Stage 1: Winchester to Tilshead — King Alfred's Way
Mountain Biking Highlight
Bike Touring Highlight
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.
Katherine Moore planned a mountain bike ride.
September 4, 2020
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