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South Downs Way

South Downs National Park

Winchester to Eastbourne - South Downs Way

Also in East Sussex, United KingdomHampshire, United KingdomWest Sussex, United Kingdom

Mountain Biking Moderate

163 km
3.2 km
3.2 km
1 day +
Low Point
1 m
High Point
242 m
South Downs Way Map

This is a popular mountain biking route which is generally considered to be moderate. It's not remote, it features medium exposure and is typically done between April and September. From a low point of 1 m to the maximum altitude of 242 m, the route covers 163 km, 3157 vertical metres of ascent and 3206 vertical metres of descent.


Cycle across southern england via the South Downs Bridleway.



Mostly stable trail tread with some variability, with unavoidable obstacles 8in/20cm tall or less. Other obstacles such as rock gullies and steep sections may exist. Ideal for lower intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

between April and September


  • Picturesque
  • Road sections
  • Wet-weather friendly