Saturday 13 October – cycle to Brick Kiln Garden Centre

6 of us met at Chichester library at the new time if 1300. No leader turned up so Steve Woods led the ride. (Edit -the Leader scheduled was ill and his arranged substitute forgot)

I was joined by Carol, Maureen, Mike, Julian and Michael. We left at 13.20pm on a lovely warm day

We made our way out of Chichester cycling past Priory Park. At the end of the road we turned left and first left towards St Richards Hospital, then out to St Pancreas and on to West Hampnett picking up the cycle path along the A27 out to Tangmere.

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Cycled across the old Tangmere air field and out to Oving passing the Gribble Inn where Michael tried to persuade everybody to stop for ales!. We turned right towards Drayton  across the railway crossing turning right onto the A259 Bognor/Chichester cycle path where we arrived at our destination, Brick Kiln Garden Centre.

Cream teas were enjoyed by all and we were later joined by Chris. Then we had a look at the Christmas decorations before leaving.

Chris and Julian cycled back towards Chichester and the rest of us towards Bognor

Total mileage for me , Carol and Maureen from Felpham was about 25 miles and Chichester library to the garden centre was about 8 miles

Steve Woods

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Sunday 7 October Ride to the Kings Head, Wickham

Nice ride today. Three of us turned up, myself leading, Michael and also Sam who was still recovering from some injuries a couple of weeks ago. Weather was sunny but surprisingly cold in a northerly wind.

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We had a delayed start as the Half Marathon came past, and fortunately Sam was able to take us through some back roads behind the college so we could avoid the runners. That accidentally took us past the finishing line for the half-marathon, to cheers and applause from the organising staff and victory air punches from us.

We took the usual route to Horndean through Westbourne and Rowlands Castle where we had coffee at the Horndean Garden Centre Cafe.

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Sam was suffering from his injuries a lot by then so he turned back after elevenses. Michael and I carried on, through Catherington and down Lovedean Lane and Day Lane to the obviously very narrow Broadway Lane from where we turned off through Crossways to Hambledon. Then we went up the steep Cams Hill, towards Soberton Heath, where we turned south down Heath Road to join the Meon Valley Trail, which was really delightful through the autumn woodland, and on to Wickham.

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At Wickham we lunched at the King’s Arms as planned. The Pub and the village have an interesting history as shown by the sign there.

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We then returned through Knowle village, then the cycle route to, and down, Wickham Road, then down Pook Lane to join the Portsdown Hill Road just at Fort Nelson, with the usual spectacular views over the Solent (photo actually taken last Wednesday when I scouted out the route)

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Then we followed the usual route back through Havant and Westbourne to Chichester. My mileage was 53.

Bob Birtwell

Sunday 30th September. Ride to The Jungle Tearooms, Ashington

Seven cyclists met at Walberton Pond on a sunny but fresh 8c morning, Regulars Mike and Bob were joined by new/occasional  Sunday riders Ann, Dave, Michael and Rosie. So quite good numbers considering a group of regular Sunday riders were indisposed.

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I was leading today and had decided to take the coastal route option on the outward leg. We made maximum use of cycle paths and quiet estate back roads to wend our way through Littlehampton, Rustington , Ferring and Goring before picking up the sea front promenade cycle path through Worthing. Our planned tea stop at Coast Café didn’t go to plan, unfortunately the sun has brought many cyclists out but the café only had one person taking orders, so the decision was taken to press on to the lunch stop.

We used the cycle path to Widewater lagoon, before circumnavigating Shoreham airport to cross the A24 at the traffic lights. Cycling up Coombes Lane we encountered the usual high volume of fellow cyclists, this really is a popular route that will be largely lost when the Ikea ‘road improvements’ are implemented and the traffic light crossing removed. It was then on through Steyning, a quick crossing of the bypass and down Spithandle Lane to our lunch venue, arriving 12.10hrs.By now the sun had warmed the air to a very pleasant 17c.

Although busy, we found a table and the very friendly staff kept us updated on the progress of our order. All agreed that the service and food was very good. After a leisurely hour or so, it was time to make the return journey. It had clouded over during lunch and was now distinctly chilly, so it was a fairly direct route through Ashington, skirting West Chiltington and back to the RSPB Café at Wiggonholt for more tea and cake. This set us up nicely for the climb over the Khyber and the run back to various homes.

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Mileage to and from Walberton would have been 57 miles, as all had cycled to the start most would have completed around 75 miles for the day.

Russell

Saturday Ride 22 September 2018 … World Car Free Day

This Saturday’s ride was planned as a series of 3 circuits of 5 miles each, at a slow pace and using only quiet routes, to mark World Car Free Day and provide the opportunity for not so confident cyclists to experience group riding.

Unfortunately the weather was not encouraging to newcomers, with drizzle starting around 12 noon and the forecast indicating progressively worse conditions.

Regrettably Cycle Bognor’s world-renowned “no rain guarantee” could not apply this afternoon, one of the policy exclusions being that rain was falling.

By the time i got to the start point it was raining hard but my plan to turn round and go back home was thwarted as 5 riders were waiting for me.  No newcomers unfortunately…the weather was just too bad…but the “usual suspects” Keith, Maureen, Steve, Mike, and Michael.

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After a brief debate on where to go it was agreed we would continue with the planned first 5 mile circuit. So off we went via Hotham Park to the prom, then East to Summerley, a circuit of the KGV field and then back to the library via Downview School, the Leisure Centre, and Mead Lane subway. 5 miles exactly.

By this time it had come to everybody’s attention that no cycling gear is fully waterproof if the rain is hard enough and you are out in it for more than half and hour. But on the basis that we were already wet the consensus was, astonishingly, that more cycling was needed.

So off we set on the 2nd planned circuit, to Aldwick via back streets. We planned to stop at West Park Cafe but on arrival the shutters were coming down and it was being locked up. So it was a short sprint along the prom to the Waverley,  with its undercover cycle parking and hot drinks all round.

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After a suitable refreshment stop i decided to end the ride there and, as the rain had eased slightly, everyone headed off home in different directions. Continuing back into town i calculated that we had completed about 9 miles of the ride route; I did 15 including to and from home.

Graham

Ride to ‘Bracklesham Bay Tea Rooms’, Bracklesham Bay Saturday 15th September 2018

On a sunny, mild day, fourteen cyclists gathered at Chichester Library for a ride to ‘Bracklesham Bay Tea Rooms’, in Bracklesham Bay.

The group set off from the library heading west towards Westgate, crossing over the mini-roundabout and heading straight on before turning left to pick up the cycle path which runs in front of Chichester College, ending at Chichester Railway Station.

After passing over the railway crossing, everyone turned right and then left to go down Canal Wharf, left into Basin Road and right into Kingsham Avenue.  Carrying on until the end of the road, the group then turned left at the junction with Whyke Road and right, to pick up the cycle path along Quarry Lane which led to the footbridge over the A27.

Emerging the other side of the footbridge, the group then immediately took a track alongside Vinnetrow Road, which eventually came out into School Lane in North Mundham.  Crossing the road, the group then proceeded to go through North Mundham, picking up Regional Cycle Network Number 88 towards Fisher and Bramber Farm.  Not far off the turning to Bramber Farm, Philippa did a head count and realized that 2 cyclists were missing – Graeme and a newcomer, Iain.  It transpired that Iain had a puncture, but no inner tube, so had decided to call it a day.  Graeme checked that Iain knew his way back to North Mundham and then cycled ahead to join the rest of the group.

At the junction with the turning to Bramber Farm, the group took a right hand turn towards Chalder Farm, eventually emerging onto the busy B2145 Selsey road.  Everyone then quickly crossed over the road to go down the road directly opposite, Rotten Row, towards the junction with Highleigh Road, where everyone turned right towards Mapsons Lane.  At the next T-junction, the group turned left down Batchmere Road, after splitting into 2 groups, as the traffic was getting heavier, with Graeme leading the back group.  Batchmere Road merged into Almodington Lane and, at the next T-junction, everyone turned left down Clappers Lane, emerging just short of Bracklesham Bay Tea Rooms, arriving at approximately 3.40 pm.

Everyone went inside to order their drink and grub and unfortunately poor Julian emerged with a nasty gash on his head; he’d had an encounter with one of the low hung beams and had, unsurprisingly, come off worst!  Various tissues and wipes were administered to the wound and fortunately Julian was ok to carry on the ride.

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Graeme kindly led the ride back, and led a more direct route via Birdham Pool and then Salterns Way.

Philippa

Saturday 8 September Ride to Putting Green Cafe Arundel

14 riders for today’s cycle led by Steve and Carol to Arundel. Weather was fine and dry and we split into 2 groups to make it easier for cars to pass us. Steve led the first group and our new trainee leader Michelle, who did a great job led the second group.

We made our way through the coach park and to the underpass to Arun Leisure Centre into the Roundel Estate and out to the new relief road where we picked up the new Littlehampton and Bognor cycle path. Turned left towards Yapton where we stopped for a group photo at the playing field.

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After a brief stop we continued on to Church Lane and into Ford Lane over Ford level crossing and a short ride on Ford busy road. Turned Left into Tortington Lane where we had a lovely quiet cycle with a slight climb before turning into Priory Lane then immediately turned left to take opening to get us into Dallaway Road. A nice downhill run right down to the main A27 roundabout.  We then made our way across river the Arun then back under A27 into Fitzalan Road. At the end of the road, T Junction turning Left over river to the roundabout turning right 200 meters on the right Arundel Putting Green Cafe.

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The Cafe had lovely friendly staff and reasonably priced cakes and refreshments. Apple pie was huge!

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Carol led the first group back and Alan led the second group heading back to Ford lane and at the end of the road turning right onto the new cycle path.

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Sunday 9th September. Ride to The Glasshouse Cafe, Rotherhill Nursery Stedham.

It was a pleasant sunny day with temperatures up to 20C

The ride today met at Chichester Cross with Bob leading and joined by just Jeff and Bea Lander. They went to The Compton Village Shop and Tea Rooms for Elevenses.

Jeff and Bea turned back from there but Bob decided to go on and do a longer route. He went via Stedham, Lurgashall and Kirdford. Realizing he might be going towards Goodwood Revival traffic he instead diverted via Houghton and the Khyber Pass path to Arundel and then back to Chichester to complete a longer than planned 79 mile ride.

Edwin from details given by Bob