15 fantastic cycle routes for a great bike ride in Surrey and Sussex

Visiting the South of England or looking for a new route close to home? Here are 15 of the best cycle routes in Surrey and Sussex for you to try

There’s nothing quite so invigorating as riding a route you’ve never tried before, and if you’re in the South of England then here are 15 great cycle routes in Surrey and Sussex for you to try.

Some of these routes come from the local residents who know the roads best – Surrey and Sussex cycling clubs. Each week, Cycling Weekly rides out with a UK club to discover the unique ethos of each community. By sampling each club’s regular ride, we’ve seen some of the best routes from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

We’ve also teamed up with our partners at UK Cycling Events to include some of the best-loved Surrey and Sussex sportive routes in our round-up. Riding on your own means you won’t benefit from the company’s renowned feed stops and ride support, or the camaraderie of a top-class sportive, but there’s no doubt that these are exceptionally well-chosen routes. We’ve included the longest and shortest options here, but there are loads more options available from UKCE themselves.

If you want to suggest a Surrey or Sussex cycle route that you love to ride, send a .gpx file and a short description to cycling@timeinc.com. As ever, we value your input.

Surrey and Sussex cycle routes

Guildford, Aldershot and the Surrey Hills
Chosen by South Western Road Club
47 miles, 1,978ft of climbing

A cracking route that kicks off in Cobham and encircles Guildford, the key moment is Farncombe Hill, a third of a mile long at a gradient of 10 per cent. Outside of that burst of hill climb hell, there are some beautiful olde worlde villages to savour – Surrey at its best.

Learn more about South Western Road Club

Epsom and Box Hill
Chosen by Epsom CC
40 miles, 1,905ft of climbing

A forty-mile loop that incorporates Surrey’s famous Box Hill, home to the 2012 Olympic Road Race and countless anti-cyclist rants in the local papers.

Learn more about Epsom CC

East Grinstead to Barcombe
Chosen by East Grinstead CC
41 miles, 2,474ft of climbing

This North-South loop contains a fair bit of climbing, with the three-mile-long ascent of Down Street coming early on, and a final kick as you climb back up to East Grinstead.

Learn more about East Grinstead CC

Horsham and North/South Downs
Wiggle Sussex Surrey Scramble
Epic Route: 100 miles, 5,291ft climbing

A decent starting point for a first century ride, this beautiful loop contains moderate hills but nothing too untoward. The scenery is sublime, the roads are usually quiet, and there are just enough short, sharp ascents to keep you honest.

Sign up for the sportive on Sunday August 13, 2017

Wiggle Sussex Surrey Scramble
Short Route: 34 miles, 1,505ft climbing

A shorter version of the Epic Scramble, this 34-mile route is perfect for killing a few hours without killing your legs!

Sign up for the sportive on Sunday August 13, 2017

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