The ride will start at the Sea Lane Café, Goring - meet at 10.00 for 10.15. We'll get there by car or rail.
Please let Ian know if you intend to join the ride so we don't leave you behind at the start. Also, if you intend to take a mobile phone, he would like your number in case of emergencies.
- Can take someone else and their bike
- Plan to go by rail and would like some company
- Would like a lift to the start
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More details about the ride...
Starting from Goring-by-Sea, gathering at 10.00 for a 10.15 departure on an 8 mile ride east along the South Coast cycle route along the promenade and sea front to Shoreham for elevenses. Another flat section follows along the Adur valley towards Steyning, stopping for a short visit to an enchanting South Downs early Norman church at Coombes, then join the Downs Link cycle path through Bramber and Henfield to Partidge Green for cafe lunch or picnic at Stan’s Bike Shack on the Downs Link.
The return will be down the B2135 to Steyning for the only serious climb of the day up Bostal Hill over the Downs to Sompting and return along the coast road. The climbs are well worth it for the views from the top of the Downs.
Total distance appr 35 miles.
About 5 miles of the Downs Link is Off Road cycle path of variable quality. Mostly good/reasonable surface but a few patchy bits. There is an alternative route repeating about 5 miles on the return journey.
Anyone not wanting to brave the heights of the Downs above Steyning can return via the Adur valley retracing the ride out but missing out Shoreham.
The Sea Lane Cafe car park at Goring. Postcode: BN12 4HR. Brighton OS Map grid ref 112017.
If driving without GPS, head along the A27. About 3 miles after Arundel Crossbush junction take the slip road marked London A280. At the junction turn right over the A27 signposted ‘Angmering Rustington Ferring’. At the mini roundabout on the South of the A27 turn immediately left down the minor road signposted ‘Goring Ferring’. Stay on that road heading due South, crossing 2 main roads until you reach the coast on Aldsworth Avenue.
Turn left at the coast at Goring Greensward. After 0.3 miles, immediately after the first mini roundabout turn right into the Sea Lane Cafe car park. Parking is free and there are public toilets. Free parking in the road outside if the car park is full. The cafe opens at 08.30 if you get there early.
Please be parked, unloaded and ready for off at 1015.
Train to Goring Station. Southern Railways restrict carriage of bicycles on trains arriving at Brighton 07.00 – 10.00 and leaving there 16.00 – 19.00. Anyone wishing to use the train should catch the train leaving Havant at 09.12 for Goring at 09.47 and returning no later than the 16.02 from Goring (for16.32 at Havant). Southern Railways say that their guards reserve the right to refuse bikes if trains are very crowded. No problems with folding bikes but anyone wanting to travel by train should check times and restrictions before buying tickets.
From the station at Goring, turn right, over the level crossing, straight ahead and left at the coast then right into the cafe car park after the first roundabout. Distance: appr 1 mile.
About Saturday and Wednesday rides
Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. If you're unable to keep up or have a mechanical problem, someone will be available to help you - although we obviously cannot guarantee to solve all problems.
Riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.
Click either heading below to find out more about Wednesday and Saturday rides:
Wednesday rides are the largest of our rides and can provide a range of options to riders. We often split into multiple groups at the start, for example:
- A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
- A ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop at a moderate pace
- An elevenses ride comprised of riders going only to elevenses; the elevenses ride will have its own ride leader and might go to a different destination if the route to the main elevenses destination is long and/or hilly
On Wednesdays it is highly likely that there will be several riders coming back to the Havant area from the elevenses stop - although they might not include a PCTC ride leader. If that is what you'd like to do, please consult the ride leader at the start to ensure someone knows and is able to bring you back.
In addition, some rides split after elevenses to go at different paces or to alternate destinations. These are usually announced during the ride briefing. Please ask if you are unsure about the options available.
Saturday rides are (usually) much smaller than Wednesday rides. As a result they offer fewer options for rides but more flexibility for routes and destinations.
The rides are often shown as 'informal' meaning there is no prescribed ride leader. Unless weather is particularly adverse, however, they always go ahead at the stated time and start point. We try to keep to the suggested elevenses destination to allow for people who want to ride directly there.
The lunch destination does change occasionally but we will always take views of riders into account. In particular, if you join a ride because you think you can manage the distance/hilliness, we would not substitute an alternative if it meant you couldn't join the ride.
If you want to ride with us but only to elevenses and need someone to help you with the route back, please use our general enquiry form to let us know in advance of the ride so we can try to arrange something for you.
This article describes what you should consider bringing with you on one of these rides.