85 km | 53 mi from from Fernhurst feat. Lurgashall, Cocking & the Duke of Cumberland Arms.
This 85 km route takes you through steep narrow lanes, tiny villages and quiet back roads. The tarmac can be a little rough sometimes, but the epic views on the South Downs ridge make up for it.
Rating > Difficult
Terrain > Rolling hills and country lanes
Elevation Gain > 900m | 2,952ft
The loop starts at Fernhurst station, where we recommend parking if arriving by car. There is not much traffic to beat before you are transported onto the beautiful quiet lanes. It feels incredibly remote. In fact, we could count on our hands the number of cars that passed us.
What makes riding in the South Downs so special are the villages: with cute cottages and red brick pubs, there is no doubt you are in England!
After 50 kms, you’ll find the Flint Barn Cafe. A little place run by lovely staff who serve a fantastic cheese melt. Expect to meet mountain bikers having a blast on the South Down Way and I'm sure you will want to try MTB the next day.
For the remaining 35 km you can enjoy taking in stunning views along the ridge.
To finish our summer rides, we love stopping at the Duke of Cumberland Arms. Their beautiful beer garden is nested in the rolling countryside and is the perfect place to have food and drinks. Ensure to book in advance though as it’s a popular place with the locals. (Please note, they don't allow bikes inside).
Enjoy the ride!
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By car: GU27 3EA and park anywhere in the town.
By train: Haslemere Train Station is 8 kms from the pub and 5 kms from Fernhurst.
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