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A Cycling for Softies tour is about three things: wine, food and cycling. Gliding along stunning coastal paths and rolling through a seemingly endl...Read more
Minimum route distance 52 miles (85 km)
Leave the city behind for a few days and escape to the glorious countryside of West Sussex. Spend your days on leisurely bike rides along quiet lanes, through villages and vineyards and your evenings relaxing in a country house hotel, complete with a host of spa facilities. We have four routes to choose from, with two offering the chance to visit some of Sussex’s finest wine producers and two taking you to some charming National Trust properties. Just 30 minutes from London by train, this is the perfect relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Tasting the award-winning sparkling wines at the Ridgeview Wine Estate. Exploring and enjoying a picnic in the beautiful 18th century gardens at Sheffield Park and Garden.
Day 1 | Arrive at Cuckfield
Check in to your room and explore the grounds of your stunning hotel, perhaps indulging in a spa treatment before dinner.
Day 2 | Optional Round Trip: Ridgeview Wine Estate, Ditchling - Distance: 31mi/50km
Our destination mangers will call by after breakfast to handover your bikes and talk you through the details of your cycling tour. After this, it is time to get in the saddle and set off to explore the countryside. Our first recommended ride takes you to Ridgeview Wine Estate, an award-winning producer and supplier of sparkling wine to the royal family. Start the ride by passing through the quaint village of Lindfield before following scenic rural roads to Ditchling, a picturesque spot at the foot of the South Downs and home to the Arts and Craft movement of the 19th century. On the outskirts of the village is Ridgeview, where we can organise a tour and tasting on request. Ride back to Ockenden via Hurstpierpoint and Bolney before unwinding at the hotel with a well-earned glass of something nice.
Approx. riding time: 2 hours
Day 3 | Optional Round Trip: Sheffield Park and the Bluebell Railway - Distance: 21 mi/35km
For those staying with us for three nights, we have another great ride for you to enjoy today. Saddle up and head out of town via Lindfield once more. From here you will take a route on some wonderfully quiet roads through the Wealden landscape to Sheffield Park and Garden, a stunning 18th century garden and a perfect place to take a break with a picnic or a visit to the tea rooms. Just along the road from here is the Bluebell Railway, a preserved stretch of Victorian railway where you can take a ride on a steam train and soak up the vintage charm of the place. You’ll return to your hotel the same way you cycled in the morning, getting you back with time for another visit to the spa (or the bar!) before your last night in Cuckfield.
Approx riding time: 1.5 hours
Day 4 | We say goodbye
Trip extensions are available upon request.
What not to Miss
A hotel of two halves. One is a classical English country house, with Elizabethan oak panelled rooms, gorgeous stained-glass windows and a beautiful 19th century walled garden. The other is a stunning piece of contemporary architecture that hosts the excellent spa, fed by a natural spring. An award-winning restaurant tops it all off, making this a very hard hotel to leave at the end of a stay.
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Based on a midweek stay. A supplement may be charged for bookings on weekends.
Ridgeview Wine Estate Tour & Tasting - £20 per person, must be pre-booked & subject to availability.
*Where tour pricing is displayed in your local currency, please note this is for indicative purposes and your final holiday will be confirmed and transacted at the time of booking with our team in Pound Sterling.
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