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South Downs - Around the river Arun 🌺 (shorter version)

63 km | 39 mi from Billingshurst feat. Amberley, Riverside Cafe & River Arun.

This is the shortened version of one of our favourite rides. On this 63km route you will enjoy quiet lanes, dozens of flowery cottages and stunning river views. And just wait until you see the coffee stop…

Rating > Difficult

Terrain > Rolling hills and country lanes

Elevation Gain > 610m | 2,001ft

cyclists in the Sussex countryside - South Downs National Park

The ride starts at Billingshurst train station, just on the edge of the South Downs. In no time you will be transported to lush nature where all you need to do is get ready for climbing, as this is not a flat ride. Fortunately, the beauty of the Downs makes it worth the effort, and we can never get enough of all the bridges and churches scattered over the countryside. The Holy Cross in Bignor is a great example of these little gems.

After 38km it’s time to refuel, and you’re in for a treat! The Riverside Cafe has a bike rack, a huge terrace and an unbeatable view over the River Arun. You can decide if you’re feeling a savoury snack or a traditional cream tea.

Whatever option you go for, the food is delicious, and with this view it’s not easy to get rolling again!

You’ll then pass the very cute village of Amberley. It’s worth detouring slightly from the road to explore if you like quaint English villages. The cottages are dreamy, and in the summer it’s an explosion of colours as roses, poppies and hydrangeas adorn every single garden.

quaint cottage in the South Downs National Park, Sussex

The rest of the route is as smooth as it can be with many more lanes, forests, churches and cottages to take in. It's always a reminder of why I love living in England.

Enjoy the ride!

Download the gpx file here:

River Arun 63km
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Getting there:

By car: Billingshurst Station Car Park, RH14 9SE

By train: Billingshurst Train Station


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