Clayton to Plumpton Green to The South Downs Way

Clayton Village to Plumpton Green – ‘The South Downs Way’

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An 8 mile cycle route which takes you from the village of Clayton along a part of The South Down Way to Plumpton where you leave the cycle trail and cycle up to Plumpton Green. The route along The South Downs Way is traffic free and from there to Plumpton Green you cycle about one and a half miles along country lanes. There are a few hills along the route but the views are well worth the effort. We suggest you cycle the route on a mountain bike or a hybrid as there are a mixture of surfaces along the route.

This cycle route takes you along a section of The South Downs Way which is a long distance trail running along the South Downs from Winchester to Eastbourne over an approximate distance 99 miles in total with some fantastic views along the route.

Starting from the centre of Clayton village which is situated approximately 6 miles north of Brighton on the A273. Cycle down Clayton Hill towards Pycombe and after 500 yards TURN LEFT on to Mill Lane and cycle up to the end of Mill Lane where you come to a car park.

At the car park follow the signs for the bridleway to Ditchling Beacon and after cycling a short distance along the bridleway you FORK LEFT signposted ‘The South Downs Way’. From this point you follow the signs for the South Downs Way which are marked with blue signs.

On the first section of the trail you cycle up a steep hill with a stoney surface and at the top of the short hill the trail levels out and the surface is a smoother surface to cycle on from here.

Continue along the trail, enjoying the views as you cycle along and after about one and three quarters of a mile you reach a junction with Ditchling Road and pass a ‘dew pond’ which are man made ponds to water the local livestock. At this point you are also cycling past the village of Westmeston with its 12th century church on your left as you cycle along the trail.

Continue straight on along the South Downs Way and after about three quarters of a mile you pass a junction with Streat Bostall with Streahill Farm on your right, carry straight on an after about 400 yards you TURN LEFT off the South Downs Way on to Plumpton Bostall. Note if you cycle straight on at this point after a few hundred yards you come to a gate. If you go past the gate you can walk up to the top of Black Cap. And enjoy the fantastic views over towards Seaford Head and Lewes.

Cycle the short distance down hill along Plumpton Bostall and at the end of the lane GO STRAIGHT ACROSS THE JUNCTION along Plumpton Lane towards Plumpton Green. Cycle along the lane and after about three quarters of a mile you pass Plumpton Racecourse on your left where there has been horse racing since 1884 and then after a few hundred yards you reach the village of Plumpton Green. The end of your cycle ride.

Plumpton Green is rumored to have been the inspiration for the popular British children’s television series Trumpton, with Chailey being nearby Chigley and Wivelsfield Green being Camberwick Green. On your return journey you can return by the same route or alternatively you could go via the B2112 at Plumpton near the South Downs Way which takes you back to Clayton along ‘B’ roads and some country lanes.



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