Houghton Forest, Whiteways

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Whiteways Lodge Roundabout, Arundel, West Sussex BN18, UK
Directions
Park in the bikers car park at the top of bury hill conveniently just of the A29 and head in to the forest behind the cafe.
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Houghton Forest MTB trails (also known as Whiteways trails) are in Arundel in West Sussex on the South Downs. This is natural terrain mountain bike riding and if you know your way around there are trails for novices as well as intermediate riders.

It is woody and not too big so you can't get too lost if you choose to explore.

The Trails

  • It's characterised as being rooty in open woodland with many little sections of single-track that join up with fire roads. There are bomb holes, twisty single-track, short steep descents, small drops, obstacles and rolling jumps.

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2 reviews

Overall rating 
 
3.9
Grin Factor 
 
3.8  (2)
Trail Variety 
 
3.8  (2)
Skills Development 
 
4.8  (2)
Trail Quality  
 
3.5  (2)
Facilities 
 
3.5  (2)
Houghton / Whitewalls
(Updated: June 06, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.1
Grin Factor 
 
4.5
Trail Variety 
 
3.5
Skills Development 
 
4.5
Trail Quality  
 
4.0
Facilities 
 
4.0

If you know of any other places nearby with a similar range of trails please tell me

User Review

Good Points
The main benefit for me is that the forest is just a 10 minute drive from home. To have such an extensive area of trails so nearby is amazing. It seems that there are just so many trails.
In case you want to workout where you're going Open Cycle Map has them all mapped out.
Bad Points
If I was being picky... sometimes it's not entirely clear whether you're going the right way down a trail (but that's also quite fun, and I haven't met anyone coming the other way yet). Shame we can't build some features, although I doubt anyone would actually stop you as long as what you have in mind isn't too outrageous.
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Stoughton Review
Overall rating 
 
3.7
Grin Factor 
 
3.0
Trail Variety 
 
4.0
Skills Development 
 
5.0
Trail Quality  
 
3.0
Facilities 
 
3.0

User Review

Good Points
- Very accessible. Due to the large car park just off the A27.
- Number of trails. I am always discovering new part of single track to try.
- Good for all abilities. Most of the single track is great for beginners and intermediates (hence the '5 star Skill Development') but there are also more exciting features such as a drop into the bomb hole with will keep the more advanced riders happy.
- Extremely quick in the dry. Also the trails ride particularly well in the dry as well as staying fun in the wet.
- Great cafe. Serves delicious hot food and particularly good homemade cake that is great for after the ride!
Bad Points
- Still signs of damage from recent forestry work. Although it is a lot better than it was there are still deep tyre marks thought the trails.
- Lack of man made features. This means an obvious lack of jumps, berms etc. Although there are a few many trail have none.
- Strict forestry commission rules. Say there should be no more building in the forest.
Would you recommend?
Yes
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