Cycling the South Downs Way Chichester England, GU29 0HT

Enjoy breath-taking views, picturesque towns and villages, and a huge variety of landscapes and wildlife by cycling the South Downs Way.

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Enjoy breath-taking views, picturesque towns and villages, and a huge variety of landscapes and wildlife along the South Downs Way. The 100 mile national trail traverses the Chichester District offering you some of the best views of our stunning Sussex scenery.


Is the South Downs Way suitable for cycling?

The South Downs Way is a well known and popular long-distance walking trail, and it is also suitable for cycling along its entire length. Due to the chalky, stoney and sometimes muddy terrain mountain bikes are advised – it is not suitable for road bikes.


You can tackle some of the South Downs Way’s challenges in smaller sections without following the entire trail. You will find some demanding climbs and steep descents as you navigate the undulating countryside, and be rewarded with incredible views.


Where can I access the South Downs Way?

Unless you are cycling from Eastbourne to Winchester or vice-versa, the best places to pick up the National Trail close to Chichester are just south of Midhurst at Cocking village, at Harting Down or at Bignor Hill near Amberley.

  • Find more information about locations to access the trail here


image of a signpost marker on the South Downs way

South Downs Way by Annie Spratt on Unsplash


Header image: South Downs National Park Authority

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