South Downs Beano 2019

3 days, Friday 6th - Monday 9th September 2019

New rides and venue for 2019

Discover the secret South Downs from a luxurious base deep in the National Park

3-night stay in a small cluster of holiday cottages with ensuite bedrooms; 3 days of cycling, on-road with occasional stretches of cycle path and the option of some easy offroad trails. Some hills.

Mention the South Downs National Park and most people think of the white chalk cliffs 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 through West Sussex and Hampshire.

The rides

From a brand-new venue on the southern slopes of the Hampshire downs we'll be exploring some of our favourite cycling roads, almost in the back yard of Bicycle Beano HQ. Andy knows these lanes so well he could 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 roads wind through forest-covered hillsides. Whichever direction we go, we find picturesque villages, historic sites, dramatic views and quiet lanes.

The Beano starts on Friday evening and finishes after the last ride on Monday afternoon, giving us three 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 (some 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

Photo courtesy of Wallops Wood

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.

Our cooks for the weekend are a local family-owned catering business whose meals feature fresh, locally-sourced produce wherever possible.

 

Prices

  • £500 per person sharing a room (ensuite shower/bath)
  • £580 per person in a single room (ensuite shower/bath)

Prices include breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, but not lunches or coffee stops while we're out on the rides. Bike hire not included. If you need to hire a bike, contact us for suggestions.

Willing to share?

If you're coming by yourself but willing to share a twin room, just book a place in a twin room. Depending on how the bookings go, you may end up with a room to yourself at no extra charge - but we can't guarantee it.

Prices

  • £500 per person sharing a room (ensuite shower/bath)
  • £580 per person in a single room (ensuite shower/bath)

Prices include breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner, but not lunches or coffee stops while we're out on the rides. Bike hire not included. If you need to hire a bike, contact us for suggestions.

Willing to share?

If you're coming by yourself but willing to share a twin room, just book a place in a twin room. Depending on how the bookings go, you may end up with a room to yourself at no extra charge - but we can't guarantee it.

Image courtesy of Wallops Wood

Image courtesy of Wallops Wood

Riding on Stonor Hill. Image ©VisitBritain/Nadir Khan

Image ©VisitBritain/Nadir Khan

Meon Valley trail. ©VisitBritain/Nadir Khan

©VisitBritain/Nadir Khan

Page header image ©VisitBritain/Andrew Pickett