is 8 miles into our Journey so option for Coffee and a break ).

Our Lunch stop is The Plough in Henfield.

After our lunch stop we will retrace our route via Church Street, Upper station Road and Station Road back to the old Railway and south towards Bramber.

After About 2 Mls and just after crossing the Adur the track abruptly leaves the railway on the right and up short piece of farm track to Wyckham Lane, this is a bit rough and pothole strewn for the next mile until we get onto Kings Barn Lane then on into Bramber via king Stone Avenue and Castle lane.

We could break at the Castle for a rest.

To avoid crossing the A283 we then follow a track which runs SE parallel to the A283 and under the road bridge over the Adur cutting back in the opposite direction.

We then briefly join the S Downs way and over the Adur ourselves. From here it is a lovely run on a good surface to our end point in Shoreham at Falconers Court.

Length: 22 miles.
Duration: about 5-6 hours including lunch.

Starting at Christ’s Hospital Station 10:45

Getting there:
Suggested that we get the 9.27 Victoria train and changing at Gatwick Airport (14 minute wait) onto the Southern service from London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour. (On Jim’s ride this train stopped at Three Bridges despite not being scheduled).  If it does that again get off avoiding the noise and smells of Gatwick )

If you miss the above then get the 9.42 Bedford train changing at Three Bridges onto the same Southern service from London Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour (only a 7 minute gap) Currently there is a yellow warning on the National Rail website “At present, we cannot confirm whether this service will run”.  So an update nearer the time if any problems.

If you miss both of the above you would be 50 mins behind as the next train arrives  CH at 11:30. We could be catchable by Stans with some dedicated pedalling.

Currently there is a yellow warning on the National Rail website “At present, we cannot confirm whether this service will run”. So an update nearer the time.

Single Ticket to Christ’s Hospital

Getting back: From the ride finish at Falconers Court there is the option of a train from Shoreham station or follow the NCR2 via southwick then across the locks and follow the seafront to Hove and Brighton

Graham


The Next Ride: Sunday 27 May 2018

15 May 2018

Christ’s Hospital to Pulborough

Rudgwick – Bucks Green – Tismans Common – Wisborough Green – Kirdford – Pallingham

This ride explores the far reaches of West Sussex – just this side of the Surrey border.

Leaving Christ’s Hospital station, we will ride for 5 miles along part of the Downs Link, the old railway line that runs from Shoreham to Guildford. Along the way we will see the famous “double bridge” over the river Arun, which features in the Downs Link logo.

Not long after leaving the Downs Link we arrive at the lunch stop – the “Mucky Duck” at Tisman’s Common. After lunch we continue south-westwards, and traverse the wonderfully-named (and indeed, wonderful!) Drungewick Lane, a little way along which we will encounter Drungewick Aqueduct, where the Wey & Arun Canal passes over the river Lox. This was, no doubt, a fine piece of engineering when it was first built, but the extensive restoration work, done by the canal trust after decades of neglect had done their worst, is also a thing of wonder.

At Wisborough Green we turn westwards without going anywhere near the dreaded A272. At Kirdford we turn south. Eventually we will come to a woodland known as The Mens, which is apparently an internationally important nature reserve.

The thing about having crossed the Arun at Rudgwick is that we now have to get back across it; and bridges here are few and far between. It seems most of the traffic passing over Pallingham Bridge has four legs, and despite this being part of the Wey-South Path, the result is not pretty, nor pleasant to walk on. (We will have to dismount, for sure). Unfortunately for Pallingham, this bridge, and the nearby quay, is the area’s main claim to fame. Pallingham is the tidal limit of the river, 25 miles from the sea. At 37 miles in total, the Arun is the longest river entirely in Sussex, according to Wikipedia.

Back on firmer ground, we’ll traverse a short, pleasant bridleway and then back onto tarmac for the long haul up the one serious hill, which ascends the ridge overlooking Pulborough and the lower Arun Valley. Then a long whizz downhill to Pulborough Station.

Length: 23 miles.

Duration: about 6 hours including lunch.

Terrain: Apart from half a mile of the B2133, all the roads and paths are quiet. The surface of the Downs Link is hard, compacted earth and stones, which may get slightly muddy if it rains. The track leading to the Arun bridge is bumpy, and around the bridge it may be very soft and uneven, but this does not go on for long. One hill (see above).

Start at Christ’s Hospital station at 10:45 am.

Getting there: The 9.42 Bedford train will get you to Christs Hospital on time, but the change at Three Bridges is only 7 minutes, which may be a problem if the Bedford train is late. I would recommend instead getting the 9.27 Victoria train and changing at Gatwick Airport, where we get 15 minutes. Get a return to Pulborough.

Getting back: There is one train an hour from Pulborough in each direction. It is possible to get to Brighton via either Three Bridges or Ford, taking roughly the same time (about 1.5 hours).

Jim.