The cricket green on Broadhalfpenny Down is said to be the "cradle of cricket". What that means precisely is something to ponder while supping a pint in the Bat and Ball pub that sits beside it.
This cycle ride starts with an exhilarating descent from the Sustainability Centre, follows farm tracks around the back of Broadhalfpenny Down before dropping into Hambledon village. The return is via Teglease Down and Chidden Down, both offering fine views to the Isle of Wight.
Hambledon nestles along a valley and ancient riverbed running from the South Downs in East Hampshire. For 3000 years there has been a settlement in Hambledon and the human footprint of history can still be discerned; a Roman villa, a Saxon church and significant Norman and Medieval buildings. The village, due to its proximity to nearby Broadhalfpenny Down, is often referred to as the 'Cradle' or 'Home' of Cricket. Hambledon is set in a typical southern English countryside in an Area of Natural Beauty surrounded by sweeping farmland and splendid woods.
The Sustainability Centre
In an idyllic setting on the South Downs ridge above East Meon, the Sustainability Centre is spread across 55 acres of woodland and natural chalk downland. The Centre aims to educate, enable and inspire people from all walks of life to make positive changes to the way they live and work. The Centre welcomes families and schools; professionals and special interest groups; walkers and cyclists on the South Downs Way; children and young people; and simply anyone with an interest in what they do.
Sun 4 Aug 2013, 17:30
What a lovely route, with fine views of rolling hills and (in August) fields full of corn and wheat. We started the route in Hampledon heading for Teglease Down, which meant that you got most of the climbing out of the way so you could enjoy the 'exhilerating' ride down from the sustainability centre. We stopped for a pub lunch at the Bat and Ball Inn (nice, but a little on the pricey side) before cycling back to the start. The off road parts are sometime quite bumpy, so as a minimum you will need trail bikes. we did the route with my 9 year old boy cycling and my 7 on a tag-along. I would recommend this route to anyone for fair weather cycling. You could divert along the roads (which weren't busy with traffic) if you wanted to miss the off road sections. Enjoy! We did!