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-GUiDEd off-road over 4 days
Daily Distance: 59 + 56 + 61 + 63 miles - total Elevation: 12,600 ft
fitness level: Very good* - booking Group size: Min 4, Max 10
*More than 6 hours of riding and 2,500 ft of climbing per day.
Requires very good fitness and advanced riding skills.
the wild king alfred's way route
With more than 6 hours riding and 3,000 ft. of altitude per day, the King Alfred's Way route is by no means a doddle and it requires high fitness levels. You'll be riding over rough rocks, rutted chalk trails, sandy pits and the odd public road. Beautiful scenery will accompany you throughout, but make sure to keep your eye on the path!
Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions may require you to push your bike.
Included in your experience
•Wild King Alfred’s Way Adventure is a self-guided tour based on Cycling UK’s route.
For details and guidance please refer to https://www.cyclinguk.org/king-alfreds-way
•Meet & greet at Winchester Station in the morning on day 1.
•We transfer 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.
(Note: campsite no.1 has washing facilities but no showers)
•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 BBQs. 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, pastries, fruit, fresh coffee and tea.
Snacks & fruit for the road.
What's not included
Train fares, parking, lunch and refreshments en-route.
For route details, guidance and full kit checklist of what to bring - see:
See our bike hire page for bike hire options.
wild King Alfred's way itinerary
4 Days/3 Nights
A very good level of fitness is required for the King Alfred's Way which is a challenging ride.
•8:30 Meet & greet in Winchester for briefing at Gladstone Str. car park ( SO23 8TQ) - 1 min from Winchester Train Station*
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.
•Roll out of the city through the iconic West Gate, 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.
(note this campsite has washing facilities but no showers as at May '21)
*Winchester Station ~1 hour by train from London or Oxford.
If driving - check out parking options:
We'll' will meet you at the 3 campsites to show you around on your arrival and see you off in the mornings.
Help yourself to cold beverages, light the fire and cook your evening meal.
Help yourself to delicious breakfast goodies in the mornings.
•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.
You'll be following Cycling UK's route which is given for guidance.
For details and to access their handy guide please see:
For helpful info on bike, gear, terrain - watch:
Essentials which you'll need to bring
Essential that it's in perfect working order, safety-checked, serviced and safe to ride the full distance.
You must wear your own quality cycle helmet which conforms to the latest safety standards.
Multi-tool, tyre levers, inner tubes and/or tubeless repair kit, tyre boots,
pump, quick chain links, spare cables, lube, zip ties, bike lock,
water bottles/hydration pack,
minimum of 1 first aid kit per group,
suitable clothing, footwear, eye wear waterproof gear.