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Perfectly positioned for supreme access to multiple outstanding landscapes, cycling in Horsham and its surroundings truly spoils you for choice. This pretty market town is on the edge of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and you can ride directly into the woodlands and hills of the Weald on bridleways and country lanes. 

Cycle routes from Horsham can take you north into the Surrey Hills AONB or south into the South Downs National Park and onwards to the English Channel for breathtaking sea views and an obligatory ice cream. Riding south, much of your pedaling will be relatively flat until you reach the South Downs escarpment. If you want a hill-free route to the coast, the River Adur has kindly pre-cut a way through. 

Picturesque towns litter the countryside around Horsham so wherever your bike takes you, you’ll find plenty of cafes to keep you going. 

Difficult
06:15
45.8 mi
Intermediate
04:00
31.7 mi
Intermediate
02:14
21.8 mi
Easy
01:34
16.3 mi
Difficult
02:55
22.0 mi
Difficult
03:39
26.2 mi
Difficult
02:57
30.8 mi
Easy
01:16
9.38 mi
Intermediate
02:16
16.6 mi
Difficult
04:05
38.7 mi
Difficult
05:41
56.4 mi
Intermediate
02:04
13.0 mi
Difficult
02:43
23.5 mi
Difficult
02:54
30.0 mi
Difficult
05:42
57.0 mi
Intermediate
04:21
43.3 mi
Intermediate
02:19
23.0 mi
Difficult
03:14
22.5 mi
Difficult
01:39
14.0 mi
Intermediate
04:34
38.3 mi

Top 20 cycling routes around Horsham

    1
    Difficult
    06:15
    45.8 mi
    7.3 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    2
    Intermediate
    04:00
    31.7 mi
    7.9 mph
    1,125 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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  • 3
    Intermediate
    02:14
    21.8 mi
    9.7 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,275 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    4
    Easy
    01:34
    16.3 mi
    10.4 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    5
    Difficult
    02:55
    22.0 mi
    7.5 mph
    550 ft
    550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    6
    Difficult
    03:39
    26.2 mi
    7.2 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    7
    Difficult
    02:57
    30.8 mi
    10.5 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    8
    Easy
    01:16
    9.38 mi
    7.4 mph
    100 ft
    125 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    9
    Intermediate
    02:16
    16.6 mi
    7.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    10
    Difficult
    04:05
    38.7 mi
    9.5 mph
    2,500 ft
    2,500 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    11
    Difficult
    05:41
    56.4 mi
    9.9 mph
    2,300 ft
    2,300 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    12
    Intermediate
    02:04
    13.0 mi
    6.3 mph
    700 ft
    700 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    13
    Difficult
    02:43
    23.5 mi
    8.7 mph
    675 ft
    675 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    14
    Difficult
    02:54
    30.0 mi
    10.4 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    15
    Difficult
    05:42
    57.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,000 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    16
    Intermediate
    04:21
    43.3 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,400 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    17
    Intermediate
    02:19
    23.0 mi
    10.0 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
    18
    Difficult
    03:14
    22.5 mi
    7.0 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,100 ft
    Expert bike ride. Good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    19
    Difficult
    01:39
    14.0 mi
    8.5 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Expert bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
    20
    Intermediate
    04:34
    38.3 mi
    8.4 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Getting out into outstanding landscapes

At the very western edge of the High Weald AONB and just mere miles from Surrey Hills AONB, cycle routes from Horsham open up endless possibilities for adventures. Riding through the High Weald in spring and summer offers unrivalled opportunities to see exquisite wildflower meadows and pass through woodlands bursting with life. Ride to Ardingly Reservoir or over to the fantastic Ashdown Forest with its oak and sweet chestnut woodlands, and open heathland. 

To the north, Surrey Hills AONB is brimming with bike routes throughout its undulating, verdant landscape. Box Hill can be found here, made famous for featuring in the London 2012 Olympics, and you can ride its phenomenal switchbacks like the pros. 

On-road and off-road routes provide two-wheeled adventures for every type of cyclist and you can pedal over purple heathlands, whizz down into valleys and ride through charming villages. These two AONBs provide enough bike rides to last a lifetime but head south and you’ll quickly fall in love with rides in the South Downs National Park. 

This sprawling chalk escarpment stretches almost 70 miles (113 km) across the counties south of Horsham. You’ll find exceptional views from rolling hills, breathtaking river valleys and woodlands filled with birdsong. 

Notable historic sites

A historic market town, cycling around Horsham cannot fail to reveal snippets of the region’s past. Of great significance to the Romans, several major Roman roads pass through the area just west of the town, the best known being Stane Street. Bike rides from Horsham can take you to a great many sites, including down to Bignor Roman Villa in the South Downs. A strenuous day ride, you’ll wind your way through rolling countryside, over the River Arun and up to Bignor. 

Dating back to Elizabethan times, Parham House on the edge of the South Downs is a stunning piece of architecture and makes for a wonderful objective on a bike ride south. Set into absolutely incredible surroundings with patchwork hills and well-maintained grounds, this historic house is a much-loved local treasure. 

Everywhere you pedal from Horsham out into the West Sussex landscape will reveal old farmhouses, rural churches and a surprising number of moats.

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