Sustrans, the NCN and a big day out for the Golden Chariot

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Having cycled 34 miles last weekend without even meaning to (after getting rather lost in-between Richmond and Wimbledon), we decided that this weekend we’d try to cycle even further.

Intending to stray outside the M25 for the first time, I invested in a proper National Cycle Network map of Central Sussex and South Surrey, and planned a route from Redhill train station, near Reigate, down to Brighton: a not-too-shabby 37 miles in all.

mapsIf you’ve never come across it, the NCN is truly a thing of wonder: a network of more than 14,000 miles of cycling and walking paths around the UK, created by charity Sustrans. The charity estimates that one of its trails passes within a mile of 57% of the population, and it has produced maps and even a mobile app to help you follow the scenic paths and traffic-free routes that it recommends.

For Redhill to Brighton, we followed National Routes 20 and 21, and the signposting and road-markings were excellent almost all the way. We wouldn’t have got lost at all if it hadn’t been for roadworks on the A23 that interrupted the route…

Here’s a photo-story of our big day out, including a mention of the helpful chaps at The Motorcycle Workshop in Bolney who helped me tighten the handlebars of the Golden Chariot when they went skew-whiff…

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