Saturday 24 March Ride to The Quarterdeck Cafe West Itchenor

For the Ride today 11 of us met at Chichester Library to Ride to a recently opened Cafe and a first for us at the Quarterdeck Cafe, West Itchenor. Graeme Hodge was the leader. It was cloudy but stayed dry with a light SE wind and mild temperatures up to 9C

Graeme led us out via West Street and the Cycle Bridge over the Railway. Then it was down Appledram Lane . We picked up The Salterns Way off Del Quay Road passing some really sodden fields and making our way past some really large puddles on the lane. Then on to Chichester Yacht basin and Birdham Pool to Birdham. To avoid more mud on the Salterns Way we took a short stretch of main road before turning off on a lane to Itchenor and West Itchenor. The cafe is at the end of the road by a boat yard making for a different sort of ambience. We were made very welcome and the Cafe is one to add to the list for further visits.

Most of us settled outside in a very sheltered location for tea and cake

The Cafe dog was very interested too

We  mainly retraced our route to Chichester Yacht basin but then headed for the main road exit. Graeme led the Chichester bound riders left and a short way along the main road to avoid the mud and then back on Appledram lane. The Bogor bound riders went right and then left over to Hunston, Runcton and the lane to Merston and back to Bognor on the Cycle Path.

Edwin Jones

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