We meet up in Winchester, where you will meet us and your fellow guests. Then we make sure your bike fits you perfectly, before hitting the road for the first time.
Our first stop is at Alresford, following paths, tracks and quiet roads past trout streams, a 13th century mill and watercress farms. We also visit the quintessential English villages of Cheriton and Titchbourne, where thatched cottages nestle alongside traditional pubs, and ancient farmland stretches far into the distance. We get a chance to view the site of a Civil War Battle as we progress back to Winchester.
Just before arriving back at our starting point we will go through the centre of Winchester, past the impressive Cathedral, the surrounding ancient buildings, cafes and shops.
Starting in the historic market town of Marlborough we cruise through the four-mile Grand Avenue of the Savernake Forest, designed by Capability Brown, before we join the towpath of the Kennett and Avon Canal. We pass several locks before stopping for lunch at the charming 16th century Royal Oak pub or take a picnic at the nearby Wootton Rivers canal lock.
After lunch, we travel to Honeystreet, where the local pub prides itself as the world centre for crop circle monitoring! During the season, it is possible that you will see some actual crop circles in this area, but this can not be guaranteed! Then it’s back to the road to see the giant white horse of Alton Barnes, carved into Milk Hill in 1812.
Heading north, we pass West Kennet Long Barrow and West Kennet Avenue, before arriving at the unique Avebury Ring – a 5,000-year-old henge with a chapel and a pub within its circle of stones. It’s a peaceful place to rest, refresh and enjoy the quiet.
We then return to Marlborough, taking a look at the Marlborough White Horse just before entering the town centre.
After meeting in central Marlborough we depart towards Manton and see the 1804 Preshute White Horse.
On our route towards Avebury we have the opportunity take a few short detours to see some local sites of interest such as a crop circle or Silbury Hill or West Kennett Long Barrow.
Eventually we follow the road through the standing stones of the Kennet Avenue to arrive at the largest stone circle in Europe – Avebury.
After lunch and sufficient time to absorb this unique place we head back through the stone avenue to East Kennett where we turn off to go through Manton and arrive back in Marlborough.
Total distance: between 12 and 17 miles
A breathtaking ride through 5,000 years of history. From the centre of Salisbury we follow the Avon Valley through the Woodfords. At Wilsford-cum-Lake we make our way up an ancient route once used by animal herders. On reaching the crest of a hill we are greeted with an unforgettable view – Stonehenge. You will get plenty of time to have a good look around this pre-historic site. Then, after lunch at a country pub, we ride along the chalk valleys of the River Avon, beside lush green meadows rich with wildlife, to the ancient hill fort of Old Sarum. Finally, we make the short journey back to the cathedral city of Salisbury.