Shoreham Harbour to Worthing via National Cycle Route No2

Shoreham Harbour to Worthing using part of National Cycle Route No2

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The easy 7 mile cycle route takes you along a flat route from Shoreham Harbour along a
mainly traffic free coastal route to Worthing. The ride starts from by Carat’s Café Bar on Shoreham harbour. While much of this recommended route, which forms part of National Cycle Network Route 2, is on shared use, traffic free cycle paths, the one and a half miles between the harbour and Shoreham-By-Sea town centre is principally on unmarked residential roads.

The ride starts from by Carat’s Café Bar on Shoreham harbour and from just beyond Carat’s cafe, a blue National Cycle Network sign leads you northwards across Shoreham’s historic port, via a footpath running along the top of two large lock gates.
Shoreham Harbour remains the largest port between Dover and Portsmouth and you’d be
unlucky not to spot several interesting vessels. On leaving the port, which sits at the eastern side of the mouth of the River Adur, turn left on to a short section of the busy A259 before turning quickly right, at the blue National Cycle Network sign to Shoreham
Station, into the quieter Grange Road.

After passing under the railway bridge bear immediately left at the war memorial in front of Southwick Green, into what soon becomes Park Lane, follow the road, marked periodically with National Cycle Network signs, for about 1 mile. From Southwick you pass into Kingston-By-Sea and then the outskirts of Shoreham.

A very short section on on-road cycle lane leads to traffic lights where Middle Road meets Eastern Avenue. Again follow the National Cycle Network sign ahead, this time onto a short section of shared use pedestrian/cycle path alongside an unadopted road. This leads you onwards and then left, around some allotments, into a cul-de-sac and residential roads, and eventually into Buckingham Road, the main road into Shoreham town centre.
Following the one way arrows into Shoreham, the route zigzags into Brunswick Road then St Mary’s Road, past some shops and on your right, the beautiful, 12th century Church of Saint Mary de Haura (meaning “at the harbour”). An important regional town until the 14th century, when it was half destroyed by marine encroachment, Shoreham is much smaller and quieter than nearby Brighton & Hove. It nevertheless has plenty of establishments for refreshments.

Dismount where East Street meets the A259, cross this main road, and then push your bicycle across the impressive concrete footbridge that spans the Adur, linking the town centre to the thin residential peninsula of Shoreham Beach. Note the numerous houseboats in various states of repair moored alongside the river’s edge. Shoreham Beach is a shingle spit of about three miles in length protected from the encroaching sea by wooden and rock groynes. A strip of seemingly lifeless pebbles above the high tide line bursts into flames of colour in April and May.

On reaching Shoreham Beach turn immediately right onto a footpath and then left, across the main road, into Weald Dyke. This takes you to South Beach, the coastal road which, although not sign posted thus, leads you westwards, all the way to South Lancing.

After heading right, into South Beach, follow the coast into a short section of unadopted road which runs behind a stretch of pale cream coloured beach huts. Nearby is a great spot for eating a picnic lunch. This part of the coastline is surprisingly wild. Rotting wooden groynes are interspersed with more recently installed, elongated piles of huge imported boulders. Sit on one of these and look westwards towards Brighton and the chalk cliffs beyond.

If you look inland at this point you will see Lancing College Chapel, a Victorian Gothic edifice of improbable size and setting.
It’s back on the road again for a few minutes before an uninterrupted section of recently completed path leads you on, alongside the artificially created Widewater Lagoon, to South Lancing.
The lagoon is popular with wild birds and many types of wildlife, and provides a pleasant backdrop to a coastal cycle ride. National Cycle Network Route 2 will eventually connect with many towns and cities along the south coast. From here it offers near perfect traffic free cycling, watch out though as this part of the route does get congested with pedestrians, especially at weekends and during the summer months.
After almost two miles of traffic free cycling take care as the route briefly joins an unsegregated shared-use footway beside the main A259 at South Lancing. After a short distance you’re back on a shared use traffic free path as Brooklands Pleasure Park, with its numerous family attractions, opens out to your right.

It’s another uninterrupted traffic free run from here to Worthing. Note the traditional wooden fishing boats moored on the beach with their distinctive black flags.
Worthing is becoming as cool and funky as its near neighbour Brighton & Hove and boasts a burgeoning cafe culture. It’s also a great place for enjoying good old fish and chips, either on the beach or in one of several excellent, family-run fish restaurants.

 

 

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