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