Bubbles and a Sunday cycle

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.

Ready to go at West Meon

Ready to go at West Meon

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.

West Meon to Wickham Elevation

West Meon to Wickham

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.

First road crossing

First road crossing

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.

At Wickham - time to find the pub

At Wickham – time to find the pub

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.

Cheers! Lunch at the Roebuck Inn

Cheers! Lunch at the Roebuck Inn

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.

A copy of the route can be found on my Garmin or Strava profile.

3 Comments

  1. 3rd October 2016 / 17:11

    I think I’ve been told about this path by a cycling friend. I’ll have to give it a go.

    • 3rd October 2016 / 17:12

      You should, it’s a really lovely area. Gets quiet busy tho

  2. 4th October 2016 / 19:37

    I love running and biking on old rail trails. Adding in bubbles certainly makes it a perfect Sunday and what a fun idea for a birthday. I can get on board with that way more than these over the top celebrations some people choose to have. We recently hooked our Burley up to my bike so we can take the little one on some rail trails. Now to just find the bubbles along the way……

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