South Downs (West)

Up & Downs! Welcome 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 down to the Adur River. Follow the river to Shoreham and then join National Cycle Route 2 that 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)
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

What to see: Hove Park, Devils Dyke, South Downs Way, Shoreham, Hove Lawns

Suggested bike: Mountain

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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

What to see: Hove Park – Devils Dyke – South Downs – Preston Park – Brighton Seafront

Suggested bike: Mountain

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Lewes & South Downs

Visit the historic county town of Lewes famous for its Castle, Priory and bonfires. Then come back to Brighton across the beautiful South Downs passing Ditchling Beacon and the Chattri War Memorial on route. This is a challenging ride but well worth the effort.You can go to Lewes by train however there is also a good cycle path that takes you there for those with lots of time and energy.

Route: Hove Station – Lewes - South Downs Loop
Distance: 25miles (40km)
Gradient: Initially flat then moderate climb to Falmer. Challenging climb form Lewes to Ditchling Beacon then moderate descents
Terrain: Tarmac, off road trails, some uneven
Cycling time: Whole Route: 4-5 hours, Lewes to Brighton: 2-3 hours (if you catch train to Lewes)

What to see
: Stanmer Park – Universities – Lewes – South Downs – Chattri – Brighton Sea Front

Suggested bike: Mountain

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Stanmer Park & Falmer

Variety is the spice of life. This route takes in lots of different scenes and riding. Take the new urban bike route to Stanmer Park and the Universities. Spend time in Stammer Park on a variety of trails (there is a great circular ride around the park). Check out Amex Stadium (home of the Albion) before crossing the downs and heading back to the seafront at Brighton Marina.

Route: Hove Station – Seafront – Stanmer Park – Falmer – Brighton Marina – Hove Station.
Distance: 16 miles (25.8 km)
Gradient: Initially flat with one moderate hill in middle
Terrain: Tarmac & off road cycle track
Time to allow: Two to three hours (not including time spent in Stammer park

What to see: Brighton Seafront, Stanmer Park, Universities, Amex Stadium, South Downs, Brighton Marina

Suggested bike: Mountain

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