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6-14 June marks National Bike Week. Why not plan your next cycling adventure for later in the year with some of our ideas for cycling routes in Winchester?

Weave your way along the historic trails in Winchester and enjoy the beautiful countryside in the heart of Hampshire. Whether you are looking for a short, relaxing cycle or to test yourself with a long distance route there is something for every rider.

Embark on an adventure and challenge yourself to ride the South Downs Way. Maybe choose a section you haven’t visited before and push yourself as you enjoy the picturesque panoramic views of the South Downs National Park. The whole route totals 100miles and is well signposted along the way. The ride can be challenging but the sweeping views and breath-taking scenery are worth the workout. Find out more on the South Downs National Park’s South Downs Way Mountain Bike Guide https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/SDW_MountainBikeGuide_2019-WEB.pdf.

South Downs Way, Harvey Mills Photography

(c) Harvey Mills Photography

Take in the beautiful market town of Alresford, famous for its production of watercress, explore the site of the Battle of Cheriton and ride past the elegant country manor Hinton Ampner on a bike ride along the Itchen River. Start your journey from Alresford Train Station and journey into the South Down National Park for a 16mile ride discovering the countryside surrounding this beautiful chalk stream. Find out more from the South Downs National Park’s River Itchen guide. https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/South-Downs-Leaflet-River-Itchen-cycle-rides.pdf

If you are looking for a shorter ride for all the family why not journey along the Viaduct Way. You can start your adventure right in the city centre and make your way out past St Catherine’s Hill to the Viaduct. This route is only 2.6miles so perfect for little legs and you can even enjoy a pit stop at The Handlebar Cafe (please check website for opening times and services). Find out more with the Viaduct Way Trail https://www.visitwinchester.co.uk/app/uploads/2020/03/Viaduct-Way-Trail-print.pdf

Viaduct Way

(c) Gilbert Yates Photography

There are so many more trails to explore throughout the district – share your favourites with me on my social media pages.