All geared up and nowhere to go? We’ve tracked down some of the best cycle routes in East Sussex.
Cuckoo Trail. This traffic free cycle and walking path runs along a disused railway line from Heathfield to the outskirts of Eastbourne, passing through a mixture of woodland, grassland and countryside with a variety of interesting sculptures lining the way. Easily accessible with train stations at Polegate and Hampden Park, this is an ideal route for families. Cuckoo Trail cycle map.
Eastbourne to Rye. Starting at the Eastbourne prom heading east to Sovereign Harbour, the route ambles along the coast passing Pevensey and Cooden Beaches before lovely stretches along the seafront in Bexhill and Hastings. Finally you head inland towards Winchelsea and then onto Rye on a final pleasant traffic free run. Eastbourne to Rye cycle map.
Hastings and Bexhill waterfront. A shorter section of the Eastbourne to Rye route, perfect for little legs or beginner cyclists. Traffic free, flat and paved, the path meanders along Hastings seafront, giving way to a little wild greenery and shingle beach before the De La Warr pavilion homes into view. Hastings and Bexhill cycle map.
Alfriston circular via Litling. Starting from Alfriston, this circular route takes you over the downs, before dropping down into the Cuckmere valley and alongside the Cuckmere river. There are several steep hill climbs and plenty of fast descents. There’s also a pub conveniently located, around the half way mark. Alfriston circular cycle map.
Newhaven to Seaford. Mostly off road, and with a chance for a swim or an ice cream at the end, this is a great ride if you want somewhere safe for your children to learn. Although largely by the road, and without the dramatic scenery of other routes, the track adjoins the Ouse Valley Nature reserve home to a variety of wildlife and alive with the song of Skylarks in Spring and Summer. Newhaven to Seaford cycle map.
Friston Forest. Two cycle paths run through the forest starting at Seven Sisters Country Park; the purple route, for mountain bikes and those with a good level of fitness and the yellow route, which is more amenable to families. There are plenty of paths and climbs off into the forest if you’re feeling adventurous or looking for a picnic spot, or you can simply follow the well-marked circular route. Friston Forest cycle map. More information.