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Stage 1: Winchester to Tilshead — King Alfred's Way

Stage 1: Winchester to Tilshead — King Alfred's Way

46.6 mi
8.1 mph
2,500 ft
2,375 ft
Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
5.70 mi

Over Up Somborne viewpoint

Mountain Biking Highlight

14.7 mi

Steep chalky climb from Broughton

Mountain Biking Highlight

25.6 mi

Old Sarum

Bike Touring Highlight

35.1 mi

Views of Stonehenge

Bike Touring Highlight

46.6 mi

Brades Acre Camping, Tilshead

Mountain Biking Highlight

Tour Profile


Singletrack: 7.00 mi
Path: 12.9 mi
Cycleway: 6.61 mi
Street: 2.74 mi
Road: 16.0 mi
State Road: 1.14 mi
Off-grid (unknown): 292 yd


Natural: 6.24 mi
Unpaved: 16.2 mi
Gravel: 3.27 mi
Paved: 5.86 mi
Asphalt: 12.9 mi
Unknown: 2.11 mi
  • Includes an off-grid segment

    Navigation instructions may be limited.

  • Includes segments in which cycling is forbidden

    You will have to dismount and push your bike.

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.

September 4, 2020


  • Katherine Moore

    The King Alfred's Way's official start is in Winchester, fittingly where King Alfred held his throne. But, as this route is a loop, you can start and finish at any point you choose.

    This first stage will take you clockwise onto the loop from this ancient city bustling with history from the Westgate, straight into the glorious Hampshire countryside via a series of hidden bridleways.

    You'll soon enjoy some marvellous views, including the fields and hills from the Up Somborne hill before crossing the River Test to head further west.

    After Broughton village, a quintessential Hampshire parish, you'll encounter a steep but thankfully pretty short chalky climb, where you’ll join the Monarch's Way and Caledon Way for a while.

    One of the real highlights of the stage is up next with a visit to Old Sarum, the original site of Salisbury. From here, you head north to skirt around Stonehenge, which you can see across the fields, and skirt around the edge of the Salisbury Plain Training Area to reach the end of the stage in Tilshead.

    In this pretty little Wiltshire village you'll find a great pub serving delicious Italian food, as well as a very accommodating campsite.

    • September 17, 2020

Katherine Moore

Stage 1: Winchester to Tilshead — King Alfred's Way