Route: Zig Zag Hill Distance: 5.5 miles Time: 12 mins Brief description: Packs more corners than Holland!
Type ‘Zig Zag Hill’ into Google and you will soon see why this short route is so famous. The hill itself is a stretch of road between Tollard Royal and Cann Common that’s less than a mile in length but still packs in five hairpins and another four or five bends of varying ferocity. It’s quite a test of man as well as machine.
You have to concentrate hard, especially when going down it as it’s quite easy for the bike to gather momentum faster than you are expecting, leading to a bit of a scare when one of the many switchbacks looms into view. This, combined with a patchy surface, makes the hill quite a challenge. Should you take it on, be wary of other traffic. Car drivers also like to try and test their skills against Zig Zag Hill while lorries often end up crossing the centre of the road.
However, don’t let these obstacles put you off as it’s a unique and exhilarating section of the UK’S tarmac and one that is worth riding. Take it easy on your first pass before you even consider building speed.
Once you have become either dizzy or tired of Zig Zag Hill continue on the B3081 towards Ringwood and explore the Wiltshire Downs or turn towards Dorset to see what riding delights it has to offer.