Posted 23 September 2016 by Andrew Gardner
The London to Eastbourne off-road bike ride took place this month. There are some fantastic cycle paths in this area - you'll be whizzing through some beautiful countryside and its worth taking the time to enjoy the Sussex scenery at a more leisurely pace. The views, the skies, the flora and fauna, sometimes just the silence... Sussex is hard to beat. Our cottages for large groups might be just what you're looking for - click here to view the selection.
Sussex tracks and trails are well used by off-road cyclists, walkers and horse riders all year round. Please can we all respect each other, and the livestock in fields? It's fabulous fun charging across the South Downs, especially speeding downhill, but other people might not be able to jump aside and they probably don't want to be spattered with mud. It's surprising how many cyclists and runners try to squeeze past horses, too. If there's a horse up ahead, slow down and if you're behind them call out as soon as you're within earshot: 'Hiya!' will do as well as anything. Whichever way you're passing, ask the rider if it's safe to pass, and take their advice.
Dog walkers, please gather up your charges and keep them under control, for the sake of other path-users, not to mention livestock. There's plenty of space for dogs to play and our dog-friendly cottages will be just up your street - click here to view!
Another Sussex recreational path, the Downs Link, is having resurfacing work this month between Slinfold and Rudgwick. Diversions will be in place for walkers, but not for horses and I'm not sure how it will affect cyclists, so check first if you're planning to go there.
Whoever you pass in the Sussex countryside, smile and say hello - it's a friendly place! Sussex countryside is some of the best and however you're crossing it, I heartily recommend slowing down, taking a deep breath of fresh air and listening to nature. It's lovely here.