Ha. I overcooked that, f’sure. I still get twitchy ex-commuter PTSD tho. I’m going to modify it as “trains south of Gatwick”. If we stick to within a large circle of London, it’s probably okay.
Yesterday’s trains were fine and I’d recommend the three greenways in some segment of a future ride (possibly not altogether). The Cuckoo Trail is well-paved and both the Worth and Forest Ways seem like they’d be good all year.
Bits of NCN 21 are pretty rough. Where we picked it up around Eridge I had serious doubts it was actually a trail. And between Newick Lane and Marklye Lane we needed nobbly tires and fewer kms in the legs (or to do it south-to-north!). Lastly, my stupid planning to go through Alfriston village stuck us on the ‘high & over’ rather than the Exceat river crossing. Last hill, which I knew was waiting for us, was on NCN 2 out of Newhaven …again, it’s great if you’re doing Brighton to Hastings but coming the other way I had to get off and push it most of the way because I was done.
Saltdean and the Undercliff at twilight tho… a bloody marvellous way to go into Brighton and beerz.