GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

South Coast Cycle Route

165 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.
The ride starts at the docks in Southampton and heads east to Portsmouth, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Worthing and Brighton where there's a nice traffic free section along the famous sea front.
You continue to Seaford where there's an inland section to Eastbourne where you rejoin the coast and head to Bexhill, Hastings and Rye. There's a nice section here past Rye Harbour to the popular Camber Sands.
You continue to Lydd, Hythe and Folkestone before a nice final section takes you to the famous port of Dover.
Most of this route uses National Cycle Network Route 2 which you can also follow in a westerly direction from Southampton, though this does not run as close to the coastline. There is a nice traffic free run along the front from Christchurch to Sandbanks in Poole though.

South Coast Cycle Route OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

South Coast Cycle Route Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking


There's some good choices for refreshments in the Rye Harbour area. The William the Conqueror pub is located right on the harbour and worthy of investigation. Recently refurbished, it’s a smart, friendly, traditional pub, boasting real ales, hearty pub food and a friendly welcome. There’s a large outdoor area here, with plenty of alfresco seating on the banks of the River Rother. It's a great spot to enjoy lunch while looking out for some of the local wildlife that make this a Site of Special Scientific Interest. You can find the pub near the car park on the eastern side of the reserve at postcode TN31 7TU.
The delightful Avocet Tea Room is located in the same area as well. The tea room also includes a lovely art gallery showcasing the talent of local artists. The gallery is run by award-winning photographer Peter Greenhalf and former journalist Morgan (who makes all the cakes). The gallery reflects the artists’ love of the natural world and is well worth seeing if you have time after your walk.

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

At the northern edge of Rye harbour there's the Rye Castle Museum or Ypres Tower. The museum has lots of interesting artifacts and exhibits to see including locally-made medieval pottery, an embroidery depicting many aspects of Rye life and history, medieval artifacts, activities and town maps. You can also climb to the top of the tower and enjoy fantastic views over the harbour and the river. It's a nice place to visit after your walk if you have time.
Gun Garden, Ypres Tower - - 401772 Ypres Tower, Rye, Sussex - - 1219127
Above: Ypres Tower or Rye Castle. A worthy addition to your outing.
In Folkestone the splendid East Cliff and Warren Country Park is one of the area highlights. Here you can enjoy some well laid out paths, a visitor centre, cafe, eye catching steep cliffs and more spectacular views.

Cycle Routes and Walking Routes Nearby


Eastern Docks, Southampton - - 1322204

Eastern Docks, Southampton

Brighton sea front, looking east

Brighton sea front

Camber Sands beach - panoramio

Camber Sands beach, near Rye

White cliffs of dover 09 2004

Dover White Cliffs

Queen's Hotel Eastbourne-geograph-3554567-by-PAUL-FARMER

Queen's Hotel Eastbourne

Western Esplanade - - 489059

Western Esplanade, Brighton. Sandwiched between the industrial units next to Aldrington Basin and the sea are a set of houses built in 1910 and originally known as Hove Seaside Villas. Nowadays nicknamed Millionaire's Row due to the wealthy celebrities owning them which include Fatboy Slim and ZoŽ Ball who live there, and Paul McCartney and Nick Berry who own a couple. The desirability of the residences comes from the fact that each house comes with its own private beach, the only place it occurs throughout the Brighton and Hove conurbation. In the foreground is the end of Hove 'Prom' which stretches from this point to the border with Brighton.

East Beach, Hastings - - 2136330

East Beach, Hastings

Folkestone - - 2228367


GPS Files

GPX File

South Coast Cycle Route.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

South Coast Cycle Route.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)