We know that when you choose to stay with us not only do you get good quality and luxury in service but the best chance to feel refreshed and relaxed. We also know there are a few of you who want to use up that energy and make the most of the outdoors. Like this:
National Cycle Route – Southampton to Portsmouth
If stunning coastline and incredible scenery is your thing then this is the route for you. Hop on a bike and follow the National Cycle route 2 between these two major Hampshire ports. The route starts on the Itchen bridge in Southampton following the Solent Way to Netley where you will find the lovely Royal Victoria Country Park overlooking Southampton Water and the historic Netley Abbey. From there you continue to Hamble-le-Rice where you can catch the ferry over the River Hamble to Warsash. The route then continues along the coast, passing the beautiful Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve, before joining the Gosport Ferry which will take you to the finish point near Portsmouth Harbour. On ya bike.
Get the OS route here.
If off-roading is more your thing you’ll need the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Just off the A3 and 25 minutes drive from Portsmouth this is the mecca for the thrill seeker.
The Blue mountain bike trail suitable for novice riders is currently 6km (3.7 miles) long. The trail is made up mainly off forest gravel roads, with 500 metres of single-track and one pretty long steep climb.
The Red mountain bike trail is 7.4km (4.6 miles) long with approx 1000ft ascent/descent. The trail is mostly made up of fast flowing singletrack with some sections being steep / loose, and also feature jumps (all roller-able).
Cycle shop and cafe is situated at the start of the route.
Yes, it may be home to some of the UK’s most beautiful forests but the national park is full of waterways snaking their way in between. Kids and adults will get sized up for the correct vessel they choose as well as gain expert tuition before setting off.
Bring your own or hire on the day for the chance to see some exclusive scenery like the Beaulieu river, a rare opportunity in itself!
There are plenty of kayaking spots within reach of our serviced properties including the river Hamble, Lee-On-The-Solent and the Isle Of Wight.
Horse Riding – Hampshire
Hampshire is well known for it’s 465 miles of outstanding bridleways. Not only that it is home to some of the best training schools for you to learn.
Manor Farm Country Park in Bursledon, which takes you along the picturesque riverside of the Hamble and through woodland areas. Contact reception for a permit on 01489 787 055.
Queen Elizabeth Country Park in East Hampshire has a six mile permissive riding trail which will take you through the forest before joining the South Downs National Park. No permit is needed.
Titchfield Haven in Fareham is a coastal park rich in wildlife which has a number of riding routes travelling through open farmland and woodland. Please contact the office for a permit on 01329 662145.
Alice Holt Forest provides an opportunity to canter through tranquil oak woodland. This is also by permit only, please ring 01420 520212.
Believe it or not this activity is far from new, so what is it? Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt that combines detective work with technology. By downloading the app (there are many to choose from) using GPS locate various ‘boxes’ or points where you can leave your name or exchange gifts left in selected boxes. With locations given off to the nearest meter you’ll get addicted to this family fun outing. And it is not just in the countryside, many cities have plenty of geocaching locations for you to explore.
For more activities click Visit Hampshire