I'm doing a London/Brighton ride next weekend and was wondering if there's a good route on quiet roads taking in a few hills? If there's a way out of London that's quiet that would be great too.
There is this route which is quiter than the normal BHF route
If you are only going one way, you have the choice of the outbound or return leg depending how hilly/long you want it
Thanks for this.
Hey Garbles, did you take this route in the end?
I do this regularly and really like it - https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15381318
Is there any way to open that in google maps?
I think you can import a kml to google maps, pm me your email address and I can send the kml over to you. Edit - try this -
Is that a reasonably quiet route? It goes through East Grinstead and my family live not to far from there.
amazing thank you!
Yeah, it's a really nice, quiet route. It's also good as it runs near/past quite a few stations should you want to bail early. It's rolling with a few hills but I've taken a group of 15 friends who only really commute/leisure cycle and they all made it.
Obviously don't follow it tom my mates house in Brighton, just go straight down Ditchling Road to the beach. There is also a 'velodrome' in Preston Park (Square and not very banked).
I'm thinking about cycling to Brighton on saturday night and getting the train back.
Southern website warns me that 5am trains may be busy because of Pride - will they?
Didn’t like the London-Brighton ride. Maybe I got a bad day but I had the usual way too many cars driving way too close and thought it was only a matter of time till I was hit the whole way there. Plus, fighting your way out of London on A roads just ain’t fun.
I’d really like to do the London-Brighton off road route. I reckon that would be great.
pride is the busiest day of the year here, it's like Beirut in some places. so yeah it will be rammed
Did this route on Sunday.
I would say it isn't for newbies, but as a result, it was immensely enjoyable
Jump on thread, anyone have a off road/gravel freindly route to Brighton.
Includes downs link and a short section of SDW. Suitable for a gravel bike with at least 40c tyres.
How is it for a beginner? GF has never ridden up to 70miles so wary of if it gets too tough.
@cjr Is it a newby friendly route? Sorry about the dredge.
The climbs may be too tough for a newbie. I'd try to find easier way around North Downs, and skip the South Downs section all together.
Just did this route from cycle.travel https://cycle.travel/route/london_to_brighton
It's great, almost entirely little roads, skips round the slower climbs and really follows hill ridges so you get nice long descents.
Bit sweaty and difficult in >27 degree heat, and if you're a pretty leisurely cyclist I would not describe it as "easy". Also there are a couple of sections of gravel/slightly muddy paths that you would struggle on with <=25mm tires but they don't last long and they help miss out hills or annoying roads.
Would give the route a 10 out of 10, also gpx/printable map/instructions on the website makes it easy to follow.
-- there is a nice spot half way up ditchling beacon to the right of the road next to a fence/gate/stile that you can collapse on for a lucozade/whiskey/lie-down. Worth making to it there rather than stopping in the road earlier later (if you're not going to do the whole thing in one)
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