Stage 2: Tilshead to The Ridgeway — King Alfred's Way
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You will have to dismount and push your bike.
Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.
September 4, 2020
The second stage of the King Alfred's way from the Salisbury Plain Military Training Area to the Ridgeway is a stage that promises to be chock full of brilliant wide gravel roads.
Leaving the quaint village of Tilshead behind, head north via a series of grassy bridleways that have been newly updated from footpaths, thanks to the advocacy of Cycling UK to allow cycling.
After you're warmed up, you'll tackle the Redhorn Hill climb up onto the higher parts of the Salisbury Plain on a wide and well surfaced gravel road, earning spectacular views out across Wiltshire.
After a short descent, you have a few lanes to navigate before crossing the Kennet and Avon Canal after All Cannings, where you'll then head up the traffic-free tarmac of Tan Hill. This is a spectacular climb, make even more special as you don't have to share the road!
After you reach the top, the road turns to gravel before a sharp left-hand turn to descend a narrow bridleway. Take care when overgrown as it can hide a few ruts.
After descending to Beckhampton, it's a short ride to Avebury, boasting three impressive ancient stone circles that you can explore. This is a good place to refuel, as you'll head up onto the Ridgeway next where there's less opportunity to do so.
The Ridgeway is one of the best established routes in the south of England, miles upon miles of wide gravel tracks turning to grassy field singletrack, huge views and chalk horses carved into the hillside.
The stage ends near Wantage, where you can find many hotels and B&Bs, or there's a bunkhouse for hire and cafe at the Court Hill Centre.
September 19, 2020