Cycle Routes

Green fields and blue skies on the South Downs Way

Cycling Routes

A fantastic 11.5 mile / 17.7km circular route that is a great days walk or a stunning ride. This route takes in part of the South Downs Way between Amberley and Bignor Hill as well as part of the National Trust's Slindon Estate and part of the Monarch's Way.

Allow 5 - 6 hours to walk or 2- 3 hours to ride.

Refreshments are available at Houghton and Amberley.



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A great and 11.5 miles circular ride that can be started at Amberley railway station or Whiteways car park. The route takes in part of the old Roman road of Staine Street that ran from Chichester to London. It then also follows part of the Monarch's Way long distance route. This ride goes along farm tracks agross open grazing land and though woods and forest as well as taking in the River Arun so there is something for everyone.



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The Downs Link is a largely off road bridleway link between the South Downs Way and the North Downs Way.

Page under development. Further information to follow.



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A lovely 14 miles / 22km circular route which can be walked or ridden. This route takes in the historic town of Lewes and it's stunning Downland.

Allow 6 - 7 hours to walk or 3 - 4 hours to ride.

There are some steep climbs, especially above Kingstone village.

Refreshments are available at Lewes and Kingston



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This short alternative route through Rodmell takes you passed the Abergavenny Arms pub and National Trust's Monks House (Sussex home of Leonard and Virginia Woolf) as well as taking in the River Ouse. The route also offers the advantages of avoiding a very short but steep section of trail as you drop down from Mill Hill to Cricketing Bottom.

If you wish to visit the pub, this route avoids the need to reclimb the hill or ride along the busy road.

This route has only recently been made possible by the opening of a new bridleway / cycle route along the River Ouse between Southease and Rodmell called "The Egret's Way". this new route will when fully completed connect Lewes with Newhaven.

Please note the Egrets Way between Rodmell and Southease along the river is only surfaced with stone for approcimately half the route.

** Cyclists, please keep your speed down when riding down from the SDW towards Rodmell village. This metalled lane is a public 'Restricted Byway' over a private residential road. There are many concealed driveways.**



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The South Downs Way is one of only 2 National Trails formally designated as a long distance bridleway (The Pennine Bridleway being the other). This means that you can enjoy the full 100 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne on the saddle, whether you prefer horseback or bike, its open for you to explore. There are 3 sections along the route where both a footpath and a bridleway route are marked. these are just outside Winchester city, between Beacon Hill and Exton Village and between Alfriston on Eastbourne. Cyclists and horse-riders should therefore stick to the bridleway route as shown above.



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A cracking short ride or a longer day walk from Stanmer Park taking in Ditchling Beacon, the highest point on the South Downs Way.

9 miles / 14km. Allow 1 - 2 hours to ride or 4.5 - 5.5 to walk.

Refreshments are available at Stanmer Park. An ice cream van can usually be found at Ditchling Beacon.



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