cycle through king alfred's ANGLO-Saxon kingdom
This is an epic 4 day self-guided circular tour covering 220 miles around King Alfred The Great’s Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex. Starting and finishing in Winchester where the King is buried - this adventure is jam-packed with areas of outstanding natural beauty, spectacular vistas of the varied landscapes of Wiltshire, Wessex, Surrey and The South Downs. Travel along England’s oldest road - The Ridgeway.
Pass by countless historic sites including some of Europe’s oldest Neolithic Monuments: Stonehenge, Avebury Stones, Wayland’s Smithy, the prehistoric Uffington Horse and too many Iron Age Hill forts to mention.
Ride your own or hire one of our gravel or mountain bikes.
All bookings are flexible & fully refundable.
Type: SELF-GIUDED Bikepacking
Distance: 59 + 56 + 61 + 63 miles - Elevation: 12,600 ft
OVER 4 Days - fitness level: very GOOD - booking Group size: Min 4, Max 10
your enjoyment - our mission
From our base camp in the Chiltern Hills just a stone's throw from Ivinghoe Beacon we have created a truly chilled out experience for you. As passionate cyclists and adventurers ourselves - our mission is to take care of you and ensure you have an unforgettable few days. You just have to take care of getting yourself here and we'll take care of the rest. We have deliberately kept things simple whilst paying attention to every last detail.
There's nothing better!
Bookings are flexible and refundable.
Included in your experience
•Wild King Alfred’s Way Adventure is a self-guided tour based on Cycling UK’s route with a few minor tweaks to get you to your overnight camps.
•GPX files provided in advance for you to load onto you GPS (Garmin available as optional extra)
•Meet & greet at Winchester Station.
•We take care of all the gear you aren't carrying with you on your ride and ensure it gets to your overnight camp before you!
•Campsites are hand-picked and reserved by Wild Cycles. Complete with showers and loos.
•Your pitch is ready for when you arrive after a day’s ride - complete with bell tents, cooking gear, tables, chairs under cover of our iconic boma.
To complete the outdoor wild vibe - your very own open fire where you can chill and recount that day's highlights.
•For your 3 evenings - we’ve sourced some truly special ingredients for your BBQ from local producers. Includes snacks, main & salad as well as a selection of local brews!
•We’ll account of your dietary preferences.
•Breakfast on 3 mornings is a delicious locally sourced granola or muesli, pastries, fruit and fresh coffee.
Snacks & fruit for the road.
What's not included
Train fares, parking, lunch and refreshments en-route.
Please bring your own sleeping bag which we'll transfer between campsites with your gear.
You must wear your own quality cycle helmet which conforms to the latest safety standards.
Essentials which you'll need to bring:
multi-tool, tyre levers, inner tubes, tyre and tube repair materials, quick links,
water bottles/hydration pack,
minimum of 1 first aid kit per group,
water bottles/hydration pack,
suitable clothing, footwear, waterproof gear.
See our bike hire page for adventure bike hire option.
2, 3 & 4-person tents with camp beds
Adventure bike option
wild King Alfred's way itinerary
4 Days/3 Nights
Cycling and outdoor activity is physically demanding.
King Alfred's Way is a challenging ride and it is your responsibility to ensure that you are sufficiently fit and healthy to complete your chosen package and to ensure you have the necessary skill and capability.
•8:30 Meet & greet at Winchester Train Station* car park. We'll load up all of the gear that you don't want to carry on the ride.
•Head down to the start at King Alfred's Statue - 5 mins' ride from the station.
•Today you'll cycle along Roman roads and ancient tracks, pass by the spectacular Salisbury Cathedral and then head into prehistoric countryside to soak up the sights and ancient vibes of Stonehenge.
•Skirt around Salisbury Plain, up onto the White Horse Trail to join the Wessex Ridgeway which brings you into your first campsite near picturesque All Cannings.
*Winchester Station ~1 hour by train from London or Oxford.
If driving check out https://www.winchester.gov.uk/parking
•Day two is mainly spent on The Ridgeway, Britain's oldest road. Pass a jaw-dropping selection of historic sites, from Iron Age Hill Forts to Tombs and Neolithic monuments like the eerie Wayland's Smithy.
•Take in the famous and fabulous Uffington White Horse and Uffington Castle before dropping down into the village of Goring-On-Thames where you'll navigate a short detour to your second campsite.
•Re-join King Alfred's Way after spending a night under the stars and refuelling at your Wild Cycles campsite.
•You'll be cycling along rivers, weirs, locks and canals for the beginning of the day before heading through Reading, a surprisingly cycle-friendly city.
•Tree-lined bridleways take you south and onto Motte and Bailey Farnham Castle, past Waverly Abbey through Farnham Nature Reserve and onto quiet Surrey lanes.
•Spend your last night at a gem of a campsite in the company of the River Wey.
•Re-join King Alfred's Way and pass the Fernsham Great Ponds before joining a part of the Devil's Punchbowl bridleway which takes you into some spectacular Surrey countryside. One of our favourites.
•Paths merge with the South Downs Way and its roller coaster landscape. This will be a challenge but you'll be greatly rewarded by the incredible views over the Meon Valley.
•Crawl up to Old Winchester - an Iron Age Hill Fort and sweep down the valley crossing the old Roman Road at Morestead. Cover your final few miles into Winchester along the River Itchen on the Itchen Way before rolling into the familiar sights of the High Street.
•Celebrate the end of your epic journey with old King Al! We'll be there to welcome you and reunite you with your gear - for the journey home and a well-deserved rest.