Explore | On the trail of Alfred the Great

Season 9, Episode 199,  Nov 17, 2021, 06:59 PM

For this episode of Explore one of our audio producers, Adam Bowie, takes over on the mic as he sets off to ride the King Alfred's Way in the south west of England.

The 350-kilometre circular, mostly off-road, bikepacking route features a mix of gravel tracks, woodland trails, canal towpaths and rural lanes as it takes in parts of the Ridgeway, South Downs Way, Shipwrights Way and Sussex Border Path.

The route is named after Alfred the Great, who ruled the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex in the ninth century. The route passes King Alfred's statue in Winchester, where he is buried.

This is not just a multi-day bikepacking adventure. Adam had a specific reason for undertaking the trip, because it marked an important point in an inspirational and transformative journey he'd been on over the course of more than a year as the country locked down during the pandemic.

Find out more about King Alfred's Way here.

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