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  • dantsw13
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    Im local to the Eastern end of the route. I would definitely deviate off the SDW for a day in Friston Forest. There is some great singletrack in there. Drop me an email if you require some info.

    timnwild
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    There’s the English WIne Center near the Eastbourne end. You can also get an excellent dinner at Bistro 27 in Steyning (5 mins descent from SDW, about 60 miles from Winchester) – also great singletrack there.

    You can also try a bunch of vineyards near Pulburough – a short ride north from the West Sussex section of the SDW, like this one null

    have fun

    planning a bit of a trip with some of my girlfriends who ride, we are dotted all over the country but are thinking of doing the southdowns way.

    Inspired by the vineyard pic in Wheeliegoods thread i wondered if we could combine our ride with a couple of visits to places en route. We may end up going on one of the girls birthday weekends so it would be a good excuse for a glass or two

    Anyone have any recommendations?

    Many many more breweries en route , some even staffed by bikers.

    If you are from all over the country then why not make a long weekend of it.

    You could do Winch – QECP , ride around QECP for abit then off into Petersfeild for B&B and dinner.

    QECP – Whiteways for some more milage and ST in the woods, stay overnight at Amberly = 1/2 way.

    Amberly – Brighton , another 25 miles completed and some choice ST in Stanmer Park to play on.

    Brighton – Eastbourne last day . Friston Forest has some ST and more downhill oriented trails.

    Train home.

    dantsw13
    Member

    That last post sounds great fun!!

    DrP
    Member

    We could have a “STW shows you round the SDW” couldn’t we?!

    I’ll lead from Amberly to out of Steyning – can stick to the route, or deviate for fun stuff!!

    DrP

    Premier Icon wwaswas
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    make your trip coincide with this?

    http://www.spinupinabrewery.com/

    not far off the sdw and I think they organise a coach in from Brighton if you want a break from pedalling…

    dantsw13
    Member

    Oooh, a relay??? Pub to pub!! And he said “girls” too!!!

    I could do Firle Beacon to Eatbourne via Friston forest!!

    DrP
    Member

    In fact – I’ll cycle out to Winch, meet you there, and carry your bags back to, ooh, erm, Itford Hill. But no further.
    It’ll be good training….

    DrP

    Loving the sound of all of it – but we will probably be fitting it in a long weekend.

    will grab some maps on my way home – i can see a lot of eating and drinking establishments being plotted πŸ™‚

    dantsw13 And he said “girls” too!!!

    Who’s he!?

    dantsw13
    Member

    Misread your name – currently sitting in the dunces corner!! 😳

    Common mistake πŸ™‚

    I dont suppose anyone has a gps file of the south downs way?

    I dont suppose anyone has a gps file of the south downs way?

    flatfish
    Member

    Got a gpx somewhere, I’ll fire it over later.

    DrP
    Member

    I do too….wait till I’m at a proper computer and I’ll post the drop box link…

    DrP

    You need to go onto the Southdownsdouble webpage for alot of useful info on the SDW.

    Thank you ff πŸ™‚

    Did you bivi? Presuming you’ve done the route of course. I would likento but the chances of getting all the girls to agree to that is pretty slim (non existent) but its always good to have details of good spots.

    thank you all, sorry reading the thread quickly whilst on my phone i missed some replies – but all helpful will give me something to start with later

    flatfish
    Member

    ping me your email please wench

    DrP – Member
    In fact – I’ll cycle out to Winch, meet you there, and carry your bags back to, ooh, erm, Itford Hill. But no further.

    googled it and found this

    it doesn’t look that bad – you’ll never make sherpa tensing status if you can’t get a few bags up there DrP πŸ™‚

    Its one of the bigger ones , with a draggy grassy climb for the second half.
    You will be probably push some of it .
    There are 2 false crests to make you think you have reached the top, but it keeps on climbing up to the masts.

    belugabob
    Member

    it doesn’t look that bad – you’ll never make sherpa tensing status if you can’t get a few bags up there DrP

    Wait until you’ve got 80-odd miles of the SDW in your legs before you pass judgement πŸ˜‰

    Seriously though, I’ve ridden most of the route from QECP to Eastbourne (in short bits) and am planning to do a 2/3 day trip with some friends later this year, so would be interested to hear how you get on.

    Will keep you posted but judging by the diary clashed so far it may end up being the end of august or September. If you get there first please report on how you get on

    Cool, thanks πŸ™‚

    Can anyone recommend B&B’s preferably near the middle of the route. Singletrackminds suggestion sounds good but any other recommendations of places gladly accepted.

    DrP
    Member

    Truleigh hill hostel….
    A place in Amberly (fox? Not sure)….

    Or somewhere in Washington (about halfway)

    DrP

    oooh if we did 25ish miles on a friday afternoon, followed by 50 on a saturday we could have saturday night in brighton and then crawl the remainder to eastbourne on the sunday

    As you said DrP

    deviate for fun stuff!!

    scrumfled
    Member

    This mob are just south of lewes (You’ll pass pretty close just before you close on itford hill). Frankly getting blotto may help ease the pain of the false crests.

    http://www.breakybottom.co.uk/mainindex.htm

    As long has Itford hill doesn’t conceal any freezing cold Welsh bogs I think I’ll be fine πŸ™‚

    However I would love to arrange an impromptu visit for wine tasting just to take the edge of the climb slightly – I wonder what kind of reception we’d get!

    dantsw13
    Member

    I should warn you the last 2 climbs out of Alfriston and Jevington might not be a lot of fun with a hangover!!!

    We’ll take it steady πŸ˜‰

    dantsw13
    Member

    Wise!! If the Alfriston climb kills you, there is a nice pub in Jevington to drown your sorrows! Sadly the Hungry Monk (home of Banoffee Pie) has closed down :-((

    I have to say we aren’t total p!ssheads – just like to make the most of our girly weekends away πŸ™‚

    dantsw13
    Member

    You’ll have a ball!! If the weather is clear , the views up on the Downs are stunning. Doing it over 3 days makes it much more pleasant than a 13 hr 100 miler IMHO.

    Although I would love to give that a go – I wouldnt get many takers out of our group if I suggested that.

    Anna B
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    I stayed at Truleigh hill YHA when I did it, they were about to get a licence πŸ˜‰ I also booked Sheppenstrete b and b last year, about half way along. These threads always make me want to ride SDW again, a great couple of days out on a bike.

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