Chris Smith, editor of the sustainable travel newsletter “Travel Log Lewes” has launched a new 100 mile cycling route called “Under the Downs”.
It runs from Newhaven to Portsmouth passing through Lewes Ditchling, Hurstpierpoint, Steyning, Storrington, Amberley,
Fareham and the Meon Valley. It also runs near Petworth, Midurst and Petersfield.
The route is designed to promote sustainable tourism in these areas and to relieve pressure on the over-cycled South
The way is not signposted on the ground but a detailed route guide can be downloaded from www.travelloglewes.co.uk.
Chris has plans to have the guide translated into French and is looking for a sponsor for this.
Chris says “I think this is a wonderful route and I've wanted to publicise it for ages. It takes you under the downs, often by lanes so quiet that you have to watch for dogs asleep in the road. It goes through sleeping villages and market towns, past historic and modern attractions, centuries old churches and through comparatively unspoilt countrside. For most of the ride you have excellent views of the north fact of the downs. You get a glimpse of the social history of these parts of Sussex and Hampshire.. This route is designed for you to take your time, to sink into the countryside. Take three days or even a week”
Published 25th June 2012
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