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  • about 8 hours. Got a 7am train out of Clapham Junction and was home by 6. Very dull down to the SDW, hard work on the SDW then can't remember the way back but I think it was beautiful.

    Quite a lot of walkers (it was a sunny sunday) so my one piece of advice would be to take a bell.

    Utterly agreed with @leggy_blonde on the SDW. But it does have some good cafes

    This was much better if you're after a long day out (but on road)

  • Thanks. Looking for a longer one-day off-road ride so this sounds good.

  • Just got back from a 3 day loop. It's excellent. Pannier have the best write up¬≠nderings-bikepacking-king-alfreds-way/

    John from Taunton - are you on here? Your single speed riding was incredible.

  • Definitely don't let 33s put you off, I did it last year with a group on a pair of gravelking sk 32s and rode a day and a half in the wet - one guy rode 28s but was severely limited by clearance and didn't have access to another bike. Yes, some sections were difficult and a few unpassable for all of us due to rain but a lot of it was extremely enjoyable. As others have mentioned, SDW was tough on the flint-laden descents, as were the overgrown rutted tractor paths on hillsides (mostly in Wiltshire). We took three days and that included an 'easy' day plus a number of mechanicals...have a great time!

  • overgrown rutted tractor paths on hillsides

    These are death

  • Has anyone done this lately in this good weather spell? It would be good to know how are the tractor ruts mentioned above.

    Trying to decide on either the road bike with 32's or a hardtail MTB.

  • @neilp just did it all this week.

  • I did it a few weeks ago in a couple of long days on a rigid mountain bike. I'd definitely prefer the cush of big tyres, if just for comfort purposes.

  • I've not ridden it yet, I did the West Kernow Way

  • Doh! Confusing my gravel routes.

  • Did most of it a few weeks ago during another dry spell. I think I'd recommend the hardtail.

  • nice one - thanks all.

  • Just got back - obviously conditions are great, almost too good as some rutted tracks are very hard. Did it on a rigid 29er, would not have wanted anything less, some of the tracks have proper fist-sized rocks. Took a short cut across the middle of Salisbury Plain as the ranges were open.

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King Alfred Way

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