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The Forts Trail – Local Bike Ride

Written by Graeme Davis

People have been asking about other great bike rides to go on in the Andover area within lockdown. A great ride that I enjoy which is a little more challenging with hills is a ride I call ‘The Forts Trail’ from Andover to Danebury Hill Fort. The fort is actually closer to Andover than people often think.

To start the ride from Andover town centre, take the cycle path down the side of Iceland/Asda and make you way past Rooksbury Mill Nature reserve, either by the path continuing from Keens house, or via watermills park.

Make your way into Upper Clatford up the hill from Watery Lane and turn right. Turn left up Red Rice Road just before you hit Sam White Hill. Continue up this steep hill until on the right hand side you will see a lay-by and a footpath style. Here, you can take a breather, and if time allows you walk the circular route around the heavily wooded Bury Hill Fort (you may have to lock you bike). This site was a camping ground for King Canute in 1016 for the battle of Andover.

Next continue along the road until you reach a cross road, continue straight over to Stockbridge Road passing Farleigh School. This hill, in places, will take you through some shaded wooded areas. At the end of the road turn right onto a busy road. Take this until you reach the entrance to Danebury Hill Fort. This is an iron age hill fort built in the 6 th century and excavated by Barry Cunliffe in the 1970’s. There are places to lock you bike and explore the wonderful site, which is also a haven for butterflies in the summer. The journey should take you 40 mins each way depending on your fitness.

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