Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Sunday, 17 September 2006
Thursday, 14 September 2006
Sunday 10 September. Cafe to Cafe Ride.
7 people met at Chichester Cross being Harvey, Cath, Jane (Blyth) Mike, Richard, Liz and myself (Alan)
We took a route through the Roman Palace to the A259 and then Old Park Road to the path alongside Bosham Harbour which was still wet from the earlier high spring tide.
We had coffee at the Harbour Cafe where Adrian and Val joined us.Cath then left us as we made our way to the A259 and took Newalls Lane over the Railway to West Ashling Road. Then via Woodmancote, Westbourne,Aldsworth and then a bridleway at Stubblemere to Woodberry lane to Rowlands Castle for lunch.
It was very busy with dozens of cyclists including a Road Race, Charity Ride from Aldershot and a Tour Group of elderly (70s) Americans on Dutch bikes.
Adrian left us at Rowlands Castle and after lunch we retraced our route to Stansted House and took bridleways through to Racton and then West Ashling and Fishbourne Roman Palace for tea where Cath was waiting for us.
Weather was clear sunny and warm and mileage was 32.
Monday, 11 September 2006
Sunday 10th September. Cafe to Cafe Ride.
There was a good turn out on this setting off from Chichester Cross, with
Indian summer conditions of hot sunshine and clear skies.
The group made their way to Mariner's Cafe in Bosham for elevenses via back
roads. When we arrived there the tide was out and we managed to all fit
around a large round table in the cafe.
After elevenses we set off for Rowlands Castle via part of the old
Chichester to Portsmouth road, which is now a country lane. Travelling
through Woodmancote we narrowly avoided getting caught behind a wide load
inching its way down the lane. We then headed up an unpaved track which
brought us out near to Stansted House. There was obviously a time trial on
the day as we kept being passed by numbered riders on our route. Then it
was a quick ride along more lanes to Rowlands Castle.
Three of us dined in the cafe there, whilst the others had sandwiches on the
common. After lunch the group headed back to Chichester via afternoon tea
at Fishbourne Palace tearoom.
59km for the day.
Saturday 9 September. Ride to Russell's Garden Centre, Birdham
7 people met at Chichester Library including myself (Alan) Liz, Julian, Bruno, Cath, Christine and Val.
We took the Salterns Way path through Appledram and the route through to Chichester Yacht Basin. We then picked up the the Salterns Way route to Itchenor Caravan Park turning left on the Birdham Road the short distance to Russell's Garden Centre for tea.
After refreshments we took the direct route through Birdham to the Yacht Basin and then back the same way to Chichester City Centre.
The weather was bright and sunny with an easterly breeze with high cloud moving in late on.
Monday 11 September. Eden Project
Weather was warm and dry today but cloudy with some mist. We rode about 6 miles to the Eden Project and spent the morning exploring the Domes. The visit was well worth the ride and we claimed a 3 pounds discount for arriving by bike.
Lunch was taken in nearby St Austell and then some welcome rest with a long train journey back home.
Sunday, 10 September 2006
Sunday 10 September. Ride to the Eden Project. Steps Bridge to Golant.
Today was to be a shorter ride than the previous 2 but with a lot of climbing. Weather was warm and sunny in the morning and humid with cloud and mist in the afternoon. Temperatures reached 24C.
Steps Bridge is self catering but Mary did us proud for breakfast with pannier supplies of porridge and pancake mix with golden syrup and other toppings.
We needed the good start with a long climb from the Hostel to a ridge. Then a steep descent to Mortonhampsted and then another long climb with many ups and downs to the top of Dartmoor at 1500ft. One hazard was sheep lying at the side of the road which would suddenly decide to get up as we approached.
We stopped at Postbridge for elevenses with takeaway coffee and snacks which we enjoyed on the old bridge. We continued with more climbing past the Prison. Then a long descent to Plymouth and a chain ferry
To Torpoint and lunch there.
We continued across to Looe and a stop for tea and then backroads to Fowey and another chain ferry. Soon afterwards Colin left us to ride on to St Austell to catch a train to Bath from where he plans to ride home from tomorrow. We rode on to Golant YHA which is about 6 miles from the Eden Project which we visit tomorrow.
66 miles for the day.
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
Saturday, 9 September 2006
Friday, 8 September 2006
Friday 8 September. Ride to Eden Project. Chichester to Swanage.
4 of us met at the Cross, myself
( Edwin) Phil and Mary and Colin. The plan is to ride down to the Eden Project over 3 days and then Monday look round the Eden Project and train back.
Weather was perfect with clear blue skies all day and a strong easterly tail wind and temperatures up 21C.
We had a good early start at 7.30 and rode via Clanfied and Exton which we reached at 9.00am. Elevenses was at Bishops Waltham. On the flat B road to Fishers Pond we reached a steady 20 mph. Then on via Ampfield and Romsey to stop for lunch at Carlos's Tearooms near Wellow.
We continued on quiet byroads through the New Forest with many horses beside the road. We reached Burley by 2.00 and then down to Christchurch and along to Bournemouth. Then along the Prom to Poole and the Sandbanks Ferry. From the other side it was a short ride to Swanage to stop at the YHA
100 miles for the day
Sunday, 3 September 2006
Sunday 3rd September. Arun Crossings Ride.
This DA Event was our Sections second of the year ably organised and led by Colin. I joined Colin at the start at Pulborough Station with Avryll and Gill. Alan and Liz and Nicola did part of the route generally in the opposite direction. Gill rode on road but joined us for part of the route in the afternoon.
4 members from Arun Adur and 2 from Horsham joined us.
Weather started dismal and drizzly but soon dried up with bright sunshine by the afternoon with temperatures up to 23C.
Colin led us on a very good route with many rough tracks and lanes many of which were new to us. Despite the area being well known to us by road the tracks added a new dimension and many of us had no idea where we were most of the time. The ride took last years route but in the opposite direction and with the addition of some tracks we had not tried before. We completed 12 crossings of the River Arun during the day.
We headed for Penelopes at Wisborough Green for 11s but that was closed for redecoration so we diverted to Fishers Farm nearby. Soon after elevenses Dave Fox had a fall from his bike and very adroitly scrambled clear of an approaching car. He was none the worse apart from minor cuts. We continued on many more tracks to stop at the Haven for Lunch. We were joined there by a large group from Horsham Section who came direct by road.
Tea was taken at Fishers Farm and then a convoluted route back to Pulborough.
I didn't have a Bike Computer but the route mileage was approx. 30 miles.
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