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Mountain Bike the South Downs with a Cicerone Guidebook

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Available as eBook
15 Feb 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.4cm
1st Published
25 May 2011
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Mountain Biking on the South Downs

by Peter Edwards
Book published by Cicerone Press

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.

  • Seasons
    excellent all year round, with each season bringing its own experiences but prolonged rainy periods can turn the chalky soil into highly-adhesive mud
  • Centres
    Eastbourne, Alfriston, Seaford, Lewes, Newhaven, Brighton, Worthing, Arundel, Amberley, Chichester, Petersfield, Cocking, East Meon, East Dean, New Alresford, Winchester
  • Difficulty
    routes primarily aimed at experienced mountain bikers with a good level of fitness; most manageable for the less experienced/fit with extra time; graded by length: short, half-day and day; as well as strenuousness: medium, hard and very hard
  • Must See
    endless chalk bridleways along Downland ridges with great views in every direction; challenging hills and exhilarating descents; great dedicated singletrack at Friston Forest, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Wild Park and Stanmer Park; excellent pubs and cafés for re-fuelling
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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
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