Watership Down from Micheldever
This ride takes in some of the most iconic Hampshire views and locations including Watership Down the site of Richard Adam’s classic adventure novel.
Distance: 36 miles / 4.5hrs
OS Explorer Map: 144
OS Landranger Map: 174 and 185
Nearest Railway Station: Micheldever (start and finish) or Quidhampton
This challenging ride is named after Watership Down, the location of Richard Adam’s classic novel and one of the highlights of the route; Richard Adam still lives close by in Whitchurch.
The ride starts at Micheldever Station, which is on the London mainline; from here winds its way north to the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). From the pretty market town of Kingsclere the route turns southwest to the foot of Watership Down; the strenuous climb to the top is rewarded with stunning views over the AONB and, more importantly, a 6-mile downhill section to Laverstoke. Those how enjoy a drop of good gin, have the opportunity to visit Bombay Sapphire’s new distillery - opened in the historic Laverstoke Mill in 2014 -,before returning to Micheldever. The ride can be shortened to 28 miles by turning left at the Micheldever Road/Stockbridge Road junction south of the A303 and then right into Andover Road.
Coffee on arrival:
Forest Retreat (2 miles from the station)
The Dove, Micheldever Station
Mid-morning refreshment (14mi):
Emma’s Coffee Shop, Swan Street, Kingsclere
Nelson’s Diner, Kingsclere
Afternoon tea or end of ride pint (36mi):
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