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Ditchling Beacon Info Wanted (London To Brighton)

Skiddins 31 Jul 03:02  

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Hi, over a decade ago I manged the London To Brighton including Ditchling Beacon (which I manged without stopping).
I've been trying to find some info on that 'Green Monster', i.e. it's height change and the length of the road to cycle up it etc.

Anyone have any info?

Thanks
Damian

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JohnG2703 21 Aug 10:58  

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Hi, I cycled it this morning, its approx 0.9 miles (according to my cycle computer) from bottom to top, elevation at the top is 248m above sea level, unfortuantely don't know the bottom elevation

hope this helps

john


tbs123 21 Sep 21:45  

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According to the Cycle Route Planner, the distance from the junction of Underhill Lane and Beacon Road (approx 89m elevation) to the point at which the South Downs Way crosses the road (approx 228m elevation, the highest point on the road) is 0.89 miles (1.43 km).

Note 1: The highest point is not 248m - that is the trig point at the top of the hill, but the road does not go as high as that.

Note 2: Ditchling town (or village?) centre is around 55m elevation and in the space of around 1 mile the aforementioned junction you gain around 34m, which will contribute to the difficulty, but we won't consider it in our calculation of the gradient.

So we gain 139 metres in 0.89km (890 metres). 139/890 = 0.156. So it is a 15.6% gradient (midway between a 1:6 and a 1:7).

Hope that helps.


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Skiddins 22 Sep 21:29  

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Don't you mean 9.7%? (keeping both distance and height in 'm') As you've used 0.89 (miles) and 139 (metres)

Sorry, not trying to be pedantic, just making sure I get my facts straight.

I'm trying to compare it to Priest Hill, Old Windsor near Runnymede, which I regularly use to test myself.

Thanks all the same
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tbs123 27 Sep 20:35  

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Hi, read my message again - it is 0.890 kilometers (890 metres), not miles!

139/890 = 15.6 %

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Skiddins 28 Sep 00:52  

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Bugger, that's still pretty steep :-)

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tbs123 28 Sep 19:47  

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I made a mistake. The cycle route planner gives distances in miles, and I didn't convert the mileage to kms. The actual distance in metres is 1432.

It is a 9.7% gradient on average, which is still pretty steep. However, if you have been to somewhere like the Yorshire Dales, Ditchling Beacon is a piece of piddle.



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