‘The A272 has a bit of every­thing’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - NEWS - By Justin Hayzelden

There’s a sim­ple sat­is­fac­tion to be gained from rid­ing a road in its en­tirety, a sense of ac­com­plish­ment that comes from hav­ing racked up ev­ery mile a par­tic­u­lar route has to of­fer. It helps of course if the jour­ney is an in­ter­est­ing one and the A272 can pro­vide such an ad­ven­ture as it traces a course due west from Five Ashes in East Sus­sex via the South Downs to Win­ches­ter in Hamp­shire.

The A272 is sin­gle car­riage­way for the most part, a largely ru­ral rib­bon of tar­mac that weaves through the coun­try­side. With a lit­tle bit of every­thing, it’s the quin­tes­sen­tial Sun­day ride – a bim­ble, a blast and a brew... then home in time for tea.

The clos­est fuel to the start is at Cross In Hand, about a mile south on the A267, but there are plenty more op­por­tu­ni­ties along the way.

The first few miles are a tree­lined meander, hop­ping in and out of na­tional speed lim­its as the pock­ets of pop­u­la­tion al­low. There’s plenty to keep you in­ter­ested and you’ll cross into West Sus­sex via a sec­tion of flow­ing sweep­ers be­fore nav­i­gat­ing around the south of Hay­wards Heath by no fewer than eight round­abouts – great fun if you time it right. From there this ride re­ally finds its stride, rush­ing on be­tween the hedgerows that lead to Billinghurst and the South Downs.

The swoop­ing climb to­wards Pet­worth of­fers the first real change in el­e­va­tion and emerges to a patch­work land­scape of fields and farm­land. The vil­lage of Half­way Bridge lies pretty much as its name im­plies, af­ter which the road drops down to run through the pic­turesque town of Mid­hurst.

At Peters­field there’s a brief sec­tion of dual car­riage­way by way of a by­pass; here the A272 shares its black­top with the A3 so keep an eye on the signs to stay on track. Don’t miss Loomies Moto Café as you cross the junc­tion with the A32; bik­ers are guar­an­teed of a warm wel­come and it’s a great place to grab a cuppa and check out what every­one else is rid­ing.

The fi­nal sec­tion is ar­guably the best, where the twist­ing tar­mac surfs a sea of un­du­la­tions be­fore drift­ing to a con­clu­sion at the Downs’ western edge – much like rid­ing a mighty wave as it dis­si­pates up a sandy beach. There’s an iso­lated stretch of A272 that runs for a few miles be­yond Win­ches­ter, so if you re­ally want to tick this one off fol­low the di­rec­tions for Sal­is­bury (A30) and you’ll have it cov­ered.

‘Don’t miss Loomies Moto Café as you cross the junc­tion with the A32’

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