Cycling in Hampshire

Hampshire provides excellent opportunities for cycling in the countryside and around town

Discover Hampshire’s Countryside by Bike

Basingstoke Off Road Cycle Trail

Moderate 17 miles
One of the less demanding routes, easily accessible from Basingstoke. Journeys through a typical Hampshire farm landscape, gently undulating in places and passing near the source of the River Test.
Basingstoke Trail leaflet 902kb pdf

Blackwater Valley Path Off Road Trail

Easy 7.8 miles
A fairly flat route that takes you through this hidden secret of the Black Water River.
Blackwater Valley Path Trail leaflet 824kb pdf

Ellisfield Off Road Trail

Moderate 13 miles
This trail is largely off road, using tracks through woods and fields of mid-Hampshire. There are a couple of gentle climbs, but overall it is not too demanding.
Ellisfield Trail leaflet 907kb pdf

Liphook Off Road Trail

Moderate 9 miles
A circular trail around Liphook which explores the woods at Ludshott Common and Woolmer Forest, as well as the villages of Bramshott and Conford.
Liphook Trail leaflet 853kb pdf
Correction to Liphook map 368kb pdf

Vernham Dean Off Road Trail

Strenuous 23 miles, Short cut trail 16 miles
A hilly route, mainly on hard flint and gravel tracks in the northwest of the county, passing through several picturesque villages. north of Ibthorpe, there are spectacular views across Faccombe Down.
Vernham Dean Trail leaflet 899kb pdf

Watership Down Off Road Trail

Strenuous 17 miles, Short cut trail 11 miles
An invigorating ride which takes in some of Hampshire’s finest scenery. The route begins on a quiet country lane followed by a challenging off-road climb and continues along the ridge of Watership Down.
Watership Down Trail leaflet 1.25mb

Whitchurch Off Road Trail

Strenuous 23 miles, 14 of which are off road
A challenging trail covering many of the places that were an inspiration for Richard Adams’ ‘Watership Down’. Stunning views from Woodcott Down and Ladle Hill contrast with the picturesque Hampshire villages of St. Mary Bourne and Binley.
Whitchurch Trail leaflet 918kb pdf


Alton Off Road Trail

10 miles
This trail is easily accessible from Alton or Four Marks. It uses tracks through Chawton Park Wood and continues to Bentworth village. Undulating tracks lead the trail through Wivelrod, Beech, Ackender Wood and the outskirts of Alton.
Alton Trail leaflet 886kb pdf

Bordon Off Road Trail

Strenuous 16 miles
This is a demanding trail that takes you from Alice Holt Forest along bridleways and roads, through Bordon to Oakhanger, passing Shortheath Common and on towards Binsted, before returning back to Alice Holt Forest.
Bordon Trail leaflet 908kb pdf

Cheesefoot Off Road Trail

Strenuous 19 miles
This trail is characterised by the chalkland scenery of Winchester and Longwood. The route uses the South Downs Way for much of its outward leg before an unforgettable return across Stephen’s Castle and Fawley Downs.
Cheesefoot Trail leaflet 1.25mb pdf

East Meon Off Road Trail

Strenuous 10 miles
A challenging trail following the Downs of Hampshire. Stunning views from Butser Hill.
East Meon Trail leaflet 1.1mb pdf

Hayling Billy Off Road Trail

Easy 5 miles
This trail uses the Hayling Billy Coastal Path which runs along the west coast of Hayling Island. It is a permissive route used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Hayling Billy Trail leaflet 870kb pdf

Horndean Off Road Trail

Moderate 14 miles, Short cut trail 9 miles.
A ‘town and country’ trail which joins Denmead, Cowplain, Horndean, Catherington and Clanfield with the surrounding countryside.
Horndean Trail leaflet 872kb pdf

Meon Valley Off Road Trail

Easy 10 miles
Running between Wickham and West Meon, this disused railway track provides a safe and flat surface for all the family.
Meon Valley Off Road Trail leaflet 828kb pdf

Petersfield Off Road Trail

Strenuous 15 miles
One of the hardest trails! It explores the countryside to the north of Petersfield, including Stoner Hill, Little Switzerland and Hawkley village. The climbs are very challenging, but reveal some spectacular scenery.
Petersfield Trail leaflet 900kb pdf

Queen Elizabeth Country Park Off Road Trail

Main trail – Moderate 10 miles, Short cut trail – Easy 6 miles
A pleasant family ride over dramatic downland and through the rich and beautiful scenery of this part of the South Downs. The short cut trail is ideal for families with small children.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park Trail leaflet 1.1mb pdf

Staunton Off Road Trail

Easy 2.6 miles
Predominately off road through woodland and open country.
Staunton Trail leaflet 1.1mb


Brockenhurst Station Off Road Cycle Trail

Easy 10.5 miles
This cycle trail is within the New Forest National Park and follows Forestry Commission signed cycle tracks.
Brockenhurst Station Trail leaflet 981kb pdf

Fordingbridge Off Road Cycle Trail

Strenuous 21 miles
A tough route north of the New Forest which circles the village of Rockbourne with its famous Roman villa. One for the more experienced cyclist. Ordnance Survey maps are highly recommended for this route.
Fordingbridge Trail leaflet 904kb pdf

Fritham Off Road Cycle Trail

Strenuous 17 miles
This cycle trail is within the New Forest National Park and follows Forestry Commission cycle tracks and narrow roads.
Fritham Trail leaflet 895kb pdf

Hawkhill Inclosure Off Road Cycle Trail

Moderate 10.5 miles
This cycle trail is within the New Forest National Park and follows Forestry Commission signed cycle tracks.
Hawkhill Inclosure Trail leaflet 992kb pdf

Lepe Off Road Cycle Trail

Easy 9 miles
An easy-going trail on the lanes and rights of way surrounding Lepe and Blackfield on the edge of the New Forest.
Lepe Trail leaflet 1mb pdf

Lymington Station Off Road Cycle Trail

Moderate 14 miles
This trail takes you from the heart of Lymington along roads out in to the New Forest following rights way with views out to the Solent.
Lymington Station Trail leaflet 878kb pdf


Abbotstone Down Off Road Cycle Trail

18 miles
This trail commences from Abbotstone Down, and follows both ‘The Ox Drove Way’ and ‘Wayfarers Walk’ for part of its length. Rolling chalk hills and bluebell woods abound.
Abbotstone Down Trail leaflet 875kb pdf

Candovers Off Road Cycle Trail

Moderate 16 miles
An easy-going trail which uses part of the Wayfarer’s Walk and takes in the villages of east Stratton and Woodmancott.
Candovers Trail leaflet 883kb pdf

Danebury Off Road Cycle Trail

Strenuous 24 miles
The route takes in some of Hampshire’s finest scenery, joining easy sections of the Test Way with the steeper gradients of the Broughton Downs. A wide variety of villages provide additional interest including Stockbridge, Longstock and The Wallops.
Danebury Trail leaflet 947kb pdf

Farley Mount Off Road Cycle Trail

Strenuous 14 miles
A challenging route, the trail travels through the small hamlet of Farley, Ashley and the Sombornes, returning via Sparsholt and Dean.
Farley Mount Trail leaflet 1.2mb pdf

Micheldever Station Off Road Cycle Trail

Moderate 19.5 miles
This trail starts from Micheledever Station going in an anti clockwise direction along country roads and open countryside Micheldever Micheledever Station Trail leaflet 884kb pdf

Sparsholt Off Road Cycle Trail

Moderate 25 miles
This trail is easily accessible from Winchester. Gently undulating roads and rough tracks across both wooded and open country. A number of interesting villages may be visited, Wonston on the banks of the River Dever is particularly striking.
Sparsholt Trail leaflet 913kb pdf

Testway Off Road Cycle Trail

Easy 5 miles each way
Running between Stonymarsh car park (height barrier) and Stockbridge, this disused railway track provides a safe and flat surface for cycling making it particularly suitable for families with children.
Testway Trail leaflet 825kb pdf

The Ox Drove Off Road Cycle Trail

Strenuous 25 miles
This cross country trail uses part of the Ox Drove Way, once a drove route for cattle.
The Ox Drove Trail leaflet 918kv pdf

Westwood Off Road Cycle Trails

Easy 3.5 miles
A very easy-going circular route following forest tracks and a bridleway.
Westwood Trail leaflet 873kb pdf

Winchester Off Road Cycle Trail

Strenuous 26 miles
A demanding and dramatic trail following part of the ‘South Downs Way’, dropping into Winchester and continuing north out to Micheldever Wood.
Winchester Trail leaflet 929kb pdf


Online maps for route planning

If you would like to plan your own cycle route, you can do so using our online maps.

By using our rights of way maps you can create a linear or circular route from your home or workplace for a leisurely short ride, or a longer strenuous ride.  You can use bridleways, byways and minor roads but remember not to use footpaths.

If however, you are looking for a more urban route between Portsmouth-Waterlooville-Horndean, you will find lots of information on the use of this bus corridor, along with connecting cycle routes, cycle parking and crossings along the route.

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