Singletrack Magazine Issue 125 | Capital To Coast

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Max Darkins rides off-road as much as possible from Richmond Park in London to dip his toes in the sea at Brighton beach. 

Words Max Darkins Photography Matt Pitts

With springtime officially sprung and a day of sunny weather forecast, it is decided that Monday 1st April will be the day to celebrate with a big, dry and dusty riding adventure. We are starting from the beautiful and extensive Richmond Park in London and riding all the way down to the buzz of bustling Brighton. It’s a route I know well, but always delivers in its variety of terrain, from twisty bits of singletrack to lush canal paths to open tracks across the South Downs, with plenty of great views thrown in for good measure. 

Joining myself on the ride today is Toby Powell, who is also lucky not to have a proper job and able to pop out for a ride at the slightest sniff of good weather. Behind the lens is Matt Pitts, a friend and photographer who can drop tools and go on a ride all in the name of work.

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Comments (3)

    Good story but what a convoluted route, crossing the M25 3 times is a quite spectacularly indirect way of going about it! Though I can understand taking time around Peaslake even if it must have added quite a bit to your distance and time. And as for the photo of crossing ‘Max’s Moat’ in the wrong direction I don’t know what believe now

    Good story but what a convoluted route, crossing the M25 3 times is a quite spectacularly indirect way of going about it! Though I can understand taking time around Peaslake even if it must have added quite a bit to your distance and time. And as for the photo of crossing ‘Max’s Moat’ in the wrong direction I don’t know what believe now 😉

    Obviously not seen the route from London to Brighton offroad from British Heart then?

    That starts in very south London but would have been easy to get to from Richmond Park and took a pretty direct and mostly off road route all the way. A nice bimble.

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