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Lewes to Hove on a bike

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On 24 Feb 2013 at 5:00pm TT wrote:
Thinking of cycing from Lewes to Hove for work. Just wondering how long this would take and whether anyone has any routes they would recommend?
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On 24 Feb 2013 at 6:01pm gareth wrote:
Go straight along the cycle path on the a27 from kingston roundabout.probably 50 mins to the town centre and its a fairly easy ride
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On 24 Feb 2013 at 6:06pm tortoise wrote:
Easy? Really?! Face on to the bypass traffic in the dark up that hill - enjoy!
GG
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On 24 Feb 2013 at 6:23pm Sussex Jim wrote:
I tried cycling from Malling to Bevendean, in the seventies. to try and be Green. I stuck it for a week, and then went back to the car. Lack of a cycle path (then) on the A27 didn't bother me, but it is a long hard slog up to Falmer. To cycle to Hove would realistically involve going into Brighton at least as far as the Upper Lewes Road/ Preston Circus/ New England Hill to avoid the gradients.
If you have to do a day's work as well, and are not poor or idealistic, I suggest you use the heavily -subsidised railway.
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On 24 Feb 2013 at 6:48pm JG wrote:
Hello TT - Down the C7, R just after Rodmell and over the Downs at Telscombe, then along the new promenade under the cliffs, up past the Marina and down again, straight along the seafront to Hove. Scenic route, and low stress except for the pesky C7 bit at the start. At Telscombe you have the choice of going straight down, or turning R and following down to Saltdean; latter recommended if there's mud about, as you get back onto tarmac sooner.
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On 24 Feb 2013 at 8:33pm penny farthing wrote:
get a tandem and 2 of yer can do it
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On 25 Feb 2013 at 7:42am SHS wrote:
JG that sounds an excellent route, I did not know you could cut up through Telscombe. For TT, avoid the Falmer-Woodingdean road as traffic is fast and very close in on both sides. Huge verges though so plenty of scope for a cycle path one day. I've cycled up Juggs Lane and across the Downs, crossing the Falmer-Woodingdean road and ending up not a millions miles from the racecourse before the fast run down to the seafront.
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On 25 Feb 2013 at 9:16am Dave wrote:
I used to cycle in to Brighton every day down the A27, which was OK but I would come home via Woodingdeamn and then off road via Kingston hill and Juggs Lane, that's a great ride especially down Kingston Hill.
On Fridays in the summer I would do it via Ditchling Beacon and along the top to Black Cap then down past Nevill to The Pells for a dip before tea, fantastic.
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On 25 Feb 2013 at 10:11am GhostBike wrote:
You'll need a mountain bike to get from telscombe to peacehaven (and for anything off road around Kingston - don't attempt Kingston Ridge when it is wet).
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On 25 Feb 2013 at 10:50am Ed Can Do wrote:
My dad used to cycle from Lewes to work in Rottingdean every day in the summer, on the road all the way. I'd suggest the best route into Hove depends entirely on where in Hove you're trying to get to. If you're near the seafront then going over the hill at Woodingdean then along the seafront all the way to Hove might be best if you can face the hill but if you're looking to end up at the top of Dyke Road then you'd be better off using the cycle path along the A27 then carrying on down the Lewes Road into Brighton, turning right up into Hove when you get to the Vogue Gyratory or somewhere like that.
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On 25 Feb 2013 at 2:29pm JG wrote:
Hello GhostBike - I have a very ordinary road bike and I'm definitely a wuss and not an off-road enthusiast, but I always use the Telscombe route. In muddy conditions I bump a few hundred yards along a rough but firm track to the top of Saltdean and the tarmac roads there, and in dryer conditions I pedal peacefully down the side of a lovely sloping meadow all the way down to the coast road (much nicer than the bumpy track); the grass is short and the ground firm. The views from the road up to Telscombe would soothe even the savagest of breasts - we should send some of our forum regulars up there..................
But Ed Can Do is right - best to put up with the A27 if you're going to the top of Hove.
Good luck!
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On 25 Feb 2013 at 3:56pm gritty biker wrote:
I did this for years off and on. It takes a good hour to get there but you can often half that coming back downhill to Lewes with the southwesterly behind you. The best way is along the A27 cycle route (which has just been resurfaced in places) then up Coldean Lane (not the main A27) on the road then pavement/path at the top, then down Carden Ave and off to whichever bit of Hove. You need good kit and puncture proof tyres otherwise the grit on Coldean Lane goes through your rubber.


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