We asked top blogger Alastair Humphreys to join us on a cycling break and share with you his route and top tips.
Think living in London just means smoggy cycling and angry taxi drivers? Alistair shows us how quick it can be to leave the city behind and head out through the countryside of Surrey and West Sussex towards the sea at Brighton.
As much as I’d urge you to follow your nose and instincts, and to enjoy the detours and moments of being “lost” as unique parts of the adventure, you may feel more comfortable on a marked trail for your first adventure to the sea. From London there is a lovely trail heading south towards the Sussex coast. Beginning on the banks of the Thames, where it’s joined by the River Wandle, you’ll follow the pleasant, well signposted, mainly traffic-free Wandle Trail that follows the river out of the worst of London’s crowded roads. You will be surprised by how green and peaceful the adventure is already. It’s a gentle start – with plenty of cafes and pubs along the way for pit stops to refuel. Once you’re south of the M25 - London feels far away by now - you’ll follow your nose south through Surrey’s meandering leafy roads.