Posted 26 November 2015 by Andrew Gardner
A cycling holiday is exhilarating at any time of year, and there are loads of brilliant routes in and around Sussex. A week's holiday would give you the option of the South Downs, the coast and the North Downs too, while a short break in Sussex might mean narrowing down the choices a bit - and coming back next year to do the rest. If you're not fazed by cold wind in your ears, this is the holiday for you!
One really good road route, taking in plenty of scenery, local landmarks and physical challenges, is a 75k loop starting and ending at Farnham in Surrey - this is easily accessible from our West Sussex holiday properties (click here to view). It takes you south up Beacon Hill, through Hindhead and Haslemere to Fernhurst, then west on a figure-8 to Bordon via Liphook, south to Liss and back through Liphook to Haslemere. I have a funny feeling there are some good pubs to stop at too, if refreshment is a key part of your ride - you're on holiday, after all. For a more leisurely ride, you could shorten it by cutting out the second loop.
Mountain bikers tend to head for the South Downs, where the trails and tracks offer some brilliant views, tough challenges if you want them and, at this time of year, plenty of mud! The climbs are rewarded by long downhill stretches where you can get up speed, though please remember the paths are shared with walkers and horse-riders who can't always dodge out of your way. If you're a real adrenalin-junky and night-riding is your thing, you'll more or less have the place to yourself. Sussex would be a good training ground if you're thinking of tackling tougher terrain, but don't underestimate the challenges here - there's enough to keep everyone from beginners to experienced mountain-bikers happy.
Storing your bike will be easy at some of our cosy Sussex holiday cottages - click here to view our properties with cycle stores - but there are also plenty of places to hire bikes in Sussex - a quick internet search will give you loads of options in different areas. So get your helmet out and off you go!