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So Sussex - The Living Coast by Mountain Bike

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So Sussex - The Living Coast by Mountain Bike

Mountain Biking Collection by So Sussex

6

Tours

09:23 h

68.3 mi

5,550 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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Tours & Highlights

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    Conquering the Scarp

    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
    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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  • 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.

    

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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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  • 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
    6
  • Distance
    68.3 mi
  • Duration
    09:23 h
  • Elevation
    5,550 ft

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