The King Alfred’s Way is a 350km off-road loop around historic Wessex, following parts of the Ridgeway and South Downs Way. The route passes through Winchester where King Alfred the Great is buried, and past the ancient monuments of Stonehenge, Uffington White Horse, Avebury stone circle, and many hill forts, castles, and cathedrals. There are four great hostels along the route, offering all you need for your overnight stays.
Accommodation on King Alfreds Way
King Alfred’s Way is a 350km circular off-road cycle route running along chalk downlands and ridges and connecting some of England’s most iconic sites.
Despite being easily accessible from cities in the south of England, you quickly escape from everyday life to immerse yourself in the wide-open views across waves of rolling countryside.
The name of the trail is inspired by Alfred the Great, who ruled the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. Using parts of the Ridgeway and South Downs Way, it is ideal for gravel bikes and can be ridden over a few days as a bikepacking trip with some great hostels along the way.
It also connects with the Thames Path and the North Downs Way riders’ route, so you can combine multiple routes into a longer ride.
Created by Cycling UK the King Alfred’s Way is the beginning of a network of long-distance off-road routes being planned across the length and breadth of Great Britain. Find out more about Cycling UK HERE. And you can download their guide to King Alfred’s Way HERE.