Cycle Routes in Hampshire

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The New Forest

Hampshire has a number of appealing cycling opportunities with attractive coastal scenery and some beautiful countryside. Not to be missed is the wonderful South Downs Way which takes you through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on miles of off road bridleways and tracks.
Also of interest to cyclists is the New Forest (right) with its miles of peaceful traffic free cycle lanes.

There are several National Cycle Network signed routes in the county many of which have been mapped and can be viewed and downloaded below.
For more information on NCN routes in the county (including free cycle maps) please click here

For more information on cycle routes in Hampshire including tips, advice and free cycle maps please click here

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 Short Routes: <15 miles (25km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Alice Holt Forest7 miles (12 km)*
Brockenhurst to Hythe12 miles (20 km)*
Havant to Chichester11 miles (18 km)*
Hayling Billy Trail6 miles (9 km)*
Itchen Valley Country Park2 miles (3 km)*
Lakeside Country Park1 miles (2 km)*
Lepe Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)*
Manor Farm and Country Park3 miles (5.5 km)*
Meon Valley Trail9 miles (15 km)*
Moors Valley Country Park3 miles (5 km)*
Mottisfont Abbey3 miles (5 km)*
Queen Elizabeth Country Park5 miles (8.5 km)**
Romsey to Southampton14 miles (23 km)**
Royal Victoria Country Park2 miles (4 km)*
Southampton Common3 miles (5 km)*
Staunton Country Park4 miles (7 km)*
Winchester to New Arlesford10 miles (16 km)**
Yately Common Country Park6 miles (10 km)*

 Mid Distance Routes: 16 - 30 miles (26-50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Andover to Newbury21 miles (34 km)***
Basingstoke to Alton18 miles (29 km)***
Basingstoke to Reading24 miles (38 km)**
Castleman Trailway16 miles (26 km)*
East Hampshire AONB20 miles (32 km)***
New Forest Circular16 miles (25 km)**
Oxdrove Way25 miles (40 km)***
Poole to Ringwood22 miles (35 km)**
Portsea Island Explorer18 miles (29 km)**
Romsey to Andover19 miles (30 km)***
Salisbury to Romsey19 miles (31 km)**
Southampton to Portsmouth22 miles (35 km)**
Winchester to Basingstoke28 miles (45 km)***
Winchester to Petersfield26 miles (42 km)***

 Long Routes: > 30 miles (50km)
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Bournemouth to Ashurst New Forest31 miles (50 km)**
Petersfield to Brighton43 miles (70 km)***
Salisbury to Southampton33 miles (53 km)**
Three Downs Link102 miles (164 km)*****
Winchester to Farnham33 miles (53 km)****


 Your Submitted Routes
Route NameDistanceDifficulty
Southampton to Lyndhurst10 miles (16 km)**
The South Downs Way98 miles (158 km)***

 Hampshire Cycling Links
NameDescription
Basingstoke CouncilRoutes and maps for the area
Blackwater ValleyCollection of cycle routes and useful general information about visiting this lovely rural area.
Country LanesHolidays and hire in the Lake District, New Forest and on the Isle of Wight
Eastleigh CouncilMaps and information for the area
Havant CouncilSelection of links and useful information for the area
Hayling Billy TrailAll you need to know about the trail
New Forest CouncilInformation and route PDFs on the area
New Forest Cycle HireNice looking site with plenty of info on cycling in the New Forest and of course bike hire options
New Forest National ParkOfficial site for this beautiful area


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