South Downs (West)

Up & Downs! This route is a great introduction to the South Downs. Cycling up to the famous landmark of Devils Dyke before following the South Downs Way westwards for several miles then descending back onto the coast at Shoreham Harbour and back to Hove on National Cycle route 2.

This route can be extended by continuing on the South Downs for a further x miles where you descend and join the Bramber Castle route on the Adur River. You then join National Cycle route 2 at Shoreham which takes you back to Hove.


Route: Hove Station – Hove Park - Devils Dyke – South Downs Way, Shoreham Harbour - Hove
Extended: Hove Station – Hove Park - Devils Dyke – South Downs Way – Adur River, Shoreham Airport, Shoreham Village, Shoreham Harbour – Hove
Distance: 18.7 miles (29.4km)
Extended route 18.7
Gradient:Initial challenging climb to Devils Dyke then moderate climbs & descents (1 steeper descent)
Terrain: Tarmac, off road trails, some uneven
Time to allow: 3-5 hours

Hove Park is popular with local residents, dog walkers and runners. The park covers almost 40 acres and features a mix of large areas of open grass, mature trees, flower beds and recreational facilities.

At the eastern edge of the Park is the ‘Fingermaze’. The Fingermaze is a giant fingerprint which incorporates a Cretan labyrinth within its whirling design.

Devil’s Dyke, just five miles north of Brighton offers stunning panoramas. At nearly a mile long, the Dyke valley is the longest, deepest and widest 'dry valley' in the UK. Legend has it that the Devil dug this chasm to drown the parishioners of the Weald. On the other hand, scientists believe it was formed naturally just over 10,000 years ago in the last ice age.

From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km of breath-taking views and hidden gems. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony.

Shoreham is a thriving commercial Port on the South Coast of England. The premier Sussex port and the largest port between Dover and Portsmouth.

The port handles a wide range of commodities including steel, timber and grains as well as catering for fishing and leisure users.

Dominated by the famous pebble beach and the architectural beauty of Regency squares and crescents, Hove seafront is a relaxed, friendly and diverse place to eat, shop and play.

Hove Lawns is like a large sea front garden. The lawns attract visitors all year round to enjoy the beautiful views and relative peace and quiet compared to the beach.

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