We are privileged to be able to stage Vélo South in West Sussex and we are hugely grateful to our partners at West Sussex County Council, Horsham District Council, Chichester District Council, South Downs National Park and Goodwood for supporting what will be a spectacular event for the region.
We want to encourage all riders to explore the best of what the region has to offer over the coming months – please click on the below links to find out more about this stunning part of the country.
You’ll discover just how much there is to see and do when you experience West Sussex – from glamping to foraging, off-road cycling to vineyard tours. Our county is located between London and the south coast of England, and boasts a wealth of both coast and countryside.
There’s fun in the sun to be had at seaside resorts like Worthing, Littlehampton and the Witterings. And talking of sunshine, Bognor Regis regularly tops the national league of the sunniest spots in Great Britain.
Away from the sea and sand (but hopefully not the sun), you’ll find acres of beautiful unspoiled countryside. In fact, West Sussex is the second most wooded county in the whole of the UK – so there is plenty of opportunity for leisurely walks and picnics in the countryside.
Since cycling is your thing, use our cycle journey planner to get turn-by-turn instructions and maps detailing a choice of cycle routes between your specified starting and finishing points. And if you are not sure where you want to cycle then there are lists of on- and off-road cycle routes, paths, tracks and trails in West Sussex.
Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, Chichester is a perfect mix of city, countryside and beaches. From the South Downs to the coast, the area is an ideal base for sport and leisure activities, providing a fantastic environment for cyclists, water sport enthusiasts, walkers and even sandcastle builders!
Already one of the best-loved and most attractive locations on the South Coast, Chichester has much to offer. The cathedral city has over two thousand years of history and offers a stunning backdrop to a city filled with historic and cultural delights; shopping; and over 100 places to eat.
The area is globally recognised for its cultural and heritage attractions, as well as its world class events and festivals. Chichester Festival Theatre, which is one of the leading production houses, is based in the city, as is Pallant House Gallery, which features an impressive permanent collection of twentieth century British art. The stunning Chichester Cathedral marks the centre of the city and just a short stroll away is The Novium Museum, which is built over a Roman bath house. Chichester is also home to the Qatar Goodwood Festival, the Festival of Speed, the Goodwood Revival and polo at Cowdray to name just a few world class events.
In the south of the district explore Chichester Harbour and Selsey, which provide excellent conditions for yachting, sailing, fishing and diving. Or head north and visit Midhurst, which is a beautiful, historic town set just minutes away from rolling green hills, and ancient forests. A short drive from here is also the ancient market town of Petworth, which traces its origins back to medieval time, and today is recognised internationally as an important centre for antiques. With its quaint streets and range of shops, restaurants and cafes, it’s not to be missed. To discover everything the area has to offer, please visit www.visitchichester.org
With the South Downs National Park in the south and the High Weald landscape in the north, Horsham district is ripe for exploring, crisscrossed by popular footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes.
Look out for medieval churches and picturesque village greens, thriving rural towns, beautiful historic houses and gardens, and a host of leisure activities and special events offering a wealth of fun, fascinating and beautiful things to see and do.
Just off of the Velo South route, Horsham is an attractive, compact and accessible medieval market town that invites you to wander, enjoy award-winning food and drink, visit unique shops, twice weekly markets and relax in our beautiful 60 acre park.
South Downs National Park
From rolling hills to bustling market towns, the South Downs National Park’s landscapes cover 1,600km2 of breathtaking views, hidden gems and classic English scenery. A rich tapestry of wildlife, landscapes, tranquillity and visitor attractions, weave together a story of people and place in harmony.
From the Hampshire Hangars to the iconic white cliffs of the Sussex Heritage Coast, from curving hills, rolling farmland, ancient woodland and lowland heaths to our ‘picture perfect’ villages, traditional country pubs and flourishing vineyards – the South Downs National Park will charm you.
The National Park is packed with history but sits firmly in the modern world. It is a story of people shaping and being shaped by their environment. This is a landscape that offers a wealth of experiences – from the Lewes Bonfire celebrations to the peace of the Meon Valley and the challenging 160km South Downs Way – the only UK National Trail entirely within a national park.
Goodwood Motor Circuit
Goodwood Motor Circuit opened its gates to the public in 1948 to host Britain’s first post-war motor racing meeting at a permanent venue. Since that time, the Circuit has hosted some of the most inspiring names in motor racing history – from Sir Stirling Moss and Bruce McLaren to Sir Jackie Stewart and Juan Fangio.
The only classic circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form, it was sympathetically restored over a six-year period in 1998, in preparation for the inaugural Goodwood Revival that year. As well as Revival, the Goodwood Motor Circuit hosts many other activities throughout the year, including track days and car launches, film and TV shoots and charity events.
Within its 12,000 acres, Goodwood is home to one of the largest lowland organic farms in England, a famous Battle of Britain airfield, a historic racecourse and motor circuit, two golf courses and one of the oldest cricket grounds in the country, all centred around the magnificent Regency house which is still very much lived in and used today.