A bike is the ideal way to explore the South Downs National Park. Whether you want to cycle around the quiet, leafy lanes of the Sussex countryside or conquer the majestic South Downs, Lewes is the perfect base for exploring our beautiful region on a bike.
The South Downs has hundreds of miles of well signposted, off road trails and plenty of places to stop for refreshment. There is a great variety of riding to be had straight out of Lewes, from the rolling downland and wooded singletrack to quiet country lanes or a gentle potter along the River Ouse to the seaside (and get the train back if you want). We are always very happy to suggest routes to fit in with your ambitions and itinerary.
There are several quiet ways out of Lewes, most of which require a fairly strenuous climb. The views from the top of the Downs make it all worthwhile though, and once you’re up, there are breathtaking rides along the ridge and many exhilarating descents to be had. There are even some technical trails through the woods above Stanmer or to the east in Friston Forest, both within riding distance of Lewes.
You can always put your bikes on a train to start from further afield or to get back after a tiring day. There are frequent trains through Lewes to Brighton, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath, Gatwick Airport and London.
You could also read ‘The Joy of Local’, an article in our news section by Richard who outlines some great local areas to ride.
Below are some maps, with basic directions on. The yellow route is a great way to take in a variety of off road riding and takes in part of the South Downs Way along with some single track, in Stanmer Woods. The blue route(s) show two ways of riding across to Friston Forest. Either up and across the South Downs Way, or along the Old Coach Road at the foot of the Downs.
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