King Alfred’s Way Cycle Route

King Alfred’s Way Cycle Route.

Start and finish in Winchester.

Distance, 350km

This area has 10,000 years of history. You can cycle King Alfred’s Way Cycle Route a  350km round trip through historic Wessex, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Alfred the Great. King Alfred’s Way Cycle Route starts and finishes in Winchester where King Alfred is buried, and connects iconic monuments including Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Iron Age hill forts, Farnham Castle, and the cathedrals of Winchester and Salisbury.

The route connects four of England’s National Trails: North Downs Way, South Downs Way, Ridgeway, and Thames Path. The route came about by upgrading various sections of footpath for cycling to take place, and also includes current bridleways, byways, and quiet country lanes.

King Alfred’s Way Cycle Route is a 350km circular off-road cycle route through 10,000 years of history, connecting some of England’s most iconic sites.

It is easily accessible from cities and towns in the south of England, and is a great way to leave the city behind. Its all about white horses on chalk hills and wide-open vistas across rolling waves of countryside.

The trails name  is inspired by Alfred the Great, who was king of the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. The trail starts and ends at King Alfred’s statue in Winchester, where he is buried.

The trail uses parts of the Ridgeway and South Downs Way, and is ideal for gravel bikes and can be ridden over a few days as a bike packing ride. It also connects with the Thames Path and the North Downs Way riders’ route, so you can have multiple routes made into a longer cycling experience.

King Alfred’s Way Cycle trail forms a crucial part of Cycling UK’s goal to make a network of long-distance off-road routes across the length and breadth of Great Britain, through very interesting places and awe inspiring landscapes.



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