South Downs (East)

This route is a great introduction to riding on the South Downs. Cycle up to the famous Devil’s Dyke landmark then heading east across the rolling hills before descending back into the city via National Cycle route 20.


Route: Hove Station - Devil's Dyke - Saddlesombe Farm - Sea Front Loop
Distance: 14.8 miles (23.8 km)
Gradient: Initial challenging climb to Devils Dyke then moderate climbs & descents
Terrain: Tarmac, off road trails, some uneven
Time to allow: Two to three 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.

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.

Preston Park is the largest urban park in the city. Whether you want to take part in sports or sit and enjoy a picnic on a summer’s day, Preston Park is the perfect place to go. Due to its size and location the park is also used as a venue for concerts, circuses, fairs, family days and other events.

Preston Park is also home to the 'Preston Twins' - widely considered the largest and oldest Elm trees in the world.

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

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