Cycle the South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a classic mountain bike trail that provides a challenge for riders of all abilities. On this trip you will cycle along a chalk ridge from Winchester through the Hampshire and Sussex South Downs to the white cliffs of Eastbourne.

The difficulty of the terrain varies enormously throughout the year. Care should be taken when planning a trip to ensure distances each day are appropriate for the fitness and experience of the group. We can help plan your cycle ride and provide local support to ensure you have the best possible chance of completing the trail.

With our cycling packages you choose the elements of your trip that you would like us to help with. These include group and bicycle transport, luggage and gear transfers each day, cycle rescue, bicycle hire and an accommodation booking service.

We have carefully designed four suggested itineraries. Please note that your actual schedule depends on the accommodation you choose and the distances you cycle each day may differ from those indicated.

Most people cycle from west to east, as the wind is usually behind you. However you can of course start in Eastbourne and finish in Winchester.

2 Days Cycling

Devils Dyke, South Downs National Park

Cycling the South Downs Way in two days is tough and requires very good weather conditions during the trip and in the days leading up to it. The second day is slightly shorter but the hills are longer. Plan to be on the bike for 10-12 hours each day.

Prices

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Fri) - Travel to Winchester, car parking provided if required
  • Day 2 (Sat) - Cycle from Winchester to Storrington - 51 miles / 82 kms
  • Day 3 (Sun) - Cycle from Storrington to Eastbourne - 45.5 miles / 73 kms
  • Day 4 (Mon) - Travel home, transfers back to Winchester can be provided

The days in brackets and the direction of travel are shown as a guide only.

3 Days Cycling

River Cuckmere, Sussex

Cycling the trail in three days is an enjoyable challenge and gives you time in the evening to enjoy a meal and a few drinks. There are overnight stops in the West Sussex Downs and the market town of Lewes. The shorter final day gives you time to enjoy Beachy Head.

Prices

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Thu) - Travel to Winchester, car parking provided if required
  • Day 2 (Fri) - Cycle from Winchester to Graffham - 38 miles / 61 kms
  • Day 3 (Sat) - Cycle from Graffham to Lewes - 40 miles / 64 kms
  • Day 4 (Sun) - Cycle from Lewes to Eastbourne - 25 miles / 40 kms
  • Day 5 (Mon) - Travel home, transfers back to Winchester can be provided

The days in brackets and the direction of travel are shown as a guide only.

4 Days Cycling

Beachy Head cliffs and lighthouse

With cycling distances each day of just over 25 miles and overnight stops in the market town of Petersfield, Amberley and Lewes this is a very pleasant trip to experience the South Downs. Consider taking a small detour at Amberley to stay overnight in Arundel.

Prices

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Mon) - Travel to Winchester, car parking provided if required
  • Day 2 (Tue) - Cycle from Winchester to Petersfield - 26 miles / 42 kms
  • Day 3 (Wed) - Cycle from Petersfield to Amberley - 25 miles / 41 kms
  • Day 4 (Thu) - Cycle from Amberley to Lewes - 28 miles / 45 kms
  • Day 5 (Fri) - Cycle from Lewes to Eastbourne - 25 miles / 40 kms
  • Day 6 (Sat) - Travel home, transfers back to Winchester can be provided

The days in brackets and the direction of travel are shown as a guide only.

5 Days Cycling

Idsworth, West Sussex

This cycling holiday has overnight stops in pretty South Downs villages and towns, with the option to stay in country inns and hotels each night. The shorter daily distances allow you to cycle at a leisurely pace and provide time to visit attractions along the way.

Prices

Itinerary

  • Day 1 (Mon) - Travel to Winchester, car parking provided if required
  • Day 2 (Tue) - Cycle from Winchester to East Meon - 17.5 miles / 28 kms
  • Day 3 (Wed) - Cycle from East Meon to Graffham - 23 miles / 37 kms
  • Day 4 (Thu) - Cycle from Graffham to Steyning - 22.5 miles / 36 kms
  • Day 5 (Fri) - Cycle from Steyning to Lewes - 20 miles / 32 kms
  • Day 6 (Sat) - Cycle from Lewes to Eastbourne - 25 miles / 40 kms
  • Day 7 (Sun) - Travel home, transfers back to Winchester can be provided

The days in brackets and the direction of travel are shown as a guide only.

The Trail

South Downs Way Map

Support Services

Bicycle van
Transport

Unique transport services for your group, bicycles and luggage between Winchester and Eastbourne along the South Downs Way...

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Cycle Rescue

We provide a recovery service. We can also transport you and your bikes to your hotel if weather conditions prevent you completing the ride...

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Cycle Hire

We can deliver quality mountain bikes, helmets, handlebar bags and repair kits to Winchester and collect them from you in Eastbourne...

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Your Trip

You Choose What's Included

  • Accommodation booking service
  • Daily luggage transfers - no restrictions on the number of bags
  • Rescue service - we will meet you at the nearest road junction
  • Mobile repairs
  • Van and driver support during the day
  • Transfers if you need to skip a day#
  • Transfers back to your car, train station or home
  • Car parking
  • Cycle hire, helmets and repair kits
  • Trail map and guide book

# Provided for free if luggage transfers are booked, otherwise we will arrange the transport and you pay the driver directly.

Group Transport

Please note that transport for your group can only be provided if you are also booking other services, luggage transfers or cycle hire for example. If you require transport only then you need private vehicle hire, which we are unable to provide.

Information

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Trail Guide

See our guide for useful information and advice to help you plan your trip including travel information, kit list, fitness guide and much more...

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South Downs Way trail profile
Trail Profile

Although the path follows the South Downs ridge you will still climb over 12,500 feet between Winchester and Eastbourne.

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Weather charts for the South Downs
Daylight Hours

During June and July there are over 16 hours of daylight whereas in December there are less than 8 hours.

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