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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…
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.
Enjoy spectacular views across the New Forest National Park
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.
Take in Take in scenic views across the North Wessex 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.
The South Downs offers beautiful views.
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.
Cycle across Winchester along the National Cycle Route.
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.
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.