Cycle Routes in Sussex

Sussex is also a wonderful county to explore by bike. There are lots of routes – whether you are a beginner, intermediate or want to try some tougher routes.

Below are all tried and tested routes from us – they include some nice flat and easy routes for the whole family. We would recommend trying the Salterns Way (lovely on a sunny day as it finishes at West Wittering where we enjoyed a lovely drink afterwards from the cafe) as well as the Downs Link.

If you are wanting a circular route, then there is a cycle ride around Ashington, Wiston, Dial Post and West Chiltington in West Sussex which is around 20 miles long.

For more experienced cyclists, then why not try the Top Cycle Climbs in Sussex – featuring all of the best climbs, hills and views in Sussex! In addition, you can also try cycling the South Downs Way and we have listed our top tips plus an itinerary depending on how many days you wish to cycle it in.

All of our cycle routes are mapped on Komoot and you can also download the GPX file for specific circular routes on each page.

Cycle the Salterns Way

The Salterns Way is a 12 mile cycle route, which starts from the centre of Chichester to East Head. This is a beautifully scenic route and is virtually all flat, making it suitable for all levels of cyclists.

Difficulty: Easy/Gentle

Distance: 19K -12 miles

Cycle the Downs Link

If you’re looking for a longer cycle ride then why not try and complete the Downs Link. It’s largely flat so you can do the Downs Link in easy segments if you are a beginner. Starting in Guildford in the North and finishing up in Shoreham-by-Sea in the South, the Downs Link is signposted and is almost all off-road.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 59K – 37 miles

Ashington - Wiston - Dial Post - West Chiltington Circular Loop

A lovely circular cycle route through Ashington, Wiston, Dial Post and West Chiltington loop at around 20 miles long, with a few steep hills but opportunity for a stop at a café on route.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Distance: 32K – 20 miles

Steyning -Twineham - Partridge Green Loop

This cycle route starts in the centre of Steyning, West Sussex is a picturesque run along the lee of the Downs then heads north to Twineham before heading west to Partridge Green and then back south to Steyning.

Difficulty: Intermediate

Distance: 41K – 25 miles

Cycle the South Downs Way

Our guide to cycling the South Downs Way includes tips and itinerary if you want to cycle the South Downs in a day, 2 days or 3 days. We also include some information and insights into the route, as we have cycled the South Downs Way and so this blog shares our experience.

Difficulty: Experienced

Distance: 100 miles

Top Cycle Climbs in Sussex

Here we have tried and tested some of the best (and tough) cycle climbs in Sussex – these are tough hills to climb but they offer spectacular views.

The climbs include – Bignor Hill, Ditchling Beacon, Blackdown, Bedham, Devils Dyke, Kidds Hill, Butser Hill, Easebourne and Chantry Lane.

Difficulty: Experienced

Distance: Variable

Storrington - South Harting - Goodwood Loop

Another great medium route from Storrington taking in the best the South Downs has to offer with plenty of cafes on route.

Difficulty: Experienced

Distance: 85K – 53 miles

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