Be a low impact traveller this summer and explore the coast and countryside of The Living Coast by Bike.
Visit the South Downs, towns and coast around Brighton and Hove collectively known as The Living Coast, the UK’s only urban UNESCO World Biosphere Region.
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To encourage more people to explore sustainably and connect with nature we worked with Living Coast partners So Sussex to create a selection of cycle routes that highlight some of our unique habitats, species and cultural heritage.
The Living Coast is home to internationally important natural environments with a wealth of remarkable habitats and hidden treasures to explore.
With routes that pass some of the most iconic local environmental landmarks, The Living Coast by Bike provides an excellent way to discover the region, giving you a unique experience of the natural habitats a stone’s throw from our city’s doorstep.
The Living Coast by Bike website offers a variety of cycle routes around the region with a range of difficulty by colour, from a green route that can be easily enjoyed by a family or those that use wheelchairs, to red routes which will challenge even the keenest of cyclists - there is something for everyone.
Image credit: The Living Coast by Bike
The website is free to use and each route is available to download providing logistical information and includes an overview of some of the natural and cultural heritage to keep your eye out for on the way.
Some of the routes can be linked together to create a longer journey and all the routes start and end at train stations to ensure your journey is as low impact as possible.
As the UK weather can often be unpredictable, we’ve also tried to ensure that most routes can be enjoyed throughout the year. The ones that aren’t are highlighted on the website, so that you can plan well ahead.
We’ve highlighted places that you can stop for refreshments and also provided links to bike shops, guiding services and hire facilities to help make your journey as smooth as possible. We’ve highlighted places that you can stop for refreshments and also provided links to bike shops, guiding services and hire facilities to help make your journey as smooth as possible.
Check out The Living Coast by Bike and start exploring the unique natural environment of the biosphere region that surrounds you.
The Living Coast by Bike is part of the BioCultural Heritage Tourism project funded by the EU Interreg Channel programme as part of the European Regional Development Fund.
The aim of the project is to support sustainable tourism development, increasing the exploration of our important landscapes, habitats and culture without increasing the negative impacts on the environment.
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