Breeze up to Bramber! Take the coastal route via Shoreham Harbour as far as Shoreham Village before heading north following the Adur river to the historic Bramber Castle. On route why not take a short detour and visit Shoreham Airport and watch the planes come and go over a cup of coffee and slice of cake.
Route: Hove station -Shoreham - Bramber Castle
Distance: 21 miles (33.9km) return
Gradient: Flat (gentle hill back to Hove Station)
Terrain: Tarmac & off road cycle track
Time to allow: 2-4 hours
Dominated by the famous pebble beach and the architectural beauty of Regency squares and crescents, Hove seafront is a relaxed, friendly and diverse place to eat, shop and play.
Hove Lawns is like a large sea front garden. The lawns attract visitors all year round to enjoy the beautiful views and relative peace and quiet compared to the beach.
Shoreham is a thriving commercial Port on the South Coast of England. The premier Sussex port and the largest port between Dover and Portsmouth. The port handles a wide range of commodities including steel, timber and grains as well as catering for fishing and leisure users.
Shoreham-by-Sea, is a historic town with a centre which reflects the architecture of its fishing history. There are old cottages, houses and some beautiful churches. Yet the town is vibrant and there are some stunning new developments along its riverside and harbour front. It is a unique area with the natural features of its tidal river, an active harbour and commercial port.
Shoreham Airport is located on the western side of the River Adur. Opened in 1911 it was the first commercial aerodrome in Britain. It is now used almost exclusively for light aircraft and helicopter flights. Visit the Art Deco terminal with houses a café and restaurant with great views over the airfield.
The River Adur is one of the four main rivers that drain the county of Sussex. Going upstream from its estuary at Shoreham by Sea, the river is tidal and is contained within man-made embankments for a distance of some 9 miles through the ‘Shoreham gap' in the South Downs. 'water'. The river has been an important trade route since Roman times and was formerly navigable for large vessels up as far as Steyning. The River Adur derives its name from the Celtic word 'Dwyr', meaning 'water'.
Bramber Castle was founded in 1073 to command the Adur Valley and the river traffic up to Steyning. Today it’s a great place for a picnic – quiet and atmospheric. Bramber Castle fell into disrepair in the late middle ages (15th century).