Cycling in the Hampshire South Downs

Since we’re perfectly located in the beautiful South Downs National Park, we get quite a lot of guests who want to explore the area by bicycle. There’s some amazing countryside to explore along with some quite hilly routes if you’re up for a bit of a challenge! 🚴‍♂️  

Storing your bicycle is much easier now we’ve built a dedicated bike store. This gives our guests peace of mind that their bicycle is secure, although we do recommend bringing a bicycle lock for added security. There’s also an outdoor shower to wash your bike down if you’ve been across country on muddier routes.

Wallops Wood bike store exterior
Wallops Wood bike store exterior
Bike store interior

Cycle Routes in the Area

You’ll be spoilt for choice with the many cycle routes on the doorstep. For a gentle family bike ride, we suggest the Meon Valley Trail, a disused railway line that runs from Wickham to West Meon. It’s safe and away from traffic, so perfect for children and a lovely route to explore. 

Meon Valley Trail © SDNPA-Rebecca Saunders

If you want to explore more of the South Downs, there are many routes you can find on the Sustrans website. Part of Route 23 goes from Basingstoke to Southampton which takes in our local area. It’s a 23 mile section and takes in some beautiful countryside and villages. The Ordnance Survey website also shows various cycle routes. Just choose ‘Find Routes’ at the top of the page and the area you want to cycle in and it will give you some suggestions.

The South Downs National Park website also has ideas for further routes to explore. There are bike rides near Petersfield and Rowlands Castle which is a short drive from Wallops Wood. The Rowlands Castle ride is a more gentle 8 mile route, whereas the Petersfield route takes in a 23 mile circular route around some fabulous countryside and villages. You can find more about the routes here.

Explore the beautiful Hampshire countryside by bike

The River Itchen route takes in the area around Winchester and again takes you through some beautiful countryside and villages where you can stop and take in the stunning scenery. Find out more about the route here. 

For more ideas for cycle rides in Hampshire, the Komoot website has a list of 20 routes in the area.

As you can see there are some fantastic places for cycling around Hampshire. Do let us know if you take any of these routes or any of your own so we can pass on recommendations to other cyclists staying with us. 

Beacon Hill, Hampshire
Explore the local cycling routes