The South Downs is famous for big skies, rolling downs, chalk byways and, of course, the South Downs Way. But that’s only part of the story.

If you know where to look the area is filled with ancient woodland and some choice singletrack. It really is a natural playground of swooping trails surrounded by jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenery.

We’ve put together a series of rides that showcase the variety of riding that Hampshire has to offer. We’ve chosen rides in the high downs, in the Hangers and in those ancient woods. It really is a great way to see (and ride) the wide variety that the South Downs has to offer.

This ride has absolutely everything you could ask for from a South Downs classic. We’ve got big skies, we’ve got open downland, we’ve got pretty villages and we’ve got chalk streams. We also have top-class singletrack for you to enjoy all woven around the scarp edge of the South Downs.

The riding is brilliant but, on this ride, the countryside vies for your attention: this ride is jam packed with ancient monuments. We will ride past hill forts, a Stone Age settlement, Bronze Age field systems and, not one but two, Bronze Age barrow cemeteries. Any of these on their own would be worth the trip but we will cram all into a single ride.

Factfile: Cocking
£30

Date: Sunday 22nd April

Start time: 10:00

Start: Cocking Hill Car Park, South Downs Way

Distance: 25-30km/16-18 miles

Duration: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: hard

Included: guiding, support and first aid

Not included: mountain bike, refreshments

Butser Hill is the second highest point in both Hampshire and the South Downs. This means grand vistas in every direction from the top, stretching out across most of Hampshire on a good day. But don’t stare at them too long because you will want to concentrate on the way ahead.

This ride centres on the ridge of hills around Butser and the paths that radiate from it. It is an energetic day of ups and downs that is as technical as you would like to make it.

At the end of it all, if we have the legs, there is the opportunity to go and play on the built trails at Queen Elizabeth Country Park which are always great fun.

Factfile: Butser Hill
£30

Date: Saturday 19th May

Start time: 10:00

Start: Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre

Distance: 25-30km/16-18 miles

Duration: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Included: guiding, support and first aid

Not included: mountain bike, refreshments

Houghton Woods above Amberley are well known for their trails, but there are other trail delights to sample before we get to them. We’ve got the scarp face of the Downs and Nore Hill as appetisers.

This, our most easterly ride, has everything you would expect of a South Downs Ride: Big skies, beech plantation and ancient monuments. It also has some real riding treats, whether you want sinuous or steep, you’ll find something here.

And there’s still the small matter of those trails in Houghton as the cream on the cake of this ride.

Factfile: Amberley
£30

Date: Saturday 16th June

Start time: 10:00

Start: Whiteways Cafe, Whiteways Lodge picnic site

Distance: 25-30km/16-18 miles

Duration: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Included: guiding, support and first aid

Not included: mountain bike, refreshments

Winchester is our backyard, so join us as we take you on a tour of all our favourite local haunts.

We will be jumping on and off the South Downs Way and weaving in and out of the woods as we go in search of the finest singletrack. You can look forward to a day sampling all best bits of riding around Winchester: all those bits of trail that only locals know about.

To cap it all we will finish at one of the nicest pubs in Winchester.

Factfile: Winchester
£30

Date: Saturday 21st July

Start time: 10:00

Start: Queen Inn front garden

Distance: 25-35km/16-21 miles

Duration: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Included: guiding, support and first aid

Not included: mountain bike, refreshments

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