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A guide to mountain biking (MTB) routes on the South Downs of Hampshire and Sussex, between Winchester, Brighton and Eastbourne. The 26 routes described in the book take in roller coaster rides, dedicated woodland singletrack and great downhills. Rides are graded for all abilities with information on local facilities and MTB gear and preparation.
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The South Downs are a mountain biker's paradise. The routes in this guidebook take cyclists over roller coaster ridges with superb views of the English Channel; weave around dedicated woodland singletrack; give the buzz of fantastic downhills and offer varying degrees of challenge across a beautiful and diverse landscape.
The 26 routes in this book are graded (blue, red and black) for a range of abilities, and grouped into 6 sections: The South Downs Way National Trail (the whole route described in 3 stages) and routes around Winchester, Chichester and Petersfield, Arundel and Worthing, Brighton and Lewes and Eastbourne. They range from 14km to 57km in length and up to 95% off road, providing plenty of challenge for any mountain biker.
With each route graded according to length and difficulty, it is easy to find specific challenges for varying abilities.
All routes are clearly illustrated on OS maps with numbered stages linking the route descriptions to maps. Extensive information is provided on facilities in the area including bike shops and mechanics, cafés, pubs and shops - plus useful information on accommodation and transport.
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|About the routes in this guide|
|Getting there and getting around|
|When to go|
|Rights of way and other users|
|How to use this guide|
|The South Downs Way National Trail|
|The South Downs Way: Introduction|
|Route 1 The South Downs Way Day 1: Winchester to Cocking|
|Route 2 The South Downs Way Day 2: Cocking to Ditchling Beacon|
|Route 3 The South Downs Way Day 3: Ditchling Beacon to Eastbourne|
|Routes around Winchester|
|Route 4 New Alresford – Warnford Circuit|
|Route 5 Winchester – Gander Down Circuit|
|Route 6 Winchester to Petersfield (and return variants)|
|Routes around Chichester and Petersfield|
|Route 7 Westdean Woods and Cocking Down|
|Route 8 Heyshott Down and Charlton Forest|
|Route 9 Petersfield – Beacon Hill Circuit|
|Route 10 Chichester – Charlton Forest Circuit|
|Route 11 Petersfield – Singleton Forest Circuit|
|Routes around Arundel and Worthing|
|Route 12 Amberley and Houghton Forest|
|Route 13 Worthing – Chanctonbury Ring Circuit|
|Route 14 Worthing – Springhead Hill Circuit|
|Route 15 Arundel – Graffham Down Circuit (and Amberley alternative)|
|Route 16 Lancing – Amberley Mount Circuit|
|Routes around Brighton and Lewes|
|Route 17 Castle Hill Circuit|
|Route 18 Brighton – Lewes Circuit|
|Route 19 Brighton – Truleigh Hill Circuit|
|Route 20 Devil’s Dyke – Blackcap Circuit|
|Route 21 Brighton to Eastbourne|
|Route 22 Brighton – Ouse Valley Circuit|
|Routes around Eastbourne|
|Route 23 Friston Forest Circuit|
|Route 24 Seaford – Firle Beacon Circuit|
|Route 25 Eastbourne – Cuckmere Valley Circuit|
|Route 26 Eastbourne – Firle Beacon Circuit|
|Appendix A: Camping and accommodation|
|Appendix B: Water points along the South Downs Way|
|Appendix C: Bike shops/mechanics|
|Appendix D: Useful contacts|