Cycling off road
Bikes are allowed on bridleways and byways, although you will need a mountain bike to tackle many of them. You can also cycle in most woods owned by the Forestry Commission. Cycling along footpaths is prohibited without the landowner's permission.
The bridleways of the South Downs provide some of the best off-road cycling in the country. You can ride the whole South Downs Way from Eastbourne to Winchester, or devise circular routes based on sections along it.
Find where you can ride in East Sussex with our interactive rights of way map.
National Cycle Network in East Sussex
The National Cycle Network (NCN) is a safe, attractive, high-quality network of quiet lanes and traffic-free paths.
The NCN in East Sussex consists of the South Coast cycle route (Route 2) and the London to Eastbourne route (Route 21) which makes use of the Forest Way and The Cuckoo Trail:
For more about National Cycle Network locally visit Sustrans – Sussex.
Online route information