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  • i did think about this place, but the local youths were swimming 2 kms north of that, just after the small pedestrian bridge after turning left off the road
    51°08'25.2"N 1°48'39.8"W

  • Awesome, thanks all.

    Re. trail condition: picture shows the worst we saw. Otherwise dry, definitely no #shitfromabutt

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  • Anyone done this recently or planning to?

  • Was going to use this as a shakedown for some Scotland camp kit but given how shit my organisation is we'll end up in Scotland before doing this. Was going to go to Reading on Fri night and then ride it over a weekend with the grrl.

  • I did the 2/3rds from south of Reading to Winchester anti clockwise 2 weeks ago. Was dry even in the shady bits then and would be drier now. I wanted to avoid the South Downs and Surrey Hills part cos I thought they would be less smooth and flat.

  • I was on the Winchester, towards Petersfield part over the weekend, it was dry and dusty for the most part, really nice conditions right now.

  • Cool. I think I'm going to do it next Thursday starting from Reading. Early start and back by Saturday night

  • @Saffronspokes and I did it a month ago over three days

  • Hi,
    I am a complete noob/beginner in MTB bike-packing trip, especially done in UK weather but I have done some of these in Italy during summer.
    In preparation for a wild trip to North Africa next Summer (Covid permitting), I would love to complete the KAW (clockwise or anticlkw).
    I am planning to have a go in the Early May Bank Holiday (02/05), preferably taking Friday 29/03 off and completing in 3 days + travel time as I am based in the West Midlands.
    The plan is to eat on the way and sleep in a tent (both are new to me as I did use a sleeping bag and a bivvy before).
    Any sparring partner interested?

    In the meantime, I am testing my setup which is coming up very nicely (saddlebag and toptube are not yet installed and lights might be upgraded sooner or later).

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  • Nice and adventurous setup ! Clockwise has the steepest gradients.

  • Cool. I think I'm going to do it next Thursday starting from Reading. Early start and back by Saturday night

    Quoting me, from ^

    Started early, but was slow and not feeling it. Anticlockwise from Reading. Decided up on the White Horse to bail. So descended back down into Newbury then along the canal back to Reading. Was much more enjoyable once the pressure was off.

  • Good, anticlock from Reading could be an option by train from Brum.

  • train station puts you 1 minute from the route. I might be up for the trip by then, otherwise happy to accompany you for a bit of it :)

  • Ok! I will keep you posted. Thanks

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King Alfred Way

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