Ancient South England Tour


Our Ancient South England Tour holiday package is no longer available, but you can organise the tour yourself with help of our guidebook, which is on sale via this website.

The guidebook is designed for the enthusiastic cyclist who is keen to enjoy an active holiday, packed with historic sites and pretty countryside. You not only explore the New Forest National Park and the Hampshire Coast, but also cycle by the ancient sites of Stonehenge and Avebury. The beautiful town of Salisbury is on the route as well and all locations are connected by specially selected cycling-friendly quiet country lanes. Overnight stays in historic market towns like Romsey and Marlborough will make a unique exploration experience!

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Route Summary:

Stage 1: Brockenhurst - Romsey: 3 hours: Start your holiday from a Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Brockenhurst. If you didn't bring your own bike you can hire bikes from our friends at New Forest Cycle Hire. You set off with a nice route through New Forest National Park. You can stop at Burley and the New Forest Deer Sanctuary and have a mid-day break in the hamlet of Fritham, where you can have lunch in the local pub or enjoy a forest walk. The scenic town of Romsey is the end of your first stage. Have a stroll in the old The Hundred Shopping Street and view the majestic Abbey.

Stage 2: Romsey - Andover: 2.5 hours: The next day you join the rolling Hampshire Hills and you can stop in the picturesque village of Stockbridge for lunch. Then you make your way to the ancient Danebury Ring Fort, where you have the opportunity to have a walk around the ancient fortifications. In the late afternoon you arrive in Andover, where the Museum of the Iron Age is open for those who want to find out more about Danebury Ring Fort.

Stage 3: Andover - Marlborough: 3 hours: From the valley of Andover, you climb steadily onto the Chute's Causeway ridge where you'll be rewarded with some great views. Beyond the sleepy village Great Bedwyn you cycle through the ancient woodland of the Savernake Forest. In Marlborough you can enjoy the hustle and bustle of its impressive high street.

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Stage 4: Marlborough - Amesbury: 4 hours: The fourth cycling day is the longest and most spectacular one, taking you onto the remote and traffic free Ridgeway, which ends at ancient Avebury. You should have a long break here to take in the walk around the ancient stone circle. You can also visit the Keiller Museum and Sidbury Hill. A bit further you'll make your way through Milk Hill Pass and in the following descent you can admire the Alton Barnes White Horse. You then cross the Salisbury Plains south to Amesbury, the end of the most demanding stage of the tour.

Walking day: The next attraction is one of the most famous landmarks of England; Stonehenge! Stay two nights close to this magic circle in nearby Amesbury. This gives the opportunity to make a lovely day walk in the beautiful countryside towards Stonehenge. At the magic stone circle you can spend as much time as you like.

Stage 5: Amesbury - Fordingbridge: 3.5 hours: Properly back on the bike the next day, you'll find that Salisbury is a beautiful old town, with its cathedral tower as it most striking feature. Inside the cathedral you can view an original copy of the Magna Carta. The ruins of Old Sarum are impressive too! There are plenty of museums to enjoy and Salisbury is great for browsing and shopping as well. Beyond Salisbury you cycle through the Avon Valley. You'll pass the stately mansion Breamore House and cycle to the small town Fordingbridge, the next stage stop.

Stage 6: Fordingbridge - Brockenhurst: 3.5 hours: On the last cycling day, you'll hit the South Coast at Highcliffe, where Highcliffe Castle stands proudly on the cliffs. There is a fabulous cycle way along the beach here and a great cliff café in which to chill out. From Highcliffe, you'll make your way back to the New Forest and Brockenhurst.

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The English-language guidebook is only available via this website and consists of 36 pages. It features cycling-focused visitor information, route directions with maps and accommodation listings.

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Travel Information:

By train: We recommend you travel to Brockenhurst by train. South West Trains runs a direct link with London Waterloo and the journey time is approximately 90 minutes. Cross Country Trains also serves Brockenhurst station with a good connection to Reading and the Midlands. Both companies carry bicycles for free, but reservations are recommended. Total travel time from London to Brockenhurst: approximately 2 hours.

By plane: If you travel from further afield, Southampton Airport is the airport to which to fly. The airport is the hub of carrier FlyBe. The airport has a direct train link from Southampton Airport Parkway station to Brockenhurst. Total travel time from Southampton Airport to Brockenhurst: approximately 30 minutes.

By car: Take exit 2 from the M27 motorway and follow signs with the freight route to Lyndhurst to avoid long delays on arrival in Lyndhurst. In Lyndhurst follow the A337 to Brockenhurst. Note you are only allowed to park your car on B&B premises on nights you are actually staying there. Long stay paid parking is available at Brockenhurst station. Some Brockenhurst public roads have free on-road parking at your own risk, but spaces can be limited. Overnight parking in car parks in the surrounding New Forest is not permitted! Total travel time from London to Brockenhurst: approximately 2 hours.