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Discover the best Hampshire cycle routes

Our guide on where to cycle for the best views

Alex Martin

Team Forestipedia | Sharing all the best tips and secrets of the forest

Hampshire is home to a varied range of cycling trails making it an ideal destination for those seeking outdoor adventure. Whether you’re looking for on or off-road cycling, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of beautiful routes with the best cafés and pubs along the way. We’ve listed our top cycle paths in Hampshire to explore on two wheels…

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Top 5 Hampshire cycle routes

1. The New Forest National Park

The New Forest is a popular destination thanks to its rolling hills and vast range of trails that welcome cyclists of all abilities. Home to the New Forest National Park, there are over 100-miles of waymarked off-road cycling routes to explore. With plenty of family-friendly trails, pack a picnic and enjoy a day of fresh air and forest freedom.

New Forest National Park in Hampshire

Enjoy spectacular views across the New Forest National Park

2. The North Wessex Downs

The North Wessex Downs is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), spanning across Northern Hampshire, Wiltshire, and Berkshire. The rolling chalk downloads provide ideal on and off-road cycling with a network of challenging climbs offering beautiful views. The North Wessex Downs circular is an 80km route across quiet country lanes, with some hard climbs.

North Wessex Downs in Hampshire

Take in Take in scenic views across the North Wessex Downs

3. South Downs

The South Downs Way is a renowned cycling trail across Hampshire, taking you along the chalk escarpment and ridges of the South Downs. The full route is a 2- or 3-day journey but the section from Winchester to Old Winchester Hill offers a hilly 25km challenge that you can do there and back in a day.

South Downs in Hampshire

The South Downs offers beautiful views.

4. National Cycle Route

Route 23 on the National Cycle Network runs from Reading to the Isle of White. The section through Winchester was the last to be completed, with the restoration of a disused railway known as the Hockley Viaduct. Enjoy this small section through Winchester, or head out for a longer bike ride and stop at the pretty towns and villages along the way.

Old Winchester Hill in Hampshire

Cycle across Winchester along the National Cycle Route.

5. Winchester

The National Byway is a 5,150km on-road, signposted cycling route around the UK. It follows quiet country lanes and the local section, the Winchester Loop, is a pleasant 27km cycle in the South Downs. The Farley Mount trail, 4 miles west of Winchester is another challenging route with some historic highlights along the way.

 

Farley Mount in Hampshire

Cycle past Farley Mount monument.

With miles of cycle trails on offer, there is so much to be discovered on your holiday in Hampshire. Looking for a place to call home on your next cycling holiday? Look no further than our hot tub accommodation at Blackwood Forest. Spend the day cycling through National Parks, exploring AONB and soaring through woodlands before returning to your cosy cabin.

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