Cycle the South Downs National Park Loop

A 3-day cycle along the Sussex coast and across the South Downs visiting the most iconic sights. 1 day off work.

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Cycle the South Downs National Park Loop

A 3-day cycle along the Sussex coast and across the South Downs visiting the most iconic sights. 1 day off work.

  • United Kingdom
  • May, September

On this trip you’ll cycle along the South Downs Way, stopping at highlights along the way; the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, the notorious Devils Dyke beauty spot, and the ancient hill forts of Chanctonbury Ring and Cissbury Ring. Overall, you’ll achieve 134 km of Sussex coast scenery.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 3 days cycling
  • 2 nights hostel accommodation
  • Local, certified guide
  • Bike hire inc. helmet, lock, and repair kit
  • 2 evening meals, 2 breakfasts, 2 packed lunches
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip- All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Active individuals looking to cycle parts of the South Downs Way, take in the sights of the famous white cliffs and visit traditional seaside towns.

What to Expect

Friday: Cycle from Brighton to Southease

Your ride will start at 10:00 and follow the National Cycle Route 2 along the coast to the town of Seaford. On route, you’ll visit the famous chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Friston Forest.

After lunch, you’ll head inland to the Sussex village of Alfriston. Stop in this historic village for refreshments and see The Cathedral of South Downs.

From here, you’ll join the South Downs Way and cycle over Firle Beacon before descending into the village of Southease to your accommodation for the night at South Downs YHA.

5-6 hours cycling, 50km

Saturday: Cycle to Truleigh Hill via Lewes

This morning you’ll cross the River Ouse and join Cycle Route 90 to the historic town of Lewes. Stop for lunch and browse the many antique shops and the farmers market.

You’ll leave via a well-used bridleway and rejoin the SDW. As you cycle the next few hours away, you’ll pass notable points including Ditchling Beacon, Jack & Jill Windmills, and the legendary beauty spot, Devils Dyke.

Finally, you’ll pass through the villages of Poynings, hiding at the base of Devils Dyke, and Fulking before you reach Truleigh Hill and your accommodation for the night at the YHA.

6-7 hours cycling, 39km

Sunday: Return to Brighton via Cissbury Ring

After breakfast, you’ll continue west on the SDW, crossing the river Adur. You’ll ascend to the prehistoric hill fort, Chanctonbury Ring, and on to the largest hill fort in Sussex, Cissbury Ring, which dates back over 5000 years.

From Cissbury Ring, you’ll cycle into the traditional seaside town of Worthing and head eastwards along the coast through the town of Shoreham and back to Brighton.

Having cycled 134km in 3 days and ticked off some of the most popular sites the South Downs National Park has to offer, you’ll return to your start point around 16:00.

5-6 hours cycling, 45km

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Up for a Challenge? Check out the South Downs Way Mountain Bike Challenge

Accommodation

You’ll one night at the South Downs YHA and one night at the Truleigh Hill YHA.

Both hostels are clean and welcoming, with bunk rooms (sleeping 6 people), shared bathrooms and free WiFi.

Breakfast is served from 07:30 – 09:00 and the Supper Club is a real hit; an evening meal served at a set time, making dining the social event it should be.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Large group? Make a private booking
Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

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Location

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The South Downs National Park is England’s newest national park and became fully operational on 1 April 2011. The park covers an area of 1,627km² (628mi²) in southern England; stretching 140km (87mi) from Winchester in the west to Eastbourne in the east, through the counties of Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex.

Hidden within the South Downs National Park, you can find the white cliffs of the Seven Sisters, ancient woodland, historic villages and rolling farmland.

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at 10:00 at the Cycle Brighton Hire Centre in Hove.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at 16:00 at the Cycle Brighton Hire Centre in Hove.

Getting there and away?
Hove is just an hour by direct train from London Victoria Station and there is a 08:46 that fits the schedule perfectly. The hire centre is just a 5-minute walk from the train station. Hove Railway Station is also on direct routes from Southampton and Portsmouth & Southsea.

Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Train journey to and from Hove
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

A good level of fitness is needed for this trip.

This trip runs in the late Spring/early Summer; expect mild to warm temperatures of around 13°C - 18°C, with chances of rain as good as any.

The food is basic but tasty; expect cereals and a cook English breakfast in the morning.

Your evening meal will be a set 2-course menu e.g. curry followed by apple pie.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • Forme Sterndale 3000 mountain bikes (bikes can be fitted with various pedal types as requested)
  • Helmet
  • Lock
  • Repair kit
  • Cycle shorts
  • Base layers
  • Water/windproof jacket
  • Backpack for snacks and drink
  • Extra layers
  • Comfortable clothes for the evening

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Start point?
Your guide will meet you at 10:00 at the Cycle Brighton Hire Centre in Hove.

Finish point?
Your trip will end at 16:00 at the Cycle Brighton Hire Centre in Hove.

Getting there and away?
Hove is just an hour by direct train from London Victoria Station and there is a 08:46 that fits the schedule perfectly. The hire centre is just a 5-minute walk from the train station. Hove Railway Station is also on direct routes from Southampton and Portsmouth & Southsea.

Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

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