GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Sussex Cycle Routes

Sussex has plenty to keep the cyclist busy with a vast array of cycle routes and some splendid scenery.
The main attractions include the South Downs (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) with its wonderful rolling countryside and also the coastal rides in and around the seaside towns of Brighton and Eastbourne.
Also check out the lovely Cuckoo Trail - a flat off road trail running from Heathfield to Eastbourne Park which makes for a relaxing afternoons cycling.

Use the links to view full route information including elevation profiles, interactive maps and GPS downloads.
You can also view an overview map of all the routes in the using the Sussex Cycle Map>>

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Sussex including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

Route NamePhotoDistanceDescription
Bewl Water12 miles (20 km)This is a walking and cycling route around the beautiful Bewl Water reservoir near Lamberhurst. The route runs alongside the reservoir for most of the way though there is an inland section on quiet country lanes around Tolhurst. It runs for about 12.5 miles with great views of the High Weald AONB. View Full Details>>
Black Down4 miles (6 km)Climb to the highest point in the South Downs on this challenging route in Sussex. The area is run by the National Trust and includes a series of well defined paths taking you to flower-rich meadows, ancient woodland and copses. There are fabulous views over the Weald from the Temple of the Winds, at the southern end of Black down. The English Channel can also be seen through the River Arun gap on a clear day.  The circular route below starts at the car park near the Temple of the Winds and takes you north across Black Down to Boarden Door Bottom. View Full Details>>
Bognor Regis to Littlehampton9 miles (14 km)This route follows National Cycle route 2 from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton. It starts on the sea front at Bognor Regis and follows minor roads to Littlehampton on the River Arun. You will pass Middleton-on-Sea and Yapton on the way. Train stations can be found at either end of the route making it easily accessible. View Full Details>>
Brighton to Eastbourne34 miles (55 km)Starting at the pier in Brighton this ride takes you along the south coast to Newhaven and then inland through some lovely countryside to Eastbourne along National Cycle route 2. View Full Details>>
Brighton to Newhaven9 miles (14.5 km)Follow the Brighton to Newhaven clifftop path on this splendid coastal walk on the south coast. Much of this route follows a traffic free path along National Cycle Network route 2 so you can bring your bike too. Part of the route also passes the popular Undercliff Walk Brighton from the marina at Black Rock to Saltdean. This follows a nice surfaced path along the sea wall with great views of the white cliffs and the sea. Much of the rest of this walk is on an elevated clifftop trail with splendid coastal views. It's about a 9 mile walk but fairly flat throughout. View Full Details>>
Brighton to Worthing13 miles (21 km)This nice coastal route takes you Brighton to Worthing along National Cycle Network Route 2. It's a nice flat route, running for just under 13 miles along the Sussex coast. Most of the ride follows traffic free coastal paths with other sections along minor roads. View Full Details>>
Camber Sands3 miles (5 km)Enjoy a walk or cycle along National Cycle Network Route 2 from Rye to the beautiful Camber Sands. You can pick up the trail in the centre of Rye near to the train station. It's about a 3 mile ride to the beach, passing alongside Camber Road. There are lovely views of Northpoint Water and Rye Bay before passing Rye Golf Club and entering the village of Camber. It's a beautiful and popular beach with the only sand dune system in East Sussex. If you continue your cycle along the coast road you will come to Broomhill Sands and Lydd. View Full Details>>
Centurion Way6 miles (10 km)This pleasant short route follows the View Full Details>>
Chichester to Bognor Regis8 miles (13 km)This is a nice, easy short route from Chichester to Bognor Regis which follows National Cycle route 2 and local cycle paths. View Full Details>>
Crawley to Brighton25 miles (40 km)Follow NCN route 20 from Crawley to the seaside resort of Brighton View Full Details>>
Crawley to Eastbourne48 miles (78 km)Follow National Cycle route 21 from Crawley to Eastbourne on the south coast View Full Details>>
Cuckoo Trail14 miles (23 km)This traffic free cycle and walking path runs along a disused railway line from Heathfield to the outskirts of Eastbourne. The trail follows National Cycle route 21 and runs through a mixture of woodland, grassland and countryside with a variety of interesting sculptures lining the way. View Full Details>>
Ditchling Common Country Park2 miles (4 km)Explore 188 acres of lovely parkland near Burgess Hill in East Sussex View Full Details>>
Downs Link36 miles (58 km)This is a terrific walking or cycling path running from St Martha's Hill in Guildford to Shoreham-by-Sea. The trail is suitable for walkers and cyclists and links the North and South Downs National Trails. It runs for a distance of just under 40 miles on a fairly flat off road path with great views of the Low Weald countryside. View Full Details>>
Eastbourne to Rye31 miles (50 km)This coastal ride takes you along NCN route 2 from Eastbourne to Rye View Full Details>>
Forest Way11 miles (17 km)This cycling and walking route runs from East Grinstead to Groombridge following National Cycle route 21 along a flat tree lined path. The path is also a designated country park.
The trail follows a disused railway line route and has splendid views of the rolling hills of the downs and local farmland.
Please click here for more information on this route. View Full Details>>
Friston Forest5 miles (8 km)Enjoy miles of cycling and walking trails in this large forest on the South Downs near Eastbourne. There are trails for mountain bikers ranging from gentle off road trails to an exhilarating single track ride. There are two fairly easy waymarked trails for walkers. Look out for wildlife including rare butterflies and deer. View Full Details>>
Guildford to Brighton45 miles (72 km)This route takes from Surrey based Guildford to Brighton the south coast. Along the way there's lovely views of the Low Weald, riverside paths and a coastal section at the end of the route. View Full Details>>
Guildford to Horsham22 miles (35 km)This route follows the Downs Link Bridlepath from Guildford to Horsham via Cranleigh.
The route starts by Guildford rail and first follows the Wey Path along the River Wey before joining the Downs Link trail View Full Details>>
Harting Down3 miles (5.5 km)This large area of chalk downland on the South Downs is managed by the National Trust. It's a wonderful place to go for a walk with splendid views over the downs and an abundance of flora and fauna. The area is covered with wild herbs, wild flowers and pyramidal orchids attracting butterflies such as the Duke of Burgundy fritillary and the Grizzled Skipper. View Full Details>>
Hastings Country Park3 miles (5 km)Enjoy over 600 acres of beautiful parkland and coast on this circular route in Hastings. The park is located in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, most of the park has been designated a Special Area of Conservation and a Local Nature Reserve. Peregrines, black redstarts and fulmars can be seen on the coastal cliffs, while Dartford warblers, stonechats and yellowhammers can be seen on the gorse covered hills. View Full Details>>
Havant to Chichester11 miles (18 km)Follow NCN route 2 on this lovely short route along the south coast View Full Details>>
Horsham to Shoreham-By-Sea23 miles (37 km)Follow the View Full Details>>
Houghton Forest4 miles (6 km)These woods near Arundel have good mountain bike trails and some nice footpaths to try View Full Details>>
Littlehampton to Shoreham-By-Sea14 miles (23 km)This route follows National Cycle route 2 along the beautiful Sussex coast, from Littlehampton to Shoreham-By-Sea. View Full Details>>
London to Brighton65 miles (104 km)Travel from the banks of the River Thames in Greenwich to the South Coast on this popular route along National Cycle Network Routes 21 and 20. The route runs for about 65 miles, using a mixture of minor roads and traffic free paths. View Full Details>>
London to Newhaven99 miles (160 km)Follow a series of signed National Cycle Network paths from London to Newhaven on this long ride to the coast. Newhaven is the town where you can catch the ferry to Dieppe in France and pick up a number of cycle trails to explore the country. View Full Details>>
London to Paris314 miles (506 km)This ride takes you along the proposed route for the Avenue Verte - a traffic-free cycle path, safe enough for a child, linking London and the French capital. View Full Details>>
Petersfield to Brighton43 miles (70 km)Starting in the market town of Petersfield follow the South Downs Way to Brighton on the south coast.
Much of this route is through undulating countryside on off road tracks and paths with a lovely coastal stretch on the home straight to Brighton. View Full Details>>
Redhill to Tunbridge Wells36 miles (58 km)Starting in Redhill first travel south through Gatwick airport (easier and more pleasant than it sounds!) and then onto the off road Worth Way, Forest Way and Sussex border paths that will take you through East Grinstead and some lovely countryside before finishing in Royal Tunbridge Wells. View Full Details>>
Rye to Dover39 miles (62 km)This largely flat coastal ride takes you along National Cycle route 2 from Rye in East Sussex to Dover and its famous white cliffs View Full Details>>
Salterns Way11 miles (18 km)This super short cycle ride takes you along the Chichester Channel from Chichester to the sand dunes of East Head. The route starts near the centre of Chichester and follows minor roads and off road tracks through Birdham and West Wittering before finishing near the beach at East Head. You will pass attractive marinas and pretty villages while also enjoying terrific views of Chichester Harbour and Hayling Island. View Full Details>>
Seven Sisters Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)Explore nearly 700 acres of parkland and coast on this delightful circular walk through the South Downs. The Country Park is named after the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs on the Sussex Heritage Coast. On the route you will enjoy fabulous views of the Cuckmere river before heading towards the beautiful coastline. View Full Details>>
Shinewater Country Park2 miles (3 km)Shinewater Park is located near Eastbourne View Full Details>>
South Coast Cycle Route165 miles (265 km)This epic cycle route makes use of signed cycle paths to take you from Southampton to Dover along England's south coast. The 160 mile route has many traffic sections running right along the coast with the remainder running as close to the sea as possible. View Full Details>>
St Leonard's Forest2 miles (4 km)This large area of woodland is located just to the east of Horsham View Full Details>>
Tilgate Country Park4 miles (6 km)Tilgate Country Park is a popular large park and forest area in Crawley, Sussex. Here you'll find stunning lakes, lawns, gardens and miles of woodland and bridleways. There are also very good facilties with a Nature Centre, cafe and a delightful Walled Garden with a maze and picnic area. View Full Details>>
Worth Way7 miles (11 km)This 7 mail long bridleway and footpath runs along NCN route 21 from Crawley to East Grinstead via the village of Crawley Down View Full Details>>

Your Submitted Routes

Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Albourne to Brighton15 miles (24 km)***
The South Downs Way98 miles (158 km)***
Washington Loop30 miles (48 km)***

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