Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Kingley Vale 2

Kingley Vale offers some of the best riding in the area. It has a good mix of climbing, descents and technical riding to keep things interesting – a good level of fitness + skill is needed.

Park in the lay-by on the B2146 / Walderton turning or if you are planning of a pub visit you can use the car park at the Barley Mo.

Head though the village and take the first bridle bath on the RIGHT.

Ride up the bridle path until you see a fence directly in front of you, ride through the gap on the left hand side and head left up the climb.

As the climb levels look for the path on the right, take it and ride up to the ruin and turn LEFT.

Follow the climb all the way to the top, there will be a little down (field on left) and the path follows the field around the end, little climb first RIGHT.

Follow the track straight on to the humps. It’s worth riding up on top of the humps as the views on a nice day are spectacular with views across Chichester harbour.

Keep on the main path until you come to a cross roads, turn LEFT, small rise then a flat out descent down to the main path.

You will now be at a quite big cross roads comminally called 'five ways' (long Barrows on the map), take the western path at the edge of the field, but look directly right for the start of ‘Sprucey’s singletrack’. We call it this after the guy who originally showed us it over 10 years ago

Follow Sprucey’s until it runs out, turn LEFT and follow singletrack.

This joins up with a purpose built DH track, everything is ride-able, however the faster you go the higher the likelihood of your wheels leaving the ground! Enjoy...

At the bottom take the main gravel path to your RIGHT and climb back to the top, back past five ways to the way to the humps.

Cross to the southern path you came in on and keep heading west.

When you get to the field turn LEFT (again where you came from) keep on the track around the corner and over the rise.

Look for the LEFT hand turn that has to access points, this is the start of the Adsdean downhill.

At the top its an open gravel fire road but quickly turns in to a path, the full length is 1.3 miles but if you exclude the fire road your have 1.1 miles of twisting super-fast track.

At the bottom it turns in to a road turn RIGHT, then turn LEFT and head to Adsdean house.

Pick up the bridleway to the left of the house which is pretty much straight on.

Small climb then it opens up to a downhill back to Walderton and the last chance to open the taps.

Follow down to the main road and turn LEFT, past the pub back to the car.

Pub Stop: The Barley Mo is a traditional English country pub with great beer and food. The home made beef burger is a must!

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