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Copy of WMB 125 South Downs Classic Ride ||
||Aug 22nd 2012, 02:05
|Start/Finish GR 087120, Chantry Hill, or start in Storrington itself
Total distance 38km (23.6 miles)
Total ascent 893m (2750 feet)
Time 2-4 hours
Maps OS Explorer 1:25k 121 Arundel and Pulborough. Or Garmin National Trails 1:25k The South Downs Way (GPS)
Summary Sturdy South Downs loop that packs in a bit of everything – open downland, woodsy singletrack, bluebells and ancient hill forts.
Start at the end of Chantry Lane at the top of Chantry Hill. Head back down Chantry Lane for 150m and take the bridleway on the left. Climb on singletrack to the top of Kithurst Hill, then descend for just over 1km to join South Downs Way (SDW) at car park.
Follow SDW westwards along ridge to Downs Farm. Double back left to climb parallel to SDW, passing bridleway joining from left and continuing to T-junction. Turn right then left onto singletrack descent heading south.
Follow the trail straight ahead for 5km, eventually bearing south-west at the edge of Wepham Wood. At trail junction take the first trail on the left, climbing north-east through woods. At junction with track, go straight over
At next T-junction turn left (Monarch’s Way) for 900m, then left again to Michelgrove. Follow Monarch’s Way north through a gate then right towards a farm. At a lane go straight over, climbing the grassy hillside before descending to main A280 at Tolmare Farm.
Cross the road and continue on the wide track heading south. After 1.2km fork left, descending steeply to the crossroads at Roger’s Farm. Turn right, then left onto minor road. At the main road turn right then left on short Tarmac climb to car park.
Exit the car park via the bridleway heading north-east and climbing through the woods. After 1km, switch
back right and continue climbing across
a grassy slope. Circuit the Cissbury Ring, keeping the earthworks to your left,
before reaching the car park and
Head north, climbing gently for
2km to reach the South Downs Way. Turn left and follow the SDW to the Chanctonbury Ring.
Keep left to pass the trig point, then fork right, descending across grass to a gate and steep chalk descent to car park and main road.
Cross the main road (take care as
this is fast dual carriageway) and follow the South Downs Way signs back
to the start point. |