Downs Link Trail - Trail, Shoreham, United Kingdom

Downs Link Trail - Trail, Shoreham, United Kingdom

DESCRIPTION

Start at St Martha`s hill and follow the old railway route thru Bramley,Cranleigh,Baynards, Horsham down to the finish at Shoreham,there are plenty of great pubs to stop off at on the way down.The scenery is great and the riding quite easy as it is all flat,best to start early,so you can fit in all the pub stops!!!!!!! Finally finishing up at the Red Lion at the end,this is a brillant day out not to be missed.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 04, 2004]
bromwichuk
Weekend Warrior

Did scenic part (700 feet above sea level) of South Downs Way, then southern section of Downs Link by catching London-Victoria to Portsmouth train and getting off at Amberley, south of Horsham. Caught train back from Christ's Hospital, also south of Horsham. Route largely level, apart from two 1/2 mile climbs on South Downs Way, at Amberley and Washington where I dismounted and pushed, take care crossing A24 at Washington. 25 miles of recreational cycling, virtually all off road apart from around Steyning where the trails cross which can can be done on quiet lanes. Took me just under 5 hours.

Customer Service

Pick up South Downs Way just north of Amberley Station off B2139. Well signposted to the south of Steyning, around Annington where quiet lanes will take you to the roundabout on the A283,Steyning by-pass. The Downs Link is signposted opposite off this roundabout, again on quiet lanes for about two miles, before you pick up the Link itself. Where the trail comes out in front of Christ's Hospital, turn right down the road which leads to the Station.(1/4 mile)

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South Downs Way

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5
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3
[May 31, 2004]
bromwichuk
Weekend Warrior

Recently discovered Downs Link and have completed northern section (Guildford-Horsham)in three sections leaving car and biking out and back with pub stopover. Weekend wimps? We thoughoughly enjoyed each 10-15 return miler so here goes with info on car parking/pubing

Customer Service

1 S. Guilford-Cranleigh Off B2128,S from Wonersh,parked up opposite Shamley Green church having lunched in village pub (so so). Greensand bridleway takes you down to Downs Link from this car park. Respect church worshippers parking priority. 2 Cranleigh-Rudgwick Parked up on lane off B2128 W out of Cranleigh just before it crosses Downs Link. Pub at Banyards's recommended but closed day visited. Take a peek at restored station. 3 Rudgwick-Southwater Parked up in Station Road off B2128 N from A281,which is adjacent to Downs Link. Lunched at Bax Castle, Soutwater (superb) watered at Red Lyon, Slinfold (so so) Enjoyed so much will do southern section (Shoreham-Horsham)shortly. Beware black mud after rain.

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5
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2
[Jul 21, 2000]
Anthony

The downs link is a great route that suits the recreational rider. If youre out for an epic the return route is easily done in a day. The route is very flat, but the best part about this trail is there are no cars to be seen for miles, its almost entirely off road, apart from a couple of small sections. Makes it brilliant for families or people using it as a quick way to get to more hilly trails. Beware there are some muddy sections after heavy rain

Customer Service

Dorking to Shoreham is the route, trouble is what ever way you do it you will have to get back. So the 35 miles will have to turn into 70, unless you brave the train system!.

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At the top and bottom of the trail there are the North and South Downs if you after more hills. To the east of, Cranleigh there are some sand stone hills that are the highest in the South East and off some excellent off roading. Try out Leith Hill.

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4
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[Aug 14, 2000]
Peter Terry

I chose the Downs Link in order to give my children level, off-road cycling to build up their confidence and stamina. I chose a section starting at Cranleigh, hoping to reach Christ's Hospital before turning back, but the trail was so full of filthy black mud that our enjoyment and progress were greatly reduced. Also, not mentioned in any reviews, was the 1 in 5 incline on the permanent diversion over a hill at Baynard's Station. This caused my children great distress as they were barely able to push their bikes up the slope, let alone ride.

Certainly this part of the trail is fine for adults, especially those who don't mind getting dirty, but I cannot recommend it as a family excursion.

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1
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[Aug 24, 2000]
Jono

Good flat cross-country blast, with virtually no technical skill needed. The closed tunnel south of Banyards can also be bypassed by going on-road through Rudgwick, which avoids the steep hill the track goes over - turn right when the track joins the road instead of left for the track. Comments elsewhere about black mud are correct - if there's been rain recently then parts of the trail between Guildford and Horsham can get quite boggy. South of Horsham the ground is better, but beware of overgrown parts three-quarters of a bike wide.

Customer Service

I'd recommend missing out St. Martha's Hill, instead going from Guildford station south along the banks of the Wey, picking up the Wey south path just south of Shalford. This joins the downs link just a bit further east, and avoids the sandy ground around St. Martha's.

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4
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[Sep 24, 2000]
Andrew Scott

A very nice easy trail. Quite muddy between Cranleigh and Rudgwick and again between Slinfold and Christ Hospital (horses use this bit).

The hill at the tunnel isn't too bad, I would have thought that all but very young children would get up it even if it means dismounting. The main problem for children would be the mud. (I went in late September after a week of fairly heavy showers and got absolutely plastered)

Also as a lot of the route on this section is under trees it probably never gets the wind and sun to dry it out fully through the winter.

At the Christ's Hospital end the signs suddenly disappear. When you come up off the track after the "low flying aircraft" field you have to turn right over the bridge and follow the road to Christs Hospital. Also in a couple of places idiots have broken the arms off the route signs, but it is fairly obvious where to go.

This is a nice ride. I am looking forawrd to doing the bottom half to Shoreham soon.

Customer Service

Park in Bramley and join the trail at Station Road then onwards to Christ's Hospital

Similar Products Used:

the North Downs way and the bridleways around Polesden Lacey

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5
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[Oct 04, 2000]
Richard Emsley

I have done this route with two of my sons. I would recomend it to anyone who wants a tough morning followed by an easier afternoon. I was able to have lunch at my mums at Upper Beeding but otherwise there are three good pubs in the village for a lunchtime break. The route also passes the Bridge House at Copsale which is also recommended (afternoon break). I am now arranging to do route with mates from work.

Customer Service

Take bike on train to Hassocks, proceed on B roads to the top of Ditchling Beacon, join the South Downs Way westwards, at Upper Beeding join the Downs Link north bound, catch train back from Christs Hospital.

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5
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[Jun 01, 2001]
Elliot

The route is almost entirely flat and generally very smooth. So if that's the sort of riding you want to do avoid the initial technical section around St Martha's Hill and join the route at Bramley which is where the old railway line begins.

Customer Service

Start at Bramley rather than St Marthas Hill

Similar Products Used:

North Downs Way

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2
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[Jul 01, 2001]
Andrew Scott

This is a nice easy ride, not technical at all. I went in July and the ground was rock hard and quite rutted in places, but still o.k. for keeping a nice steady pace.
At Bramber I followed the main road into Shoreham and then picked up the South Coast National Cycle path in to Brighton. This makes it roughly a 45 mile round trip. Unlike the top half of this route through Surrey/Sussex, the signing is clear and still there!! (see my review of that section)

On the way back retrace your route, and no, you dont have to obey the signal at West Grinstead station!!

The ride as far as Bramber would be ideal for families, as there is virtually no road work. The main road into Shoreham is quite busy with fast traffic but I think there are bridleways that run parallel along the river bank.

Have fun....

Customer Service

Park at Copsale off the A24. There is a small car park opposite the Bridge House pub.

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For a similar type of ride. Park at the car park by the bridge at Walton on Thames, and head east along the Thames path towards Richmond. This path is well marked.

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5
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[Sep 07, 2002]
Daget

This is very good for a bit of distance riding. Nice scenary good pubs. Try the Bax Castle near Southwater good food and beer. Can get busy at weekends but havent met an anti-cyclist dog walker yet. Worth making a day of it and doing the whole thing. For a shoet bit go to West Grinstead there is a carpark by the little chef and head north on the trail. Just south of Rudgwick is a double bridge you can get off the trail to see it from the side. they put one bridge ontop of another to raise the railway line

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4
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