Mountain Bike Routes in Sussex
Local mountain bike rides
Before you go on your ride you can check out a mountain bike glossary of terms here: MTB Glossary.
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Easy but with a lot of climbing and descending, of course!
The South Downs! The South Ups would be more appropriate. The ride starts in Worthing which is at sea level and Chanctonbury Ring is at 237m (777 feet). It is worth it for views. This loop takes you to the high point over Steyning, across to Chanctonbury with the option of the some wooded single track followed by a long descent into the pretty Findon Village and the back via Cissbury Ring.
Experienced moutain bikers can visit Steyning Woods
It's a lot nearer than Leith or Wales and more technical! Check every trail before going flat out, be considerate of other users and offer to help out on a dig day.
These trails are marked Blue, Red, Black and new Purple. The Blue is for intermediate, the Red for the experienced down hiller and the Black for expert downhillers only. The Blue requires a degree of skill and experienced but can be rolled slowly by a competent mountainbiker.
Here's an easy option to get there from the shop. Route on Strava
Whiteways and back 50km Tough
Whiteways has some great singletrack but it is a fair distance away. This route is designed to get you there and back as quickly as possible. Please note that in the winter some of this can be a bit muddy. Avoid Patching Wood when wet.
Anyone for coffee? Easy (but long for a novice) 38km
Ride from Cissbury Ring to Stan's Bike Shack (Partridge Green) and back, mostly off road, 40K/25miles
The ride goes around Cissbury Ring and up to the South Downs way near Chanctonbury Ring. It descends the Wiston Bostal (can be tricky when wet), then goes past Wiston Tea rooms, along Spithandle Lane and across to Henfield where it picks up the Downs Link that takes you straight to/past Stan's Bike Shack. Return the same way or down to Shoreham and along the coast using the Downs Link and the NC2 coast path.
Stan's Bike Shack is our first local cycle cafe and is Partridge Green on the Downs Link. Getting there is usually via the start of the Downs Link in Shoreham but this route is more direct and more mountain bike orientated despite using some roads. The coffee is worth the trip and the descent and return climb on the Wiston Bostal is beautiful. You can read my blog here for this ride (Ride to Stan's)
Grade: Easy pleasant trails and minor country roads with the exception of the Wiston Bostal which is a minor challenge to a novice when dry and a challenge to a skilled rider when wet.
South Downs Way
All you need is a bike and a map!
If you can't get organised to join an event, ride it yourself. The SDW with its 10,000ft of climbing is always there, on our doorstep. All you need is a bike, this map (£12.99 at Quest Adventure), and a bit of determination. Go for it!
Not far enough? Why not ride there and back?
Take a look at the Southdowns Double website for inspiration. Ian Leitch is supported by Quest Adventure
The South Downs National Park
The National Park was created using the same legislation used to create National Trails and the South Downs Way welcomes the inclusion of the great landscape through which the Trail runs into the National Park family.
The South Downs Way running for over 100 miles between Winchester and Eastbourne will become the access backbone of this new National Park. This is great news as at last the fantastic landscape, wildlife and culture of this area will have a secure future to ensure that the landscape of the Trail can be enjoyed for generations to come.