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Cycling in Basingstoke

The Borough

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council includes the towns of Basingstoke, Tadley and Whitchurch (Hampshire).  Other than the main urban areas, there is lots of countryside with quiet roads good for leisure riding, plus some off-road routes.  The cycling infrastructure in the towns is not great at the moment, but the Borough Council have agreed and are implementing a Cycling Strategy.  If you wish to give feedback on the Cycling Strategy, please see the page on CycleScape.

Extensive development in Basingstoke is taking its toll on cycling infrastructure.  The NCN23 was severed for several months between Chineham and Bramley, whilst Cufaude Lane was linked to the A33, making the single lane road with poor visibility even more of a rat run. There are also proposals by developers to remove existing infrastructure in the west of Basingstoke in order to provide for the additional motor traffic predicted.  Some of the new developers are interested in sustainable transport and have proposed to build in high-quality cycling infrastructure from the start.

Cycle Basingstoke

Cycle Basingstoke is campaigning on behalf of cyclists and those who would like to cycle in the Borough.  Cycle Basingstoke is a not-for-profit organisation formed by residents from across the borough of Basingstoke and Deane wanting better conditions for cycling – cycle friendly roads and cycle paths and routes which are fit for purpose. We want cycle routes that go all the way, are safe, convenient, direct and easy to use. We want better parking facilities too. We want to help more people cycle.  To achieve this we lobby local politicians, participate in public consultations, gather public support and help cyclists.

Cycle Routes in the Basingstoke & Deane Borough area

Routes in the Borough include the SusTrans NCN23 and NCN246, the Cycling Discoveries in North Hampshire network, Hampshire Off Road Cycle Trails, but the Basingstoke Canal is only cyclable outside the Borough.  Tourist destinations include Downton Abbey (Highclere Castle), Basingstoke Canal, The Vyne (National Trust), Basing House, Milestones Living History Museum, and Calleva Atrebatum Roman ruins near Silchester.  Most of these, with the exception of Highclere Castle, are served by the Cycling Discoveries network.  Since the Cycling Discoveries maps are hard to find, links are at the bottom of this article.

Reporting problems

You can report day-to-day problems to the local area's Councils using these websites:-
Potholes: http://www.fillthathole.org.uk/
Street lighting: http://lightsoninhampshire.co.uk/
Rights of Way: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/rightsofway-reporting.htm
Flytipping, graffiti, pavements, parking, traffic lights, etc.: http://osm.fixmystreet.com/

For more significant issues, please contact Cycle Basingstoke, ideally via our CycleScape site, but otherwise you can find email addresses on Cycle Basingstoke's main website.

Cycling Discoveries routes

The two on-road routes cover:-

The off-road routes are:-

Other areas …

Latest photos of the area

See also a full list of photos in this area.

view east along the shared path to Taylor's Farm Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

Cufaude Lane Greenway southern crossing of new Cufaude Lane Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

southern end of Cufaude Lane Greenway looking north Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

southern end of Cufaude Lane Greenway, looking east Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom) Cycle barriers and a child on a bicycle

northern end of Cufaude Lane Greenway, with NCN23 sign pointing left towards Bramley Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

New Cufaude Lane and Amport Road from old Cufaude Lane Greenway Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

Cufaude Lane Greenway from the northern end Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

railway bridge on Cufaude Lane showing new layout Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom) 30 mph sign, beware of cyclists sign, maxheight 3.7, 12'-0" sign

Looking east towards new Cufaude Lane Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

Looking south along Cufaude Lane Greenway from near the railway bridge Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

Looking west towards entrance to Cufaude Lane Greenway Location: , Basingstoke and Deane Borough (England, United Kingdom)

30 mph, "Brown Sign", Cycling Discoveries Location: , Bramley (England, United Kingdom)

There is not a dropped kerb, let alone proper traffic merging infrastructure; not even simple signage.

The northern stub end of Reading Road (in Chineham) again provides a narrow footpath link through to the A33.

A key destination of Route 1, before reaching Chineham, is the shopping complex containing then, Lidl, Go Outdoors, and recently, The Range. A very expensive stairway and ramp was constructed to aid pedestrians and cyclists.

Having once crossed by the Pelican signal system, the access to the anchor store, Lidl, becomes tortuous for pedestrians and a complete dog’s breakfast for cyclists.

A key destination of Route 1, before reaching Chineham, is the shopping complex containing then, Lidl, Go Outdoors, and recently, The Range.

...assume one is continuing in a northerly direction, the next challenge is crossing Carpenters Down. Does one use the distinctly uninviting underpass (with a strong aura of hazard)

.... assume one is continuing in a northerly direction, the next challenge is crossing Carpenters Down. Does one use the distinctly uninviting underpass (with a strong aura of hazard), or…. … does one take a muddy detour and chance ... [more]

One then reaches Crockford Lane. One can choose to take a significant detour and cycle up Crockford Lane to the two-stage Toucan crossing and then cycle back towards the roundabout

One then reaches Crockford Lane. One can choose to take a significant detour and cycle up Crockford Lane to the two-stage Toucan crossing and then cycle back towards the roundabout….

... one can choose to cross immediately near the roundabout where a clear desire line has developed…. ….but where one still faces a double height kerb on the northern flank of the carriageway.

... one can choose to cross immediately near the roundabout where a clear desire line has developed….

…. there is absolutely no provision for cyclists to pass under the old railway bridge on the de-regulated southern stump of Reading Road.

Once under the railway bridge, one must decide whether one is cycling up Hanmore Road….

Once under the railway bridge, one must decide whether one is cycling up Hanmore Road…. …..or continuing along Reading Road (Route 1).

Route 1, now presents the challenge of a very narrow pathway, not designed for cycling and certainly not dual purpose.

Pavement parking on Old Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke, next to a cycle path sign Location: , Worting (England, United Kingdom)

Pavement parking on Old Kempshott Lane, Basingstoke, next to a cycle path sign Location: , Worting (England, United Kingdom)

Ellisfield rest area, looking south towards junction Location: , Moundsmere (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries signs pointing north at College Lane junction in Ellisfield Location: , Ellisfield (England, United Kingdom)

Ellisfield rest area, at the bottom of the hill Location: , Moundsmere (England, United Kingdom)

remnants of Cycling Discoveries sign and Hampshire Off-Road Trail sign at Church Lane junction in Ellisfield Location: , Ellisfield (England, United Kingdom)

30 mph, "Brown Sign", Cycling Discoveries and NCN23 Location: , Bramley (England, United Kingdom)

south from Basing View to Eastrop Park, showing Cyclists Dismount sign Location: , Basingstoke (England, United Kingdom)

Cyclists Dismount sign north from Eastrop Park Location: , Basingstoke (England, United Kingdom)

South west along Bartons Lane Location: , Lychpit (England, United Kingdom)

looking southeast along Pyotts Hill, Old Basing Location: , Lychpit (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries crossing Reading Road Location: , Church End (England, United Kingdom)

Looking southeast-ish from Woodville Lane Location: , Church End (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing east from Overton Station Location: , Quidhampton (England, United Kingdom)

looking away from Upton Grey village along Church Road, with The Manor House to the right and Greywell Road in the background Location: , Upton Grey (England, United Kingdom)

Towards Upton Grey village centre, from Greywell Road Location: , Upton Grey (England, United Kingdom)

towards Greywell along Greywell Road, Upton Grey Location: , Upton Grey (England, United Kingdom)

signpost and post box at junction of Church Road and Greywell Road, Upton Grey Location: , Upton Grey (England, United Kingdom)

brown cycle sign showing Cycling Discoveries pointing away from Upton Grey village centre along Church Road Location: , Upton Grey (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign on signpost at junction next to Upton Grey duck pond Location: , Upton Grey (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign Location: , Old Basing (England, United Kingdom)

Silchester Trail sign points east, whilst Cycling Discoveries sign points north Location: , Tadley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing north Location: , Bramley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries and NCN23 signs on telegraph pole Location: , Church End (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing west Location: , Sherfield on Loddon (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries and Hampshire Off-Road Cycling Route signs on a Byway sign in Farleigh Wallop Location: , Farleigh Wallop (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries brown sign pointing north Location: , Church End (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign on Pyotts Hill Location: , Lychpit (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign on telegraph pole Location: , Andwell (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing left towards Old Basing, no access to A30 sign pointing right along Redbridge Lane Location: , Andwell (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries brown sign pointing right Location: , Church End (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing away from Bramley Location: , Sherfield on Loddon (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing east on Bramley Road, junction of Byes Lane with Bramley Road Location: , Tadley (England, United Kingdom)

Byway, Cycling Discoveries, and Hampshire Off Road Trail signs Location: , Ellisfield (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing left to Elm Road Location: , Sherborne St. John (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign next to Blackberry Cottage pointing towards Sherborne St John Location: , Monk Sherborne (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing south, also towards The Vyne, Sherborne St. John, and Basingstoke Location: , Bramley (England, United Kingdom)

Bramley Corner - Cycling Discoveries brown sign pointing towards Bramley Location: , Silchester (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing south from near Frog Lane Location: , Sherborne St. John (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing north Location: , Tadley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries brown sign pointing south Location: , Tadley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing left Location: , Tadley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing west Location: , Tadley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing left (to the west) along Wall Lane Location: , Tadley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing left (south) down Little London Road Location: , Silchester (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing left (to the east) Location: , Sherborne St. John (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign, pointing south along Priestley Road Location: , Basingstoke (England, United Kingdom)

Harrow Way byway signs, Cycling Discoveries sign pointing north Location: , Overton (England, United Kingdom)

east along Harrow Way, Cycling Discoveries to west, mountain bike route to east Location: , Overton (England, United Kingdom)

Harrow Way bywyay signs, Cycling Discoveries to west, mountain bike route to east Location: , Overton (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing east on Public Bridleway sign in Kingsclere Location: , West Stourmouth (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing east on Public Bridleway sign Location: , West Stourmouth (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign on Public Bridleway sign points east Location: , West Stourmouth (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing south at Plantation Farm Location: , West Stourmouth (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign on Public Bridleway sign, pointing east along Rectory Lane Location: , West Stourmouth (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing towards Hannington near De La Rue Overton Mill Location: , Quidhampton (England, United Kingdom)

towards De La Rue Overton Mill with Cycling Discoveries sign pointing to Hannington Location: , Quidhampton (England, United Kingdom)

northeast with Cycling Discoveries sign pointing to Hannington Location: , Quidhampton (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing east from Overton Station#2 Location: , Quidhampton (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign points west, Public Footpath sign points south Location: , Whitchurch (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign points east on telegraph pole Location: , Cole Henley (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign points northwest, Sydmonton Court Estate to the east - private Location: , Ashley Warren (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign points northwest, to the north is a grass track Location: , Ashley Warren (England, United Kingdom)

North with Cycling Discoveries sign pointing east Location: , Old Burghclere (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign points east on Give Way sign Location: , Old Burghclere (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing east on Public Footpath sign pointing north Location: , Ecchinswell (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign on tree pointing down Location: , Ecchinswell (England, United Kingdom)

looking north at Willesley Warren Farm - Cycling Discoveries sign pointing north Location: , Whitnal (England, United Kingdom)

looking south at Willesley Warren Farm Location: , Whitnal (England, United Kingdom)

looking north past Willesley Warren Farm - Cycling Discoveries sign pointing north Location: , Whitnal (England, United Kingdom)

looking south towards northern gate at Ashley Warren - Cycling Discoveries Location: , Ashley Warren (England, United Kingdom) sign says:- CAUTION Free range children and animals Please drive slowly

Portway bridleway signs, cycling Discoveries sign points southwest towards Cole Henley Location: , Whitnal (England, United Kingdom)

Cycling Discoveries sign pointing southwest fallen on ground Location: , Whitnal (England, United Kingdom)

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