In praise of the Downs Link

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mattheus
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Re: In praise of the Downs Link

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Planning on riding the Link on Sat morning (post FNRttC), after a very successful ride last June.

Can anyone comment on current condition , in light of recent dampness ? :⁠-⁠\
matt_twam_asi
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Re: In praise of the Downs Link

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I rode from Christ's Hospital to Shoreham at the beginning of March. Wyckham Lane is rough (and always will be), and it's a bit sloppy but manageable south of Henfield. The section between CH and Partridge Green is a fairly decent gravel surface now - fine for any MTB or gravel bike. I rode the route on my touring bike and it does get tiring after a while.

Going north of CH is the same gravel surface until Rudgwick, so-so between Baynards and Cranleigh, and (as of spring 2023) a quagmire north of there. There was some work going on at that time by Surrey CC to cut back the trees so it *may* have improved.
smcknighty
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Re: In praise of the Downs Link

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Yeah it’s my boring base endurance route currently. It got really busy last weekend. Bring a bell to deal with the walkers moaning about you not having one. There is some mud but nothing unrideable and more importantly zero pot holes
mattheus
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Re: In praise of the Downs Link

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mattheus wrote: 17 Apr 2024, 10:55pm Planning on riding the Link on Sat morning (post FNRttC), after a very successful ride last June.
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Thanks everyone for the info. Update:
I didn't even get to Shoreham! After escaping Sarf London trouble-free, my (only) derailleur chose to dis-assemble at ~3am, train home from Horley (useful to know that Thameslink trains run all night). Met some interesting cycle-tourists on the Gatwick-Reading train, which was nice.
smcknighty
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Re: In praise of the Downs Link

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Shame, the mud had largely dried out, would have been a clean (of mud) bike. Dust on the other hand :)
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