Choose between The late spring break or Shoreham to Littlehampton Circular
Clarion Late Spring Break 12-14th May
Places Still Available Six going so far.
Staying at Puttenham eco Barn
Sunday 12th May
Some gentle cycling in the beautiful Surrey countryside, first from Shalford a gentle ride up the river Wey and then up onto the downs via the North Downs Way and our cultural excursion to Watts Chapel and Gallery, then on to our residence at Puttenham eco Barn (5pm arrival), only just over six miles in total.
Ride Leaders Train Route
10:27 Train from Brighton changing at Gatwick and Redhill to Shalford arriving 12:15
Buy an off peak return ticket to Shalford if you want option to return by train another day.
Monday 13th May
An anticlockwise circular ride from Puttenham along minor roads and bridleways with morning tea at the Old Kiln Cafe in Forest Bourne Wood and then Lunch at the Mill at Elstead, then ride back to Puttenham.
The terrain can best be described as continuously undulating with about 1000ft of climb over the ride. The ride is currently about 20 miles but we can adapt that as we go to fill the day (til 5pm). More arduous options are available.
Tuesday 14th May
Puttenham to Shoreham via the Downslink (40 Miles).
Leaving at 9am we will retrace our route back to Shalford and onto the Downslink the Total Route is 40 miles with one major hill at Rudgewick to overcome. The route has may cafe opportunities.
Early Morning tea at Bramley (7Mls)
Late Morning Tea at Cranleigh (12mls)
Lunch at Rudgwick (16 mls)
Christ’s Hospital. Half Way. Snowflakes get train home from here via Three Bridges!
Early afternoon tea at Southwater (23 mls)
Afternoon tea at Stan’s (28mls)
Late Afternoon tea at steyning (34 Mls)
Collapse late late afternoon tea Shoreham (39 mls)
If you want to do the whole route we aim to get back by around 5pm split 5 ½ hours for cycling and 2 ½ hours for stops. So you need be comfortable with an average of about 7+ miles per hour over 40 miles of off road. Decision time is half way at Christ’s Hospital station.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are coming
Wendy and Graham
Sunday 12 May 2019
Shoreham to Littlehampton Circular
For those Clarionistas that are unable to get away for the long weekend at Puttenham, there will be an option of a ride from Shoreham station to Littlehampton, with the return leg along the same route back to Shoreham. This is a very gentle ride along the coast, although it is 30 miles and close to our usual maximum distance. The last time we rode this route in September 2016, some of the “lucky thirteen” decided to return from Littlehampton by train, but please remember that this ride is planned as a circular route, so we will need to keep to the schedule so we can have lunch in Littlehampton and get back to Shoreham in good time. The route generally follows the NCR2 and keeps as close as possible to the beach and promenades, being mainly off-road on cycle paths or quiet estate roads, with no “undulations”.
After crossing the Adur Ferry Bridge we pass Widewater Lagoon and head off westwards to Worthing and Goring for 9 miles, with a coffee stop at The Bluebird Café on Ferring Rife. This café is always very busy, particularly on a Sunday, so if you don’t want to wait 15 minutes for your order, it might be best to bring your own energy bar and a flask From here we can go through opening gates into Kingston Gorse Estate, and then straight on (with many left and right turns) for 6 miles through the quiet roads of Angmering and Rustington onto the promenade into Littlehampton and the harbour. The previous lunch stop at the Harbour Lights Riverside Café has recently gone into administration, but we have found an alternative riverside restaurant at The Arun View Inn close to the swing bridge for lunch at 1.15pm. https://thearunview.co.uk/ This inn offers a wide choice menu, including superb roast lunches, a vegan menu, an excellent range of beers and a riverside patio (if the sun shines). This inn is always full, so we will need your reservation before Sunday if you plan to eat here. (text to 0783-726-3722). On the return to Shoreham (15 miles) we can take tea and cakes halfway at Sea Lane Café or other options.
Catch the 10.00h train from Brighton to Shoreham-By-Sea arriving at 10.15h and aim to get on the road by 10.30h.
Possible return trains from Littlehampton to Hove leave at 14 minutes past the hour; change at Hove for Brighton. Alternatively a long journey to Brighton at 31 minutes past the hour with a half hour change at Ford.
David and Chris