Saturday 24 November: Afternoon ride- Bognor library to Edgcumbes

A miserable Saturday afternoon with an Easterly wind and almost continuous drizzle for our ride to Edgcumbes at Ford. Arriving at the Bognor library start point i was surprised to see anybody waiting at all. But there were 8… Mike, Alan, Steve, Samantha, Harvey, Chis, Steve Woods and me.


After discussion as to whether the Cycle Bognor “no rain guarantee” would hold-which it did as the continuous drizzle never turned into actual rain- we set off via back lanes past Felpham cricket pitch to the Arun Leisure Centre where we stopped to collect Claire.

Then it was via Bognor Golf Club to and through the Blakes Mead estate, into North Road and Hoe Lane at Flansham. The Barnham cycle track was officially closed for repairs and although unofficially passable it is very muddy. So we turned right instead of left at Hoe Lane to ride down past the duck pond to the A259 and the Littlehampton cycletrack.

At this point Steve Woods, who had been having bike troubles, decided to abandon the ride and head for home to investigate wheel and tyre issues.

The rest of us followed the cycletrack to Comet Corner then up to Yapton, through Tack Lee Road and over the old canal bridge, then to Barnham turning right under the bridge  into Lake Lane, then the foot crossing over the railway into Maypole Lane, from where it was a straight ride to Ford Lane and Edgcumbes. As we arrived Andy joined us, having made his own way there and making 10 out in total.

After a convivial coffee, we headed for home via Ford Road to Horsemere Green where Alan pulled up with a puncture. For unknown reasons it proved quite difficult to strip and replace the inner tube but with several pitching in to help it was eventually done, although Alan decided to head straight back as it looked as though the new tube might deflate as well. “Alan writes – Many thanks to the entire peloton who stopped with me today in the rain while my puncture was fixed. Special thanks to Mike who managed to get the tyre off the rim and back on again”


After this we went down to the Oystercatcher pub where we joined the cycletrack towards Bognor.  With people people peeling off for home along the way, we turned down to Middleton and through estate roads to the sea then followed the prom into central Bognor where the ride ended and we were in time for the grand Christmas lights switch on.


The round trip mileage from and back to Bognor library was 17.2



Sunday 18 November Ride to Durleighmarsh Tea Barn

Jeff was unable to lead this ride, so Sam and myself stepped in.

Six riders met at a chilly 6c Chichester Cross for the ride to Durleighmarsh, near Petersfield. Sam and myself were joint leaders, we were joined by Ann, Rosie, Paul and Roger. We took the usual route via the Centurion Way and West Stoke to Compton for our morning coffee. Sitting outside, away from the nagging north east wind in the sunshine, it felt much warmer than the indicated 9c.

After a pleasant 20 minutes we headed off to Durleighmarsh, again taking a direct route via South Harting and West Harting, arriving to find the Tea Barn already busy. Luckily there were two vacant tables outside in the sun, ideal for a relaxing chat during lunch.

Our return route took in the exceptionally quiet lanes through the exotic sounding hamlets of Quebec and Goose Green to Nursted. Then a quick 1/2 mile on the busy Petersfield road to turn up the lane to Ditcham Park School and the long gradual climb over the Downs. The views were spectacular in the strong Autumnal sun. Arriving at Rowlands Castle there was a choice of stopping for a coffee in Bumblebee’s or heading straight back to Chichester. Myself, Sam and Paul opted for the former with Ann, Rosie and Roger heading back. The refurbished café has a nice ambience and very reasonable prices.

Eventually we pulled ourselves away to battle a strong headwind for a fast ride back to Chichester, arriving just before 3pm.

Return mileage was 41 miles.


Saturday 10th November 2018 Ride from Chichester Library to The Boathouse Café, Chichester Marina

The weather dawned cloudy with sunny spells for a ride to The Boathouse Café in Chichester Marina.

Twelve cyclists gathered at Chichester Library – Philippa, Steve & Carol, Chris, Maureen, Roy, Julian, Mike, Iain and newcomers Rosemary, Jason and Susie.

Philippa had an issue with her bike rack and knew she would be a bit late in arriving to lead the ride, so sent a message to everyone to let them know.  The group were about to set off when the heavens opened and everyone was forced to take shelter at the library.  Just as well Philippa was late!

The heavy shower soon passed, so the group headed west towards Westgate, over the Fishbourne crossing and then carried on until the end of the road, before heading through the A27 underpass towards the A259.  After emerging from the underpass, everyone then took a sharp left to take the cycle path alongside the A259, crossing the road in order to then turn right down Appledram Lane.

After a few yards, the group turned left onto Salterns Way and were almost immediately greeted by the dulcet tones of Sam, who was taking the cycle path back home to grab some lunch.  After a cheery wave and “goodbye” to Sam, everyone carried on along Salterns Way, via Dell Quay Road and through Salterns Copse, eventually emerging at Chichester Marina.

Iain is a member of Chichester Yacht Club and kindly suggested that we could use the restaurant there instead of going in The Boathouse Café, which was extremely busy.  Whilst the rest of the group followed Iain into the Yacht Club, Philippa went to the café to see if anyone had arrived there independently.  No one was there so she joined the rest of the group.


Everyone sat outside, with a lovely view over the water.  After about 30 minutes, the skies were starting to darken in the direction of Chichester, so Philippa suggested it might be a good idea to begin to make our way back home.  The same route was taken on the return journey, via Salterns Way, in order to get back as quickly as possible. Those returning to Chichester got there around 4 pm, with the rain starting about 20 minutes later and quickly becoming torrential!  A very wet end to a very enjoyable ride!


Sunday 4th November Ride to Rake Garden Centre Café, Rake, nr Petersfield.

Sunday was dry and mild with temperatures up to 13c with a brisk southerly wind.

Sam was the leader and he was joined for 9.00am at Chichester Cross by Bamboo Keith, Landrover Bob, Lost bag Mike(Healey), Electric Maureen, Selsey Paul (on new Bike).  Martin Bingham joined briefly for Centurion Way.

The route was Centurion Way, West Stoke and then a stop for “Elevenses” at Compton village Tea Rooms.

Then it was on via South Harting, Rogate and on to lunch at the Garden Centre Cafe, Rake. We were joined for lunch by “Chris de bell”. The return route was:  Old A3 through Petersfield, Keith dropped away at this point (looking for book shop); Butser cycle path, Rowlands Castle for tea (Bob beaten by size of cake portion!!) and Home.

Total 50miles.(49.96)  Counted: 6 Out & 5 Back!! Bob took a selfie including the rest of us.


Sunday 28 October Ride to Club AGM at West Stoke

Three of us (myself, David Sinclair and Michael Eastham) met at Chichester Cross to go for a short ride to West Stoke for the Section AGM, the weather was bright but pretty cold in a stiff wind. We set out towards Fishbourne picking up Andrew close to the, sloping bridge, then the four of us went past the Roman Palace, and Andrew showed us an alternative route through the park which took us out to Blackboy Lane, so cutting out the main road entirely. We took from there Old Park Lane to Bosham, and as the tide was out went over the path across the end of Bosham Channel exposed at low tide. I tried to persuade the other three to go for a dip for the photo but they declined as the tide was out.


Then we took the road past the station to Clay Lane, then Mouthey’s Lane to West Stoke, so about a 10 mile ride out.

There were a total of 17 at the meeting. The full roll call was Edwin Jones, Arthur Smith, David Sinclair, Harvey Probert, Lynn Smith, Jim Jennings, Michael Eastham, Mike Lambourne, Philippa Neville, David Neville, David Parsons, Graeme Hodge, Jeff Lander, Bob Birtwell, Chris Dart, Roland Seber and Julie Rand. Some arrived by bike and some by car. Julie Rand is the officer at Cycling UK responsible for local groups. The meeting started at 10.40 and finished at 11.40. There was a long discussion on Cycle Routes and Planning

After the meeting three of us (myself, Michael and Harvey) went through Funtingdon up to Compton, where we had a cuppa. Then we took the right hand turn after Compton to go up the steep hill beside Telegraph Hill.


Then continued past Apple Down to Fourways where we parted company.  Harvey turned right to East Marden, while Michael and I turned left to North Marden, returning to Chichester on the main road through Chilgrove. My total mileage from and back to Chichester was 31.

Bob Birtwell

Saturday afternoon Ride. Bognor Library to Willow Tea Rooms Barnham

The weather today was dry but much colder than of late with temperatures reaching only 8C with a chill northerly wind.  10 cyclists met at Bognor Library for today’s ride: Leaders Steve and Carol, Graham, Maureen, Mike, Julian, Clair, Steve, Alan and Harvey


Carol led turning right from the Library and first right through car park to the underpass and made our way to Arun Leisure center. We then cycled through school grounds towards new Bognor/Littlehampton cycle path up to Climping roundabout where we turned left then first left into Horsemere Green lane.

At the end of the Lane we turned right into Yapton Road and a biting cold headwind passing Ford Market into Burndell Road, straight across the roundabout passing the village hall making our way towards Barnham to our destination of the Willow tea rooms.


After warming up and having tea and cakes Steve led the ride back via Hoe Lane.

Total mileage was 14.5 miles

Carol Woods

Sunday 21st October 2018 Ride from Chichester Cross to Hayling Island

A group of ten assembled at the Chichester Cross which included Arthur, Michael, Maureen, Tony, Sam, Bob, Christine, Alan, Martin and Bill. We headed west along West Street then using Arthur’s ‘Pied Piper’ skills two more, Andy and Graham joined the back of the peloton before the first roundabout.   The route took us over the railway foot bridge on to Fishbourne Road then right onto Clay Lane with its ‘Rolling Hills’.  We eventually reached the first ‘watering hole’ at the Woodmancote Arms. After much coffee and cake we waited until two more riders, Lynn and Jan joined us so 14 in all now..

We continued via Westbourne and on towards Havant. At Havant we turned off the main road and onto the cycle path that led us under the A27 then to the causeway leading to Hayling Island. Over the causeway we turned left towards Northney, then south towards the lunch stop at Meadow Farm Nursery.  The selection that we could partake of for lunch was huge, fortunately the queue for ordering was quite long so there was plenty of time to select what you were going to order, then change your mind! The sun was out in full force so we all took to the shade under the umbrellas in the garden.




The route towards home was the reverse of the route out until we deviated to the Roman Villa at Fishbourne. Many tables were pulled together so that the group could all sit around together. Once the ice creams were devoured we sat chatting for ages in the hot sun. Eventually we all set off on our various routes home, for me door to door was 42 very enjoyable miles. Many thanks Arthur.

Alan Harding