Only way is Wessex

Have a bril­liant blast along this South­ern stun­ner

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Tak­ing the B3400 west from Bas­ingstoke of­fers re­lief from this round­about-strewn town, and while it’s lit­tered with speed lim­its it’s a lovely road for a ride.

Con­tin­u­ing into Whitchurch you need to be care­ful to fol­low the signs for An­dover to make sure you don’t end up on the A34, which is an easy mis­take to make. Once out of Whitchurch and back on the open roads it’s a mere eight miles be­fore you hit An­dover and need to look for the A343, skirting to the north of the town be­fore head­ing to­wards New­bury.

The A343 is a scenic, tree-lined road with un­du­la­tions and gen­tle bends that are enjoyable to ride. The mag­nif­i­cent High­clere Cas­tle ap­pears through the trees on this stretch and you should recog­nise it if you’ve been forced to watch ITV’S pe­riod drama Down­ton Abbey (and paid at­ten­tion!). New­bury can be a bit of a bot­tle­neck so pick your time wisely to avoid get­ting stuck, but it’s also the ideal place for a quick break be­fore fin­ish­ing the 54-mile loop off by tak­ing the A339 south-east back to the start­ing point in Bas­ingstoke.

Miles Scenery Roads

En­joy tthehe roads and keep an eye out for the cas­tle from Down­ton Abbey

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