If you’ve recently dug a bike out of the shed, and – like many – been enjoying riding on quieter roads, we have some recommended routes for you.
The first takes us along the Itchen Valley through Avington. Andy Key, who devised the route says:
“The Itchen Valley between Alresford and Winchester is a beautiful peaceful countryside route along quiet lanes. This ride uses the little-known cycle route through subways and paths over Junction 9 of the M3 – not as scary as it sounds. Avington Park is a scenic spot to stop for a snack.
On your way back, the old railway line is a disused section of the old “Watercress Line” railway which used to connect Alton to Winchester. It’s now part of the Watercress Way: see thewatercressway.org.uk for details.
The detour route takes you up some hills where you’ll get panoramic views across the valley.”
The ride is described with a beautiful and detailed map which you can download and print. It’s also included in our new Cycle Winchester Routes page. We’ll bring you more Lockdown Rides in due course.