Eastergate – Westergate – Oving – Shopwyke – Westhampnett – Westerton – Waterbeach – Halnaker – Boxgrove – Fontwell – Walberton
This is a hastily-put-together ride to replace the planned Haywards Heath circular, which has had to be postponed due to non-availability of the lunch venue. Some of the territory may be familiar from previous rides, but I think some of it is new.
The route takes us westwards from Barnham towards the outskirts of Chichester, then back by a different route. We’ll have lunch early in the ride at the Gribble Inn at Oving. The main meals are a bit pricier than I’d have liked, but there are cheaper “light bite” options. After lunch we will have a chance to see the ruins of Boxgrove Priory, and there is a (mandatory) tea stop at the wonderful, cycle-friendly Aldingbourne Country Centre (which also does furniture restoration, although it may be a bit tricky to get a 3-piece suite on your bike!)
Length: 18 miles
Duration: about 5 hours with lunch and tea stops and a short stop at Boxgrove Priory
Terrain: About a mile of Tinwood Lane (classed by OS as “other routes with public access” – green dots – and may be a bit muddy). Otherwise tarmac roads, mostly quiet ones. Short section of A29, on pavement if preferred. NO HILLS.
Start: Barnham Station at 11:50.
Getting there: 10:50 train from Brighton (Chichester train); 10:04 from London Victoria (Bognor train)
Getting home: Trains to Brighton at 16:44 and 17:08 (journey time about 1 hour); to London at 17:05 (about 2 hours)