Cycle touring in Hampshire is probably best in the New Forest and on the Isle of Wight. There are some other isolated routes too, such as National Cycle Network Route 23 between Basingstoke and Winchester and National Cycle Network Route 24 between Salisbury and Southampton, but these routes contain long stretches of rural cycling with not much to see and do on the way. Do not be fooled by the famous South Downs Way. This route is really something for mountain bikes only and not suitable for hybrid bike and/or family "cruising".
A great help for you to plan your routes in Hampshire will be the Sustrans' Hampshire & Island of Wight Cycle Map. This map covers the National Cycle Network of Hampshire. For cycling on the Isle of Wight, we recommend using this map too, in combination with our route suggestions on our Isle of Wight page.
For a cycling holiday in Hampshire with a bit more support and guidance, you could consider our cycling holiday package with a circular route through Hampshire and Wiltshire, starting and ending in the New Forest. This Ancient South England Tour takes you via famous ancient sites such as the Danebury Ring Fort, Avebury, Stonehenge and Old Sarum and great market towns such as Romsey, Stockbridge and Marlborough. Savernake Forest and Fyfield Down nature reserves are also on the itinerary, just as estates as Breamore House and Highcliffe Castle. Lat but not least, the route is calling at the scenic Cathedral City of Salisbury. This highly varied route, to be completed in six days with one extra day of rest halfway, is not signposted and only available as package holiday. On this self guided tour with Bed & Breakfast accommodations. you'll cycle approximately 26 miles (42 km) per day, mostly via specially selected quiet country lanes.
If you are interested in traffic-calmed long-distance cycling on England's South Coast, please note that National Cycle Network Route 2 is far from completed. This route, supposed to connect Dover with Cornwall, has various missing sections. You'll end up cycling on busy main roads for considerable distances and also have to plan and research your way to make up for the missing gaps.
If you are after a continuous east-west cycle route across southern England, consider our London-Land's End Cycle Route Book (costs £ 15.99 plus postage), which also features a route from Dover to London, thus providing the Dover-Cornwall connection. It comes in a handy spiral-bound format and GPS-tracks are free when ordered via our own websites.
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