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Pearson 1860

Pearson 1860

12:02 PM on Friday, August 27, 2021


Distance: 158 km
Elevation: 3578m
Surface: Gravel

The 100-mile ancient road (now, technically, off-road) runs from Winchester to Eastbourne, wending its way through wheatfields and across chalk downland. Take in the famous Chanctonbury Ring, an Iron Age hill fort, followed by the Old Man of Wilmington, a giant chalk carving dating back to the early 18th century.

At the top of the popular Truleigh Hill climb stop off at Cadence Cycle Club, a cyclist-friendly barn conversion offering coffee and pastries as well as spectacular views across the English Channel. A dip in the sea once you've arrived in Eastbourne is a must, no matter the time of year. Fish and Chips aid recovery, so once you're dry be sure to head down to Qualisea on Terminus Road for your fix.

Now either turn around and ride back to Winchester or hop on the train and get some serious shut-eye!