50 km | 31 mi from Fernhurst feat. Lurgashall, Cocking & the Duke of Cumberland Arms.
This 50 km route takes you through steep narrow lanes, winding descents, tiny villages and quiet back roads. The tarmac can be a little rough sometimes, however the epic views on the South Down ridge make up for it.
Rating > Intermediate
Terrain > Rolling hills and country lanes
Elevation Gain > 590m | 1,935ft
The loop starts at Fernhurst station, where we recommend parking if travelling by car. There is not much traffic to beat before you find yourself on 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 27 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.
In the summer, we love going to the Duke of Cumberland Arms. Their beautiful beer garden is nested in the rolling countryside and is the perfect spot for food and drinks at the end of your ride. 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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