The NCN's London to Brighton route is on the more functional end of the scale. It starts well with the Wandle Trail through suburban London, becoming residential streets around Carshalton, and with that wonderful climb over Farthing Downs after Coulsdon. (See our guide to the Avenue Verte for full details on this section.) After Crawley, it settles down to a route closely paralleling the busy A23, often not much more than a pavement with cycling signs. A handful of on-road sections have busy traffic. It will get you to the coast fairly efficiently, but for an enjoyable ride, in honesty we'd rather suggest our own London-Brighton touring route.