South Downs Beano
3-7 June 2024

The South Downs Beano

Monday 3 - Friday 7 June 2024

Discover the secret South Downs from our luxurious accommodation deep in the National Park.

Mention the South Downs National Park and most people think of the chalk cliffs and hills of East Sussex. But Britain’s newest National Park has far more to offer than that, stretching as it does in a broad band across Southern England. We explore the hidden South Downs in the rural heart of Hampshire.

South Downs Beano - crossing the ford

The rides

From our venue on the southern slopes of the Hampshire downland, we’ll be seeking out some of our favourite cycling roads, almost in the back yard of Bicycle Beano HQ. Andy knows these lanes so well he could almost ride them blindfold (but he promises not to try). 

The rides take in some lesser-known areas in the western half of the national park, from the chalk river valleys to the curving hills and hollows of the Downs themselves and from the plains of the Hampshire Basin to the Hangers, an area where narrow lanes wind through forest-covered hillsides. Whichever direction we go, we find picturesque villages, historic sites, dramatic views and quiet roads.

The South Downs Beano now includes 4 night’s accommodation. (Previously it was only 3.) The Beano starts on Monday evening and finishes after breakfast on Friday morning, giving us three full days of cycling. Rides are mostly on quiet roads, with a few well-surfaced cycle paths and the occasional short section of track where it lets us link two roads together. As usual there will be shortcuts and detours, a few of them offroad, so you can choose how far and how fast you want to go.

As you’d expect in the South Downs National Park, there are a few downs and a few “ups” to go with the downs, but there are plenty of easier stretches in between.

And as always on a Bicycle Beano there’s no rush, so you can take your time climbing the hills and enjoy the sights along the way.

The venue

Our base is one of the most luxurious we’ve used for a Beano: a collection of lavishly-converted farm barns with views looking out across Hampshire to the Isle of Wight in the distance. All the bedrooms have ensuite facilities and there are several hot tubs and even an indoor swimming pool. The barns are constructed and managed to high environmental standards, earning the site a Green Tourism ‘Silver’ award.

We’re delighted to welcome back Vanessa from Earth’s Kitchen as our cook for the Beano. 

When

Monday 3 – Friday 7 June 2014

Arrive Monday evening. 4 night stay; 3 days of cycling; depart Friday morning after breakfast.

Rides

Daily distances from 30 to 60+ miles (50-100km) at your own pace. Some hills. Mainly on quiet country lanes with some optional easy offroad sections.

Availability

Spaces available at the moment

Prices

Prices are per person and include dinner, breakfast, and tea and cakes after the ride. They don’t include bike hire (most Beanoers bring their own bikes) or the cost of lunch/coffee stops during the rides.

Prepared to share? If you’re travelling solo but prepared to share a room, let us know and we’ll try and match you up with someone and charge you the lower rate. 

Header image courtesy of Visit Britain