The South Downs Way

Cycling in Hampshire

Cycling & Mountain Biking in Hampshire

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Cycling is a great way to see Hampshire, with over 750 miles of off-road cycle routes for beginners and challenging trails for the enthusiast.

There are over 30 different trails available to download from the Hampshire County Council website, from a 2.6 mile route at Staunton Country Park in Havant to the more difficult 15 mile trail to the north of Petersfield.

The more adventurous cyclist may want to try out the Ox Drove off road cycle trail which takes you through 25 miles of rolling hills and woodlands at the heart of rural Hampshire. You can also stop off at the Mid Hants Railway's Watercress Line along the way.

Families and Off Road Routes in Hampshire

There are also many trails particularly suitable for families or newcomers to cycling.
The Hayling Billy Hill Path on Hayling Island and the Test Way Path near Romsey have been created on disused railway lines and offer flat, easy-going cycling.

The West Wood Trail at Farley Mount is a gentle 3.5 mile trail through peaceful woodland.
The New Forest National Park offers over a hundred miles of gravel tracks for cyclists across scented heathlands, woodland and picturesque villages.

Find out more about Family Cycling in Hampshire

Explore the South Downs National Park by Bike

This 22-mile circular route, following quiet lanes and roads, is marked with distinctive brown signs. Starting at Petersfield, the route embraces a variety of contrasting landscapes, including dramatic open landscapes and panoramic views of the chalk downs.

You can also cycle the South Downs Way National Trail between Winchester, the first capital of England, and the white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne, rated by Lonely Planet's top 1,000 adventures.

Find out more about cycling in the South Downs National Park

Explore the New Forest National Park by Bike

The New Forest is a popular destination for road bike riders wanting to take advantage of its rolling open roads and easy accessibility. This has made it a favourite destination for sportive events. The New Forest National Park has over 100 miles of waymarked off-road cycling routes which are ideally suited to families and those looking for a more relaxed day-out.

Find out more about cycling in the New Forest National Park

Road Cycling in Hampshire

Sweeping country lanes, scenic countryside, sunken lanes and spectacular views are just some of the features you’d expect to see whilst road cycling in Hampshire. From the rolling south downs to picturesque chocolate box villages and quiet country lanes, there are many fantastic areas to explore. And the South also has its fair share of challenging hills to test keen riders.

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Mountain Biking in Hampshire

The chalk downlands of Southern England provide some of the country’s iconic mountain biking. Whilst the 100 mile South Downs Way from Winchester to Eastbourne has almost legendary status, there’s so much more on offer.

Find out more about mountain biking in Hampshire

For all routes and Hampshire cycling information visit our Cycle in Hampshire website.

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