the hills and not so far away! June 2009.
last the better weather and longer hours of light are with us and a new hunger
for day trips is in me, to visit those tucked away places just a short hop
away! Share this with me.
Lymington, (on the new ferry),A337 to Brockenhurst and head for Ornimental
Drive through the heart of the forest, stopping to gaze at the giant Redwoods
and listen to the wild life waking to the spring warmth. Join the A35 east
to Lyndhurst,A337 north to Cadnam, fast track the A3090 N.E. to Romsey, finding
the A3057 north to Mottisfont Abbey to check the level and flow of the life
giving river Test on it`s fast pace south. Next, on past Stockbridge, still
on the A3057 north through Leckford, turning right after the Mayfly Inn onto
the B3048 for Wherwell and it`s picture book thatches.
through picturesque St. Mary Bourne, to turn right, N.E. onto the A343, thus
avoiding Andover. This empty scenic A route leads to Newbury, but try joining
the A34 north for a brisk hop and get off for the A4, head east -- Newbury
A4, and head north at the roundabout connecting with the B4494 to Wantage.
This is another empty ribbon of tarmac to tingle the blood. As you near Wantage,
ease off as you tip over the Ridgeway, the views are quite stunning and worth
a stop to gaze at. Decend into Wantage and follow the B4507 westward to White
Horse Hill and ride around the small loop to the south, check out the views
to the north, the giant wind turbines in the distance and the edges of the
basin you are on! A car park is provided should you wish to climb up to the
chalk carving. Continue west on the B4507 to Ashbury, cross the B4000 and
ride through Wanborough to join the A419, head south, cross the M4, join the
A346 heading to Marlborough.
Marlborough there is a quiet scenic road N.W. passing Rockley, leading to
Broad Hinton, again crossing the Ridgeway which is worth stopping at before
your decent. Ride on and join the A4361 south to Avebury and ponder the stones
over a tasty snack at the Red Lion.
south to West Kennett passing more strange stones on your right, then link
up to the A4 east for Marlborough, but swing off and follow the A345 through
Pewsey. As you leave Pewsey, bear left at the filling station then right to
ride cross country alone to Everleigh. Turn left onto the A342 and south on
the A338, cross under the A303, left at the roundabout and use the B3084 S.E.
to Grateley, bear left, east, after crossing the railway onto the lonely road
to the A343, turn right the left and on past Danebury Hill, arriving at the
west end of Stockbridge.Make your way east on the High Street to Lilley`s
this lovely old market town you can use the B3049 to cross Winchester and
use the Portsmouth route home or go to Lymington on the A3057, A3090 and the
A337. I made my way towards Portsmouth via Winchester, then diagonaly S.E.
to Warnford (A32), Old Winchester Hill just S.E. of Warnford.
this twisty acent and decent there are some amazing views especially of East
Meon and the church spire. On to Chidden, Clanfield and Waterloville. Finally
I ended up near Drayton overlooking Portsmouth Harbour and the Isle of Wight
before catching an evening sailing home. Quite an interest filled, intense
ride of around 200 miles, but then what are bikes for? Enjoy!