Exceat Hill alternative now open

The proposed alternative cycle route from Exceat Bridge to Chyngton Lane is now open. Cyclists can now avoid the busy A259 climb into Seaford from the Golden Galleon pub. Unfortunately the surface of this newly opened alternative is not suitable for road bikes.

Cyclists still have to contend with the narrow bridge and the narrow section of A259 up to the Pump Barn at Seven Sisters Visitor Centre, but this is an excellent addition to NCN2.

Google map link: http://goo.gl/maps/KQIfE

Cycle Seahaven have worked with Sustrans for a number of years to get this route opened, and we continue to push for more cycle routes in Seaford, Newhaven and Peacehaven. If you have any ideas for cycle routes then please get in touch on our contacts page, or add a comment below.

Previous news: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/exceat/

Entering the Golden galleon carpark from the A259

Entering the Golden galleon carpark from the A259

Hidden signage

Hidden signage

The gate in the Golden Galleon carpark heading South

The gate in the Golden Galleon carpark heading South

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3 comments to Exceat Hill alternative now open

  • Fantastic news! And long-awaited! Let’s keep up the good work for 2014. Perhaps Newhaven – Peacehaven link next?

  • Andy Lock

    There is a proposal to establish a Newhaven-Peacehaven link using the right-side of the road when leaving Newhaven. There’s a section that’s been partitioned off due to road subsidence – all it will take is to fill in the gap between the road and existing pavement to create a 3m-wide shared path.
    Plus other plans to link this up with the Highway.
    More here: http://cycleseahaven.org.uk/?p=1520

  • Clive Aberdour

    You’re right when you say the surface of this newly opened alternative is not suitable for road bikes. It’s not even suitable for people walking with their road bikes. I walked along this route with three other members of the club pushing our bikes at the end of our ride to Arlington Tea Gardens this morning. We certainly weren’t going to risk our lives by cycling up the A259 hill. The path from the car park to the field is just bricks and mud and the path leading to Chyngton Lane is just mud. It used to be a grass track but there’s not much grass there now. I’ve been using this route for the past 5 or 6 years and it’s in the worst condition I’ve ever seen it, presumably because of increased use by mountain bikes. Hopefully, Cycle Seahaven is pushing to get the route surfaced so that it’s suitable for road bikes.