15 miles
1,891 ft
-1,891 ft
784 ft
High Point

Hilly & flinty in places so watch out when wet!

Start at Car Park at crossing of A286 Cocking Hill & Hillbarn Lane; clockwise route so head East first. Mountain bike ride: North of Chichester, the South Downs jack up to form a formidable chain of hills – predominantly wooded, and littered with enough good trails to keep an energetic mtb’er happy for days. This little crusade links a few excellent and surprisingly narrow forest tracks with the South Downs Way, to form a short but sweet outing, suitable for all. There are three big climbs in total; the first, onto Heyshot Down, is the most painful – especially on cold legs – but it’s eminently ride-able, on good surfaces all the way. The second – away from the A286 – although shorter, drains a little more energy, especially if it’s wet. The third’s a bit more of the first really but with the end in sight, it’s not too bad. The return on your investment is high in grin factor, even if it’s not particularly technical. Watch out for stones and drainage gullies on the singletrack through Singleton Forest, they are more capable of tipping the unsuspecting rider over the bars. The forest sections all blend into one after that – reasonably easy going, but still with the odd root or boggy section to keep you awake. The Royal Oak at Hooksway is a perfect lunch stop – and the soup’s as good as the riding. The South Downs Way cruises easily over Lich Ball and Cocking Down; and then it’s fast and furious, with the odd rough patch to watch out for, all the way back to the car park.

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1 Review & Comments

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flag MTBIsMyXBox (Apr 24, 2019 at 6:01)
 First Hill just off from the Car Park is a bit of a killer but rewarded with good down section right after reach the top but watch those gullies/tracks as will throw you off if take attention off the route ahead.

Good variety of terrain and reminded me of MTB Homeland of Wales if you've visited your spiritual Nirvana.

Pubs are are great rest stops about 1/2 way round BUT just after these you cross and cycle small sections of some very busy 50-60mph A-Roads with some VERY blind bends so my advice is to NOT cycle these but cross to opposite side and push your bike heading into traffic as the Highway Code advises; High Viz jackets will save your butt so put them on for a short while and swallow that fashion pride for chance to do another route next time!

Great views of South Downs especially near the last bit back down to the Car Park but again watch the flinty loose track as had my only MTB bail-out with a lot of resultant blood on similar nearby so slam those anchors on and don't totally freewheel!!!

Pukka trail on a Sunny day through ancient terrain so not many MTB unique feature just au-naturel!


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