Great Sussex views, wine and food.
Not a fan of the two wheels? Not to worry – you can still enjoy the remarkable landscape from your car. Why not extend your tour by visiting the stunning Blackdown Ridge Estate. They also offer a hospitable cellar door experience.
Routes created by Olly Evans, Southern eBike Rentals
Tinwood Estate to Ashling Park Estate
Both estates offer overnight accommodation and our other accommodation reccomendations will suit most budgets.
Distance 14 km.
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Ashling Park Estate to Upperton Estate
The route begins with a very gradual climb through a medley of charming Downland villages – Funtington, Walderton, Stoughton and East Marden – before dropping down to Hooksway tucked away in the depths of the National Park. Here tarmac gives way to firetrail (for roughly 4 miles) and the track up to the South Downs Way is a long and rutted climb that will need at least a hybrid or gravel bike but preferably a mountain bike.
Arriving on the ridge of the South Downs Way brings views both north and south as a reward as you head East and down towards the Cocking road. After dropping into Cocking, the route turns off into the quiet, scenic lanes north of the Downs, eventually crossing the Rother before joining the A272 for the last couple of miles before a well-earned break at Upperton.
At nearly 35km this is the longest section of the route.
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Upperton Estate to Tinwood Estate
The north side of the Downs is much steeper than the south side and the climb up Bignor Hills is tough, hitting more than 20% gradient, albeit briefly. Tarmac gives way to gravel and great views of the Solent await as you head East along a relatively smooth gravel fire road and into serene Eartham Woods. Rejoining the road takes you through Eartham, another gem of a village before freewheeling down the hill to Tinwood.