Bike ride to Midhurst on Sunday 30 January 2022

Eight cyclists, Edwin, Sam, Russell, Maureen, Max, Paul, Adam and Michael met at the Cross in Chichester on Sunday 30th January and cycled out of town under cloudless skies, but with a chill in the clear air, it was only 1.1C at 9.00am.

Michael led the group out along Clay Lane to West Ashling and up Watery Lane to Funtington, where we parted with Edwin; after which we soon arrived at Compton Village Store and indulged in the Battle of the Bacon Sandwiches. The staff at the Village Store had mixed up our order with another group of cyclists, suffice to say that Russell and Paul received their boxed-up bacon sandwiches in record time, much to the amusement of all onlookers.

After the first café stop of the day, and his bacon sandwich, Russell led the group on the gradual climb up the B2146 past Uppark House and Garden, after which we all free wheeled down into South Harting. The route from South Harting ascended along narrow country lanes flanked by high hedgerows all the way through Nyewood and on to Rogate, where we crossed the A272 and climbed up through leafy glades to Milland for our second café stop of the day at the community run store and café. After gorging ourselves on Maureen’s coconut rounds,we turned right out of the car park and headed on through Redford and Iping Marsh and on past the grounds of Woolbeding House and Gardens, before descending into Midhurst.

We stopped for lunch at Garton’s Café in Midhurst, as planned and we were overjoyed to be served by the ever friendly ‘Mrs Doyle’; Sam was in his element J! We sat outside and enjoyed a hearty lunch.

The lunchtime conversation included memories of climbs up Mont Ventoux and the Col du Galibier; how to deal with grumpy French restaurant owners; the geo-political situation on the border of Russia and Ukraine; and all those parties that Boris Johnson held during lockdown!

Sam and Mrs Doyle

Following on from lunch, we cycled past the polo pitches on the Cowdray Estate and on through South Ambersham, Selham and Upper Norwood and on to the fourth café stop of the day at Graffham, before cycling on through Heyshott and up and over Cocking Hill, where we competed with a line of impatient car drivers. Following the descent of Cocking Hill, we parted company with Maureen and Adam at Singleton; they were heading off to Felpham and Aldwick via East Dean and Eartham.

We cycled on to West Dean, where we parted company with Paul and Sam who carried on cycling down the A286 to Chichester; and Max, Russell and Michael ventured off down Centurion Way to Mid Lavant. Max parted company at Mid Lavant, and Russell and Michael cycled down the southern part of Centurion Way to Chichester. The round trip from Chichester covered 51.1 miles, the average speed was 12.1mph,the route included 2,428 feet of ascent in glorious weather conditions, and a great time was had by all.

The Route


Sunday 23 January 2022 Ride to East Meon

There was again a good turnout on this Ride compared with some recent Rides with 8 out. Sam was the Leader and he was joined at 9.00 at Chichester Cross by Russell, Paul, Bob,  Maureen, Max, Mark Jones and myself (Edwin)

The weather was dry but cloudy and dull starting at 3C and rising to 6C.

We headed out west first along West Street and then picking up Clay Lane and the lanes of the South Coast Cycleroute via Woodmancote and Westbourne.  From Westbourne it was up the Monks Hill before picking up Woodberry Lane across the border into Hampshire and on to Rowlands Castle for elevenses at the Bumblebee Café.

I turned round after elevenses while the rest were continuing via Hambledon to East Meon for lunch.

Sam reports that after Rowlands directions went adrift!! At Gipsy Hill 5 people proceeded via correct route to Forge Café Hambledon.    

 One ended up at Bat & Ball I think  and 2 at East Meon!! Re directions and we all re met at Café in West Meon!!

Today: 55+miles, 2,663’.00 climbing Ave speed:12.2mph

Edwin Jones

Sunday 16 January Short Ride to the Forge Slindon

Weather today was reasonable being dry with fog to start clearing to sun later and temperatures milder than of late up to 10C. Turnout was very good with 8 out on this short ride and 6 on the long ride to Wisborough Geen.

We started 10.00 at Chichester Cross led by Harvey. Also out were Arthur, Maureen, Edwin, Rebecca, Adam, Rosemary and Jason.

We headed out on quiet back roads to get to the Cycle Bridge over the A27 to join the Cyclepath alongside the A259 before turning off on Drayton Lane. We were split by a train at the Level Crossing and waited on the Oving Road. We looked at a Buzzard on a Telephone pole ahead of us not visible in the picture unfortunately due to distance and fog.

We continued on the Oving Road to Aldingbourne where we turned off on Hook Lane to join the A29 at Woodgate. After a short way heading north on the main road we turned right on Ivy Lane a dead end for cars but for us we continued on a cyclepath to pick up Church Lane by The Wilkes Head. We came out on the Barnham Road and took that towards Barnham for a short way before entering a private Estate on Downview Road and passing Harvey’s house. The route forms a quiet roads bypass for Barnham. We came out on Barnham Lane to pick up the Cyclepath to Walberton. Then it was up to Fontwell, by now in the sunshine and under the A27 to pick up a beautiful lane through Slindon Woods.

The Lane is called Slindon Bottom Road and from there we had to get to a lane called appropriately Top Road requiring a tough hill to get to it.

We descended to a leisurely early lunch/late elevenses at The Forge Café, Slindon where we occupied one of the very long tables. Eventually we got ready to leave.

We took an easier more direct route back making our own ways home from Barnham.

Edwin Jones