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King Alfreds Way.

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:53 pm

Another long distance route from Cycling UK. Looks a good 'un but my knowledge of that manor is limited to simply 'The South' :wink:

https://www.cyclinguk.org/kingalfredswa ... CL8w5qnVvs
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Post by sean_iow » Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:06 pm

That looks interesting, but not realising the gpx until summer :sad:

At 220 miles it will make a nice day out :wink:
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Post by lune ranger » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:05 pm

Think I’ll chalk that one up for a try out later this year :roll:

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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by BigdummySteve » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:06 pm

Interesting, I’ve looked at connecting the ridgeway and South Downs way but couldn’t really see any coherent options without lots of road.
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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by Dave Barter » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:43 pm

sean_iow wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:06 pm
That looks interesting, but not realising the gpx until summer :sad:

At 220 miles it will make a nice day out :wink:
Given the Ridgeway makes sense
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Post by BigdummySteve » Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:58 pm

Aye, spent lots of my youth ridding around the chalk,we ran panracer darts at 1.9” in a vain attempt to cut through and find some grip.
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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by sean_iow » Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:18 pm

Dave Barter wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:43 pm
Given the Ridgeway makes sense
I'd forgotten about the Ridgeway, I must go back and finish that, my last attempt was Easter 2018 when you told me it would be too wet. I abandoned as I couldn't take the rain, cold and mud anymore... it made the 2019 BB300 seem pleasant by comparison :smile:
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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by faustus » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:06 pm

Looks a good one and on my doorstep too... :-bd

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Post by Richard G » Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:20 pm

sean_iow wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 11:18 pm
it made the 2019 BB300 seem pleasant by comparison
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On topic, I'd be tempted to go down and give that a blast.

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Post by Hummerlicious » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:08 pm

I'm looking forward to giving that a go. Out on the South Downs Way, round King Alfred, back along the Thames Path, then home down the BHF route. Should be fun!!

Don't forget my SD300 is down that way for anyone who fancies giving that a go....

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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by Richard G » Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:47 pm

Hummerlicious wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 10:08 pm
I'm looking forward to giving that a go. Out on the South Downs Way, round King Alfred, back along the Thames Path, then home down the BHF route. Should be fun!!
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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by Jaycee » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:38 pm

Does anyone have a GPX for the bit from the Southdowns Way up to the Northdowns Way or even where it leaves the SouthDowns way?
It looks like it's on the Devil Punchbowl has anyone tried this section is it a mud fest?
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Post by dlovett » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:40 pm

The central SDW is horrible at the moment.

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Post by dlovett » Fri Feb 14, 2020 12:42 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:53 pm
Another long distance route from Cycling UK. Looks a good 'un but my knowledge of that manor is limited to simply 'The South' :wink:

https://www.cyclinguk.org/kingalfredswa ... CL8w5qnVvs
IT looks like it uses the shipwrights way on the Eastside north of the sdw.

Yep it all lines up nicely. Anybody know how it gets from Winchester-Salisbury?

Salisbury to the ridgeway looks to be via the Wiltshire cycleway.

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Post by Jaycee » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:17 pm

Cheers dlovett,
Shipwrights Way is exactly what I was looking for, crossing the SDW at QECP
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Post by dlovett » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:59 pm

I present my knock off version of it.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/44699666

Avebury Stone Circle to Stonehenge 42.6km
Stonehenge to Salisbury 14.2km
Salisbury to Winchester 42km
Winchester to South Down's Way/Ship Wright's Way Junction 41.8km
South Down's Way/Ship Wright's Way Junction to Devil's Punch Bowl 35.6km
Devil's Punch Bowl to Farnham Castle 23.2km
Farnham Castle to Reading 40.7KM

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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by redefined_cycles » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:14 pm

Let me just get this right... so King Alfreds is comparable or takes in some of The Ridgeway which is in actual fact harder than the (whichever one) BB300... :???:

I'm still stuck trying to finish an attempt at Peaks200... Two last year and gonna attempt another this fall*(GodWilling)...

*Is that Spring or Summer. If its Spring then yeah, gonna try it in Fall... not summer (whatever that translates to in US speak)... any, keep riding them rigs well and proper :grin:

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Post by jameso » Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:22 pm

some of The Ridgeway which is in actual fact harder than the (whichever one) BB300... :???:
The Ridgeway end-to-end (~150km) is a pleasant all-day ride in dry summer conditions but in the wet/winter a fair bit of it is just a hoof-churned, claggy slog - best avoided.

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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by Jamesh » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:34 am

Thanks a bunch for your mapping efforts! Keen to have a run at this when weather changes. Finger crossed for a dry spring eh :grin:

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Post by jameso » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:31 am

I present my knock off version of it.
Having a look at this now, good work :-bd I'd mapped out some similar stuff past the western end of the Ridgeway but seeing how it links to the SDW is interesting. All I need to do is avoid Reading and route it back towards the Ridgeway eastern end and it'll be a nice weekender for the summer - easy access out of London as I live near the main line from Euston at the RW west end start point. Will post it up when done.

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Post by sean_iow » Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:50 am

jameso wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:31 am
Will post it up when done.
Interested in that :-bd Winchester is under 25 miles of peddling from my house (with a little help from Red Funnel) so I can join these routes without needing the car.

I'm looking for ideas for a couple of days at Easter, but it will need to dry out a bit first. On a previous trip on the way home from the SDW the ferry staff accosted me to make sure I wasn't going to sit down unless I removed some muddy layers :lol:
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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by dlovett » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:17 am

No Sean, you have to come via us and ride the ship wrights up to qecp first otherwise you won’t get tired!! Last time I visited your side the hovertravel staff insisted on hosing the bike down before they would put it in the Hover’s (old ones) outside baskets. I could tell they they really wanted to hose me down too!

It’s interesting but Southern trains really don’t give a monkeys about you ruining their carriages with mud, but se trains do. I wonder what other operators are like.

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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by Jamesh » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:38 am

jameso wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 9:31 am
I present my knock off version of it.
Having a look at this now, good work :-bd I'd mapped out some similar stuff past the western end of the Ridgeway but seeing how it links to the SDW is interesting. All I need to do is avoid Reading and route it back towards the Ridgeway eastern end and it'll be a nice weekender for the summer - easy access out of London as I live near the main line from Euston at the RW west end start point. Will post it up when done.
I'd be interested in that too! For me I'd imagine I'd find a way to circumnavigate the stretch past Reading and on way back round hop off the loop at Goring/Streatley to home. A cool weekend circuit for sure

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Post by jameso » Sat Feb 15, 2020 12:31 pm

Yes Goring is a natural start+end point also.

It's the basis of a good loop. I've ridden Winchester-Reading-Chilterns a couple of times on a modified 3-Down audax ride and tbh soon after you go inside that London gravitational effect line of Basingstoke-Wokingham-Marlow-Beaconsfield it gets busy, unpleasant compared to the area further west. Worth finding a quieter way through that area.

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Re: King Alfreds Way.

Post by Charliecres » Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:58 pm

There’s a gpx of the route here: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/rou ... s-Way-2020

But it seems you need an OS sub to download it

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