The well-known seaside resort of Brighton is the start for the next loop. Brighton is steeped in history and was made popular with the Victorian day trippers, thanks to the main rail link with London built in 1841. The seaside town has a host of attractions, including the famous pier and the Grand Hotel, both built by the Victorians. This route is going to send you up onto Ditchling Beacon before dropping down into the village of Ditchling itself. From here traverse along the bottom of the South Downs before climbing back up and over the hills, dropping back down into town. Expect some steep gradients, high speeds and stunning views.
Climb out of the town and pass by the iron age hill fort of Hollingbury Castle. Head up to Ditchling Beacon and then enjoy a fast, but narrow, descent down into the village. From here continue on through the villages of Hassocks, Hurstpierpoint and Fulking, taking in the beautiful views over the South Downs as you go. You will then need to tackle a steep climb up to Devil’s Dyke before dropping down through a golf course back towards Brighton town centre. Choose to pedal straight back to the train station or continue on to the seafront.
Start point: Brighton railway station
Grid reference: TQ 31324 05759
Postcode: BN1 3XP
Total distance: 37km
Total elevation: 510m
Max elevation: 225m
To see a rough map of this route, click here.