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One of the best ways to explore the South East of England is by bicycle. Not only do you get to experience the beautiful cities, coastal scenery and countryside first hand, but you get to enjoy some wonderful fresh air and healthy exercise, as well as helping the environment at the same time. Now more than ever, taking to two wheels is a great way to explore our landscapes.

The network of traffic free cycle paths, bridleways and quiet country lanes all contribute to literally hundreds of miles of great cycling routes across South East England, and there are plenty of guilt-free pub stops thrown in too!

For families wanting a quiet day out with the children, there are a host of traffic free cycle routes providing a safe haven for youngsters just learning to ride, whilst the roads around the Surrey Hills that hosted the Olympic althetes back in the summer of 2012 and the hilly off road routes across the South Downs are a great challenge for the experienced rider.

Cycle Routes across the South East

  • The ride through Windsor Great Park, Berkshire has the added bonus of spectacular views of Windsor Castle.  With its 17 miles of smooth roads and paths there are plenty of routes to discover for all abilities. Windsor Great Park is on the National Cycle Route 4
  • Why not try Cuckoo Trail from Polegate to Heathfield in 1066 Country being mainly off-road it is suitable and safe for people of all ages and abilities.  Or try the longer Rye to Winchelsea 20 mile circular route if you want more of a challenge.
  • The (nearly) traffic free Red Squirrel trail from East Cowes to Sandown and Shanklin on the Isle of Wight provides a great way to explore the island starting from where you disembark the Red Funnel ferry. Or for those looking for more of a challenge why not try the full round the island cycle route - 65 miles of stunning coastal scenery and a few hills along the way.
  • For the off road enthusiast the South Downs Way National Park, linking the 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne on the south coast, provides a more than challenging ride, download the mountain bike guide before you begin.
  • For some history, take the Tudor Trail from Tonbridge to Penshurst Place in Kent.
  • Head out along the upgraded river path between Aylesford Bridge to Barming Bridge in Kent, with a well earned break in the county town of Maidstone.

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  • Head to Alice Holt Forest, Farnham in Hampshire with their family friendly 3 mile cycle trail its a great place to build skills and confidence.
  • Heading out and about in West Sussex, try the unique West Sussex County Council journey planner, click your starting point, end point and it will give you three different routes to follow, quietest, fastest or balanced.  Try from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton for starters.
  • Discover the new King Alfreds Way, the 220 mile off-road route has taken charity Cycling UK three years to create and takes riders through 10,000 years of history, starting and finishing at Winchester and passing through the heart of Hampshire, as well as neighbouring Wiltshire, Surrey and Berkshire countryside. The route connects four of England’s National Trails: North Downs Way, South Downs Way, Ridgeway and Thames Path. 
  • Head out from Worthing, Sussex and enjoy the 11 mile route along the coast from Worthing Peir to Shoreham Fort.
  • Discover National Cycle Network route one from Dover to Sandwich, which takes in three famous castles along the way.  This well signed route has a long steep climb up to the top of white cliffs of Dover after which is downhill to Deal. You can easily link up with National Cycle Network route 2 and head onto Hastings.
  • Alternatively, why not experience the New Forest National Park with its unique landscape that has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. The New Forest has a wealth of cycle routes for all ages and abilities and free parking nearby.

Viking Coastal Trail in Margate, Ramsgate and Broadstairs, Thanet, Kent  Image Credit Thanet District Council

  • The Viking Coastal Trail in Kent, is a 32 mile circular cycle routes taking in the coast of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate before heading inland through the surrounding villages.
  • Head out in the Hampshire countryside from Winklebury to Hannington on this scenic 21 mile loop, or one of the shorter 8 mile discovery trails in and around Basingstoke.
  • Take to the promenade along Bournemouth beach, stretching 10 miles from Sandbanks to Hengisbury Head and enjoy seafront views all along the way.  Cycling is not permitted between 10am and 6pm in July and August.
  • Sustrans cycle routes 4,5 and 23 go through the Berkshire town of Reading, making it an idea base to head out and explore the Chilterns and along the Kennet and Avon canal.
  • Head out on two wheels with all the family at Harbourside Park in Poole, mostly flat and traffic free with views over the bay to Brownsea Island - National Cycle Route 25.
  • Exploring Portsmouth by bike?  The Portsmouth cycle map shows low traffic roads which will help you avoid some of the busier areas of the city.

The Countryside CodeWe encourage you to enjoy the countryside at every opportunity, it is so good for our well being. However, whilst you are out and about remember to follow the Countryside Code.  RESPECT - PROTECT - ENJOY. This code contains advice for the public and landowners, making it easier for visitors to help respect, protect and enjoy the outdoors. 

Cycle Hire

For best results, contact the nearest cycle hire company to the area you are visiting, and they will be able to give you expert advice on the routes most suited to you. Maps, locks and helmets are usually provided. Cycle hire can be booked directly through our website.

Cycling Tours

Embrace the South East in an active way with a cycling tour.  Whether travelling alone or in a couple or family your find some great tours around Oxford and the Cotswolds.

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Best places to go cycling

From country parks to waymarked trails, take a look at some of the best locations for cycling in the south of England and see what's near you for a holiday or day out.

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  1. Staunton Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Havant

    With a farm full of friendly animals, the south coast’s largest ornamental glasshouses, beautiful gardens and 1,000 acres of country park to explore there’s something for everyone.

  2. The Living Coast By Bike

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    Cycling

    One of the best ways to discover this area is by bike and to help you explore, we have developed a series of tried and tested bike rides. The rides are graded easy, medium and hard, so no matter your ability you will be able to find something that…

  3. Capstone Farm Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Capstone Farm Country Park is one of Medway's finest green spaces, offering wonderful opportunities for walking, running, cycling and more in 114 hectares of former farmland on the North Downs.

  4. The Cuckoo Trail

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    Nature Trail / Watching

    Polegate

    The Cuckoo Trail is 11 miles long joining three of the district’s towns, Heathfield, Hailsham and Polegate. It also passes through the villages of Horam and Hellingly.

  5. South Downs National Park

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    National Park

    The South Downs, now a newly designated National Park are accessible from Worthing. The South Downs Way runs from Winchester to Eastbourne and can be accessed at several points around Worthing or Adur.

  6. Alice Holt Forest

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    Country / Royal Park

    Farnham

    Once famous for its oak trees which supplied timber for navy ships, Alice Holt is managed by the Forestry Commission and is a centre for a host of exciting outdoor activities in a beautiful woodland setting.

  7. Visit Arundel

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    Countryside, Parks & Gardens

    Arundel

    Arundel captures the essence of heritage, urban chic and country pursuits, all within a stone’s throw of London. Experience our market town and you will discover more than you’d expect.

  8. Staunton Farm

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    Country / Royal Park

    Havant

    With a farm full of friendly animals, the south coast’s largest ornamental glasshouses, beautiful gardens and 1,000 acres of country park to explore there’s something for everyone.

  9. Queen Elizabeth Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Horndean

    With over 2,000 acres of downland and woodland, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is the ideal place to explore, keep fit and enjoy the great outdoors.

  10. River Adur - Coastal Link & Sculpture Trail

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    Natural Feature

    Shoreham-by-Sea

    The River Adur, an important trade route since Roman times, derives its name from the Celtic word 'Dwyr', meaning 'water'. It gives its name to the Adur District dividing it roughly in half.

  11. Royal Military Canal

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    Waymarked Trail

    RYE

    The scenic route this canal takes is perfect for walking and cycling. Dug by hand in the early 19th century, the canal was designed as a defence barrier on the low-lying land between Winchelsea and Hythe.

  12. Vineyard tours on an electric bike

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    Sightseeing

    ASHFORD

    UK Electric Bike Tours run scheduled and bespoke electric bike tours in and around Kent. We also hire out electric bikes and help to advise you where to go and what to see.

  13. Yateley Common Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Yateley

    476 acres of heathland, woodland, grassland and ponds providing walking, cycling and fishing in natural surroundings.

  14. Riverside Country Park

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    Country / Royal Park

    Gillingham

    Riverside Country Park is an excellent site for Winter birdwatching.
    Situated alongside the Medway Estuary at Gillingham, the park is made up of many different habitats, including ponds, reedbed and grassland.

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