Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Straight outta Compton

Ride time 1 ½ to 2hrs depending on track condition. When its dry this ride is fast... enjoy!
Start at the car park at the back of QE park.
Head east on the South Downs way all the way to Harting.
*Diversion, half the way from Foxcombe Cotages and B2146 look for the foot path on the right, this is the ‘Garlic Alley’ singletrack. Follow Garlic Alley until it finishes in a field, take the higher field (to the left) follow the edge around (it climbs to the left) until the gate, climb over and ride the road back to the South Downs Way.

Head east on the South Downs Way, climb to Harting.
Cross the B2141 rd and cross over to the viewpoint at Harting, cross the car park to the entrance and look for the path on the left side, you will have a gentle climb through the copse to reach it.

Start of the singletrack.

Follow the singletrack – very fast, routed in places but flowing – until you follow a field on your left with a barbed wire fence, at the end of the field cut back in to the right.
Cross the road, follow round to the left then pick up the main track on your right. You will go through a farm gate with a house on your right.
Follow the single track bridle path to your right until it opens up to an equestrian course.
Keep the field on your right and push on until you come to the cross roads.
Cross over and take the right fork, crank it up here for some speed!
Follow path until a T junction with a sharp right turn, the path then opens up to a road and we are at Compton.
For the brave there is the Coach and Horses pub stop here, the beer is superb!
At the pub head north on the main road ‘straight out of Compton’
Take the first road on your left then the first on the right for Cowdown Farm.
This road leads in to Cowdown Lane, more commonly known as ‘Gas Lamp Alley’. Keep on Gas Lamp Alley with the final descent down to the railway taken at maximum attack...
At the end of the track take the first right before the train track, this road leads to Ditcham Park School. When you get to the school keep left and ride the road around it, when you exit the school stay on the road.
Take the first left track you see around the edge of the field, this has lots of tree roots so good technique is a must, exiting the track turn right.
Follow path and take the first left, this will lead to a cross road, straight over.
This track leads down Coulters Dean, there is a gate halfway down so one of the riding group needs to go down first to open it for his or her buddies – by doing so the rest of the group can take the whole descent at maximum attack!
The track leads back to the South Downs Way, turn left on to it and follow back to the car park.

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