Cycling in Hampshire

Hampshire is a fantastic place to tour by bicycle with its beautiful countryside, coast, rich history and historic towns and cities. There’s plenty to explore and no shortage of cycling routes to try. We get a lot of cyclists staying at Wallops Wood and have built a lockable cycle store so our guests have peace of mind that their bicycles are safe when not in use. 

A guests' tandem outside Hedgehunter
Recent guests Mr & Mrs C enjoyed the local lanes on their tandem recently

Over 750 miles of cycle routes in Hampshire suit cyclists of all abilities; from short leisurely excursions for a relaxing countryside outing, to routes for more experienced riders. Hampshire County Council’s website lists a variety of routes you can take in Hampshire from family friendly trails to more difficult rides for the adventurous cyclist! 

Local Cycling Routes

Closest to Wallops Wood is the Meon Valley Trail which is safe and off-road, making it a great place to take the kids. It’s a disused railway line running from Wickham to West Meon stretching for 11 miles, taking around a couple of hours to complete. Or you could just go for a leisurely ride as far as you like before returning to Wallops Wood. 

Cycling along the Meon Valley Trail
Cycling along the Meon Valley Trail

Other family friendly routes include the Haying Billy Trail (also a disused railway line) between Langstone and Hayling Island, and a short ride around Staunton Country Park in Havant. 

For those after a little more adventure, there are a couple of routes not too far from Wallops Wood. Firstly, just north of Alresford is a 25 mile rather strenuous cross country trail which uses part of the Ox Drove Way, once a drove route for cattle. Be prepared for some challenging cycling! Find out more and download a map here.

Take in the beautiful views while cycling in the Hampshire countryside
Take in the beautiful views while cycling in the Hampshire countryside

Another route, more suitable for experience cyclists, is a 22 mile circular route around Petersfield, the East Hampshire Circular Cycle Route, taking in some stunning countryside as well as rather challenging hills. You’ll have views of open countryside as well as panoramic views of the South Downs. 

Long Distance Cycling Routes

If you’re really keen for some long distance cycling then look no further than the South Downs Way which is a 100 mile route from Winchester all the way to Eastbourne. 

Find out more about more cycling routes across the South Downs on the Visit Hampshire website.

The beautiful South Downs Way

Some of our cyclist guests have also been kind enough to share some of the routes they have used, one of which is King Alfred’s Way. This is one of the UK’s longest long distance cycling trails. It is an off road route and takes you 350km around the ancient Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex on a loop of gravel tracks and off-road trails. The route starts and ends in Winchester and takes in ancient monuments such as Stonehenge, Avebury and Salisbury and Winchester Cathedrals. Find out more about this route and create your own route if you want to take in a small part of this very long trail.

You can also find a detailed GPX map of the route here. 

Winchester Cathedral
Take in the sights of Winchester, including the Cathedral, while cycling in the area

Image credits:
Cycle route sign: Gemma Evans on Unsplash
Cyclist at Butser Hill: Tom Austin on Unsplash