From the station we cycle North over the A259 and through Angmering village. Turning left into Dappers Lane we go under the A27 and veer left, then straight ahead onto the bridle path. This leads us to the top of the Downs and West onto the Monarch’s Way which commemorates the route taken by King Charles II in 1651 after being defeated at the battle of Worcester. And here, blossoming beneath the tall trees of the forest, we expect to see a vast carpet of bluebells.
The track from here is well surfaced and almost entirely downhill, taking us past the red post which marks the spot where the last person was hanged in Sussex in 1771. Quiet lanes lead us to the A27 which we cross at Arundel station and re-cross to enter Arundel itself for lunch.
Lunch is in Belinda’s Tea Rooms where we can only eat if we book in advance. If you want to eat there please let us know and we will include you.
After lunch we make our way to the roundabout on the West side of the river Arun, take the Ford road for a few yards and cross onto quiet roads leading uphill, along a short footpath, onto a short stretch right and uphill then left for a long downhill ride with open country views to Tottington. There to rejoin the busy Ford road which takes us down to the A259 where we cross to enjoy a quieter road that leads to the bridge over the River Arun and into Littlehampton. Here the option of a train home or a search for further refreshments.
The terrain is mixed, with some off-road stony earth tracks, the surface firmer after dry weather, one busy main road past Ford, the rest being small, quiet country roads.
Trains: Brighton station 10 am train direct to Angmering, arriving 10.38. Disruptions on the train journey back means returning from Littlehampton at 14 minutes past the hour direct as far as Hove, but change for Brighton in Preston Park on the 16.14 or in Hove on the 17.14 . (There are trains at 0.31 which do not go via Hove and require a change in Ford with a wait of 29 minutes to get to Brighton!)
N.B. LUNCH – ONLY AVAILABLE BY PRIOR BOOKING SO LET US KNOW BY PHONE OR TEXT …