There has to be a hill and a view from the top of it! This is one of the rides I do often from my house in Felpham near Bognor Regis. Go east along the coast using part of a Sustrans route, through Littlehampton and along the seafront (maybe seeing windsurfers), through to Rustington, then wiggle through to East Preston and the west part of Worthing, along the sea front and on a cycle path running to east Worthing. Then inland past Sompting Church (dating back to before 1000 AD) and up a hill to Steyning Bowl. It's not steep and there are great views from half way up right across to Brighton and beyond to Beachy Head. A bit further on and there are often powered model planes whizzing around. At the top of the Bowl you can see right across to the line of the South Downs and inland to the Weald. Then it's a steep hill down to Steyning on Bostal Road before turning back seaward via Botolphs (another Saxon church) and Coombes and then on to the art deco Shoreham Airport where there is a great stop for chocolate cake and coffee and a look at a variety of small planes coming and going. From there, go down to the seafront and along the cycle path to Worthing and home. If you want a really steep hill just do the route in reverse and tackle Bostal Road going up from Steyning. Two and a bit hours at an average of 16 mph - plus cake and coffee time!
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