Evening Ride Thurs 26 July to The Gribble at Oving

A ride with two starts and one end point.

The ride was to the Gribble at Oving.

10 riders set out from Chichester Cross and went direct via Tangmere.

15 set out from the Arun Leisure Centre and luckily i decided to join them…as I only realized I was supposed to lead the group when i got there!

A good mix of people tonight; regulars, not so regulars, and a new rider Beppy, who we hope to see again soon.

Due to numbers, we split into two groups, one closely following the other. All went well around back streets and over Highfield Bridge to South Bersted where unfortunately one group went one way and one another.

Luckily fail-safe procedures kicked in and we met up again at a pre arranged point.. From there on all went well with no further issues. From South Bersted we cycled to North Bersted and Shripney Lane to Shripney.

Then up the A29 to Woodgate where a slight delay was encountered with half the group getting across the railway crossing and half not, when the barriers went down.

After regrouping we took Hook Lane to Aldingbourne, then Woodhorn Lane around the back of Oving, approaching the Gribble from the rear.  The Chichester group were already well settled into their seats.

For the return ride to Felpham we were joined by another 4 riders who came out from Chichester but wanted to return to Bognor.

The route was straightforward…over the railway bridge and around the lanes to Colworth, Elbridge and then into Bognor via Bersted.

Round trip mileage from and back to the Arun Leisure Centre was 15.0



Sunday 22 July Ride to The Scarlett Arms, Walliswood

This ride was a train/car assisted one starting from Amberley Station to enable a reasonable mileage and still get into little visited territory in Surrey. Jeff the leader came by car and I came by train while Russell, Mike and Paul came by bike. Weather was hot and humid and mainly sunny with temperatures of 25C on the coast and 28C inland

Most of us met up at the Station and we joined up with Jeff at Amberley Village with better parking. We then continued on back roads via Rackham and the road past Parham Park.

Then it was on via Wiggonholt and West Chiltington taking stream lane to the village and up the hill to Broadford Bridge. Then a lane to Billingshurst and a a welcome 11s break at Whispers Cafe.

Jeff was using a Garmin for the ride route which took us on some not seen before back streets and over the A29 and then to the A272 before turning off on the lane to The Haven.

Then it was on north via Bucks Green and Rudgwick and on to Ellens Green and over the border into the wilds of remotest Surrey. Then more lanes north to Walliswood within sight of Leith Hill. We split between a nearby Green for sandwiches and the Scarlett Arms Pub.

The return ride took in some nice shaded lanes, ideal for the day.

Then it was into Broadbridge Heath just west of Horsham where Garmin supervised by Jeff pickup up a pleasant cyclepath through some of the new housing.

Then it was on south via Barnes Green and on via Conyhurst and back to familiar territory at West Chiltington and a stop for tea at Wiggonholt. I left before everybody else to catch the hourly train back to Bognor with more than 5 minutes to spare.

Mileage from and back to Amberley was 48. My mileage including getting to and from the station at Bognor was 58 though it felt longer with the heat and humidity.

I returned from France earlier in the week including following 5 stages of the Tour de France. The first picture shown was taken on stage 1 near La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast.

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The next picture was taken on Stage 9 just south of Roubaix on a section of Cobbles where the riders and vehicles were stirring up great clouds of dust.

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Edwin Jones

Saturday 21 July – Awayday Ride Southampton to Fareham

An opportunity to explore a little further afield today on our awayday ride starting in Southampton. We were largely following NCN 2 route eastwards but its a very picturesque route with much to see.

The riders were Andy and Ally, Mike, Debbie, Christine and Graham and we all arrived train assisted to Southampton. There we met Graham (2) who had ridden directly as he lives much closer. So seven out in all.

The weather was perfect, with no chance of rain and a light breeze off the sea to alleviate the strong sunshine.We made our way from Southampton central station through the city centre almost entirely on cyclepath, stopping to admire the recently cleaned up Bargate.

Then to Holyrood Church, left in its bombed out condtion from the war, and its Titanic Memorial. A short ride later we started the highest climb on the day, going up over  the Itchen Bridge. We stopped at the top to admire the view. From what we could see it appeared there were three cruise ships in dock.

Then from Woolston we joined NCN2 proper, riding past Weston Heights for a short stop at the ruins of Netley Abbey.

Already lunchtime now, so we stopped at the cafe in the Royal Victoria Country Park.

Then on via cycletracks to Hamble-le-Rice and its golden pillar box, dropping down the hill through the village to the harbour, where the Hamble ferry pulled in almost as we got there.

It is astonishing how many bikes a small ferry can squeeze onboard!

On the other side of the river at Warsash we had a bit of offroading in between stretches of quiet lane until reaching the tea stop at Titchfield Haven nature reserve.

Graham (2) left us there to ride home and the rest of the group headed inland via Stubbington for about 5 miles, until we reached the finish at Fareham rail station and the train home.

The mileage from Southampton station to Fareham Station was exactly 20 miles.


Thursday 12 July Evening ride to The Spur at Slindon

10 riders for tonight’s cycle to The Spur at Slindon, weather was warm with a slight breeze. We set off from Arun Leisure Centre, Felpham, leaders Steve and Carol, new rider Liz, Maureen and Tony, David Sinclair, Sam, David Barton, Lucy, and Julia.

We made our way through Roundle Estate and onto West Morlands Drive to the new relief road and onto the new cycle path to Littlehampton. We was all very impressed how smooth it was but could not work out how they managed to hang it out for so long, lets hope it is kept well maintained. There were a lot of other cyclists and pedestrians using it as well, so to all those car drivers who was complaining of it being a waste of money, you were wrong again. We stopped for a photo at Comet corner then made our way to Yapton.

Turned right into North End Road making way to the level crossing and turning left into Lake Lane and onto cycle path to Walberton. Left turn into Walberton Lane for a nice little hill climb up to Fontwell where we stopped at the top to regroup. We made our way through A27 underpass then into the Woods and cycled the bridal way out to Park Lane where we turned left and climbed up to Slindon. We turned right into Reynolds Lane then to T junction of busy  A29. We crossed the A29  into Mill Road and took first left into Bridal Lane. At the end of the road we turned left and reached our destination. We all had a well earned drink and a good laugh.

On the return journey Carol led us back who took us to Mill Road, with the light beginning to fade, decided to take us back via the A27 which was quiet this time of the evening. Back through Yapton to new cycle path where Sam, Tony and Maureen peeled off. The rest of us we had enjoyed the new cycle path so much we rode it again back to Bognor where the ride ended.

Thank you to all the lovely people who joined us for this Summer ride and hope to see Liz again soon. Total milage about 18 miles.

Steve and Carol

Sunday 1st July 2 Weald Ride to Cranleigh

It was another exceptionally hot day with sunny skies in the morning and more cloud in the afternoon with a NE wind and temperatures reaching 29C. The official ride was to meet for the Horsham Crawley organised Event at the start at Wisborough Green. However I emailed all regular Sunday riders with the option of meeting at 9.00 at Walberton Pond. Harvey and Chris made their own ways there while I was joined at Walberton Pond by Sam and Bob. There were similar numbers taking part from the other 2 groups.

We headed out on the usual route via lanes to Madehurst and temperatures still a reasonable 20C.

Then it was a fast descent of Houghton Hill noticing even so early a great long queue of traffic stuck behind 2 cyclists climbing up on this busy and narrow road. We now try and find another route when coming back. After Houghton it was back to lanes via Amberley. After a brief section of main road past Wiggonholt we turned off on a lane via Broomers Hill. Then it was  lanes via Northwood Farm and a track crossing the Arun and Canal and another lane to Wisborough Green.  We took elevenses here at the Old Mill Cafe. We signed in with Bob from Horsham Crawley.

Then our group and Arun Adur riders headed out together on the northern route. Out of the 4 routes available we both choose northern which has the advantage of least familiar lanes and least hills though all relative with a few little steep ones thrown in. This included on the quiet lane to Drungewick.

We continued north passing the Mucky Duck Pub, nice ring to that ones name. Then on via more lanes letting Richard Boulton from Arun Adur do the leading. At Cranleigh in sight of the North Downs we split up. We headed to Norcutts Garden Centre Cafe, Cranleigh while Arun Adur wanted to go further before lunch.

For the way back we headed south via Dunsfold where we waved to Arun Adur group ensconced at the Pub and on via Plaistow where Chris caught up with us and then Kirdford and back to Wisborough Green and tea at the old Mill Cafe again giving the cheerful owner a fair amount of custom for the day.

Our return took us via Kirdford and lanes south passing east of Petworth. At Kirdford we were behind a tractor and trailer and combine Harvester for a few miles. Sam looked like he very much would have liked to overtake but there was no room even for a bike.

Then it was on via a gradual climb of Duncton Hill. Sam and Bob turned off via the valley road to East and West Dean. I headed back via Eartham and Yapton. Mileage from and back to Walberton was 63. My mileage for the day from Pagham was 85 with 4122ft of climb.

My latest picture was taken last Sunday evening looking from near Pagham Harbour mouth at Pagham north west across the harbour at high tide and sunset.

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Sunday 24 June Ride to the Parrot Inn Forest Green

It was another warm sunny day with temperatures reaching 24C inland and a fresher 19C on the coast. We met at Walberton Pond. Russell the leader was joined by Sam, myself, Rosie, Paul and Mike. Jeff joined us at Bury so 7 were out in all.

We headed out on the usual route with a narrow lane via Madehurst. Then a fast descent (40.5 mph) down Bury Hill to meet up with Jeff at the junction at Bury Village. Then more lanes via West Burton and north towards Coates. Not much traffic.

We had a narrow escape from Brinkwells Hill as Russell instead took us left towards Little Bognor eventually coming out on the lane to Kirdford. As we took the long descent towards Kirdford Jeff gave a good demonstration over 20 metres of almost but not quite falling off on gravel as he slithered about on the gravel in the middle of the road.

At Kirdford we took a left and a short way on turned into Kirdford Village Stores and Cafe arriving fortuitously between 2 large groups of cyclists to get our orders in for bacon sandwiches, scrambled eggs  ect. Yes it was elevenses not lunch but I think we were feeling the hills.

After elevenses I wanted a shorter ride so headed for home. The rest were planning to continue north via Loxwood and on to Forest Green, Surrey for lunch.

My return took in Petworth, Duncton Hill and a picnic lunch in Eartham Churchyard. Then it was on via Sindon Bottom Road a beautiful tree lined lane.

Then on towards home via Yapton and Middleton and onto Felpham Prom. This is usually very busy on a warm Sunday but not today it still being Match time plus the Cafes normally packed were half empty. Great advantage of riding with no interest in football. I stopped for an ice cream break.

Mileage for me from and back to Walberton was 40. My mileage from and back to Pagham was 60. Doing the full ride would have added another 20 miles to that.

I have processed another picture from my dawn visit to the Bury Hill poppies on 13th June. This one was taken about 30 minutes after sunrise at 5.20am.

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Saturday 23 June Ride to West Dean Stores Cafe

It was a beautiful warm day for the Saturday afternoon ride to West Dean Stores and Cafe led by Graeme Hodge. 12 of us enjoyed the ride. Temperatures reached 24C. We met for the start at Chichester Library.

The route out took us via West Street and then Centurion Way northwards and free of traffic. After Lavant we took in the extension to West Dean and then negotiated the steep steps off the old railway path and down to a quiet lane.

From here it was a very short way straight across the main road into another lane to West Dean Village and the Village Stores and Cafe for tea. Apparently one of our group had the last of the cream buns..

For the return we first retraced our steps down the Centurion Way looking very green at this time of year.

From Lavant we headed  on a lane towards West Stoke before turning off on more lanes to West Broyle and back to the Library.

My mileage from Pagham was 26 and the mileage from and back to Chichester would have been about 14.