Cycling in West Sussex

What better way to explore the picturesque villages, coastlines and countryside inhabiting the West Sussex region. Take in the idyllic scenery as you cycle through and past historic sites in West Sussex. With historic sites all around you, such as the Cowdray Ruins, or take a cycle down to Bolney Wine Estate where since 1976 they have produced a range of fine English wines that you can taste and see the process of how they are made. The High Salvington Windmill is another landmark you can cycle to, an excellent example of a working post mill dating back to the 18th Century. Out of the main town many of the cycle routes are very quiet and tranquil and the perfect area to stop for a picnic or just to enjoy the breathtaking views.

With many cycle trails offering stunning scenic views cycling across West Sussex and the surrounding towns cycling is a great way to explore and keep active while you’re away on holiday. If you don’t want to bring your own bikes with you cycle hire is available at a range of shops across West Sussex providing a range of bikes to hire from kids bikes to trial and mountain bikes also providing helmets, tools and maps to help rookie cyclists in the region. In addition many cycle shops offer coaching and training courses for the inexperienced cyclists who still want to enjoy riding in West Sussex. If you prefer to get the adrenaline pumping and want to try mountain biking there a range of routes from the beginner to the experienced rider.

There are a range of great cycle routes, here are some ones that we recommend trying in West Sussex. The Downs Link, established in 1984 as a link between the North and South Downs, is a scenic, flat bridleway between Guildford in the North and Shoreham-by-Sea in the South. Horsham to St Leonard’s Forest, this route is on bridleways and is a good introduction to mountain biking. The tracks are good and can be ridden in any conditions. There are excellent views south towards the coast and Arundel and north towards Horsham and the North Downs. The South Downs Way, this is an extension to Route 22 which incorporates an exhilarating descent off Amberley Mount to Houghton and along a beautiful section of the River Arun to Arundel.

We recommend using Sustrans national cycle network app, which is free on Apple and Android and enables the user access to over 25,000 miles of walking and cycling across the UK.

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