Coun­try roads

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

THIS week, a group of us rode along part of the South Downs Way from Cock­ing to Chanc­ton­bury Ring ( above). Apart from get­ting drenched in a down­pour, we were blessed with sun­shine and spec­tac­u­lar views. We en­joyed sky­larks and fields of shim­mer­ing bar­ley. How thank­ful we felt to ex­pe­ri­ence this won­der­land on our doorstep.

How­ever, our route re­quired us to cross sev­eral A roads. Some of these warn mo­torists with tri­an­gles, but no driver seems to pay any at­ten­tion. With­out a sup­port team on the ground to stop the traf­fic, we would have been tak­ing a real risk. We won­dered how a sole rider — or even a pair—would man­age.

I was left with a feel­ing of col­li­sion be­tween one of the most beau­ti­ful and peace­ful land­scapes in our coun­try and the in­ex­orable pace of the 21st cen­tury. I sup­pose that’s the south of Eng­land for you. Ser­ena Soames, West Sus­sex

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