Cycle the South Downs Way Picture 1
Cycle the South Downs Way Picture 1

Next departure:  Please Call for Details

Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  270

Dist:  185km

Min age:  18

Duration:  3

South Downs Way Challenge Cycle

Bike Adventure

This Rockspring event is in aid of 3 charities; Whizz-Kidz, PIP and Macmillan. We will be cycling the length of the South Downs Way starting by the King Alfred Statue in Winchester and finishing at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club.

Over the course of 2 days we will be cycling the length of the South Downs Way. The South Downs Way National Park is the UK's youngest National Park created in 2010. This challenge reaches a maximum altitude of 270 metres, although our total elevation gain over the course of the 2 days will be over 3100 metres, in 170km. Each day we will be cycling up to 85km across rolling hills of this beautiful part of the UK. In addition the following day we will be walking a 22km route finishing with the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. It's time to get training!



Wednesday 28th June

Arrive pre event accommodation by 20:00 

Event briefing, evening meal, early night

Thursday 29th June - cycle day 1 

(Winchester - Arundel)

07:00 - Breakfast

07:30 - Depart accommodation by bike

08:15 - Arrive King Alfred Statue begin South Downs Way

12:00 - 1300 - Lunch 

17:00 - Arrive at hotel

Tonight's accommodation is in Arundel, evening meal with some walkers.   

Friday 29th June - cycle day 2

(Arundel - Eastbourne)

07:00 - Breakfast

07:30 - Depart accommodation by bike

08:15 - Continue along South Downs Way 

12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch 

17:00 - Arrive at accommodation

Tonight's accommodation is in the YHA in Eastbourne.

Saturday 1st July - trek day 3

08:00 - Breakfast

08:30 - Depart on walk through Seven Sisters Country Park (Final departure time TBC)

17:00 - Arrive Eastbourne Downs Golf Club

Buffet and drinks available at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club


Route Map

What is a Level 4.5 Cycling Challenge Like?

You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 12 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and climbing.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.5 ‘Bike Ride’?

To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for up to 3 hours, around 24 - 26 kmph. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 70 or 80 miles, and you should have done a few like this.


Special Notes

It is essential your bike is suitable for off road cycling.

It is also essential your bike is in excellent working condition for the event. 

Adventure Cafe will carry typical spare parts (inner tubes/ v-brake pads / inner cables) - any specialist parts you will need to bring with you (disc pads, hydraulic fluid, shock pumps)


Included In Trip

3 nights accommodation + breakfasts

3 evening meals (Winchester, Amberley, Eastbourne)

2 lunches - (3 if joining for the final day walk)

Qualified mountain bike leaders

Support vehicle 

Baggage transfers

Pre event support



Excluded From Trip


Transport to / from start / end of event

Drinks with evening meals


Safety Information

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.



Be prepared for the full spectrum of weathers - The weather at this time of year is usually warm and stable. With any luck we shall have blue skies each day. Although we should come prepared for colder days, and of course rain and wind too.


Notes on Cycling Events

This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss! Please note that for overseas point to point cycling challenges we can transport soft cases for bike transport - but not hard cases, due to space limitations on board our support vehicles. On all our cycling events, please pack sensibly and bring a reasonably sized soft holdall type bag. To participate in an overseas Adventure Cafe challenge - you must carry Travel Insurance (to be for the activity you are participating in, and to include repatriation to the UK). Please also note that you should have a good level of cycling experience and be competent to handle your bike. We ride on roads shared with other vehicles - and you need to be able to deal with this safely.


Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event



Guide price

Price on Application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information


Event Location

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