The Ridgeway is a National trail of some 87 miles and spans both the Wessex Downs and Chilterns from Avebury in Wiltshire to Ivinghoe Beacon in the North Chilterns.The western half from the start to Goring and streatley is the best for mountain biking it contains an almost unbroken 43 mile stretch of off road.It generally runs on the top of the downs and so is well drained and gives expansive views over the vale of white horse.Look at the website for details www.nationaltrail.co.uk/ridgeway/
The SouthDowns Way adventure-the South Downs way is again a National Trail and spans over 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne. The entire length can be transverse by bike with wonderful views over the downs with the highlight of coastal views toward the end. It can be completed by the casual cyclist in 3 to 4 days whilst the fitter rider can be expected to do it in 2 or even a day for those really up for a challenge. It is best to do both the Ridgeway and SouthDowns way in May, June or September when the weather is drier avoiding the summer holidays when pressures on accommodation are greater. Website www.nationaltrail.co.uk/southdowns/
Sustrans oversees our national cycle network. There are now over 16,000 miles of cycle path throughout the UK and a large proportion of these are traffic free. You may have heard of some of the more well known routes such as The Camel trail in Cornwall ,The Tissington trail in the Peaks and the C2C route across England .In addition to these are hundreds of paths connecting towns and villages across Britain and encouraging people to use their cars less.
Investigate a route near you or plan an epic adventure by visiting Sustrans website at www.sustrans.org.uk