South Downs Way


Deposit £100
From £345 pp (2 day) & £380 pp (3 day)

The classic South Downs Way is 100 miles of classic cross-country mountain biking with challenging climbs, flat-out descents and stunning scenery.

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Have you always wanted to tick-off an epic long distance ride off your MTB bucket list? Well, cycling the South Downs Way the classic and ancient, off-road trail, stretching exactly one hundred miles from Winchester to Eastbourne has never been easier.
We have put together two and three day weekend formats to give you the best location, team and support to conquer this mountain biking challenge, all combined with the usual fun and social elements that we are famous for!


The same comfy bed all weekend!

Unlike other multi-day point to point mountain bike rides, where you are living out of your bag and  sleeping in a different bed every night, we have created the perfect itinerary to ensure you benefit from the comfort and convenience of the same bed for each and every night across our weekend. This is all achieved by working with our friend, Greg at Eastbourne Minibuses, who will handle all the transfers of you and your bike across the whole event. This will maximise your rest and relaxation out of the saddle and provide you with the perfect base to explore the medieval town of Arundel.

All of the details for cycling the South Downs Way with us and to book your place on these MTB events are below and via the tabs. If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact us.

  • 2020 Dates:
    • 9-12 April (3 day format)
    • 5-7 June (2 day format)
    • 3-5 July (2 day format)
    • 17-20 September (3 day format)
  • Total price:
    • 2 day weekend – £345* per person
      • B&B: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
    • 3 day weekend – £380* per person
      • B&B: Thursday, Friday and Saturday
    • 4 nights B&B
      • April & September dates only
      • From £45 per person**
        • **Price dependant on choice of occupancy
      • Additional Sunday for optional celebratory meal
    • Single supplement available on request
      • *£135 extra on the above total prices of £345 and £380
      • Contact us for further details
  • Deposit:
    • £100 per person (non-refundable)
  • Group size: 8 (max.)

What’s included:

  • 3 nights bed and breakfast at the stunning Arden House, Arundel
    • 10 minutes from Arundel train station 
      • Less than 90 minutes from London Victoria
    • Twin rooms (en-suite and shared bathrooms)
      • First come first served basis or on prior request
    • Single and double (couples only) occupancy available
  • Full Minibus transfers and on-ride support
    • From the accommodation to the ride start at Winchester on Day 1
    • From the ride start and finish locations back to accommodation on each day
    • From Eastbourne back to the accommodation on the final day (Sunday)
  • Fully guided by a British Cycling qualified MTB leader
  • Custom mug to celebrate cycling the South Downs Way

What’s not included:

  • Evening meals and drinks
  • Travel to (day 1) and from (final day) the accommodation
  • Activity and holiday insurance
  • Bike hire (options available)
  • Bike spares
  • Ride snacks and drinks

South Downs Mountain Biking Guided Rides and MTB coaching cycling the south downs way

Ride details

Two day format:

  • Duration: 6-8 hours per day
  • Distance: 100 miles (Total)
    • 50 miles per day
  • Day 1 Start: Winchester
    • End point – Houghton
  • Day 2 Finish: Eastbourne
    • Start point – Houghton
  • Minibus meets: 3 per day
  • Elevation gain: 13,620 ft (approx. Total)
  • Technical Grade: Intermediate (minimum)
    • You will be comfortable with two consecutive long days in the saddle
    • Capable of riding a minimum average speed of 7 mph off-road
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 8 maximum
    • plus 1 qualified MTB guide

Three day format:

  • Duration: 4-5 hours per day
  • Distance: 100 miles (Total)
    • 30-35 miles per day
  • Day 1 Start: Winchester
    • End point – Cocking
  • Day 2 Start: Cocking
    • End point – Brighton
  • Day 3 Start: Brighton
    • End Point – Eastbourne
  • Minibus meets: 1-2 per day
  • Elevation gain: 13,620 ft (approx.Total)
  • Technical Grade: Advanced Beginner (minimum)
    • You will be comfortable with three consecutive days in the saddle cycling up to 35 miles per day
    • Capable of riding a minimum average speed of 6 mph off-road
    • Any questions, please contact us
  • Group size: 8 maximum
    • plus 1 qualified MTB guide

Is this ride for me?

  • You will be at least an advanced beginner (3 day) and or an intermediate (2 day) mountain biker
  • You will be confident in mountain bike handling skills on blue graded trails and proficient with operating your bicycle in the correct manner
  • The trails will include features such as roots, small to long rollable drop-offs and loose rocks. All of which are rollable
  • Certain trails will be steep in places which will require confident bike-handling skills
  • All the trails will have options to ride around features that you do not feel comfortable riding
  • You have your own suitable mountain bike (Hybrid and budget bicycles are not suitable for this ride)
  • The ride does contain many undulating and moderately steep long climbs
  • You have the personal fitness to ride for at least 6-8 hours per day at a social and comfortable pace
  • You are aged 18 and over unless accompanied by an adult also participating on this ride
  • If this sounds a little beyond your current skill and fitness level, please contact us for other options

What do I need?

Equipment, kit and clothing

  • Suitable mountain bike in good working order*
  • Helmet*
  • Gloves and glasses
  • Hydration backpack (min. 2 liters)
  • x2 spare inner tubes
  • Spare rear mech hanger specific for your bike
  • x2 spokes specific to your bike wheels
  • Puncture repair kit and bicycle pump
  • Clothing & shoes appropriate for cycling and weather conditions on the day
  • Padded cycling shorts for comfort
  • Personal choice of drink and ride snacks

* without these you will not be able to take part in the guided ride Our guides carry an extensive kit to assist with trail-side repairs

(IMPORTANT: your helmet must be within the warranty period from the date of manufacture to take part in any of our guided rides. See the warranties table tab. You will be asked to submit this information via our riders consent form).

Helmet Warranty Guide

MTB Helmet Warranties

Terms & Conditions

Please read our full Terms and Conditions via this link.

We comply with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 by paying money received for package holidays into a trust administered by independent trustees, Serenity Travel Trusts. This means that in respect of all arrangements requiring protection, in the event of our insolvency, funds will be available to ensure that you will receive a refund of the money you have paid to us. If the holiday or weekend is not filled then we hold the right to cancel or postpone.

To read the full terms and conditions please visit the link above. Thank you.

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