National Cycle Network Route 2 is a long distance cycle route which, when complete, will link Dover in Kent with St. Austell in Cornwall via the south coast of England. The section between Worthing and Brighton is perfect for families. The route is very flat and at either end there is a train station to take you back again. There is no shortage of cafes and amusements to keep young children entertained on route.
Starting at Marine Parade, east of Worthing Pier you follow the route along the coast, taking you past the fantastic Widewater Lagoon in Lancing. A man-made feature, the lagoon is a resting place for a variety of birds including herons, swans and other wildfowl. At Shoreham the route follows 5-miles of minor roads, taking you into the town centre and past a lovely 12th-century church called St Mary de Haura. It then takes you past Shoreham Harbor, a working port that provides this section with its more industrial feel. When you reach Hove Lagoon, you are once again on a traffic-free promenade where you can see the wreckage of West Pier. Just off the Kingsway is The Red Lion pub if you’re in need of a quick drink. The route takes you past Palace Pier where it’s well worth stopping off to play on the amusements. The Sealife Centre opposite the pier on Brighton’s seafront is the world's oldest operating aquarium and now has a glass-bottomed boat so you can get a closer look at the marine life.
Carrying along on Maderia Drive the route goes past Brighton Marina Village which has a wide variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. For people wanting to extend the route – you can continue onto Saltdean where the trail takes you eastwards to Newhaven and beyond.
We have taken all responsible steps to ensure that these routes are safe and achievable by people with a reasonable level of fitness. However, all outdoor activities involve a degree of risk. To the extent permitted by law, Sustrans accepts no responsibility for any accidents or injury resulting from following these routes. Walking and cycling routes change over time. Weather conditions may also affect path surfaces. Please use your own judgement when using the routes based upon the weather and the ability, experience and confidence levels of those in your group.