West Sussex is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK and the Chichester area is certainly representative of this.
Walks are always a good way to view the picturesque scenes that an area has to offer, but sometimes cycling is the better option that allows you to see more in a day. We have picked out three of our favourite cycle routes around the Chichester area for this blog post.
So if you’re looking to do a bit of cycling during your time in West Sussex then we have you covered.
There are plenty of cycle shops in Chichester so if you’re looking to rent a bike or you want to have some work done on yours then you will easily be able to do so.
The Centurion Way trail, named so because of the Roman road that the trail crosses, is a 1.5 km, traffic free cycle route that can be taken on by experienced cyclers or those just starting out.
The trail follows a route that was once used by the Chichester to Midhurst Railway line that was once used for the transportation of sugar beet. The railway was closed in 1957 and removed in 1993, but the path that was left has been adopted as a cycle and walking path.
The path mainly follows the River Lavant, which is a waterborne river that is only present during the wetter months of the year, and has a couple of viewpoints and seating areas along the way if you want to have a picnic with a stunning view.
The Salterns Way cycle route is a bit more substantial than the centurion way route and is for the more serious cyclers or those who want to make a whole day out of viewing the West Sussex scenery from a bike.
Spanning 18 km, Salterns Way takes cyclists from Chichester to East Head, via the Chichester Marina. The route has numerous fantastic views, regardless of the season, and if you want to discover the beautiful West Sussex landscapes then this is definitely the route for you. Although the whole route is 18 km long, you don’t need to travel the whole way as the route can be shortened as much as you like.
A Great Day Out From Chichester and Back
This circular cycle route takes cyclists north of Chichester into the South Downs National Park and back around to Chichester. The route is quite lengthy, with a distance of 27 km, so is likely to take two to four hours depending on how fast you want to ride and how many pubs you’d like to stop off at on the way!
If you’re a nature lover then you’ll love this route as part of it will take you through the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve that is home to one of Europe’s most impressive yew forests along with over 50 species of birds and 39 species of butterfly. There are pubs in West Dean, Chilgrove and Chichester so you if you want to stop off for lunch or refreshments during your ride then you’ll find it easy to do so.
These are just a few of the stunning cycle routes that West Sussex has to offer. Here at Crouchers Hotel, we are conveniently located in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, very near to the lovely cathedral city of Chichester. If you are looking for Chichester hotels to stay in, please do not hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01243 78995.