Road Rides in Sussex
Routes are usually in kilometres as the UK is metric. The only people that use miles are the Americans and drivers and we don't want to encourage them (drivers) on these routes.
New to road riding? Just want a short pretty route with no traffic? Try these two.
Start near the Wiston Tea Rooms, the old post office, and head up Hole Street to Ashington. Leaving Ashington take the Billingshurst road and fork right as you leave the village heading to Shipley. The road heads north then bears right heading east. At the junction on Swallow lane heading south to Dial Post go right, north, to Southwater. Pass through Southwater and take the right turn to Southwater Street, pass over the A24 heading east bearing right (south) down Broadwater Lane to Copsale. Turn right at Copsale to Maplehurst. Head south in Maplehurst to Partridge Green. Don't forget to visit Stan's Bike Shack, then head south to Spithandle Lane.
Start at the Sportsman pub in Amberley so you have a great place to enjoy finishing the ride. This route is really pretty, hilly but the downs seem to out weigh the ups. The only big one is north of Fittleworth but it is very gradual. If you need a stop, just over half way id the Black Horse at Byworth. The whole route takes you past picture post card dwellings from mansions to twee little cottages with fairy tale gardens...
Upload the ride from my Garmin Connect here. The Fittleworth Loop route
Coast and lanes trip 72km
A Seven o'clock ride, AM or PM but the 7 is the important figure to avoid the traffic on the A259. In Worthing you have to accept that living south of the Downs means sharing part of your ride with motorists. Ride along the coast to Portslade, at the main traffic lights head north past the station and into Hangleton, check the map as the route takes you through a gravel car park and onto the disused railway which is tarmac and goes to the Devil's Dyke Rd. You then descend to explore some lovely Sussex lanes. The further north you go the quieter it gets although you may see a lot of other cyclists. Return via Stan's in Partridge Green and then to Coombes and Shoreham Airport finishing at Coast Cafe near splash point.
If you are in a group of four or more and are experienced an alternative option is to return via Spithandle Lane, Washington Bostal and the A24 dual carriageway back to Worthing. DON'T DO THIS UNLESS YOU ARE FOUR OR MORE AND HAVE LIGHTS. In Steyning the hardy can return over Steyning Bostal crossing the A27 into Sompting village. NB always, always, always (do you get it? ALWAYS) wait for the lights to change before crossing the main road into Sompting village.
Here's the route on Garmin Connect Coast & Lanes
West Downs Hilly 75 km: Chichester - Harting - Burriton - Compton
Beautiful hilly ride on some very rural roads. Lots of ups and downs. Best down was Harting Hill, be careful but this is the best descent that I have ridden in this part of the world
Click here for the ride. Go to "Actions" and "Export to GPS". If you haven't got a GPS all I can say is that you are missing out on a lot of fun.
Sussex Lanes approx 60 km: Washington - Partridge Green - Copsale - Barnes Green - Storrington
This ride can start in Worthing but might be best starting in Washington. That way you avoid the dual carriage way. It heads east through Wiston (too soon to stop for tea but it might be worth doing it the other way and finishing in the tearooms). Up to Partridge Green, Copsale, across to Southwater, Barnes Green towards Billinghurst, back via Adversane, West Chiltington and Thakeham along very quiet county lanes. Worth doing and not too long. Here is the ride. http://app.strava.com/activities/37401651 To down load click on "Actions"
Tour of the Hills 115km
This is an epic ride of 75 miles taking in many of the climbs of the Olympic road race and the Tour of Britain 2012. It is awesome, as good as anywhere in the world, and despite the pain in your legs, you know that each climb is not very long...... compared with the Alps! http://connect.garmin.com/activity/212784239
Ride to the Surrey Hills 60km
You can drive to the Surrey Hills but it really isn't that far. Here is a great and quick route there. Please note that I would only do this with company. In experienced riders and I may find the A24 to Washington an unpleasant place to be. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/224570516 This ride has Leith Hill and Walking Bottom out of Peaslake included.
Goodwood - East Dean loop 87km
One of our favourites, minimal traffic and the return is pretty at the base of the Downs. The roads get a bit mucky after rain so you'll need good tyres to avoid punctures. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/79765887
East Sussex loop 110km
This is a nice ride out past Ardingly, and for a West Sussex Boy a nice change. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/199944830
Singleton & Cocking back via Gratham, Bignor 100km
This ride is very pretty and an extension to our usual Goodwwod/East Dean run. Watch out for lunatic drivers on the A286 out of Singleton, best to ride wide here. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/120082548