Escape to the hills

Getting out for regular rides

Are you looking for great routes to enjoy, build up your fitness and the chance to get out with others?

Look no further! Book a place on one of our many rides. We provide:

  • a mix of regular guided rides over carefully selected, tried and tested routes
  • at least one guide for every eight riders
  • a schedule of daytime rides of varying distances, between 2 to 5 hours, and difficulty, from easy undulating trails to demanding hilly rides (see our grading system for rides)
  • and weekday night rides in the Autumn and Winter months, between 1½ to 2 hours
  • food to recover at the end and along the way for longer rides
  • ready advice on fitness and training if wanted

View of the South Downs on a misty morning
Misty morning on the South Downs

Our regular rides take us on to some of the most scenic and enjoyable areas of the South Downs for off-road cycling. The South Downs is a recognised area of outstanding beauty and was recently made one of the UK’s fifteen National Parks – promoted by the South Downs National Park Authority:

We have carefully mapped out a mix of routes that take in sections of the South Downs Way, Monarch’s Way and many other bridleways that criss-cross the Downs to give varied and interesting routes, taking in a mix of open Downs, woodland and lesser known tracks. These have all been ridden and risk assessed so we can alert you to trickier terrain or features to look out for.

Tap for drinking water on the South Downs
Tap for water on SDW

The terrain on the Downs is generally hard chalk with some flinty sections, making for fairly firm, flowing rides – with the occasional wetter sections to squelch through or pick a drier line past. Wooded areas can get boggy in the Winter months, though we avoid the worst spots!

All our regular rides incorporate a mix of challenging hills – not much avoiding them on the Downs and they’re what make the experience so rewarding! We have avoided scary descents – our rides are unlikely to appeal to those who want to test out advanced downhill skills. The fabulous terrain means we can guarantee excellent routes for building up endurance fitness. Call or email if there’s more you would like to know about specific routes or what’s in store.

ZigZag group out on a night ride
ZigZag Night Ride

If you fancy a weekend break or longer check out the Tours and Breaks page for more information on our offers.

Restored footbridge over the river Adur at Shoreham by sea
Shoreham by Sea footbridge