The South Downs has something for every kind of cyclist to enjoy and explore. As well as the famous South Downs Way to explore there are 1,200 km of car-free bridleways across the National Park, miles of leafy country lanes and old railway trails including the Downs Link and Centurions Way.
The 160km long South Downs Way is the only UK’s National Trail which is fully traversable by bike and there are many ways to enjoy it. You could ride along the ridge to reach Ditchling Beacon and enjoy the view or cycle along the Hampshire Hangers and single track mountain bike trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.
With so many tracks, trails and leafy lanes to discover and great places to stop for locally produced food and drink there’s never been a better time to discover the South Downs by bike. Check out our Discovery Rides which have been getting people from the borders of the National Park out and exploring by cycle.
Winchester Family Cycle Ride 2018
We’re partnering with Winchester Criterium to run this year’s Winchester Family Cycle Ride. This popular family ride is for cyclists of all levels and ages takes place on the cities’ closed roads ahead of the Winchester Criterium cycle races.
This year’s theme is ‘Share the Space’, reflecting our approach to encouraging everyone to behave responsibly and share the space in the National Park.
Registration for the ride is free, head to www.winchestercriterium.org/family-cycle-ride/ to reserve places for the whole family.
Join in the new GeoTour treasure hunt
There are 30 secret geocaches hidden across the National Park and over half of them can be reached by bike– why not get out and about to find them! Use your mobile phone or GPS to guide you, get stamps in your Geotour passport, collect bonus points for travelling sustainably or eating locally to claim a special geocoin prize. Find out more on our Geocaching page.