Bunn Leisure goes on the trail of the best routes for cyclists

Whether your bicycle of choice is a super-duper road bike with a carbon fibre frame, or a bright pink Barbie tricycle with tassels on the handles, getting out on two wheels – or three! – is a great way to see the countryside and spend time with your family and friends.

National Bike Week runs this year from June 8 – 16 and aims to inspire riders young and old to get on the saddle and start peddling.

Our perfect location on the edge of two nature reserves and the South Downs National Park means there are dozens of cycle routes on our doorstep.

Right next door, the RSPB’s Medmerry Nature Reserve has a network of cycle paths to explore.  Keep an eye out for rare birds and water voles and stop to soak at panoramic viewpoints along the way.

The Selsey Cycle Network has produced The Circular Cycle Routes , a leaflet of scenic cycle routes around the quiet lanes and cycle paths of the Manhood Peninsula with trails around Medmerry and Chichester and Pagham Harbours.

Load your bikes onto the car and drive to Chichester to cycle the Salterns Way, a 12-mile route from the centre of town to the sand dunes of East Head. Or try the 13-mile Chichester Harbour Circular, a lovely ride that’s virtually flat, and has a ferry ride and lots of pubs and café stops along the way. Make sure you take time to stop and explore the ancient village of Bosham and soak up the charming harbour views.

The beautiful South Downs National Park is right on our doorstep and has something for every kind of cyclist to explore. As well as the famous 100-mile South Downs Way, there are leafy country lanes, old railway trails, and more than 700 miles of car-free bridleways.

Cycle along the ridge of the South Downs Way to Ditchling Beacon or tackle the single-track mountain bike trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Onsite, the wide roads through our villages are perfect for cycling down to the beach – why not hire a tandem from southwatercycles.com, and ride down to the shore with your loved one for a romantic evening picnic?

Top tip: Don’t forget your cycle helmet and take plenty of water with you on a long ride.