Family Friendly Cycling in Brighton & Hove

Family Friendly Cycling in Brighton & Hove

Cycling is a great activity to do with kids – fun, healthy and an opportunity to see and do new things.

Brighton and its surroundings provides lots of places where you can cycle safely and enjoy the sights

away from busy roads. Here are some suggestions:

The Sea Front

Brighton has a sea front cycle path which is very good for family cycling. There is lots to do and see

along the way. From Hove Lawns going east you head along to Brighton Pier, then to the Marina. At

the Marina you take the undercliff cycle path to Rottingdean Village. A flat ride of 5 miles each way,

it is nearly all on traffic free cycle paths.

From Hove Lawns heading westwards you follow the National Cycle Route 2. This ride takes you past

Hove Lagoon, Shoreham Harbour, Shoreham Village, Widewater Nature Reserve and on to

Worthing. The first half of the route is mainly cycling on quieter roads the second half from

Widewater to Worthing is an off road cycle path. This is a flat ride of 9 miles each way.


Brighton has some beautiful parks where cycling with children is safe and fun:


Preston Park – At the north end of Preston Park is the velodrome which is a custom built cycling

track. This is an ideal place to teach kids how to ride a bike, and once they can ride proficiently they

will enjoy racing around the track.  The track is sometimes closed for other activities such as cricket

in the summer however there is also good cycling in the main park. The nearest park entrance to the

cycle track is off Preston Drove next to Preston Park Avenue. For more information visit Preston Park.


Stanmer Park is situated next to Sussex University on the outskirts of the city. Stanmer Park and

Estate is an excellent example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton. With its beautiful

woodland walks and extensive open lands, Stanmer is just as perfect for a family day out on bikes.

There are some great off road trails to explore. For more information visit Stanmer Park.


Hove Park is a popular destination with a wide range of things to do including a network of paths

for cyclists and walkers. It is a good cycling destination for younger children and those learning to

ride. For more information visit Hove Park.


Further Afield

If you are planning to escape the city then there are some fantastic cycling routes available for


Downs Links Cycle Path

The Downs Link is a 37 mile (59km) route between the South and North Downs that is brilliant for

cycling. It follows two disused railway lines and is therefore mostly level, off road and ideal for


The Downs Link route starts at Shoreham-by-Sea and can be joined at various points along the way.

A great way to get started is to join it from the A283 (you can park in various laybys). From there it is

a relatively short bike ride heading north alongside the Adur River to reach Bramber Castle which is a

lovely place for a picnic. You can also access Shoreham Airport by crossing the river using the

footbridge. For more information visit Downs Link.


Cuckoo Trail

This picturesque trail follows the former ‘Cuckoo Line’ railway track and stretches from Heathfield to

Eastbourne Park. It passes through Horam, Hailsham and Polegate. This 14 mile surfaced path

through the Sussex countryside is mostly traffic free and is a safe route for cyclists of all ages. For

more information visit Cuckoo Trail


Seven Sisters Country Park

Situated between Newhaven and Eastbourne in the South Downs National Park, the Seven Sisters

Country Park is made up of 280 hectares of chalk cliffs, meandering river valley and open chalk

grassland. It is a popular place for a number of outdoor activities including walking and cycling.

Cyclists are welcome at Seven Sisters Country Park. Whilst there are no bridlewa

ys on the Park,

cycling is permitted on the valley floor. There is a concrete track which offers safe and easy access to

the beach. More adventurous cycle routes can be found in Friston forest. For more information visit

Seven Sisters Country Park



If you are visiting Brighton or don’t have bikes available then adults bikes, childrens bikes, tag-a-

longs and baby seat are available to hire from Cycle Brighton