South Downs Cycling

Tracks, Trails, Routes + Road Cycling in the South Downs National Park

The South Downs is criss crossed by many scenic cycle routes both On and Off Road. Some of these make up the National Cycling Network (NCN). For more information on the NCN in the South East consult this Sustrans Map
A majority of this page is given over to Off Road / Mountain Biking information. Click here to jump to the Road Cycling summary.

Obviously the largest and most famous Off Road track in the area is the the South Downs Way but as this such a large and long subject, it has it's dedicated page here South Downs Way

There is great deal of excellent Cycling Route information covering Road, Mountain Biking and Family Friendly paths and trails - on the dedicated cycling pages at the three County Councils that the National Park covers. On these pages you can find maps and guides to the shorter more Local Trails. Such as the Downslink Path that connects the North and South Downs, the Cuckoo Trail (just outside the National Park but great for kids) the Centurion Way, East Meon Trail and the new Shipwrights Way.

East Sussex County Council | West Sussex County Council | Hampshire County Council

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Parks Forests Valleys - Cycling Zones

Dedicated Cycling Areas of all Types and Sizes and their Facilities

Cuckmere Valley / Friston Forest / Seven Sisters Country Park
Bike Hire - Food and Drink - Family Friendly. Well marked trails for Mountain Biking in the Forest and surrounding areas. Shorter flatter paths along the valley floor. East Sussex Nr Seaford - Seven Sisters Country Park
You can hire bikes from the - Cuckmere Cycle Co

Queen Elizabeth Country Park
Food and Drink - Family Friendly. Well marked, differing difficulty Mountain Bike trails in the Forest. Two other Long Distance Trails the Queen Elizabeth and East Meon also start from here. The new Shipwrights Way also passes through the park. Hampshire - QECP

Staunton Country Park
Food and Drink - Family Friendly. Hampshire - Staunton Park

Stamner Park
Family Friendly Paths and Refreshments in the lower park on the access roads. More serious MTB trails in and around the upper woods. these are "semi" official, there is no marked routes. There can be walkers on these tracks, though they usually stick to the wider paths. Lewes Road, Brighton - Brighton MTB

Serious MTB Trails only - no other facilities, Steyning West Sussex - Steyning MTB Group

Downhill and Freeride MTB Tracks for all abilities - no other facilities, Stoughton West Sussex - Stoughton DH

Shoreham Dirt Jumps
Freeride and Dirt Jump action only - no other facilities, Shoreham West Sussex - Shoreham Dirt Jumps

Houghton Forest
Serious MTB Trails only - no other facilities, Arundel, West Sussex - Houghton Forest Info

Devils Dyke
Cross Country (XC) Trails for all ages and abilities - Family Friendly Food and Drink at the - Devils Dyke Inn
On the South Downs Way Nr Brighton, West Sussex - Devils Dyke National Trust

Online Route Resources

Useful Websites with downloadble GPS Routes, Maps and Local Bike Ride Guides

Argus Newspaper Brighton's local paper online bike section with cycling route guides - The Argus

UK wide Cycling Routes -

UK wide Cycling Routes -

David Shaw's Maps - Extensive Brighton based Tracks and Trails -

Create + view routes in O.S. and Google -

Create + view routes in O.S. and Google -

South Downs National Park Rights of Way Facts and Figures

Rights of Way : There is approximately 3,282 km of public rights of way within the South Downs: 1813 km of footpath; 1213km of bridleway; 53km of restricted byways; 77km of byways open to all traffic (BOATS); and 176km of road used as a public path. (source: Environment Agency 2010)

Legal Information

South Downs Cycling has not reviewed, and cannot review, all the material posted on this Page, and therefore cannot be responsible for that material's content, use or effects. South Downs Cycling disclaims any responsibility for any harm resulting from your use of the material on this page.

By publishing the material on this page, we do not represent or imply that we endorse the material posted, or that we believe such material to be accurate, useful or non-harmful. We cannot guarantee that any routes found on this page are free from hazards or do not cross private land. It is your responsibility to ensure the route is safe and does not take you across private land. If necessary you must seek permission of the owner before using the route.

The existence of a route on this website in no way implies that it is legally or safely useable. It is up to you to determine the legal & safety status of any route you intend to use.

The classification of a route on this website (e.g. "Road Bike", "MTB" etc) in no way implies that this is the correct legal classification of that route. Again, it is up to you to determine the legal classification of any route You intend to use. We advise all users of this website to wear the correct protective clothing, be aware of the Countryside Code and follow the appropriate Laws + Byelaws on Cycling in England.

National Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Links

Assocation of National Park Authorities | England's official tourism website |
The Ramblers Association | Youth Hostel Assciation YHA UK |

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