On and off road routes inspired by Olympic cycling
The Countryside Service has been inspired by the Olympic Games and have combined on and off road cycling routes to keep you fit and healthy.
To get you started we have selected five circular off road routes. For those looking for road cycling we have five circular road routes, including one that takes in the whole of Hampshire!
So dust off the cobwebs and take to the road following Cycle Hampshire’s road routes. The 178 mile/286 km (approx) Cycle Hampshire route brings together the National Byway, SUSTRANS National Cycling Network (NCN), Local Authorities cycle routes, Shipwrights Way (section of) and local Cyclists Touring Club (CTC) routes.
Road cycling routes are evolving all the time in Hampshire and the ‘Cycle Hampshire’ routes will continue to change as new road routes are launched. So keep your bike tyres pumped ready to cycle those high roads.
If you want to head off road, the Countryside Service have selected five circular routes for you to try that vary from Easy, Moderate to Strenuous.
The South Downs Way can also be cycled and is best started from Winchester as this allows the wind to be at your back to help propel you on your way. Our routes have been rated bronze, silver and gold according to the distance they cover. Why not start with bronze and aim for gold?
The Off Road routes are
- Winchester 26 miles/41.8km strenuous = GOLD
- Vernhams Dean 23 miles/37km strenuous = GOLD
- Alton 10 miles/6km moderate = SILVER
- Hawkhill Inclosure 10.5 miles/16.9km moderate = SILVER
- Staunton 2.6 miles/4.18km = BRONZE
We have included linear off road cycle routes
- Meon Valley Trail 10 miles/16.9km Easy = BRONZE
- Test Way 5 miles/ 8.5km Easy = BRONZE
- Hayling Billy Trail 5 miles/8.5km = BRONZE
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