Cycling the South Downs Way
Cycling is an excellent way to enjoy the South Downs National Park, with its vast array of wildlife and scenery from rolling hills to sea views and woodlands. The South Downs Way is 100 miles long running from Winchester to Eastbourne and takes anywhere from 2 to 4 days for most cyclists, although we know that some of the fitter riders have done it in a day! We recommend using a mountain bike to cycle the South Downs Way due to the terrain.
There are a few guidelines that people should do their very best to follow when cycling the South Downs Way, and those are –
• Only ride on bridleways & byways
• Respect other users such as walkers, horse riders and others cycling the South Downs Way. Make sure you let them know you’re approaching and pass with care.
• Try to cycle in smaller groups of 3 to 4 to minimise disruption to others – especially when using country lanes.
• Try to avoid lumps and bumps off the trail as they are most likely historic sites or ancient burial mounds.
• Remember to leave gates as you find them, protect local plants and wildlife and take any litter home.
• Keep yourself safe with a well-maintained bike. We have listed some repair shops along the route just in case they are required!
As an experienced cyclist you can cycle the South Downs Way in 2 days with a stop over near Storrington.
The stunning scenery and fantastic bridleways spanning across the National Park are not only fantastic when cycling the South Downs Way, but mean that the trail is also ideal for horse riders of all levels. Whether you are out for a leisurely hack or prefer to use the downs for fitness work, there is something for everyone.