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So Sussex - The Living Coast by Bike

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So Sussex - The Living Coast by Bike

Bike Touring Collection by So Sussex

10

Tours

14:16 h

108 mi

7,175 ft

The Living Coast is a UNESCO World Biosphere that encompasses the chalk block of the South Downs, stretching from the River Adur in the west to the River Ouse in the East, and with the city of Brighton & Hove at its heart. It’s a place where people and nature come together in a world class environment of Downs, Towns and Coast. Its mission is to connect people and nature to inspire a positive future, today. You can explore much of The Living Coast by bike.

To help you make a start we’ve created a series of bike rides. No matter your ability you can get on your bike and immerse yourself in the rich landscape, wildlife, culture and heritage of The Living Coast.

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    A River Runs Through It

    Easy
    00:55
    7.94 mi
    8.6 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A short and very accessible ride exploring the banks of the River Adur. Take a gentle ride to enjoy the salt marshes and mud flats of the River Adur Estuary. This RSPB reserve can look totally different at high or low tide, so it may be worth doing it more than once!

    

    You follow the Downs Link trail and

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  • Easy
    01:11
    8.07 mi
    6.8 mph
    600 ft
    625 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A short but tough climb up and over the steep slopes of the Downs between Lewes and Rodmell.

    

    This bike route takes you from the historic town of Lewes to Southease, a small village further down the Ouse River Valley. Between the two, there is the challenge of making your way up and over the Downs escarpment

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  • Easy
    00:48
    7.69 mi
    9.7 mph
    75 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A flat easy ride along the seafront between Brighton and Shoreham

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  • Easy
    01:36
    14.0 mi
    8.8 mph
    925 ft
    1,050 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Enjoy spectacular views as you climb steadily up to Devil’s Dyke before returning down to the coast.

    

    You’re not going to get to the top of the Downs without tackling some hills, but this route avoids any overly steep stretches. Slow and steady effort will reward you with far-reaching views along The

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  • Easy
    01:35
    13.3 mi
    8.4 mph
    475 ft
    625 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hassocks to Lewes with a climb to the foot of the Downs, followed by a long gentle roll back down mostly quiet roads.

    

    This green, often leafy route on bridleways and narrow country lanes meanders from Hassocks to Lewes on the north side of the Clayton to Offham Escarpment. A climb over the first two miles

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  • Intermediate
    01:54
    12.7 mi
    6.7 mph
    1,200 ft
    975 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    A challenging scenic route that weaves from the River Ouse valley over the hills and through several chalky ‘bottoms’. It takes in villages that date back a thousand years, and meanders down and through a number of dry chalk valleys that are increasingly rare habitats, rich in plant and wildlife.

    

    As

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  • Intermediate
    01:06
    9.83 mi
    8.9 mph
    550 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A scenic route from the River Ouse over the Downs and under the white chalk cliffs.

    

    Running from Southease to Brighton, this route takes in an impressive selection of Living Coast habitats including the River Ouse floodplains, the chalk downlands, the white coastal cliffs, chalk tidal pools and vegetated

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  • Easy
    01:35
    11.2 mi
    7.1 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A loop from Stanmer Park up to Ditchling Beacon and The Chattri Memorial.

    

    This rather challenging ride takes you up through Stanmer Park to the third highest point on the South Downs, then follows a short stretch of the South Downs Way before looping back via a unique hilltop war memorial. Most of the

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  • Intermediate
    02:14
    14.8 mi
    6.6 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,450 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    A challenging stretch of the South Downs Way up and over Devil’s Dyke with far-reaching views in all directions.

    

    Taking you from Shoreham up and over the Downs to Hassocks, this hilly ride provides fantastic views across the saltmarshes of the River Adur estuary, Shoreham harbour, the coast, and the closely

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  • Easy
    01:23
    8.94 mi
    6.4 mph
    700 ft
    900 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Splendid views from the ridge of the Downs to Blackcap then along the banks of the River Ouse.

    

    

    Climbing the Downs from Falmer, you are rewarded by a ridge-top ride past Blackcap and Mount Harry, before you drop down the scarp to the banks of the River Ouse. Ending in the historic town of Lewes, there

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    108 mi
  • Duration
    14:16 h
  • Elevation
    7,175 ft

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