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Guide to Cycling Holidays Around Hayling Island

2nd June 2015 Published by

square-balanceabilityHayling Island may not be the best-known destination for cyclists in the UK, but there are plenty of good reasons for you to bring your bike along with you next time you come to stay with us at Mill Rythe Holiday Village. Hayling Island boasts pretty good weather through much of the year, there are no hills, no through traffic, and it is right on the doorstep of Britain’s newest National Park — the South Downs (created National Park in 2011). So you see, the bike should be a key piece of your luggage when you come.

We can’t really mention cycling on and around Hayling Island without talking about the Hayling Billy Trail. This easy-going, 5-mile bike trail runs up the west coast of the island, and takes in some of the best sea views and coastal scenery of the entire place. Starting by heading up north, and then coming back southwards towards West Town, the route may not be long or taxing, but you’re sure not to be disappointed. What’s more, when you finish in West Town, you could always spend the rest of the day in Funland!

As pretty as it is, it’s understandable that the Billy Trail may not offer enough of a challenge to serious cyclists. Fortunately, we on Hayling Island are the lucky neighbours of the South Downs, one of the most stunning regions of the whole country, and home to the South Downs Way — a 100-mile walking/cycling/riding route that runs from Winchester right through to Eastbourne.

IMG_0456The South Downs Way is a route steeped in historical and cultural sites, and can be enjoyed either as a speed/endurance challenge for serious bikers, or just taken at a leisurely pace.

The entire route features just over 4000m in ascent and descent, and while presenting all riders with at least some challenge, is highly accessible to cyclists of all many ages and abilities.

So, don’t forget to load up the bikes before you head down to see us on Hayling Island! Browse the latest deals on our site and see what great adult-only and family breaks we have coming up this summer! Don’t miss out on the best deals, book today!

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