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Adur Outdoor Activities Centre (Adur Recreation Ground, west side of Norfolk Bridge)
Church Farm and Coombes
Somewhere to Stay
see Shoreham-by-Sea Link
around Shoreham (partially out of
date information follows, written pre-2000)
Because Shoreham is located on the flat plain
at the foot of the downs, cycling is popular and would be an ideal way
to get around, if it was not for the traffic and the bad condition of many
of the roads.
Cycles can be taken on the old slam door trains
on South Central Railway free of charge without prior reservation. However,
a reservation is needed on the diesel multiple unit Stagecoach and AlphaLine
regional trains to south Wales and other destinations in the west.
suitable for cycling (Off-road*routes
are unsuitable for racing cyclists):
gravel cycle path has been constructed from the eastern end of the Toll
Bridge in Old Shoreham going north. It is an excellent cycle route
for casual cycling. When you arrive at the South Days Way Bridge over the
River Adur, you should cross the bridge and head for a short distance west.
At the first T junction the route north takes you to the roundabout near
Bramber Castle crossing the main road on the way. If you continue following
the South Downs Way west you will arrive at the village of Botolphs.
The towpath on the east bank of the river can be cycled on into the centre
of Bramber but you may need to lift your bike over stiles.
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towpath on the west bank of the River Adur runs from Adur Recreation Ground
on the south side of Norfolk Bridge and runs north adjacent to the airfield
and as far as Bramber. Progress is impeded by a number of stiles and after
a spell of wet weather can be very muddy.
A good cycling country road runs north from the
Sussex Pad (north west of the airfield, accessible over the old wooden
Toll Bridge from Old Shoreham, or from the airport road) through Coombes
and St. Botolphs to Steyning or Bramber. The road ends up at the roundabout
at the entrance to Bramber Castle. The return route is called Mauldlin
Road and it starts with a small climb.
From the Sussex Pad to Lancing - route from Old
Shoreham over the Toll Bridge to North Lancing and
Sompting - the practical route is to use the path on the south side
of the main A27 in both directions because this road is much too dangerous
for cyclists. In Lancing, a road to the south runs parallel to the main
road. This from the east (accessible south down Grinstead Lane at the first
roundabout at the Manor in Lancing from the east) is Crabtree Lane/Cokeham
Road/West Street and goes all the way to Worthing, avoiding the through
traffic. A local road map helps, and this will be printed on this web site
when the equipment is good enough.
is a country path usable by mountain bikes running from just north of the
Sussex Pad west towards Lancing Clump. This
a bridlepath branch off the road to Lancing College. Lancing Clump can
also be approached from the road on the north side of the A27, opposite
the first garage and layby when approaching Lancing from the Toll Bridge.
Mill Hill Route
An old country road runs from Mill
Hill over the downs towards Truleigh Hill Youth Hostel (216 metres
above sea level). This road is not marked by signs, but look for Erringham
Road leading to Mill Hill Road. At the Beeding
Hill crossroads (115 metres above sea level) about three miles north
of Mill Hill the route west is an unadopted road
recent visit, 1998, indicates that this stretch downhill is only cyclable
with mountain bikes) that leads to a place called Castletown on the
main road from Upper Beeding (east at the Rising Sun junction) to Wood's
Mill (Sussex Wildlife Trust) and Henfield. The path north at the crossroads
is difficult to cycle and may be too muddy to ride. It ends at the Beeding-Henfield
road further north. More routes from there, but a mountain bike is necessary.
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¥ The route west from the
crossroads on the grass footpath, overlooking the steep slope to Anchor's
Bottom, immediately to the south is more amenable. It leads down to the
Beeding to Shoreham road, with paths to the river and the Cycle Path to
Shoreham (June 2000).
For mountain bikers, there is a route running
south-west uphill from the crossroads that returns
to north Shoreham at the Southwick border (via Thundersbarrow and over
the Southwick Hill Road Tunnel) but this chalk path is hilly (a 50 metres
dip) and exposed and recommended only in good weather. This is Monarch's
Way on the OS maps.
Coastal Cycling Route West is now marked by signs. It starts at the footbridge
by Coronation Green where cycling is forbidden.
The route is to follow the roads south for a minute or so until you can
see the sea, and then cycle west along roads which change into a concrete
path adjacent to Widewater Lagoon (cycling is
permitted, but beware of dogs running wild)
leading to south Lancing and eventually Worthing. The road from Beach Green
to Worthing is much more dangerous for cyclists than it appears, especially
in bad light. The reason for this is that the width of the road does not
allow room for both lorries and cyclists. Purple
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It is a good idea when travelling the Coastal
Route East to Hove and Brighton to cross over the Lock Gates at Southwick
(look for the sign for Carrot's Cafe) and cycle along the lightly used
private port road to Aldrington Basin (at the east end of Shoreham Harbour)
and Hove Lagoon, where the *
and Hove coastal cycle lane starts. The road from Shoreham
footbridge going east along the main coast road towards the Lighthouse
is very dangerous and cyclists have been killed along this route. There
is an inland route through east Shoreham (footbridge - lock gates) along
Middle Road but you may need a map. The route will be published on this
site when I get a new computer etc. Green
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