Days Out Destinations & Days Out Getaways

With the weather improving we wanted to share some great Day Out Destinations to cycle to outside of the city. These 5 rides, mainly follow existing national and local cycle routes to avoid any major hills! They are all over 12 miles but well worth the effort. If this feels too far to cycle why not consider going by electric bike – you can then really enjoy the destination without worrying about the return journey.

Seven Sisters Country Park

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This route follows National Cycle Route 2 along the coast to the spectacular Seven Sisters Country Park and visitors centre. The Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs on one of Britain’s finest unspoilt coastlines. On route to the park you will pass many seaside towns and villages.

Route Hove – Brighton – Rottingdean – Newhaven – Seaford – Seven Sisters
Distance 18.8 miles (one way) 37.6 miles (return)
Grade Moderate
Terrain Cycle Paths and roads (follows National Cycle Route 2)
Cycling time 2-3 hours each way
What to see Brighton Seafront & Marina, Rottingdean Village, Newhaven Fort, Seaford promenade, Seven Sisters

Take a look at route here :

Seven Sisters Map

Charleston

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This is wonderful varied route that takes you to Charleston House the home of the Bloomsbury Group. The Bloomsbury group included some of the twentieth century’s most pioneering artists, writers and thinkers – people who believed in debate, creativity, beauty, innovation and truth and whose work was guided by a sense of fun, freedom and irreverence.

On route to Charleston you will pass through the historical county town of Lewes and the charming villages of Glynde and West Firle before reaching Charleston House nestled in the foot of the South Downs.

Route Brighton – Falmer – Lewes – Glynde – Firle – Charleston
Distance 17 miles each way (optional return by train from Glynde)
Grade Moderate
Terrain Cycle Paths, Country Roads & some busier roads through Brighton & Lewes
Cycling time 2-3 hours each way
What to see Brighton – Amex Stadium – Universities – Lewes – Glyndebourne – Charleston House

Take a look at the route here:

Charleston Map

Cissbury Ring

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This varied route takes NCR 2 along the coast to Worthing before heading inland to Cissbury Ring which is one of the jewels in the crown of the South Downs National Park. It’s the largest hill fort in Sussex and has a history dating back over 5,000 years.

Set high up on a chalk promontory, its ditch and ramparts enclose about sixty-five acres. From the top on a clear day you can see forever, with views across to the chalk cliffs beyond Brighton and as far as the Isle of Wight.

Centuries of continuous grazing have produced a wonderful habitat for butterflies and flowers. Rare plants such as the round headed rampion, known as the ‘Pride of Sussex’, thrive here.

Route Brighton – Shoreham – Worthing – Findon – Cissbury Ring
Distance 15.5 miles each way
Grade Moderate
Terrain Cycle Paths and quite roads
Cycling time 2 hours each way
What to see Hove Seafront – Shoreham Harbour – Widewater Nature Reserve -Worthing – Cissbury Ring

Take a look at the route here:

Cissbury Ring Map

Sussex Villages

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Discover some of the Sussex’s finest villages nestled in the foot of the South Downs. It great to get out of the city hit some country roads and enjoy the lovely food, beer and wines on offer in the traditional pubs along the way.

Route Brighton – Poynings – Fulking – Upper Beeding – Bramber -Shoreham
Distance 25 miles
Grade Moderate
Terrain Cycle paths and country roads
Cycling time 3 hours
What to see Sussex Villages, Bramber Castle and a few pubs!

Take a look at the route here:

Sussex Villages Map

Sussex Vineyards

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This route takes you from the coast into the heart of the Sussex countryside to visit two of the counties best know vineyards Bolney & Albourne. Following National Cycle Route 20 north out of Brighton you pass the village of Pyecombe and the Hickstead show-jumping arena. Continue route 20 until you reach the village of Bolney. Leave route 20 and go through the village and you will find Bolney vineyard on the outskirts of the village on the west side. The vineyard organises tours and tasting and has a lovey café and restaurant – check out their web-side for opening times.

On leaving Bolney vineyard head south via country lanes passing the small village of Twineham before arriving at the Albourne vineyard and winery. Albourne is smaller that Bolney and its opening times are more restricted. Please check their website.

On leaving Albourne head south past Wickwoods country club. At the junction with the A281 turn left onto the B2117. After a short distance this re-joins the National Cycle Route 20 that you follow back to Brighton.

Route Brighton – Pycombe – Hickstead – Bolney Village & Bolney Vineyard – Twineham – Albourne Vineyard
Distance 30 miles
Grade Moderate
Terrain Cycle Paths and Country Roads
Cycling time 4 hours
What to see Brighton – Pycombe Village – Hickstead Showground – Bolney Village – Bolney Vineyard  – Country Lanes

Take a look at the route here:

Vineyards Map

“Make the most of the great outdoors and get out and ride”