Explore the Hampshire area of the South Downs National Park on this on-road cycle ride from Petersfield. The trail takes you through beautiful countryside and into the villages of Steep, Hawkley, East Meon and Buriton where you can stop for refreshments.
The area embraces a variety of contrasting landscapes, from the dramatic open landscapes and panoramic views on the chalk downs to the steep wooded scarp slopes of hanger woodlands, the gentle winding plains of the river valley and the enclosed intimate landscape of the Weald.
The area is not important just for its scenery: there are many ecological and archaeological treasures hidden in its extensive ancient woodlands and pastures.
Towns and Villages
Petersfield is a bustling town, with an impressive square which is used for markets. Close to the market square are pubs and cafes, with a tourist information centre in the library.
Buriton is an unspoilt old village, south of Petersfield, surrounded by steep wooded downland hillsides. There are a choice of two pubs in the village. The manor house was the home of the writer Edward Gibbon.
East Meon, to the west of Petersfield, is a delightful small village surrounded by the downs. The River Meon runs alongside the village street, its spring source is not far away. The village contains a fine Norman church and two pubs.