H25/88: River Lane 25 miles (Alternative to H25/8)
By: J. Parker
Start in the lead out from the River Lane/Runwick Lane cross roads on the south side at a point adjacent to the second road drain just before joining the A31. Proceed westwards along the Bentley By-pass, through Froyle (dual carriageway reduced to a single lane for approx half a mile) and proceed on the A31 to the Holybourne Roundabout. Keeping to the left lane take the first exit (M1) (straight ahead) and continue on the A31 to the roundabout at Chawton (approach in the right lane) (M2) at the junction with the A32. (1st turn). Circle the roundabout (M3/4) and take the fourth exit (M5) (left lane) back on to the A31 and continue to the Holybourne Roundabout. Keep to the right lane (M6). Great care, downhill approach. Circle the roundabout (M7/8) (2nd turn) to take the third exit (M1) back on the A31 keeping to the left lane. Continue on the A31 to the Chawton roundabout at the junction with the A32 (M2). Circle the roundabout (3rd turn) (M3/4) and take the fourth exit (M5) (left lane) back on to the A31 and continue to the Holybourne roundabout, (keep to the left lane to go straight ahead) downhill approach (great care) (avoid first exit) (M7) Take the second exit (M8) (straight ahead) keeping on the A31 to go through Froyle (dual carriageway reduced to a single lane for approximately half a mile) continue along the Bentley By-pass Continue to a point on the north side, 1108 yards beyond the county boundary stone, 85 yards beyond the centre of the gateway to Bunces Farm and 245 yards short of the start point (on the south side) where finish.
Marshalls referred to in this course description (M1, M2) etc may be provided solely to indicate the course direction. They have no role whatsoever in the risk assessment itself.
Traffic Flows: Traffic flows for this course are considered to be within CTT guidelines.
Course Restrictions: None.
Course History: There was one serious incident on a section of the A31 covered by this course in 2015. The driver of the vehicle involved is currently facing serious criminal charges. There is no suggestion that the cyclist involved was in any way at fault.