Shack & back, the long way round!
This bike ride is a nice start to Sunday, smashing out 60 km and then finishing with a pint of local beer on the beach.
Start the ride with a coastal hugging path along the seafront, here you will enjoy views of fishing boats, wind farms and a brief view of the River Arun before you turn into South Downs National Park. From here experience the 360 degree views of West & East Sussex with great views of the channel.
Start off cycling at Worthing pier along the seafront promenade for a nice warm up with a steady flat pace into Shoreham and with a little cut through of Shoreham airport. Then cross the busy A27 and you are transported into country lanes and ancient woodlands of Coombes and Botolphs whilst riding parallel to the Downs Link. As you come up to the top of Botolphs there a couple of very short hills and then straight into Steyning village.
From Steyning you will take the road up to Barns Green which is a flat section and a good chance to open the legs up. You have then made it for the well-deserved stop at Stan’s Bike Shack. Stop there and do try their all butter flapjack as you will need this for the dyke!
After your pit-stop, head on up to Partridge Green then hang a right on the B2116 on the Henfield road towards Albourne. This section is flat and has great views of Sussex historic villages. Then head to Saddlescombe and switch to Brighton over the dyke. A short hill, steep but with a great view of the Downs of Brighton and Worthing as you get to the golf club, so a great reward if you stop.
Then it’s all downhill from here back to Brighton seafront and a good push back to Worthing. You will have to go through Hove and run along the seafront road to get back, this is the fastest route but you can avoid the dyke and head back to Worthing through Poynings, Folkington and into Shoreham where you can pick up the South Down’s link back to Shoreham beach.
Once you hit the beach your reward is a cool down along Worthing beach back to the pier, often with a stiff breeze on you. There are then some great seafront bars and restaurants in Worthing to finish off your ride.
Ride time is from 2.30 to 3 hours
Distance 41 miles, Elevation 1,279ft, Estimated energy output 1,430kJ