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

Saturday 13 October – cycle to Brick Kiln Garden Centre

6 of us met at Chichester library at the new time if 1300. No leader turned up so Steve Woods led the ride. (Edit -the Leader scheduled was ill and his arranged substitute forgot)

I was joined by Carol, Maureen, Mike, Julian and Michael. We left at 13.20pm on a lovely warm day

We made our way out of Chichester cycling past Priory Park. At the end of the road we turned left and first left towards St Richards Hospital, then out to St Pancreas and on to West Hampnett picking up the cycle path along the A27 out to Tangmere.



Cycled across the old Tangmere air field and out to Oving passing the Gribble Inn where Michael tried to persuade everybody to stop for ales!. We turned right towards Drayton  across the railway crossing turning right onto the A259 Bognor/Chichester cycle path where we arrived at our destination, Brick Kiln Garden Centre.

Cream teas were enjoyed by all and we were later joined by Chris. Then we had a look at the Christmas decorations before leaving.

Chris and Julian cycled back towards Chichester and the rest of us towards Bognor

Total mileage for me , Carol and Maureen from Felpham was about 25 miles and Chichester library to the garden centre was about 8 miles

Steve Woods