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Horsham District Health Rides

Horsham District Health Rides are free social rides for adults who enjoy, or want to start enjoying, cycling. They are a great way to improve your cycling ability, socialise with others and develop new skills. You don’t need to be an Olympian, just in possession of a working bicycle with the ability to ride.

  • All rides are led by experienced volunteer ride leaders.
  • On and off-road route options to choose from (see the bottom of this page for full route details)
  • A hybrid bike is suitable for all rides but road bikes can be used for on-road rides.

Upcoming rides

All rides start at 10am.
DateRoute Start pointLeaders
Sunday 15 November Sumners Pond, Barns Green. On and off road Broadbridge Heath Village Centre Helen Piechoczek, Jill Shuker
Wednesday 25 November Pedlar's Way to Southwater Country Park. On and off road Queensway Car Park Jackie Jaffe, Helen Piechoczek

How to book

To book a ride, email Ian.ford@horsham.gov.uk at least 3 days before the date it is set to take place.

Please tell us your name, postal address, contact phone number(s), relevant medical/disability information (this is held confidentially) and riding experience.

Measures are in place to manage coronavirus risk, including:

  • Registers held for test and trace purposes
  • 2 metres minimum social distancing on and off bikes
  • Personal protective equipment held by ride leaders for emergency purposes
  • Rides are organised in groups ('bubbles') of up to 6 including leaders
Anyone feeling unwell or displaying coronavirus symptoms should not attend the ride

Ride route details

View details of our regular ride routes below.

The Downs Link is a 38-mile off-road trail that cuts through Horsham District and is a great place to cycle. We organise two routes from Horsham on the Downs Link, and a ride on the Steyning to Shoreham Section.

Broadbridge Heath to Rudgwick (North)

  • Time: 10am. Expected return 12.30pm-1pm
  • Meeting point: Car park off the Broadbridge Heath Village Centre
  • We cycle out of the village and north on the Downs Link to the Milk Church cafe, Rudgwick. Mostly off-road, level and relatively easy.

Broadbridge Heath to Southwater (South)

  • Time: 10am. Expected return 12.30pm-1pm
  • Meeting point: Car park off the Broadbridge Heath Village Centre
  • We cycle out of the village and south on the Downs Link to Southwater Country Park cafe. Mostly off-road, level and relatively easy. Small section of quiet roads in Wickhurst Green to navigate.

Steyning to Shoreham section

  • Time: 10am. Expected return 12.30pm-1pm
  • Meeting point: Fletcher's Croft Car Park, Steyning
  • This 6.3 mile cycle takes us south from Steyning through Bramber and down to Shoreham, the end of the Downs Link Trail.

Time: 10am start. The morning ride finishes at Warnham Nature Reserve between 12-12.30pm

Meeting point - The Forum, just off Horsham Town Centre

The Shelley Bike Ride consists of two parts, one morning and one afternoon. The morning currently starts at the Heritage Sundial in the Forum. The morning finishes at 12:30 in the cafe at Warnham Local Nature Reserve. At 12:30 riders can either eat their packed lunch outside at the reserve, or cycle back through the underpass to the Rookwood Barn and buy lunch there.

The afternoon starts at 1 PM from Rookwood Barn and goes up to Warnham Village via Robin Hood Lane and Broadbridge Heath Road up Bailing Hill. There is a visit en route to St Margaret's Church. There is an optional stop at the Greets Inn in Friday Street before heading back down Byfleets Lane. Then stop in a lay-by near Field Place (but do not approach it as it is private). Return via Broadbridge Heath, the blue bridge, a retrace tracks along the Riverside Walk to the Carfax and from there back to The Forum.

Time: 10am start. Expected return between 12.30-1.00pm

Meeting point: Car park of the Broadbridge Heath Village Centre - see map below. Village Centre is accessible by car from driving through Broadbridge Heath and turning into Wickhurst Lane or on foot/bike via the underpass on the A281 mini-roundabout access point to the Tescos/BBHLC complex.

This on-road ride includes a cafe stop at Rookwood Golf Course. Starting and finishing in Broadbridge Heath Village Centre, we cycle on Broadbridge Heath Road, Byfleets Lane, Bailing Hill, and Robin Hood Lane.

Parking: Broadbridge Heath Village Centre car park

Time: 10am start. Expected return between 12.30pm and 1pm.

Meeting point: Car park off the Broadbridge Heath Village Centre.

This circular route takes us south from Broadbridge Heath Village Centre and covers Christ's Hospital, Two Mile Ash, Barns Green and Itchingfield in a loop. There is a cafe stop at Sumners Pond.

Parking: Broadbridge Heath Village Centre car park

Time: 10am start. Expected return between 12.30-1.00pm

Meeting point - Car park at the bottom of Queensway in Horsham

A mix of on and off-road riding, this route takes in Chesworth Farm, Copsale and Southwater. There is a cafe stop at Southwater Country Park.

Parking (if needed) - Queensway free car park. There is a 2 hour limit but email Ian.ford@horsham.gov.uk with your car registration number and an authorised extension permit will be organised for attenders on this ride.

Time: 10am start. Expected return between 12.00-12.30pm

Meeting point: Roosthole Woods car park (off Hammerpond Road)

A cross-country trail ride through St Leonard's Forest.

Parking: Roosthole Woods Car Park (free of charge)