2 December 2015
Since our usual end-of-the-year ride – the short circular based on Berwick – is not possible because of lack of train availability, I’ve been thinking about an alternative – short and easy – substitute and this is what I’ve come up with.
We meet at Hassocks station and make for Hurstpierpoint, Albourne and High Cross, taking the Twineham road as far as Twineham Green, then along Bob Lane to Wineham and (an early) lunch at the Royal Oak – always a favourite stop. Back at High Cross on our return leg, we’ll take the road down to Shaves Wood then the B road back to Hurstpierpoint with a possible tea stop at Washbrooks Farm before returning to Hassocks.
Quietish roads, no-off road, no big hills, a few minor “undulations,” only about 16/17 miles
Catch the 10.14 from Brighton station or meet at Hassocks station at 10.23.
Best trains from London would be the 9.36 from Victoria – arrives at 10.37 – or the 8.56 – arrives 10.41 from London Bridge. It always takes a while for us to get going but if you’re planning to take either of these routes please let me know so we can be sure not to start without you.
My mobile number is 07770743287 and it will be switched on (!) as soon as I get to the station.
Do check your emails at 5 pm the day before – if the weather looks like being grim I will cancel/postpone.
9 October 2013
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We first did a ride incorporating the Shermanbury Place bridleway back in 2005 and we’ve done it a couple of times more recently, but not for a while.. I’ve kept it as “flat” as possible, made the afternoon session a bit shorter than the pre-lunch one.
We leave Hassocks station and follow the road to Hurstpierpoint where we turn south once over the A23 and follow the old London road down as far as Shaves Wood where we take the road up to High Cross. The last bit into Shermanbury involves a short stretch of busy main road, then we take the bridleway through Shermanbury, emerge onto a lane near Wineham and make our way to the Royal Oak for lunch.
Then it’s Bobs Lane, Twineham and down to High Cross, then Albourne and retrace our route back to the station.
Meet: at Hassocks station at 10 54
Getting there: Catch 10 45 from Brighton station (earlier train at 10 15 – arrives 10 24). Anyone coming from London should catch the 9 32 which arrives at 10 52.
Distance: 19 miles
Off road Just the bridleway at Shermanbury – shouldn’t be a problem.
Hills: not many and only little ones
Catering: lunch at the Royal Oak with possibility of tea at the Hassocks station pub (or a diversion to Washbrooks Farm)
Getting back: trains to at 08, 37 and 52 minutes past the hour to Brighton and 14, 24 and 54 to London.
My mobile: 0789 985 1172
29 January 2013
From Hassocks, we head through Hurstpierpoint and across the A23 to Albourne with the old 1930s former Kings Head pub in front of us. We make our way to down to High Cross, down Blackstone Lane and the lanes south of the A281 past Bramlands. Then south again down the appropriately named Clappers Lane, arriving in Fulking.
The Shepherd and Dog – the popular pub at the bottom of Devils Dyke – or the Royal Oak at Poynings – for lunch.
Heading towards Brighton for a while and then down the lane to Newtimber. We can have a look at the Newtimber Place, a moated 16th/17th century house. Then along ‘Equestrian Route’ for a couple of hundred yards until it joins the cycle route beside the A23 and links up (near the ‘Llama Trekking’!) with the road back to Hurstpierpoint with the possibility of a tea stop.
Catch 10 15 from Brighton station or meet at 10 24 at Hassocks station. Trains for return at 1505, 1536, 1554.
Anne and Mick