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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Cycle Route Whitchurch, Overton and Micheldever Station


Distance: 14 Miles
Terrain: Roads, gently undulating, no steep climbs.
Refreshments: Numerous pubs in Whitchurch and Overton, The Dove at Micheldever Station.
Route: Runkeeper

This is a circular route that I have done a number of times, in both directions from Whitchurch, this route is on-road.

Setting off from Whitchurch Town Square, head east towards Basingstoke on the London Road, passing the Red house and then the Prince Regent towards the top of the hill.

Continue on London road, where you will pass through Freefolk and then Laverstoke, along the way up a short drive on the left is the Watership Down pub just before a string of cottages, with what must be one of the longest thatched roofs.  Maintain straight ahead until you reach the traffic lights in Overton where we turn right and start to head up a slope towards the highest point of the route, before heading downhill towards Micheldever Station.

Along the road to Micheldever you will pass Laverstoke Park Farm, which has an organic farm shop and calls itself the worlds largest smallholding, and then on past the Test Valley Golf Club.

Pass over the Railway, and then under the A303.  When you arrive at the T-Junction by the railway bridge turn right and pass into the village of Micheldever Station, passing Micheldever tyres, the railway station and The Dove Inn.

Continue straight along the road until you meet the main road, just before the A303, here we turn left before taking the right signposted Whitchurch & Laverstoke.

After an impressive wall on your right you will bend around to the left before a short rise that leads to a sharp right hand bend.  Follow this bend and take the next left and follow this road up and down some slight slopes before the final downhill as you re-enter Whitchurch.

At the T Junction turn right and follow Winchester Road back to Whitchurch Town Square, where you will find a number of pubs ready to quench your thirst.