Gravel ride to Brighton and back

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  • Hey,

    Planning to go to Brighton and back using as many off road sections as possible. I have done most of the route to go down but I haven't done the return yet.

    Thinking of stopping around 80k down for snacks water / 125k for lunch on the pier and 180k for snacks water.

    Pace wise it'll be roughly a blue as being mainly off road, it'll take a bit longer to cover the distance. I'd like to be back before sunset.

    See you there for a big day out!­privacy_code=v5nBZxP3RURY9mcC

  • Looks great Romain, the Downs Link was almost completely dry last Sunday even after a rainy Saturday, so shouldn't be too bad tomorrow.

    There is a closure near Southwater, so a little detour - worth keeping an eye for the small sign pointing this out ahead of the closure, so you don't end up going right up to the closure and have to turn back like I did (although I was going Brighton - London)!

    Temporary closure of the Downs Link at Southwater
    The Downs Link is closed to ensure pedestrian safety during the construction of Phases 1.6 and 3.1 of the Broadacres development. An alternative route is provided. The diversion runs between Worthing Road, Southwater heading south for approximately 1.5km.­creation-and-community/walking-horse-rid­ing-and-cycling/downs-link/#:~:text=alte­rnative%20route%20available.-,Temporary%­20closure%20of%20the%20Downs%20Link%20at­%20Southwater,south%20for%20approximatel­y%201.5km.

  • Thanks for the heads up Tj! How was your ride? Don't fancy the whole loop?

  • I think (for me) it would be pushing it, but doable. If I was fully fit, I'd be tempted to join you!
    Most of the downs link is very easy terrain, there are maybe 3 or 4 technical sections, mainly near the Stan's shack stop, but I think I already mentioned all that in the other thread. Certainly wouldn't take my eye off the path, but speedy progress is possible. Bit tired so having a weekend off the bike...
    Also there is generally good sharing etiquette between cyclists and pedestrians on there too, which somehow makes the whole ride more pleasant. Bit more tight and slow if you're riding the section between Kingston and Guildford too, but that is more of a moving picture postcard, so worth it for that.

    Also path was closed in Guildford, but easy way around via short road section, easy to see the way around...

  • Hey @Romain, any chance you could share your route with me? RWGPS is saying the link above is private...

    I'm mostly interested in your choice of return route - anything you'd change/avoid after trying it out?

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Gravel ride to Brighton and back

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