Brighton and back

  • Starts: Tuesday 23 August 2016 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: John Rosbottom
  • Category:
  • Route grade: C - Moderate route
  • Ride to elevenses grade: D - Flattish route

Address: Southgate, Chichester, PO19 8DL

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We start at Chichester railway station at 09h15, riding to (almost) Brighton along the coast, and back via the South Downs. The round trip Chichester to Chichester is about 130 km, crossing the River Arun at Littlehampton and the Adur at Shoreham. Added interest includes a tour of the semi-private estates around Goring (watch out for Art Deco and Modernist houses, some interesting architect designed new-builds as well as a whole swathe of bungalows from the 1930s - 1950s). Elevenses are on the beach at the wonderful Bluebird Cafe, followed by a ride around the locks and docks of Shoreham Harbour; a converted railway line leads us into the Downs where we find spectacular views from our lunch stop at Devil's Dyke; then a meander through lanes North of the South Downs, onwards around the Steyning Bowl before returning home via West Chiltington, Amberley and Slindon. We will stop for tea at the RSPB site at Wiggonholt or in Amberley depending on progress and need.

If Southern Railway is running to time there is a train leaving Fareham at 08h35, arriving in Chichester at 09h11 that may be convenient for more Westerly based riders. John will lead an informal ride to Chichester from the bus stop just East of the roundabout in central Emsworth, beginning at 08h30.



flat out, moderately hilly back (click to enlarge)


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About Tuesday rides

The Tuesday rides are typically 60-80 miles at a moderately fast pace while maintaining the social nature of the Saturday and Wednesday rides. The rides will start at various locations to be determined by the individual ride leader.

3 thoughts on “Brighton and back

  1. Hi John,
    Sounds like a great ride and the weather is looking good too! You make mention of an old railway track and I was wondering what the surface is in respect of tyre size for the ride. My preferred machine for the day will have 25c tyres - will I need something a but wider?

    The bus stop east of the Emsworth RAB - is that the one just 20m east of Bramley Gardens?


    1. Hello Alan

      You can use any tyres you like, the ex-railway line is nicely tarmaced.

      The roundabout I meant is the one just East of North St and the A259, in the middle of the town.

      It should be a good ride, the weather forecast is perfect. Bring sun block!


  2. Just by way of a postscript to this ride. Everybody seemed to enjoy the route, and we will do it again in the future ... I'd like to record a huge thank you to Linda Boize for her help with the route planning; without Linda's comprehensive knowledge of the obscure routes in West Sussex it would have been impossible to put together such an interesting route with so few main road miles. Thanks Linda!

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