Tinwood Estate to Ashling Park Estate

A relatively short and flat ride between two of Sussex’s finest vineyards, this route skirts around Goodwood House and past the Goodwood motor circuit before passing through the pretty village of Lavant and over the river Lavant. After that the quiet lane to West Stoke offers great views of Stoke Clump and Kingley Vale. The final stretch through the woods can offer magnificent bluebells if doing the route in late spring.

Both estates offer overnight accommodation and our other accommodation reccomendations will suit most budgets.

Distance 14 km.

 

 

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Ashling Park Estate to Upperton Estate

This ride over the Downs to Upperton is a challenging classic combining road and off-road sections, staying almost completely away from busy roads and taking you deep into some of the most beautiful parts of West Sussex.

The route begins with a very gradual climb through a medley of charming Downland villages – Funtington, Walderton, Stoughton and East Marden – before dropping down to Hooksway tucked away in the depths of the National Park. Here tarmac gives way to firetrail (for roughly 4 miles) and the track up to the South Downs Way is a long and rutted climb that will need at least a hybrid or gravel bike but preferably a mountain bike.

Arriving on the ridge of the South Downs Way brings views both north and south as a reward as you head East and down towards the Cocking road. After dropping into Cocking, the route turns off into the quiet, scenic lanes north of the Downs, eventually crossing the Rother before joining the A272 for the last couple of miles before a well-earned break at Upperton.

At nearly 35km this is the longest section of the route.

 

 

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Upperton Estate to Tinwood Estate

Though fairly short at under 15 miles, the steep climb up the Downs and 3 miles off-road mean this route should not be underestimated. Departing to the East, the route soon turns off the A272 into farmland before passing the picturesque Burton Mill Pond and heading through chocolate-box pretty Sutton and Bignor.

The north side of the Downs is much steeper than the south side and the climb up Bignor Hills is tough, hitting more than 20% gradient, albeit briefly. Tarmac gives way to gravel and great views of the Solent await as you head East along a relatively smooth gravel fire road and into serene Eartham Woods. Rejoining the road takes you through Eartham, another gem of a village before freewheeling down the hill to Tinwood.

Distance: 23.6km

 

 

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An image showing the vines at Upperton Vineyard, West Sussex

Upperton Vineyards

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Horse and Groom Chichester

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Blackdown Ridge Vineyard

Blackdown Ridge

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The Three Moles

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Tinwood Estate

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Saddlers B&B

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Coultershaw Heritage Site

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Langham Brewery – Award Winning Beer – near Petworth

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Goodwood Farm Shop interior

Goodwood Farm Shop

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An image showing an accommodation lodge at Ashling Park Vineyard, West Sussex

Ashling Park Estate

Ashling Park Estate has to be one of the luckiest places in the whole of the South Downs. Our loamy soil and sheltered position provide the perfect environment for growing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier – the holy trinity…
A view of countryside taken at Cocking Hill in West Sussex

South Downs Walk – Lavington and Duncton

Enjoy a beautiful circular walk in the landscapes around Lavington Common and Duncton Mill that inspired Ivon Hitchens. Modern British landscape painter Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979) lived and worked at Lavington Common from 1940 until his death in 1979. Painting in…

The Richmond Arms

We are an independently owned, food-centred pub and restaurant with accommodation, based in the beautiful village of West Ashling. Set at the heart of the West Sussex countryside, we sit on the edge of the South Downs National Park and…
An image showing the interior of Farmer, Butcher, Chef at Goodwood

Farmer, Butcher, Chef

Farmer, Butcher, Chef is Goodwood’s exciting, flagship restaurant located just yards from Goodwood Home Farm. It is the final stage in a unique process dedicated not only to showcasing Goodwood’s organic meat in terms of flavour, quality and provenance, but…
Harting Down Walk

Harting Down Walk

One of the largest areas of ancient chalk downland in the care of the National Trust, Harting Down in West Sussex is a renowned nature reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest. Sheep grazing helps conserve this grassland environment where…
Stoughton Down- Kingley Vale

Stoughton Down & Kingley Vale

A 4.5 mile circular walk in a really picturesque part of the South Downs National Park. The walk begins in Stoughton Down before climbing high into the Kingley Vale Nature Reserve where the climb is rewarded with spectacular views both…
A view of the pond at Weald & Downland Living Museum

Weald & Downland Living Museum

Come and explore a fascinating collection of rescued rural buildings set in a beautiful 40-acre site within the South Downs National Park. Discover the stories of the people who lived and worked in them over a 1,000-year period ­ from…
Goodwood Aerodrome

Goodwood Aerodrome

Goodwood has a thriving Aerodrome. Open all year round, it has a rich variety of aircraft constantly coming and going. From World War II Spitfires, Hurricanes and Harvards to the ultra-modern Cessnas, this is the perfect place to watch, or…
An image showing the River Lavant at West Dean Gardens near Chichester

West Dean Gardens

Come and enjoy the beauty that is West Dean Gardens. Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, the gardens include a Walled Kitchen Garden and 13 working Victorian glasshouses, extensive and richly planted grounds including a stunning…
Bedroom at The Dairy Farm

The Dairy Farm

No longer part of a farm, we bought the condemned house from the farmer in 1978, the house still overlooks open farmland from the garden. We try not to make our presence felt too much and we encourage guests to…
Double room at Spread Eagle Hotel

Spread Eagle Hotel & Spa

Thirty-nine delightful bedrooms and a modern spa housed in one of England’s oldest coaching inns. Dating back to 1430, history, character and charm await you around every corner. There are fascinating stories associated with many of the rooms: a secret…
Double room at The Halfway Bridge Inn

Halfway Bridge Inn

A cleverly styled mix of restful shades, contemporary furnishings and quirky original features, our suite’s decadent bathroom even allows you to watch a movie while you soak through its sliding glass partition! With emphasis on boutique detail and maximum comfort,…
An image showing the facilities at Concierge Camping

Concierge Camping

Concierge Camping at Ratham Estate opened for business in April 2015. From its very first year, the campsite was awarded the AA South East Campsite of the Year and both a Premier Park and Best of British holiday park status.…

The Angel Inn (Petworth)

For an authentic West Sussex experience, there is no better spot to stay than the historic Angel Inn, voted one of the Best English Country Hotels. With seven comfortable, beautifully renovated rooms, plenty of character, and excellent food, The Angel…
Double room at Badgers

Badgers

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The White Horse

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An image showing the exterior of a railway carriage at The Old Railway Station B&B

The Old Railway Station

Formerly Petworth Railway Station, built in 1892 – now the perfect place to relax in colonial splendour. Stay in one of our converted Pullman railway carriages or in the main Station House itself. All rooms are lovingly restored to accommodate…
Oving Lodge

Oving Lodge

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The Old Store Guesthouse double room

The Old Store Guesthouse

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