You’ll need to be reasonably self-sufficient for Salisbury Plain and the Ridgeway though. Accessible from M3, you need to pass by Stonehenge where most likely you will get into a traffic jam. King Alfred won a great victory against the Danes at the Battle of Ashdown, in AD 871. If you are thinking of taking an e-bike there are extended sections of the route where you will be away from convenient charging points, so plan/ration battery use accordingly. A date is also quoted as 1720 but is open to dispute as Dixon wasn't born until 6 years later. We went one evening and saw the druids there performig a ceremony and nearly chasing us away. Pen-y comes up with point, hill, edge, top, head.......Hill with a well?As for highest point in Leeds I suppose it depends which boundary you consider and where that boundary was at the time. That doesn’t mean you should be reckless though, so always ride within your limits and the limits of your equipment and if in doubt dismount - whether that’s on an off-road descent or at one of the few busy road crossings. 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[3][4] It is the start of the Leland Trail, a 28-mile (45.1 km) footpath which runs from King Alfred's Tower to Ham Hill Country Park. Being located just to the west of Ashdown House, Victorian antiquaries associated Alfred's Castle with the King's troop movements before the battle. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541. The tower was damaged by a plane in 1944 and restored in the 1980s. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX. The route uses a mixture of gravel tracks, woodland and heathland trails, grassy field edge bridleways, canal towpaths and quiet lanes. Not the easiest place to find but eventually we did. The viewing platform, which has a crenellated parapet and offers a view over the surrounding countryside, is reached by a 205-step spiral staircase at the corner furthest from the entrance. Buy a printed copy of the full route guide. King Alfred's Tower, also known as The Folly of King Alfred the Great or Stourton Tower, is a folly tower. However, it's probably all overgrown now. The 'front' (south-east) face of the tower has a Gothic-arched entrance door, a statue of King Alfred, and a stone panel bearing an inscription (see below). The most likely sites are near Compton and Aldworth in Berkshire. King Alfred's Way: frequently asked questions. [10][11] In April 1770, when the tower was just 4.7 metres (15 ft) high, Hoare is quoted as saying: 'I hope it will be finished in as happy Times to this Isle as Alfred finished his Life of Glory in then I shall depart in peace. Alfred was born in 849 and served as King of Wessex, a Saxon kingdom based in the southwest of modern day England, from 871 to his death on 26th October 899 AD. Post by oldleedsman » Thu Jul 12, 2007 2:27 pm. The tower stands on Kingsettle Hill and belongs to the National Trust. Cycling UK’s lorry campaign – what we're doing and what we’ve done: Are you up for Cycling UK's 2020 bikepacking challenge? He also became High Sherrif of the West Riding in 1758 and Fellow of the Royal Society in 1773. What restaurants are near King Alfred's Tower? Also, no dead animals or stone formations - who says life was better in the old days?The photo above shows what clearly looks like a well head below the castle which, if my memory serves me correctly, is near where there was the sunken section which we used to say was the start of the tunnel - it's between the rocks and the gateposts, above a line of trees. [4] Building began in 1769 or early 1770, and was completed in 1772 at an estimated cost between £5,000 and £6,000. 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. Most of the information we have on Alfred is gleaned from the writings of Asser, a 10th century scholar and bishop from Wales. What is behaviour change and how does it apply to cycling? by rikj » Wed 18 Jul, 2007 5:53 pm, Post King Alfred's Way starts and ends in Winchester where Alfred is buried, and connects iconic monuments including Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Iron Age hill forts, Farnham Castle, and Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals. 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. If you go to the sainsbury's roundabout, face up towards King lane towards Alwoodley the patch of grass on the right, on the oppositre side of the road to the queenshills is always really boggy as if maybe an underground spring or something was there. We used to climb in through a hole in the roof.Sorry I can't be of more use. It is in the parish of Brewham in the English county of Somerset (though the tower itself is in Wiltshire), and was built as part of the Stourhead estate and landscape. It was erected by Jeremiah Dixon (1726-1782) supposedly from a design by John Carr. Buy a printed copy of the full route guide To get an in-depth idea of what it's like to ride the route, have a look at the excellent 'Time Travel Gravel' videos by route guide author Guy Kesteven. As King of Wessex at the age of 21, Alfred (reigned 871-99) was a strongminded but highly strung battle veteran at the head of remaining resistance to the Vikings in southern England. What views- 204 steps to the roof and the vista is incredible. It lies 2–3 km south of the Ridgeway and is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument.[1]. [4] The brick tower has Chilmark stone dressings and is surmounted by an embattled parapet.[17][18]. A bit of research on google suggests that Ffynnon is the Welsh word for well (although Spring as in water source crops up too). King Alfred's Tower, also known as The Folly of King Alfred the Great or Stourton Tower, is a folly tower. [7] There may have been some delay due to difficulty in obtaining the bricks. The trail is ideal for gravel bikes and could be ridden over a few days as a bikepacking trip (see our suggested stopover points at the back of the guide). I've always believed that Cookridge by the water tower was the highest point in leeds with farnley coming in a close second but i agree with you too that boundary changes may have meant they were not the highest "in Leeds" previously, Oldleedsman, following from the other thread. I'll stick it on here if I ever finish it.Tunnels in folklore seem to refer to spiritual ways or routes rather than physical tunnels. There are no points where you have to physically lift the bike though. The route starts and ends in Winchester where Alfred is buried, and connects iconic monuments including Stonehenge, Avebury stone circle, Iron Age hill forts, Farnham Castle, and Winchester and Salisbury Cathedrals. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX. It is designated as a grade I listed building. [6][16] The tower was restored in 1986, which included the use of a Wessex helicopter to lower a 300-kilogram (47 st) stone onto the top. AD 879 on this Summit Developing new off-road routes like King Alfred's Way and the Great North Trail is only possible because of the support of our 70,000 members. 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. You can help us continue campaigning for off-road access by becoming a member or making a donation.