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Cycling for Pleasure Group Information

The cycling group meets twice a month on the second and fourth Thursday, all year round (unless the weather intervenes). The rides we do are varied: many start in or near Chichester and enjoy the beauty of the coastal plain, while for more variety we sometimes take a train and explore a wider area (when Southern Rail is reliable!). Occasionally we plan a 2 day event – in the New Forest or the Isle of Wight for instance.

We prefer to avoid main roads and cycle on quieter lanes, dedicated cycle paths and well maintained bridle ways. Rides are typically 12 to 16 miles, starting at 10:00 until lunch-time, and punctuated by at least one refreshment break; and we normally end at a pub giving an opportunity to finish off with lunch for those who want to stay.

The group currently has vacancies so if you are looking for an enjoyable way to keep fit tempered by some pleasant social interaction this is the group for you.
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Forthcoming Rides

Date Leader Start from Route Lunch
Thursday 25th April 2019 Ray Tescos, Chichester West Dean, the Trundle TBA
Thursday 9th May 2019 Ray Bosham Station, Chichester Bosham Hoe, ferry to Itchenor, East Head, return via Chichester Marina TBA
Thursday 23rd May 2019 David W Beach Car Park, Selsey Medmerry Harbour TBA
Thursday 13th June 2019 Mike H Christchurch Along the coast to Shell Bay via the Sandbanks ferry TBA
Thursday 27th June 2019 Ray TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 11th July 2019 Peter TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 25th July 2019 Ray TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 8th August 2019 Peter TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 22nd August 2019 Ray TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 12th September 2018 Peter TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 26th September 2018 Ray TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 10th October 2018 Peter TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 24th October 2018 Ray TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 14th November 2018 Peter TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 28th November 2018 Ray TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 12th December 2018 Peter TBA TBA TBA
Thursday 26th December 2018 Ray TBA TBA TBA

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Recent Rides

East Head and the Itchenor-Bosham Ferry, 17th May 2019

 

A Windy East Head

An intrepid band of 8, including new rider Mary, set off for this loop of the Bosham channel with warnings of fresh winds and possible showers. The photos confirm that the wind was indeed fresh – especially at East Head, and we also caught a small shower on the way, but nothing to daunt us. We arrived at East Head via the Saltern’s Way passing through Chichester Marina and staying off the main roads as much as possible.
 

A coffee stop in West Wittering was a welcome break before braving the windy coast for a view of the sea.

Itchenor to Bosham Crossing

We returned home via Itchenor and the ferry to Bosham Hoe and the picturesque route alongside the channel to Bosham. This stretch was also enlivened by an over-courteous Rod who, stepping aside to allow pedestrians to pass safely, missed his footing in the long grass and tumbled down the banking towards the pond below. Happily he avoided going into the water and nothing was damaged or dented but his pride. Still it gave us something to talk about over a convivial lunch at the White Swan.

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Centurion Way and the Trundle (nearly) 25th April 2019

 

The top end of the Centurion Way

In spite of an adverse weather forecast, nine of us turned up for this “potter” up the Centurion Way to our favourite cafe in West Dean. We were expecting strong winds and regular showers. It turned out the report of showers was greatly exaggerated – though the wind warnings were correct – strong southerlies.

The top of the Monarch’s Way

Sitting in the cafe garden with the sun warming us, an extension to the ride was suggested – cycle up the Monarch’s Way trail leading to the Trundle – whose big idea was that? Two of our number seemed to have something better to do and returned to Chi, but the remaining intrepid seven rose to the challenge. Nobody made the climb without pushing for a bit and making several pauses to bring our heart-rates back into range. But the views at the top made it all worthwhile.

The closest we got to the Trundle

No-one wanted to push on the last little bit to the Trundle itself, though we could see it above us. So we descended via a different, equally steep, path across Haye’s Down back to the Centurian Way and thence back to Chichester. All in all, given the inauspicious weather predictions, we were all glad we had made the effort and reaped the reward of a happy day’s ride.

Descending Haye’s Down

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ISLE of WIGHT RIDE 27th September 2018

Fortune in the shape of the fine day’s weather – blue skies and light winds – smiled on us Peppy, Colin, Andrew, Michael, Rod and Ray made their way by train to the Wightlink car ferry port in Portsmouth for the 10:30 crossing to Fishbourne. From here we made our way across Wootton Creek and followed a disused railway track and the Medina riverside path into Newport. (There were also one or two short sections of main road and one or two short sharp hills – but the memory forgets about those long-term!) In Newport we had a great lunch at the Bargeman’s Rest on the Quayside.

After lunch we followed one of Wight’s lovely bike trails – the Red Squirrel trail – another disused railway meandering its way down to Sandown passing through a varied, quiet landscape: woodland, nature reserves, farmland, alongside the higher reaches of the Medina, and then the eastward flowing river Yar. The trail was punctuated by the sites of the long disused railway stations this line used to serve until its closure by British Railways in 1956 (ten years before Beeching wielded his axe).

From Sandown with a few more miles still left in our legs and the sunny weather encouraging us we pushed on along the Esplanade to Shanklin for an ice cream in Toppings in the Summer Arcade, before setting off for home.

We had intended to take the Island train back to Ryde Pier Head, but remembering that that train only takes 4 bikes at a time the six of us decided to complete the loop and cycle directly back to Ryde along the main road. Everyone agreed it was a great day’s ride.

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