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Bike Routes on and around Wiston Estate

Bike Routes on and around Wiston Estate

Four scenic bike rides around West Sussex

By Ben Szobody and Micah Sherer

From Brighton to the South Downs National Park, Sussex has so many brilliant bike routes that it can be hard to know where to start. 

These four routes range from easy to intermediate to hard, and make the most of West Sussex’s beautiful country roads, as well as the brilliant Downs Link stretch of the National Cycle Network. Whether you’re looking for a doable mountain bike ride along the Adur or an all-day road ride with hill climbs, gruelling gradients and hard-won views, we’ve got something for you. 

1. Brighton (or Bramber) to Rock Farm

Difficulty: Easy

Bike required: Road bike

This is the flat way to go from Brighton (or somewhere closer) to the western edge of the Wiston Estate on quiet, breezy roads without the stress of the Steyning bypass or the A24. Highlights include the shady and peaceful Spithandle Lane plus the tiny lanes around Ashington before crossing over the A24. Flat is relative in West Sussex of course, but the hills are small and can be taken at your own pace.

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2. Chanctonbury Ring loop

Difficulty: Intermediate

Bike required: MTB or gravel bike

Ride through Steyning and along Mouse Lane, then up the local lookout Chanctonbury Ring with views of the Wiston House and the rest of the estate. Drop back down through Cissbury Ring to the Downslink cycle path touching Bramber and the Adur River. It’s a high-and-route, so expect some hills.

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3. The beach to Partridge Green

Difficulty: Intermediate to Hard

Bike required: Road bike

Ride from Worthing to the gorgeous views atop the South Downs, then drop down into Steyning before spinning up to Partridge Green along a hilly B road.

The route is easier going from south to north, since the climb to the top of the Downs is more gradual. Going over the Downs from the Steyning side is much steeper and only to be attempted if you like a stiff challenge. Alternatively, take Annington Road toward Shoreham for a less punishing climb. 

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4. Shoreham to Wiston Estate Winery

Difficulty: Hard 

Bike required: MTB or gravel bike

This spin from the coast to Wiston Estate’s new winery and visitors’ centre features a stunning hilltop view of the sea and the Downs but requires a fair bit of climbing to get there. The route uses a section of the South Downs Way and then dips along well-used country tracks to North Farm without touching the very busy A24. 

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