Cycle Electric Sussex
An e-biking tour that showcases the Sussex countryside in all its beauty
There is a golden triangle that connects our three Historic Sussex Hotels. Working with the fabulous team at Cycling for Softies, we have created an e-biking tour that showcases the Sussex countryside in all its beauty, with routes that take you past vineyards to the seaside, through rolling chalky hills to verdant polo fields.
Cycle Electric Sussex is the perfect combination of adventure, luxury and fresh air. Guests report how much they have enjoyed these self-guided tours, with the reassurance of back-up just a call away. Mixed with the pure pleasure of a well-earned glass of Sussex sparkling wine and delicious dinner at the end of each day.
For those of you yet to sample the delights of an e-bike, I can’t recommend it highly enough – it really is the most glorious way to get out and about. This particular tour is for anyone who is confident on a bike and enjoys the outdoors, is relatively healthy and happy to explore under their own steam. Lycra is absolutely not a pre-requisite (but padded shorts are recommended).
And I confess, it was with some trepidation that I first mounted my e-bike — but after a very simple introduction, I found myself flicking between ‘eco’ and ‘turbo’ mode with ease — choosing either gentle assistance or something a little more powerful for the Sussex Hills (but beware, the latter will drain the battery).
It’s 64kms from Ockenden Manor to Bailiffscourt (approx. 3.5 hours ride time) and 41km from Bailiffscourt to The Spread Eagle (approx. 2.5 hours ride time). The route gives you a wonderful taste of Sussex – the first day is a bit longer but nearly all flat, past Bolney Vineyard, using a long stretch of the Downs Link cycle route along the banks of the river Adur.
On the way to the coast you can stop at Bramber Castle and then at Shoreham the route hugs the coastline for the remainder of the ride. Stopping for an ice cream is optional but recommended! Day two is a route through the gorgeously picturesque Arundel, before crossing through the chalky paths of the South Downs (e-bike assistance much appreciated at this point!) On the other side of these marvellous hills the ride winds through pretty countryside and quaint hamlets. Personally, day 2 was my favourite stretch – it’s quieter and a bit hillier, but that’s exactly what the ‘turbo’ mode is for!
To note: the legal minimum age for use of an e-bike in the UK is 14 – so this tour is really aimed at older teens and adults. And the max speed that an e-bike can take you to is 25km – after that it’s down to your own pedal-power!
Sophie Tanner, The Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa, Midhurst