South Downs Way Cycling

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The South Downs National Park is a haven for cyclists, offering hundreds of miles of off-road cycle routes in a beautiful, rural setting. There are plenty of route options to take advantage of when it comes to cycling the South Downs. The most notable of these are the South Downs Way, which provides around 100 miles of cycle route stretching from Winchester to Eastbourne, and the Downs Link, which stretches some 36 miles and connects the North Downs from Guildford to the South Downs, finishing in Shoreham-by-Sea.

South Downs Way Cycling Itineraries

We’ve put together some suggested itineraries to help you plan your south downs cycling trip and really make the most of it. You can cycle the South Downs Way in either direction, heading east from Winchester to Eastbourne or vice-versa. But you don’t need to be cycling the whole of the South Downs Way to enjoy these itineraries, so they can suit all capabilities and fitness levels. We tell you how many miles each leg is and what the highlights are along the way, so you can pick and choose your favourites.

South Downs Way bike rides

Here’s a brief description of the itineraries you can choose from, but if you click ‘More Information’ you’ll find full details of each itinerary so you can learn about the highlights of each sector and what to look out for along the way. Visit the destination guides to learn more about the towns and villages along the route.

Cycling Route Very Quick Pace – 2 Days

Area: South Downs Way
Terrain: Suitable for mountain bikes

This is only suitable if you are very fit and short on time. It’s two long days of cycling and won’t allow you much, if any, time to make the most of the places you are visiting.

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Cycling Route Quick Pace – 3 Days

Area: South Downs Way
Terrain: Suitable for mountain bikes

This is recommended if you have a good level of fitness and are short on time. If you can spare another day you’ll get more chance to enjoy the places of interest along the way, so it’s a versatile route depending on how much time you want to spend here. 

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Cycling Route Medium Pace – 4 Days

Area: South Downs Way
Terrain: Suitable for mountain bikes

This is recommended for anyone with a good level of fitness and will allow you some time to enjoy the highlights en route and to explore the villages and towns you are staying in.

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Cycling Route Relaxed Pace – 5 Days

Area: South Downs Way
Terrain: Suitable for mountain bikes

This itinerary averages under 20 miles per day, so it will allow you to take it relatively slowly and give you time to enjoy your surroundings and visit places of interest along the way. If you have an average fitness level and want to take your time, it’s a great option.

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Cycling Route Downs Link Path – 2 Days, 37 miles

Area: St Martha’s Hill near Guildford to Shoreham-by Sea
Terrain: Multi use path

This is a 37-mile path linking the South and North Downs taking in beautiful countryside, river views and historical houses. It offers beautiful surrounding scenery to take in over the two days. 

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