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Portsmouth Peninsula Circular Cycle Route

England > Hampshire > Portsmouth
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Cycle Route Details
Route NamePortsmouth Peninsula Circular
Distance : miles (km)22.83  (36.74)
Posted ByGiantRiderMatt
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Cycle Route Location
Start LocationCar Park, London Road (A3), Hilsea
End LocationCar Park, London Road (A3), Hilsea
Cycle Steps
This is a mixed route, on roads, cycle paths, footpaths and gravel tracks, that takes all round the edge of the peninsula that contains Portsmouth.
Starting from the large free car park at Hilsea, this route takes you along the footpaths of Hilsea Lines towards the Eastern Road, A2030.
Follow the cycle path Southwards down the Eastern Road for around 2.5 miles.
Once you pass the Harvester restaurant leave the cycle path and use the gravel footpath to the left. This will take you along the shore, past the University campus and to the small bridge over what used to be the entrance to the Portsmouth Canal. Once over the bridge ride through the pub car park and then on to Locksway Road.
At the end of Locksway Road turn left on to Eastney Road, A288, until you reach a crossroad with Bransbury Park on your left. Take a left at the lights into Branbury Road and follow this road, as it becomes Henderson Road, all the way to the seafront.
Cycle all the way along the Southsea seafront, past South Parade Pier, the Pyramids, the D-Day museum, the Hovercraft and through the fun fair at Clarence Pier,
Once you are through the fair carry on over two bridges then turn left down the ramp on to a gravel area. Make your way on to Old Portsmouth High Street, A3, and head North West for about 150 yards. On your right there is a narrow lane called Feltham Row. Follow this around the Camber Dock, past the fish market and on to Gunwharf Road next to the Isle of Wight Wightlink Terminal. Turn left at next junction onto St Georges Road, B2154, then under the railway bridge, past Gunwharf Quays and onwards on the B2154 to HMS Warrior and the Historic Dockyard. Here the road takes a 90 degree turn on to Queen Street and up to the lights at Edinburgh Road. Bear left onto the main A3 'out of city' road. Keep left at the next two roundabouts, carrying on past the small retail park and Shell garage. Peel off to the left following the A3 as the main road becomes a motorway. At the large roundabout either use the road, going under the motorway, or the subway and rejoin the A3, Twyford Avenue. After about a mile the road reaches a small roundabout. Take a left here, this is the small part of Twyford Avenue. Head towards the shoreline where you will pick up a wide footpath that follows the shoreline back to Hilsea. When you reach Hilsea Lido (abandoned outdoor pool) go through the car park and over the foot bridge near the bus lanes. You will now be in the car park where you set off from!

*please note some parts of Southsea at the fun fair and Old Portsmouth are pedestrian areas and there are a few no cycling signs. Although I've never been stopped or had any issues with anyone, even in the busy summer months, you should be prepared to dismount if necessary.
Landmarks/Pubs for lunch/Sites to see?
Lots of really good pubs and places to grab a snack on this route, all of which are easy to spot on your way round.
You won't pass any bike shops but there are lots in the cities various areas.

Your comments?
posted by:chrisRating : difficult :
Need to be carefull through fun fair the council is tightening up on cyclist in pedestrian areas, and portsmouth is still an island

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