Fairway Loop, Newhaven – 3c MTB 90 minutes

Getting there.
The Fairway is off the A259 at the top of the hill between Newhaven and Peacehaven. Post code is BN9 9XX if needed for sat nav. There is free on-road parking on the hill.

Grading and Difficulty.
Ride is about 75 to 90 mins at level 3C. There are two steep climbs. One from the Fairway up to the golf course,and one from Newhaven Marina up to the Fort. The rest of the ride is fairly flat. Part of the route is along the cliff top where it can be quite windy. The route pops out onto the road in two places at the bottom of a gradient. Be careful at these places.

Route.
Fairway.
 Start on ‘The Fairway’then head up a rough road into the tress below Peacehaven Golf course. Lots of tree roots to negotiate. A steep descent takes you onto the C7. You will need to watch your speed here so you don’t pop out onto the road.Turn left and ride along the C7 to Piddinghoe.
River bank. Near the church we follow the banks of the Ouse towards Newhaven. At Cantells boatyard head up Elphick road and onto the cycle way. Cross the traffic lights near the swing bridge and follow the West Quay cycle way through Newhaven marina.
Cliffs. Along Fort road and up to the top of the cliffs,taking in a small singletrack climb near the top. Head west along the cliff tops past Newhaven Heights and onto Rushey Hill caravan park.

Return. Ride down throught the eastern end of the caravan park down to The Highway (which is part of NCN2). Dogleg right/left onto Blakeney Ave. This is a descent onto the A259/SouthCoast road,so be careful with the traffic. At the South Coast Road turn right and ride along the left-side of the road. There’s a separated section that is safer for cyclists,but beware of debris that may cause punctures. In 500m you are back at the start.