Good turnout on a gloomy day, Adam, Alan,Bob,Jeff(ride leader) Max,Maureen,Paul & how could we forget Sam. After a wiggle through the back streets on Chi on a cycle route we headed up to the Goodwood ridge past the sculpture park for a group photo with an estate lodge house as background. The fine flint work shows we were still south of the Downs where the chalk geology yielded this once cheap building material gathered when the fields were dug over .
The Cadence Cafe at Upwaltham was closed for the winter due to lack of patronage .Not they would have got any from the Marathon runners crossing on the South Downs Way. After winding through the muddy back lanes to Sutton we climbed up to Byworth where timber framed buildings gave the backdrop to the second photo.
After a sweep up and down the Shimmings valley we entered Petworth . Rather than go to Tiffins ( poor cycle parking but reasonably priced good grub inside) we headed to the Hungry Guest al fresco cafe to enjoy some expensive but quality small portions of soup and toasted sandwiches.
After an early lunch we headed south and turned off through the heathlands emerging on the A286 Midhurst Road. The Cadence cafe at the top of Cocking was open so we enjoyed a stop there. Some joined the smoker outside while Bob, Max and I enjoyed the leather settees and warmth inside.
From Singleton we turned left, some heading east to Bognor , others up the hill from Charlton then Lavant and home 41 miles