Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Monday, 24 July 2006
Exton - 23 July - early start
Richard Boulton of Arun Adur joined Phil, Mary and Edwin at Chichester Cross for the 9 am start for Exton, Hampshire. We headed north on the Centurion Way and then crossed by Binderton to join the Chilgrove Road which we followed until the turn to East Marden. The weather was cooler than of late (average 25 degrees for the day) but it was still comparatively humid. From East Marden we followed minor roads westwards until we crossed the railway line north of Rowlands Castle and climbed the steep hill to Chalton. A tentative plan to take the footpath north to the visitor centre was abandoned due to time pressure and excessive undergrowth so we continued to cross the A3 and then re-cross to the Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre.
Adrian was waiting in the coffee shop and after taking refreshments we headed back into Clanfield and then climbed up to the Meon Ridge for the usual spectacular ride along the ridge, eventually descending to Warnford from where we followed the A32 south to Exton, and the Shoe Inn.
Our return route took us through Chidden and past the Bat and Ball pub to a rather hair raising crossing point on the A3. We have not used this for some years and the traffic is both faster and denser than prior crossings. Adrian turned south just prior to Clanfield. We continued to Rowlands Castle for tea where we were joined by Sam and Graham who then returned towards Chichester with us, through Funtington and then down Watery Lane to pick up the South Coast Cycle Route back. We covered  about 100 km but at a reasonably good pace so we were back in Chichester soon after 4 pm.
Phil Turner 

Posted by Ride Leader at 12:01 AM BST
Updated: Thursday, 27 July 2006 9:29 AM BST

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