Two West Sussex residents have won top prizes for sharing their favourite countryside cycling and walking routes.
Mike Croker from Bramber won a Garmin Edge Touring GPS from South Downs Bikes and Rebekah Sibley from Crawley won a £300 voucher to spend in store at Giant Shoreham.
Mike’s route took in a section of the Downs Link starting at Bramber and leading through to Shoreham-by-Sea, while Rebekah provided a family cycle route comprising a three-mile circuit of Goddards Green.
They both entered the summer competition which asked West Sussex residents to share their favourite cycling and walking routes. The winning routes will be available for all to enjoy at the West Sussex Weekends website.
The competition was part of a summer campaign promoting West Sussex as a place for residents and tourists to get out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors, and also designed to help local businesses and boost the local economy.
Leader of West Sussex County Council Louise Goldsmith said: “We’ve received some wonderful walks and cycling routes which will go on the West Sussex Weekends website. The greatest ambassadors for West Sussex are residents who are out enjoying everything that the county has to offer day after day.
“West Sussex is very much a hidden treasure. We want to change this and encourage people to come and visit West Sussex and discover our beautiful countryside. Encouraging more people to come and visit the county, bring their families, maybe stay for a weekend, will help our local traders and the economy.
“But it’s not just tourists we want to come and visit West Sussex. We’re keen for all residents to discover what’s on their doorstep and beyond and enjoy our beautiful countryside across the county, from the rolling hills of the South Downs to the miles of unspoilt coastlines and fabulous food and drink.
“I’d also like to take the opportunity to thank the many West Sussex businesses who worked closely with us and supported our summer competition with some wonderful prizes.”
The West Sussex weekends website has lots of inspiration for walking and cycling routes, stories from residents and visitors sharing their favourite spots, and places to stop off and refuel.