This ride has it all, a beachfront cycle path, quiet lanes skirting the South Downs, an epic coffee and cake stop, and an ascent over the iconic Steyning Bostal climb.
I started the ride in Worthing, but you can pick up the route to suit you. I headed north of the main A27 into Coombes Lane which winds its way North with the River Adur on your right. After the little villages of Bramber, and Upper Beeding you turn right onto a quiet lane which has stunning views of the magnificent Sussex Downs to your right and the rest of Sussex to your left. Country lanes through little villages will eventually take you to Partridge Green where shortly after turning left out of the High Street, you will find Stan's Bike Shack on your left, this is one of the jewels in the crown of this ride, homemade and locally sourced food and fabulous coffee and people.
Once you have managed to tear yourself away from the Stan's head South on Bines Road and then cut through the small village of Steyning (there are public toilets in the centre if required!) you will then turn right after the village onto Bostal Road. This climb is in the top 100 road climbs of England book - it levels out in the middle so you can catch your breath and the views from the top are stunning, a full 360 degrees, the coast on one side and rolling farmland on the other. This road is part of the South Downs Way. Descend down to the main road again and cross it and head back to your start point.
You can view my route on Strava
Or download a PDF map of the route...
West Sussex is a great place to see from a road bike on our country lanes