London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

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London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Thu Aug 23, 2018 8:15 pm

I need to get some gravel kms under my belt in preparation for the Gran Fonduro up in Scotland at the end of September so I have just copied a gravel route from London (Sigma Sports in Hampton Wick nr Richmond Park) to Brighton and I'm planning to ride it first thing Saturday and then catching the train back to London in the afternoon, perhaps enjoying a pub lunch and a beer or two by the sea before heading home. I plan to set off from Sigma somewhere between 08:00 and 09:00 but I'm flexible on timing if that's too early or late for anyone who'd like to come along. I'll be riding my CAADX 105 and will be going at a medium pace I guess, i'm not a racer nor a plodder (at least not intentionally a plodder!). Anyone wanna join?

Here's the route I've imported into Strava (I can send people the GPX file): https://www.hotchillee.com/2017/09/28/g ... -brighton/

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by ctznsmith » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:16 pm

Hah! Guildford to Steyning on that is the 'downs link' i.e. NCN 223. Not sure that's 'gravel'. Fun to cruise along though. :roll:

Take a bell. ;-)

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by Rasta » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:31 pm

Downs Link is a nice disused railway track. Lots of dog walkers. Cafe half way. Shoreham end was closed during the summer for construction work.

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:00 pm

ctznsmith wrote:Hah! Guildford to Steyning on that is the 'downs link' i.e. NCN 223. Not sure that's 'gravel'. Fun to cruise along though. :roll:

Take a bell. ;-)
Ah - agreed re NCNs. Didn't realise it was one. Better than roads though.

No need for a bell; the free hub on my new Hunt 4Season Gravel wheels is lovely and loud, so if i want to get somebody's attention in front of me i just stop pedalling and the reaction is instant. I've always wanted a loud free hub because i think they sound great but i hadn't appreciated the fringe benefit of using it as a warning to pedestrians or other cyclists :-)

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Thu Aug 23, 2018 11:01 pm

Rasta wrote:Downs Link is a nice disused railway track. Lots of dog walkers. Cafe half way. Shoreham end was closed during the summer for construction work.
Already looking forward to the cafe. Aren't we still in summer?

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by gairym » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:20 am

jimbop wrote:Here's the route I've imported into Strava (I can send people the GPX file): https://www.hotchillee.com/2017/09/28/g ... -brighton/
I'll take a copy of that .gpx if you're offering thanking you very much!

You can email it to: simplegairy (@) gmail (dot) com

I ride that way (from North-west London to Brighton) once or twice each time we're back in the UK and the last few times it's been on the road on the gravel bike so any route that's not fully tarmac is an improvement over what I've previously done.

Cheers, Gairy.

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Fri Aug 24, 2018 12:15 pm

gairym wrote:
jimbop wrote:Here's the route I've imported into Strava (I can send people the GPX file): https://www.hotchillee.com/2017/09/28/g ... -brighton/
I'll take a copy of that .gpx if you're offering thanking you very much!

You can email it to: simplegairy (@) gmail (dot) com

I ride that way (from North-west London to Brighton) once or twice each time we're back in the UK and the last few times it's been on the road on the gravel bike so any route that's not fully tarmac is an improvement over what I've previously done.

Cheers, Gairy.
Just emailed you the GPX sir :-)

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by Sussex Paul » Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:50 pm

I was looking at riding the downs link with the family two weeks ago, there was mention of a section being closed on the website, but not much detail, so I emailed them, here’s the response I got -

“I have been informed by the Rights of Way officer that the closure remains in place along the DownsLink at Southwater Grid ref: TQ1565126300 to TQ1538726509.

Unfortunately there are no alternative routes available using the public rights of way network.

I was there today and I could get through on this section so it may mean that it is not closed all the time. I am arranging a site meeting to find out more information.”

So you might be able to get through, but worse case it’s navigating your way around on local roads

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by ssnowman » Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:49 pm

I'm planning something similar from North London in the next couple of weeks and I've just come across this and noticed that there are a couple of closure notices in place. See link below.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/leisure-r ... owns-link/
May satan walk with you.

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by gairym » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:00 pm

GPX received! Thanks Jim!

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by gairym » Fri Aug 24, 2018 5:02 pm

I have a lovely routine that's been in place for the last decade or so.

Ride to Brighton, buy beer and/or curry, eat on beach if nice or on train if not and then rest and reflect on the day all the way back to the big smoke.

Makes for a lovely day out :-bd

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:16 am

ssnowman wrote:I'm planning something similar from North London in the next couple of weeks and I've just come across this and noticed that there are a couple of closure notices in place. See link below.

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/leisure-r ... owns-link/
Thank you! A couple of friends have decided to come along and I expect we'll find a way through, over or around any closed sections.

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Sat Aug 25, 2018 12:18 am

gairym wrote:I have a lovely routine that's been in place for the last decade or so.

Ride to Brighton, buy beer and/or curry, eat on beach if nice or on train if not and then rest and reflect on the day all the way back to the big smoke.

Makes for a lovely day out :-bd
I intend to instate a similar routine myself. I'm looking forward to my inaugural trip tomorrow (or today as it's quite late now).

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Sat Aug 25, 2018 9:14 pm

I'll try to post some pictures tomorrow but my mate accidentally downloaded the wrong route so we end up doing about 60km off-road, much of it challenging my two friends (an ironman and ironwoman so not shy of hard work) on their mtbs loaded with bikepacking gear. It was hilarious - really really challenging but bloody brilliant fun. Thankfully my converted gravel caadx was unencumbered by luggage so it was able to get up the single track, root and rock infested climbs more easily despite the lack of suspension and higher gearing. We got 2/3 of the way to Brighton and decided to bail into a secluded country pub for beers and grub rather than follow the newly discovered (for us!) Downs Link, which was like a freshly finished motorway compared to our day, the rest of the way to the coast. After pub I left them to find somewhere to setup camp and am now on a train back to the big smoke. I'll post up a link to the route we followed on strava so if anyone fancies it they can have a bash.

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by gairym » Sun Aug 26, 2018 9:39 am

Sounds fun :-bd

Does that mean you sent me the über tricksy MTB route or so I have the correct friendly gravel route?

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:35 pm

You've got the friendly route that is on the National Cycle Network. I was highly dubious about some of what we tackled yesterday being part of a national route because we had to do a few hikesbike sections (aside from my mate who smashed up and down everything on his full sus because he's an ex-mtber).

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by jimbop » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:37 pm

Here the Strava activity showing the route we followed along with some photos: https://www.strava.com/activities/1797954198

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by JerseyMountainBiker » Sun Aug 26, 2018 1:33 pm

Hi, could you send me the gpx of the original route - looks great, I think I might have a crack at it.. Many thanks.

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by belugabob » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:45 pm

Sounds like you had a great day out, anyway - sometimes, getting lost adds to the fun.

BTW, when I read 'gravel caadx' my brain kind of spell-checked it to this

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by belugabob » Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:10 pm

@jimbop - if you consider this to be "unfinished busininess", you're welcome to join us on Sunday, for a re-match ;)

Cutty to Butty RIdes again

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by mat_swan » Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:07 pm

Wave as you cross the a25, I'm only half a mile up the road!

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by belugabob » Fri Aug 31, 2018 10:07 pm

Had to do a mental ride of the route to work out where we cross the A25 (It's been a long day!)
You must be in Redhill, then?

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by mat_swan » Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:14 am

Other way- bletchingley

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by tahic » Thu Sep 06, 2018 5:25 pm

Pm sent re GPX file

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Re: London to Brighton gravel route Sat 25th August

Post by gairym » Mon Apr 08, 2019 1:36 pm

Holy old thread revival batman!

I never did end up riding this route (can't remember why) and so am hoping to do it in the next couple of weeks whilst back in blighty (assuming that my wrist isn't actually fractured, which I'll find out about tomorrow morning).

Anyone done the finished route and got anything to offer or report about how it rides, trail conditions, improvements, closures etc... that might be of use???

Cheers, Gairy.

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