Our Annual Ride to Littlehampton

Cyclists at Littlehampton, on the Climping side of the river

Cyclists at Littlehampton, on the Climping side of the river

Our ride to Littlehampton has become an annual event having cycled it for the past three years, in 2012, 2013 and 2014. On Tuesday (16 June) we cycled it for the fourth time and as usual, the weather was kind to us being dry and sunny with only a slight breeze.

Most of the route is virtually flat with much of it being along promenades and the like so it makes for easy cycling. Just as well as the total distance is 75 miles so it’s our longest touring ride of the year although I’m considering a century touring ride this summer.

Every year the route improves. Last year we were able to cycle along Seaford promenade (in previous years cycling hadn’t been allowed along it) and we crossed a new bridge for pedestrians and cyclists at Shoreham. This year we cycled on the superb new ‘shared use’ path between Newhaven and Peacehaven alongside the A259 which has a smooth tarmac surface; ideal for cycling on. Well done to Andy Lock and others in Cycle Seahaven who have campaigned for this path to be built.

Our route to Littlehampton follows National Cycle Route 2 except through Newhaven where we go via Elphick Road, Valley Rd, Brazen Close and The Fairway. This nicely joins the new ‘shared-use’ path alongside the A259. It’s far easier than following NCN Route 2 up Gibbon Rd and along the gravel and pot-holed track called The Hwy.

Six of us started the ride at the Martello Tower in Seaford with two more joining us at The Peace Statue in Hove. It was interesting to see the building work starting on the  i360 Tower close to the West Pier. It should be an amazing sight when finished.

It wasn’t long before we reached Worthing where we had a café stop than on to Littlehampton where we crossed over the River Arun to the Climping side to have lunch at the West Beach Café.

Our return trip was back along the same route with an ice cream stop at Lancing. It had been a very enjoyable ride and no doubt we’ll be doing it again next year.

Our touring ride next Tuesday will be to Hastings.

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What an amazing journey. Well done to all those that took part. By the way, from the top of Gibbon Road (very steep climb) you can continue over and down Upper Valley Road (very steep descent) which has been nicely resurfaced. There’s a crossing you can use that takes you over the A259 and onto the lovely shared path. But, the Valley Road route that Clive describes use is far easier. We continue to campaign… Read more »