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Downs Link Trail

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

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.
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Latitude
51.06420274488932
Longitude
-1.3073301315307617
Trail Directions
Start at Guildford station,and cycle to St Martha`s Hill.There you`re pick up the start of the trail along the old railway line.
Trail Length
38 miles
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Shoreham
   


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Review Date
June 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bromwichuk ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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)

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Downs Way



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Review Date
May 31, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 1 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: bromwichuk ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
September 7, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Daget , from Horsham

Summary:
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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Review Date
July 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Andrew Scott , from Surrey

Summary:
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....

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

Other recommended trails in the same area:
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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Review Date
June 1, 2001

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Elliot , from London UK

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Start at Bramley rather than St Marthas Hill

Other recommended trails in the same area:
North Downs Way



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