On a sunny and windy day, fortunately less humid of late, thirteen cyclists gathered at Chichester Library, for a ride to ‘The Crab & Lobster’ in Sidlesham.
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 negotiating heavy traffic 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 eventually emerging at Mill Lane, Sidlesham, the location of ‘The Crab & Lobster’.
The group arrived at the pub at 3.20 pm. The staff were quite surprised to see so many cyclists and ran out of tea pots for everyone!
Following tea, the group made their way back to Chichester via the same Number 88 path, but changing the route slightly at North Mundham, by heading towards Hunston. At Hunston, those still remaining in the group headed along the canal path, which by this time was very quiet apart from a couple of fishermen, arriving back in Chichester via the canal basin.
Turning left to reach the junction with Stockbridge Road, the group then turned right, crossed over the railway line and again took the cycle path in front of the Westgate Leisure Centre and Chichester College. At Westgate, the remaining cyclists headed east back into the city, arriving back in the town at approximately 5.30 pm.