Seven met at an unseasonably mild Chichester Cross for today’s cycle to Compton, via a circular route. Bob was leading and he was joined by Sam, Paul, Michael, Tim, Gill and myself. Bob however is recovering from an off on wet leaves, so Sam and myself took over leading. Bob would follow on at his own pace to meet up for lunch.
The group took the regular route out to Westbourne, where Gill decided that she would head straight for Stansted, leaving the rest of us to ride to Horndean Garden Centre Cafe for elevenses. The café was markedly quieter than on our last visit in December and it was warm enough to sit outside for a leisurely stop.
Leaving Horndean, in a distinctly blustery NNW wind, we retraced our route nearly as far as Rowlands Castle before taking the Finchdean road and descending White Hill. Then the long climb to the top of the hill at Forestside before the long descent to Stansted. Then a problem – Blossoms Café is closed for refurbishment throughout January and February. A quick discussion followed and then we were cycling back up the long climb to Forest side before taking lunch at Compton.
After lunch I left the group and headed straight back to Chichester. Sam, Paul, Tim and Michael cycled over the hill to Stoughton and then on to Walderton and Funtington and back to Chichester.
My mileage to and from Chichester was 34 miles.
As a footnote, Bob and Gill were met by Chris and they enjoyed a nice relaxing lunch in the Café at Stansted House. So in total eight out today.
Our first Saturday ride of 2019 and it was a mild (for January) and calm but dull afternoon, with the sky threatening rain but never delivering. Thank goodness for the Cycle Bognor “no rain guarantee” ! (T’s & C’s apply).
Ten met at Bognor Library with 2 (Deb and Michelle) meeting us along the way, so 12 out for the afternoon.
I led Mike, Alan, Julian, Steve, Carol, Maureen, Chris, David & Michelle (S) from Bognor Library through the subway and over Highfield Bridge, then South Bersted and a twisty route through estate roads to North Bersted. Then a cycle route through the new estate to reach the A259 and the Chichester cycletrack.
We followed the cycletrack to Colworth and then took the loop of lanes to re-emerge back on the cycletrack, as far as Merston where we turned through the village, and along the lane to Runcton. From there it was a very short hop up a busy road to Manor Nurseries and the Palm House Restaurant.
Suitably refreshed we completed a circular ride back to Bognor via the tracks through Butterlees Farm ( with a photo stop)
Then there were more twists and turns in Aldwick down to West Park, finally finishing on the promenade in the town centre.
The round trip mileage was 13.
The weather today was dry and overcast but fairly cold at 8C and a light NW wind.
As usual we were hosted by Philippa and William at Bracklesham. There was a ride from Chichester Cross but many cycled there direct and a few came by car. There were 16 visitors plus Philippa, William and David so 19 in all. Philippa again put on a magnificent spread of food with savories as well as mince pies and cakes.
Everybody was replete as one group made ready to leave for home.