Eight riders set off from the White Lion for a scenic ride along the South Downs Way. The first 5-miles was a steady climb up to the car park at Bo-peep, before turning right (East) towards Alfriston. The views from the top were stunning. We could see cliffs, the sea, forest and open fields from our vantage point, stretching out over Cuckmere Haven, Seaford, Newhaven, Firle, Arlington, Berwick and Alfriston. After a breather to admire the view we carried along the South Downs Way (SDW) and dropped into Alfriston down Kings Ride. This rugged and steep chalk road deserves respect, so we took it slowly and carefully. Safely at the bottom we crossed the road past The Star Inn and continued along the SDW to the bridge over the River Cuckmere. A short steep climb took us to the Church of the Good Shepherd at Lullington, a 16′ x 16′ church hidden away in lovely countryside – well worth a visit. After quick stop for a breather and group photo we walked to the end of the footpath to join up with the road at Chapel Hill to enjoy a fast coast down the road to Littlington. We rode along the Littlington Road (NCN2) all the way back to Exceat Hill, where we took the alternative MTB route back into Seaford using quiet roads and back ways. With only a brief half-hearted rain shower and light winds we had a cracking ride with great company.
The total time including stops was 3hours and we covered 15 miles.