Cycling and Bike Hire at Bewl Water

Family-friendly cycle routes in Kent and East Sussex

Bike riding is a great way to get around Bewl Water with something for everybody. From families looking for a fun day out in Lamberhurst to experienced cyclists ready for a new challenge, our 12 ½ miles of scenic cycling routes are fit for all abilities.


Cycling routes

We have 12 ½ miles of surfaced trails, country lanes and scenic meadows for cyclists to explore, most of it off road and traffic-free. This cycling route combines flat paths perfect for families and more challenging hills for experienced riders. We have placed mile markers around the route, which takes between 2 – 3 hours to complete so you know how far you’ve come!

We recommend collecting a map from the Waterfront Café or bike hire shop. You can also download it by clicking here.

Due to the ongoing upgrade of the Bewl Water reservoir, access to the top of the dam will be closed throughout 2024. However, please be aware that diversions have been put in place and the path around the bottom of the dam will still be open for use.


Bike hire

We want to get more people back in the saddle and make exploring the glorious Kent and East Sussex countryside more accessible. If you don’t have your own bike, you can still enjoy Bewl Water’s special landscape with our cycle hire facilities.

Found in the Fun Zone in front of the Waterfront Café, our bike hire shop has a range of excellent mountain bikes for you to choose from. We have plenty for adults, and children plus additional seats for babies and toddlers, so the whole family can enjoy a ride around the reservoir.

Prices and booking information

Bike hire at Bewl Water gives cyclists all-day access. We are open from 10.00am with last hire at 1.00pm. All bikes must be returned by 3.00pm and we recommend booking in advance.

Adult Bike – £20.00 

Child Bike – £10.00

Additional child’s seating – £8.00

Helmets supplied free

Cycling guidance

Cycling at Bewl Water is a great way to embrace the great outdoors and enjoy some healthy, family fun. The reservoir is host to a huge variety of endangered species, rare wildlife, and beautiful landscapes and we ask that you cycle with care.

In the event of an emergency, please contact Bewl Water on 07767 375115. We recommend downloading what3words to aid us in locating you swiftly.

You can download our cycling guidance and T&Cs here.