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Winchester > Beachy Head

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Route Overview:

Distance (Miles): 230
Approx Duration (Hours): Full day

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Summary: Winchester > Beachy Head
Route Description:

Winchester > Beachy Head (A272, A275, A27)
Total distance: 230 miles (approx)
Time taken: Full day

Heading out of England’s former capital city, Winchester, the run past Cheesefoot Head towards Petersfield on the A272 features some stunning scenery as the undulating road rises and falls, swooping and twisting its way through the South Downs.

Before too long you’ll come to a crossroads by the West Meon Hut public house. However, we’d eschew the promise of decent pub fare and instead turn right. On a warm sunny evening, this a great spot to mingle with dozens of like-minded bikers, fill up with fuel or pop into the biker-run Loomies Moto Café for a cuppa and a burger.

The next part of the route is an absolute joy to ride, mainly thanks to the combination of near-perfect constant radius bends and mostly decent surface all the way to the roundabout where the A272 meets the A3.

Turn left and head up the A3 for a junction, then back onto the A272 towards Midhurst and on to Petworth, for mile after mile of wide sweeping bends en route to Billingshurst where the open fields and farmland become beautiful shady wooded glades that are ideal for a snack stop.

From there, start heading south towards Haywards Heath, then drop down the A275 towards Lewes for the final leg of the trip towards Eastbourne on the busier A27. Last time we were there we found the road down to Beachy Head a good test of suspension — hopefully the promise of resurfacing has since been fulfilled. Either way, the view once you’re there is more than worth it. We love this ride so much we tend to head back the same way to enjoy the fun all over again. However, if you’re short of time, the quick run along the coastal A27/M27 will have you back towards Winchester in double-quick time.

Quick instructions

  • Pick up the A272 from Winchester and head towards Petersfield
  • Turn left onto the A3 signposted for London for a junction, then continue along the A272 towards Midhurst
  • Just after Haywards Heath turn right onto the A275
  • Follow the A27 to Eastbourne, then follow the brown tourist signs to Beachy Head
  • Ride back along the A27 or repeat in the reverse order if you’ve enough time.

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