Posted 11 September 2013 by Andrew Gardner
Positive news for Sussex cyclists with the recent announcement of more than £5bn - much of it from the government - being earmarked to improve cycle routes in the South Downs National Park. It might seem like a lot of money on a relatively small project, but since nearby Brighton and Hove are part of the national flagship scheme for safer cycling in cities, it seems logical that we're encouraged to explore further afield on two wheels. Creating safer, more accessible links between areas is a step in the right direction.
One stretch where safety will be vastly improved is the Shoreham-by-Sea and Steyning area in West Sussex. The A283 crossing at Bramber is a bit of a tricky one and an alternative route is being sought, possibly through Bramber village itself. And a short stretch of the Downs Link track from Shoreham to the Downs is to have its surface and signage improved. This is a lovely part of Sussex, with the coastal stretch rising up towards the South Downs and plenty of scenic and historic places of interest to stop at - there are routes to suit almost all levels of fitness and all types of bike. Challenging road ride? Check. Madcap mountain bike adventure? Check - although one note of caution - please be considerate towards other path-users. Gentle scenic pub or teashop ride? Check.
Cycle routes near train stations are to be improved as well, which is great news if you're thinking of leaving the car at home when you visit Sussex on holiday and bringing or hiring bikes instead. If you're staying in one of our superb self-catering cottages then all mod cons will be supplied so all you have to carry is your own luggage in panniers. There are village shops and local produce markets to save you spending half your holiday in a supermarket, and almost always a cosy pub, cafe or restaurant within cycling or walking distance.