Recommended ride route through Sussex

POSTED: 14/09/2021

Enjoy our motorcycle ride route through Sussex


Inspired by our eCommerce Manager's first ever experience on a Harley-Davidson®, when he took our Harley® rentals for a spin with two of his buddies... Check out this turn-by-turn ride route which makes for a fantastic day out on the bike!

Check out the full motorcycle ride details below as well as the map of the route!

If you fancy experiencing this ride on one of our Harley® rental models, simply click HERE.


Starting from our Maidstone Harley-Davidson® store, take the A229 south, following it through Maidstone town centre, Loose, and the postcard village of Staplehurst and continue on towards the first stop-off, Sissinghurst Castle.

If you’re a nature lover, this is the perfect place to take a stroll. Enjoy the huge world-renowned gardens or one of the woodland trails.

From here, continue on the A229, through Cranbrook and Hawkhurst – a village famed for its 18th century smuggling history that now boasts an eclectic mix of shops, cafés and bars. The nearby Hawkhurst Fish Farm and Waterside Café makes a lovely stop-off for a quick bite to eat, or even a morning of fishing if you go prepared!

Pass through the villages of The Moor and Hurst Green, then take the A265 through Etchingham, Burwash Weald and Heathfield, enjoying the peaceful and lush country views of the High Weald Area of Natural Beauty. Follow the A267 to Little London, Lower Horsebridge and towards Polegate – which boasts it’s stunning Grade II restored windmill.

Time to stretch your legs? Drusillas Park Zoo is just a stones throw away, and is home to hundreds of exotic animals and a host of other attractions. Continue south on the A27 as the stunning sea views emerge and ride all the way through Seaford and even onto the esplanade! To enjoy more panoramic views over the English Channel, ride along to Beachyhead. You can take a stroll along the chalk cliffs to enjoy some lovely sea air and views of the famous red and white striped lighthouse – this is also the perfect place to stop for a picnic. Or, continue on to Eastbourne Beach and Pevensey Bay, and enjoy a traditional fish ‘n’ chips and other English seaside attractions! If you’re a nature lover, this part of Sussex is a haven for wildlife and birds… keep an eye out for the Lesser Whitethroat, the rare bird which migrates yearly from Africa.

When you're ready, take the A27 north in a loop back to Polegate, and then join onto the A295 and meander through the pre-roman town of Hailsham, Herstmonceux and Boreham Street. The next stop off at Battle Abbey, famed for the 1066 clash between King Harold and William the Conqueror, is a great way to soak up some history. Visit the gatehouse exhibition, walk the battlefield trails, or head to the roof for stunning views of the Sussex countryside.

When it’s time to hop back on the bike, take the A2100 and B2159 towards St. Leonards and Hastings beach. Drive right along the A259 coast road to enjoy some gorgeous sea views! Continue north, through the picturesque Winchelsea until you reach Rye. One of the most photographed towns in England, Rye boasts medieval buildings, nooks and crannies to explore, and legendary smuggling history. This makes a great stop-off for a bite to eat in the 600 year old Mermaid Inn, or take a climb up the Ypres tower to enjoy panoramic views across the marsh. 

Time to start heading back? Enjoy the scenic route! From Rye, take Military Road, and hopping onto the B2080 from Appledore. Meander through the country lanes at Tenterden, following the A262 and A274 for lush country views through Headcorn. Continue on to Leeds Castle, where you can have a final stroll, or enjoy a flask of tea in the peaceful castle gardens. If you’re here in time for a sunset, the stunning views over the lake make for an incredible end to the day.

Jump back on the bike, and take the A20/M20 back to our Maidstone Harley-Davidson® dealership!


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