Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Sunday, 10 September 2006
Saturday 9 September. Swanage to Steps Bridge.

Today we continued our ride towards the Eden Project with a ride from Swanage to Steps Bridge on the eastern side of Dartmoor.

Weather was again sunny all day with a great 20mph easterly tailwind again. Temperatures reached about 23C.

We had an early 7.40 start thanks to the Youth Hostel agreeing to supply us an early cold breakfast. We headed north towards Wareham and then turned off on a quiet byroad part of the South Coast Cycle Route. We stopped at Moreton where Laurence of Arabia is buried to look at a Church with unique etched engravings on the windows.

We continued on back roads to Dorchester and stopped for elevenses at Tchibo in the High Street.

Then on and westward taking a back road gradually climbing Eggerton Hill and a sharp descent to the north of Bridport and lanes west. We climbed a steep ridge to the East of Axminster and stopped for lunch at a Pub at the top.

After a few miles we crossed the border into Devon and down to Axminster. We had to take the busy A35 for a few miles to Honiton with many climbs. Then a signed cycle route on the old road to Exeter.

We were short of time so we gave tea a miss and rode through Exeter and then 10 miles of ups and downs on the Moretonhampsted road to arrive at Steps Bridge YHA at 6.00. The Hostel is due to close at the end of the month so we were among its last visitors

93 miles for the day

Edwin


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