Portsmouth route

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Spice up a ride south

If you have a trip to the con­ti­nent planned this year via the port of Portsmouth you’ll more than likely find your­self on the M3.

While motorway and dual car­riage­ways make for quick progress they can be te­dious. To liven up the jour­ney try this lit­tle cut through from the M3 at Bas­ingstoke to the A3 just north of Peters­field.

At junc­tion 6 take the A339 signed to­wards Bas­ingstoke and fol­low the ring round to­wards Al­ton, you’ll pass un­der the M3 and it will soon be­come a dis­tant mem­ory as the tree-lined coun­try lanes wel­come you. With un­du­la­tions and sweep­ing bends it’s rather dif­fi­cult to over­take but the scenery is pretty and the change of pace from motorway rid­ing a plea­sure.

You skirt round Al­ton and there’s a tricky dou­ble round­about and rail­way bridge to con­tend with. Again the road opens up as you head to the pretty vil­lage of Sel­borne, where the road nar­rows and speed limit drops to 20mph. Once out of the vil­lage en­joy the fi­nal five miles be­fore you join the A3 and re­turn to the mun­dane!

‘The M3 will soon be­come a dis­tant mem­ory as you join tree-lined lanes’

BAS­INGSTOKE HAWKLEY

Only do this route once or you’ll miss your ferry!

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