Sunday, June 8, 2014

Cycle route North Hampshire from Sutton Scotney

Distance: 14.5 Miles
Terrain: Roads, no steep climbs, but parts of the route are seriously undulating.
Refreshments: Coach and Horses (Sutton Scotney), The Swan (Barton Stacey) & The Plough (Longparish).
Route: Runkeeper

This is a nice little route from Sutton Scotney to discover the village of Barton Stacey, and touch the ends of Longparish and Wherwell.  This route is 14.5 miles, but for a shorter route start from the village of Barton Stacey and do a shorter route.

The start point is the Coach and Horses in Sutton Scotney, heading up the side road to the left of the pub (Stockbridge Road), past Naomi house to the A30 and turn left.  Follow the A30 through a few undulations until the a right turn signposted Cocum Barton Stacey.

Arriving in Barton Stacey, there is the Swan Inn, should you need some early refreshment, along with a small store.

The Plough Inn, Longparish
Continuing straight up the road, signed as being 2.5 miles to Longparish, you will pass Dever Springs trout fishery, before passing over the busy A303.  Shortly after passing over the River Test you will reach the Village of Longparish, or at least its western end, at the main road turn left to pass The Plough Inn, which is again a nice place to stop for a drink.

Cross in Longparish
Continue along this road as it twists pas the church and the community hall, but take care as we are approaching the busy A303 again and if you miss the turn for the bridge over you could quite easily find yourself on the slip road.  Turn right just before the A303 following the signpost for Exeter, this will take you over the bridge.  Follow this as it curves round all the way to the T-Junction, and turn right to wind your way into the Village of Wherwell.  Again we don't quite make it all the way into the village as just after the primary school we turn left to join the road to Chilbolton.

Head down the B3420 as it twists left then right and continue along until you reach the A30 again.

Unless you started at Barton Stacey, continue along the A30 back into Sutton Scotney, turning right just after the A34 to return to the Coach and Horses.

If you started in Barton Stacey do start down the A30, but turn left signed Cocum Barton Stacey just after the rifle range to complete the loop to Barton Stacey.