Cycling routes in the Sussex countryside with a pub

We see and welcome loads of cyclists and MAMILs (middle-aged man in Lycra! ;-)) at The Fountain, who are passing through our picturesque village of Ashurst. Some stop for a pint and some food to warm up by our inglenook fire, or stay long into the evening and hangout in our extensive gardens and enjoy the delights of our Seagrass Champagne Bar or the BBQ Shack

There’s loads of brilliant places to cycle in and around Ashurst. Whether you’re an avid off-roader or an on-road kinda cyclist, there’s loads of options with winding country lanes or the beautiful rolling Sussex countryside – you really are spoilt for choice.

Downs Link

This long cycle route links the South Downs to the North Downs, taking you through scenic and diverse countryside across the Weald. It starts at Shoreham-by-Sea, following the route of the River Adur northwards to Bramber , past Steyning, West Grinstead, Southwater and Rudgwick, then on to St Martha’s Hill, a striking sandstone hill near Guildford, on the North Downs Way, in Surrey.

South Downs Way

Most familiar as a walking route, the South Downs Way is also suitable for mountain bikes, ebikes and hybrids. This is a 101-mile route along the hilly South Downs, all the way from Winchester in Hampshire, through West Sussex to Eastbourne in East Sussex. It’s a fantastic way to see plenty of the South Downs National Park and there are numerous excellent villages and towns along the way.

Far reaching views of the South Downs Way in West Sussex, perfect for cyclists at The Fountain Inn, Ashurst, West Sussex

The Fountain Pub, Ashurst loop from Partridge Green

Estimated time: 55 minutes
Estimated distance: 10 miles

Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly road and paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Downs Link Tarmac Section – Where the Downs Link Links loop from Partridge Green

Estimated time: 3.5 hours
Estimated distance: 30 miles

Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly road or paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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Old Bramley & Wonersh Station – West Grinstead on Downs Link loop from Partridge Green

Estimated time: 5 hours
Estimated distance: 44 miles

Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly road or paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

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