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Your guide to cycling in Brighton

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Why not head out into the great outdoors this summer with a fun filled day of cycling past Brighton’s best spots?

This week, Simon Quarrell (cycling enthusiast and general manager of the Thistle Hotel in Brighton) shares his favourite routes for beginner, family and advanced cyclists, filling you in on that best of what there is to see along the way.

When the weather is nice, cycling is a great way to see the countryside and spend some time with family and friends, and Brighton’s beautiful pier and surrounding network of trails couldn’t be a better choice for an afternoon ride.

From safety tips to some of the best routes going, here is everything you need to get out there and cycle in style…

Setting out

Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, riding solo or going as a group – there are things you can do when setting out to make your cycle in Brighton easy as ever.

If you’re going to travel to cycle it’s worth considering whether you’re going to bring your own bike from home or rent one when you get there. You can hire a bicycle from outfits like Amsterdammers at Brighton Station, or, if you want to pack your own wheels you can hop one of the frequent trains to Brighton and bring your bike along.

If you’re doing some serious cycling, clubs like She Rides and Brighton Mitre are a great way to get involved with people who share your same interests.

Staying safe

While many cyclists prefer to use bike paths and pedestrian zones to get around, sharing the road is an unavoidable part of many journeys around Brighton. But with a little planning ahead you can make sure you’re safe to cycle. Be sure to:

  • Wear a helmet – doing so will increase your chances of escaping an accident without a serious head injury.
  • Use hand signals to let other cars and cyclists know where you’re going next.
  • Remember vehicles – especially large ones – have blind spots. Be aware of this and when possible, hang back so you never get caught out where a driver can’t see you.
  • Wear bright, reflective clothing and use lights at night on your bicycle so you’re easily identifiable by drivers and pedestrians.
  • Carry a map and phone with you and make sure you tell someone where you’re going before you leave home – that way if you run into any trouble or get lost along the way you’ll be able to phone for help or consult your map to set you right again.


When it comes to cycling, it’s all about the journey – but that’s not to say the destination can’t be great too. You can find a great resource for maps and routes or if you need some inspiration, here are three of our favourites:

  • City-wide: this will take you past the best spots in Brighton and Hove.
  • Coastal cycle route: take it seaside with this coastal route from Shoreham Harbour to Rottingdean.
  • Seafront to the Downs: Nature at its best on this Hove to Devil’s Dyke cycle route.

If you’re staying overnight, the Thistle Hotel in Brighton has a secure space to store your bike and is conveniently located on King’s Road, a central starting point for your cycle.

Cycling map for Brighton

Now you’re all set for your cycling trip to Brighton, why not let this handy map be your guide to the best routes worth exploring?
Cycle Brighton

View Cycling in Brighton in a larger map

About the Author

Simon Quarrell is the general manager of the Thistle Hotel in Brighton. He’s been with the company for almost 25 years.

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