My friend recently had a birthday and to celebrate she organised a 20 mile cycle along the Meon Valley Railway Line. Closed in 1968, this disused railway line is perfect for a traffic free, easy cycle. It is mostly flat and the scenery is beautiful. We met at West Meon, where it is easy (and free) to park.
This was an out and back route and we had mixed abilities within the group. This route is nice and flat (with the exception of some incline) and has a good surface to cycle on, making it idea for beginners. There were plenty of others out on the trail – runners, dog walkers, horse riders, cyclists – so if you’re looking to zoom along, you probably need to get out early.
If you look closely enough, you can see lots of indications of the old railway – an old station house, bridges, bits of old platform and train signalling. The route passes through Exton, Corhampton, Droxford, Soberton (to name a few) and there are many opportunities to exit the trail and explore.
There are a couple of roads to cross, but theses are not busy ones and well signposted on approach. These road crossings are the only real hills, they are very short and over within a minute. If you’re looking for a shorter walk or cycle, there is a great pub called The Shoe at Exton, which isn’t too far off the railway trail.
Once we go to Wickham, we decided to stop off for a roast and some celebratory bubbly before heading back. After such a wet day on Saturday, we had fantastic weather – blue skies and sunshine.
We stopped off at the Roebuck Inn, Wickham which is off the track – but not too far. As it was Sunday, we all sampled the roasts on offer and had some bubbles to make the 10 miles back to the start more fun!
This is a really nice route, especially if you want a decent distance that is traffic free. There are plenty of opportunities to veer off the trail and explore the villages along the route – pubs, rivers, views – this has it all.