Great Rides #2 – The White Horses Run

There’s a busy month in mo­tor­cy­cling com­ing up and if you fancy tak­ing in a crack­ing route, then how about this one that has been set-out by mo­tor­cy­clists just like you!

Motorcycle Monthly - - What’s On - Words: Jayne Cle­ments

Story of the Route

There are around 24 white horses in Bri­tain, 13 of which are in Wilt­shire and of these eight are still vis­i­ble. Most of the horses are dated from the last 300 years. This route takes in the coun­try­side of Hamp­shire and Wilt­shire and is named af­ter the White Horses carved into the sur­round­ing hills.

The start­ing point is at Ower Ser­vices, just on the edge of the New For­est Na­tional Park and from here you travel north­wards to­wards Pewsey, where the first white horse is lo­cated. Fol­low­ing the route to Alton Barnes, you will see the sec­ond white horse. The third is on the A345 Marl­bor­ough and Pewsey road.

Trav­el­ling from Pewsey on the A345 back to Sal­is­bury, there is a cross­roads with the A303. A right turn here leads back to Stone­henge, a fa­mous site that needs no in­tro­duc­tion.

The route takes in Sal­is­bury, where you may like to stop off. Sal­is­bury’s Early English Gothic cathe­dral is home to the fa­mous Magna Carta. The A36, which takes you back to Ower ser­vices, passes through the New For­est Na­tional Park.

This is a route that is a mix of town and coun­try.

About the rider’s group and its con­tact de­tails

This route is from Lyming­ton Mo­tor Cy­cle and Light Car Club Ltd, which re­formed on Septem­ber 30, 1963 at the An­gel Ho­tel, in Lyming­ton, Hamp­shire. Mem­ber­ship is avail­able to any­one who is in­ter­ested in rid­ing on or look­ing and talk­ing about mo­tor­cy­cles or light cars. They want to en­cour­age the use of mo­tor­cy­cles and light cars for plea­sure and in a hu­mor­ous and friendly man­ner.

Any bike, be it mod­ern or clas­sic, is welcome.

For more de­tails see their web­site at www.lyming­ton­mo­tor­cy­cle.co.uk

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