CTC Off-road long distance routes in the South and Southeast

edited on 6 Nov 2020 at 19:39 in Maps and navigation
King Alfred's Way: 350k loop of gravel tracks and off-road trails through the heart of Surrey, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire countryside. Information, booklet, and route files: https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/king-alfreds-way-gpx-route I intend to ride this either as some day rides or as a some two-day rides with an overnight stay. There are trains stations about 50k apart allowing the route to be done clockwise in nine sections: Winchester-1-Salisbury-2-Pewsey-3-Swindon-4-Didcot-5-Reading-6-Farnham-7-Haslemere-8-Petersfield-9-Winchester.
North Downs Way: 240k route from Farnham in Surrey to Dover in Kent. Information and route files: https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/north-downs-way-new-gpx-route I've ridden some of this as a day ride and intend to ride some more sections. Easy to do sections as there are many train stations along the route with a quick connection to London. Beware that some section have very slippery "green chalk". Some sections are easy gravel paths and can be done on a cyclocross or touring bike. Some sections very steep and rough in places.

South Downs Way: 160k from Wichester to Eastbourne almost all off road. Information and route files: https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/south-downs-way-josie-dew I've ridden almost the full length of this over several day rides. It is quite rough and steep in places and best done on a mountain bike or cyclocross/gravel bike with wide tyres. I rode it on a hardtail mountain bike. Easy to do sections as there are train stations every 40 or 50k along the route with an easy connection to London.

Dorset 330: 330km with over 4,000m of climbing. Starting from Dorchester this is a anti-clockwise loop of about 60 percent off-road through rolling countryside. https://www.cyclinguk.org/route/dorset-330-bikepacking-challenge


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