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South Downs way

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An epic Self-Guided british off-road adventure

A two night self-guided off-road adventure along one of the UK's most spectacular and iconic must-ride routes.

We've teamed up with the lovely folk at Cadence who've established a series of Clubhouses along the route - offering a delicious assortment of refreshments, meals and barista coffee - to keep you fully fuelled on your way.

This is a challenging ride requiring a good fitness and capability level.

You'll cover approx. half of the 100 mile/160 km National Trail which runs the entire length of the South Downs National Park. over 2 days (so c/ 50 miles per day).

Access is super easy as you start in Winchester - ancient capital of England - an hour out of London by train.

Finishing adjacent to the spectacular white cliffs of Eastbourne there is a lung-busting 3,800 metres of climbing.

Prepare to be amazed by unforgettable scenery taking in the spectacular ......

 enjoy some well deserved cold beverages with pals and tuck into delicious locally sourced food after a long day's ride.

Overnight in a bell tent and savour the outdoor atmosphere around an open fire under the stars. Accommodation in 2, 3 & 4-person bell tents.

All bookings are flexible & fully refundable.

Type: self-guided off-road over 2 days

Distance: 53 + 47 miles - Elevation: 4,600 + 4,500

fitness level: VERY GOOD* - booking Group size: Min 2, Max 12

*More than 5 hours of riding and 4,500 ft+ of climbing per day.

Requires very good fitness and advanced riding skills.

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your enjoyment - our mission

As passionate cyclists and adventurers ourselves - our mission is to take care of you and ensure you have an unforgettable few days. You just have to take care of getting yourself here and we'll take care of the rest. We have deliberately kept things simple whilst paying attention to every last detail. There's nothing better!

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Included in your experience

The Wild South Downs Way Adventure is a self-guided tour.

  • Ride briefings at the beginning of each day and campsite welcome at the end of each stage. GPX routes for each day are provided in advance and we'll walk you through each days riding.

  • We support and transfer of all the gear you aren't carrying with you on your ride and ensure it gets to your overnight camp before you!

  • We support you during your ride and are always on hand.

  • Your pitch is ready for when you arrive after a day’s ride - complete with bell tents, cooking gear, bike maintenance kit, tables, chairs under cover of our iconic boma. To complete the set-up - your very own open fire where you can chill and recount that day's highlights.

  • For your 2 evenings - we’ll be sourcing some truly special local meals with Vegetarian and Vegan options available (all dietary preferences catered for). Includes snacks, main & salad as well as a selection of brews and non-alcoholic drinks.

  • Breakfast on 2 mornings is a delicious locally sourced granola, pastries, fruit, fresh coffee and tea. Snacks & fruit for the road included.

What's not included

Train fares, parking, lunch and refreshments en-route.

wild South Downs Way itinerary

2 nights/2 days

Cycling and outdoor activity is physically demanding.

A good level of fitness is required for the rides. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete rides and to ensure you have the necessary skill and capability to do so.

Arrival

  • Arrive at Winchester train station by train (under an hour from London) on Friday afternoon/evening and make your way to your first camp at Holden Farm (6 miles). Chat to us about transfer from station for you and/or luggage.

  • Enjoy an evening BBQ and local beverages around the camp fire and spend the night under the stars. Fresh, ready and definitely not hungover for the start of your adventure.

Day 1

South Downs Way - 53 miles

  • Morning route briefing and breakfast.

  • From Winchester - the first day on the South Downs way starts as it means to carry on: glorious, rolling countryside, excellent views - heading west towards Chilcombe before climbing Telegraph Hill and meandering gently southwards to Exton - past Winchester Hill Fort and then on to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. En-route you’ll find South Harting - complete with post office, a handful of shops and pubs. Elevation (climbing!) is rewarded in the form of the spectacular views as the trail leads you eastwards along the ridge up to the fort at Beacon Hill. At Burton Down you’ll start a long descent down to the banks of the River Arun.

  • The undulations follow the ridge-line crossing a number of main roads (take extra care) before the final gradual descent ending up at camp no. 2 just south of Washington.

  • Arrive at your second campsite to enjoy the evening meal around the camp fire before tucking in for the night.

Day 2

South Downs Way - 47 miles

  • Breakfast and ride out for your second day.

  • Day 2 on the South Downs Way is slightly shorter - although roughly the same amount of climbing (as day 1). The trail rides high above Brighton offering breathtaking scenery across the Downs and the ocean beyond. Ditchling Beacon is the highpoint and the highlight of this section with 360 views. The roller coaster drops you down to the River Ouse - up to Firle Beacon - down to Alfriston (careful here!). The trail then skirts the cliffs - which are truly awesome to behold and signal a welcome end to the trail at Eastbourne.

  • Celebrate your achievement before hopping onto the train back to Winchester.

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