8am on a chilly Sunday morning is not everyone’s ideal start to the day, but a few hardy souls took on the challenge. Despite the low temperatures we were treated to bright sunshine the entire route.
First we climbed up Seaford’s Firle Road to bear left onto the twin-track concrete road around Seaford (Blatchington) golf course. Where the climb flattens out there’s a crossroads with a gate to the left. Go through this and follow the grass track all the way to Bopeep. It’s about 4 miles of steady climbing, but it’s one of the best ways to see the views over the weald, and a great way onto the South Downs Way (SDW).
From Bopeep we turned left and followed the SDW to Southease, the same route taken by the 2B ride later the same day. After crossing the railway and the river bridge we took a left turn to follow Egrets Way along the river banks to the outskirts of Piddinghoe. We crossed the C7 to continue our off-road route to the back of Peacehaven along Valley Road (Peacehaven), and on to Telscombe Tye. Bridleways took us past Harvey’s Cross before climbing up through the picturesque Standean Bottom in Castle Hill nature reserve (one of many local reserves with the same name) to Woodingdean.
The Drove is a recently tarmac-surfaced shared-path from the top of Woodingdean all the way to Brighton Races – so we enjoyed a lovely gentle descent while we got our breath back. Then following the faster descent through Sheepcote Valley to Brighton Marina, we rode on the flat undercliff path to Saltdean. After coffee and cake in the warm sunshine outside Molly’s café we climbed up from the undercliff to ride along the clifftop path to Newhaven, before picking up the A259 shared walking/cycle path to Newhaven then onto Seaford via Valley Road (Newhaven), The Jolly Boatman and the cycle path past Denton Island.
32 miles, 2800 feet of climbing, then ready for Sunday lunch 🙂
Click the link for an aerial flyby of our route with photographs: https://www.relive.cc/view/767731969