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Stage 5: Liphook to Winchester — King Alfred's Way

Stage 5: Liphook to Winchester — King Alfred's Way

Difficult
06:08
43.3 mi
7.1 mph
3,050 ft
3,225 ft
Expert gravel ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

Tour Overview

Starting Point
5.53 mi
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Liss village

Mountain Biking Highlight

23.4 mi
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Meon springs

Mountain Biking Highlight

25.0 mi
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Old Winchester Hill

Mountain Biking Highlight

27.1 mi
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Meon Valley cycle path

Bike Touring Highlight

29.1 mi
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Beacon Hill: The White Way

Bike Touring Highlight

42.3 mi
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Handle Bar Café

Bike Touring Highlight

43.3 mi
Destination

Tour Profile

Waytypes

Singletrack: 11.0 mi
Path: 12.5 mi
Cycleway: 4.12 mi
Street: 1.39 mi
Road: 14.3 mi
State Road: < 109 yd

Surfaces

Unpaved: 22.3 mi
Compacted Gravel: 1.27 mi
Cobblestones: 187 yd
Paved: 8.55 mi
Asphalt: 9.78 mi
Unknown: 1.32 mi
  • Includes a very steep uphill segment

    You may need to push your bike.

  • Includes a segment that goes up or down a series of steps

    You may need to carry your bike.

  • Includes a segment in which cycling is forbidden

    You will have to dismount and push your bike.

Weather Forecast

Katherine Moore planned a gravel ride.

September 4, 2020

Comments

  • Katherine Moore

    The final stage of the King Alfred's Way will take you full circle back to Winchester via the well-known South Downs Way.

    From Liphook, you'll skirt the edge of the Longmoor Ranges before the old converted railway line cycle path into the town of Liss. Nicely warmed up, from here you'll tackle the first climb of the day up to the aptly named Hill Brow.

    The descent heading south from here is a corker, down through the dappled woodland on a twisting dirt bridleway, then out onto a farm track between the fields.

    A few lanes lead you to join the South Downs way near South Harting. It's a hilly part of the route, so make sure you've got some legs left for this on the last day!

    Take the well signposted South Downs Way, with wide and chalky trails sometimes narrowing to hedge-bound singletrack or grassy field margins. You'll soon descend through the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, ready for the second major climb of the day.

    Butser Hill is an impressive sight, and a tough ride too. Riding or walking up this grassy slope, the views from the ascent are simply marvellous and will make it worth your while!

    Enjoy a fast descent on the lanes past the fishery at East Meon before taking the cow tracks up the next off-road climb on the South Downs Way out of the Meon Valley to Old Winchester Hill. Here you'll follow field edges and some well-surfaced gravel tracks as you near the end of the stage and total route.

    • September 21, 2020

Katherine Moore

Stage 5: Liphook to Winchester — King Alfred's Way