Arthur was the leader for this Ride today and he was joined at Chichester Cross for the start by Alan, Kim, Jason, Rosemary, Maureen and myself Edwin. Lynn joined us at lunch making 8 out. The weather was dry with cloud AM and sunny spells PM but dry.
Arthur led us out via Woodmancote and Westbourne to stop for elevenses at Emsworth at the Flintstones Café by the Harbour.
We then headed on via the cyclepath alongside Southleigh Road to Havant and the Hayling Billy trail to the Bridge to Hayling Island. On Hayling it was a short ride along the north coast to the Marina and a stop for lunch at the Salt Shack Café
On the return the group turned off at the mainland to head along a stretch of the coastal path by the Ship Inn, Langstone. I left them there to get the train straight home from Havant Station
Alan took a picture outside The Ship, Langstone
Another one nearer to Chichester at West Ashling Pond
As an alternative to the 100 mile Ride 5 of us took part in a short ride to Selsey, Jeff the leader with Bea on Tandem, Maureen, Alan and myself Edwin.
We started off along Route 88 alongside the Chichester Canal to Hunston. The surface is very good but definitely could do with a lot of cutting back of the vegetation. At the end we stopped for coats as the only rain of the day came down, quite light and brief.
Then another cycle path to North Mundham and quite lanes south to Fisher. Then it was gravelled paths south to Sidlesham and a very narrow path towards the Visitor Centre where we squeezed past another group of 2 couples and their many children on bikes . We crossed the main Selsey Road to the Medmerry Cycle Path and stopped to divest coats and a picture.
We were glad of a local leader as we made our way along the Medmerry paths and then through the caravan park and local roads through Selsey to our lunch stop at The Boulevard Café, Selsey where we got one of the few outside tables.
For the way back Jeff took us on a different route through the caravan park and on to the Overlook viewpoint looking out over the entry to the Medmerry Managed realignment of the coastline.
Then it was more of the Medmerry paths to Ham Lane. At the end we split up with the main group headed back via Witterings and Salterns Way back to Chichester while I headed home direct to Pagham via Route 88.