King Alfred’s Way has been designed to be suitable for people with a decent level of fitness and some experience of off-road riding, rather than requiring technical mountain biking skills. The trail starts and ends at King Alfred’s statue in Winchester, where he is buried. by rikj » Fri 20 Jul, 2007 2:52 pm, Post So wherever your adventure takes you, we hope you enjoy the route. Coronavirus: Advice and guidance for Cycling UK member and affiliate groups, How and why to put on bike rides aimed at women, How to organise a charity bike ride or sportive, Registration Office's/Membership Secretary's Toolkit, Design and create kit for your cycling club or group, Scottish Advisory Panel for Outdoor Education, Cycling infrastructure: Transforming our streets, Cycle/pedestrian bridge (York Millenium Bridge), Long distance cycle path (Comber Greenway, Belfast), Railway station with cycle hub (Leeds CyclePoint), Social enterprise recycling bikes and promotional work - Edinburgh Bike Station, Train company with good cycle carriage (Merseyrail), Urban main road (Old Shoreham Road, Brighton). King Alfred's Tower, also known as The Folly of King Alfred the Great or Stourton Tower, is a folly tower. Think white horses on chalk hillsides and wide-open views across rolling waves of countryside. That's an excellent article there, I've seen it before and it shows how much has changed. 1. Uhtred, the late King Alfred’s celebrated warrior, must journey across Britain to recapture his ancestral home and the greatest fortress of the north, Bebbanburg. However, despite being so close to towns and cities in the south of England, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The tales of Druids there certainly seems to confirm it! Listen to you satnav to avoid that.  The brick tower has Chilmark stone dressings and is surmounted by an embattled parapet.. MONARCHY and LIBERTY", The tower is mentioned in Thomas Hardy's poem "Channel Firing" (written in April 1914) as a place "far inland", and redolent of ancient times. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. Would have been quite a prominent landmark before all the houses were built though.Here's a pic from leodis showing the "castle" as was, and a spring. Most of the information we have on Alfred is gleaned from the writings of Asser, a 10th century scholar and bishop from Wales. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX. Despite being easily accessible from cities in the south of England, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Yes, I thought of that after I posted tyke bhoy. Someone told me it was the highest point in Leeds and leodis repeats this, but a quick look at an OS map shows that it isn't true. For the full route guide with the entire trail shown on Ordnance Survey maps, visit the Cycling UK online shop. The route passes through some areas of land owned by the Ministry of Defence where there may be military training exercises going on, so make sure you pay attention to any warning signs, stick to the main route rather than wandering off and don’t touch any ‘interesting’ objects lying around. For the full route guide including the entire trail shown on Ordnance Survey maps, visit the Cycling UK online shop. Interesting about it being called Tunnel How Hill.The original name for the hill was Pen-y-Ffynnon which, I assume, is celtic. His daughter married John Smeaton who designed Eddystone Lighthouse. Was a Philosopher and a Christian However, it's probably all overgrown now. by oldleedsman » Fri 10 Aug, 2007 6:30 pm, Post The Founder of the English King Alfred’s Way is mainly an off-road route with significant amounts of steep climbing and challenging descents so it needs an appropriate bike. The exact site of Alfred's battle has not yet been determined, however, so is a matter for debate. 1. King Alfred's Way: frequently asked questions. Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle, This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19, 10% discount off cycle related products in Halfords stores, 15% off BikeRegister security marking kits, Cycling UK Incident Line - Free Cycling Related Legal Advice, 10% off when you spend £100 or more at Freewheel, Cycling UK CycleCover Travel Insurance 10% discount, 10% discount on Cycling UK training courses, CS Healthcare's HealthBridge health plan - first 2 months free, £5 off boxed cycle carriage with Eurostar, 20% off of Havebike’s Collect & Return bicycle servicing, 50% off a Singletrack print and digital subscription, £75 worth of free accessories with Raleigh, Getting sponsorship to cycle for Cycling UK. Places to explore. Immerse yourself in 10,000 years of history by riding this 350km loop around historic Wessex, the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Alfred the Great. For interim reports on the site, see https://web.archive.org/save/http://projects.arch.ox.ac.uk/HOR1.html, Coordinates: 51°32′17″N 1°36′07″W / 51.53803°N 1.60201°W / 51.53803; -1.60201, https://web.archive.org/save/http://projects.arch.ox.ac.uk/HOR1.html, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alfred%27s_Castle&oldid=987622609, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 8 November 2020, at 06:58. A conventional touring bike will probably survive if you ride carefully, but a gravel bike or hybrid with 35mm or wider tyres and low ratio gears will be a more confident and comfortable choice. The tower stands near the location of 'Egbert's Stone', where it was said that Alfred the Great, King of Wessex, rallied the Saxons in May 878 before the important Battle of Edington (historically known as the battle of Ethandun), where the Danish army, led by Guthrum the Old was defeated. Even when the flags are down, you need to be vigilant for 75-tonne Challenger tanks travelling at up to 60km/h with very limited crew vision as well as other, even faster vehicles. A date is also quoted as 1720 but is open to dispute as Dixon wasn't born until 6 years later. oldleedsman wrote: The original name for the hill was Pen-y-Ffynnon which, I assume, is celtic. by oldleedsman » Thu 12 Jul, 2007 3:27 pm, Post Buy a printed copy of the full route guide. Not the easiest place to find but eventually we did. I do remember as a kid playing there and finding all sorts of dead animals on the weekends and wierd stones in strange alignments.  The tower was also intended to commemorate the end of the Seven Years' War against France and the accession of King George III. Restaurants near King Alfred's Tower: (6.34 km) Matt`s Kitchen (10.54 km) Moat & Turret Cafe by the Castle (7.26 km) The Nog Inn (11.29 km) The Bay Tree (13.23 km) Thai Kitchen; View all restaurants near King Alfred's Tower on Tripadvisor $ Jeremiah Dixon made his money as a Leeds merchant and bought the Gledhow estate in 1764. The area at the bottom of King Lane that you identified would be a more suitable spot.The only structure I ever remember in the area were some changing rooms at the top of the fields for the footballers to use.  There may have been some delay due to difficulty in obtaining the bricks. King Alfred's Way is a 350km circular off-road adventure route through 10,000 years of history, connecting some of England’s most iconic sites.
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