Southsea Seafront

Starting at Farnborough Gate, this route goes out through Farnham and Alton before heading south for a quick stop at Loomies for breakfast or brunch. After a quick rest-stop, you continue your ride south through the Meon Valley to Portsmouth, joining the M27 for fully licensed riders, or baring left at Wickham for those with CBT’s or on 125cc’s.

Eventually arriving at Southsea in time for a late lunch of Fish-and-Chips on the Sea Front, with stunning views of the Isle of Wight. If Fish and Chip’s aren’t your thing, then check out Mozzarella Joes for a beach-side Italian meal in a beach-front Café. Very good food at a reasonable price! Parking along the seafront is free for Motorcycles, and on an average day you’re almost guaranteed a parking spot, even if you might have to walk along the front to get to your destination.

While you’re there, why not check out Southsea Castle, South Parade Pier, or Clarence Pier. There’s something to suit all ages, and plenty of ice cream stands around to cool off with. Alternatively why not bring your swimming trunks for a (chilly) dip in the sea. Pebble beaches line the sea-front, and there is always plenty of beach at the East end of the island. For shopping, head in-land to the Cascades Shopping Centre and Commercial Road, located in the centre of Portsmouth’s commercial district, or check out Gunwharf Quays for various outlets, eateries and even a cinema.

Returning to Farnborough, depart Southsea and head North via the M27 (fully licences riders) or via Cosham and Waterlooville (for CBT / 125cc’s). Join the A3 northbound for a stunning ride back via the chalk cliffs between Butser Hill and the Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Keep heading northbound until you reach the Hindhead tunnel, giving you ample opportunity to drop down a gear or three and listen to those engines and exhausts roar (just watch out for the average speed cameras!). Finally turn off at Guildford onto the Hogs Back before rejoining the A331 for the return to Farnborough.

Southsea Seafront

 

Route Tips

Parking is free for Motorcycles along the Southsea Seafront

Parking is free for Motorcycles along the Southsea Seafront

Portsmouth is littered with speed-cameras, so watch out for yellow boxes.

Traffic in Portsmouth City Centre can sometimes be busy, especially during hot days, events, or close to the end of the university semesters (Portsmouth is a University town after all). Parking on the seafront is usually available, even if you have to head right to the east end of the island, but the walk back along the seafront is a nice one, with a quick walk inland providing access to shops.

Parking along the seafront is free for Motorbikes, but bring change for parking in case you need to use other car parks, and some more for Ice Cream!

Watch out for speed traps on the A3 around the chalk cliffs / canyon area, and around the junctions leaving / joining the A3 at Petersfield, as Police are known to be present in those areas. Average Speed Cameras are in use through the Hindhead Tunnel, with the national speed limit in effect for two lanes of traffic in either direction.

When riding along the Southsea Seafront, watch out for cars pulling out / reversing out of the seafront parking spaces – they don’t always check left and right…

Outbound

Full License route – Farnborough to Southsea, via Loomies & Meon Valley – Routed using google Maps

Alternative Route (via Bordon) – Farnborough to Southsea, via Loomies & Meon Valley – Routed using google Maps using Haslemere Motorcycles as a POI

CBT / 125cc route – Farborough to Southsea, via Loomies & Meon Valley – Routed using Google Maps

You can sometimes save some time entering Portsmouth via the A2030 at the East End of the island, however you’re likely to hit traffic on Milton Road near Fratton. If you do, keep heading South on the this road until it turns into the A288, following signs for the Sea Front. Eventually you’ll end up on the sea front and can ride along it enjoying the cool sea air.

Return Journey

Full License route – Southsea to Farnborough, via Hindhead Tunnel – Routed using Google Maps

CBT / 125cc route – Southsea to Farnborough, via Hindhead Tunnel – Routed using Google Maps

The A2030 can also be a quick way to exit Portsmouth instead of using the M275 / A27. If you do use this route, you can rejoin the A27 / A3(M) when you leave the island. CBT / 125cc riders will need to continue north under the A27 following the A2030, following signs for Waterlooville until they can rejoin the A3 after the A3(M) finishes at Clanfield

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Tristan is an IT Professional, Photographer and motorcycle enthusiast. Working full-time as a Systems Administrator for Royal Holloway, but running his own photography company, and the occasional IT Contract. Tristan has been riding motorcycles since 2016, and is the original author of "My First Motorcycle", the forerunner to this site. He built it with the intention of providing a resource to those interested in riding, and to give something back to the community that had helped get him started in the world of motorcycles.

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