The next Campaign ride will be on Sunday 5th October. Meet outside Lakeside cafe, Eastleigh (off Wide Lane, just past airport) between 9.45 and 10 am. We will take a circular route mainly on resticted byways and bridleways of approximately 18 miles, stopping for coffee and cake in Winchester. Gentle pace, back about 1.30 pm. All welcome; hybrid or mountain bikes best.
The provisional route is: From Lakeside following NCN 23 through Flemming Park and on quiet roads to the Otter PH; join the Otterbourne Road , taking first turning left then right onto Silkstead Lane (restricted byway), continuing on Whiteshute Lane (also restricted byway) into Winchester where we will stop for refreshments. Return will be via Tun Bridge and Pilgrims Trail bridleway, Mare Lane, Hensting Lane then right onto B3354 for short distance; left at roundabout, left again onto Bishopstoke Rd, down through Bishopstoke, right into Eastleigh (I believe this has been improved for cyclists), back to Lakeside using quiet roads and the new cycle link through the new houses just north of Lakeside.
Following a very successful and enjoyable ride around some of the open churches in the Test Valley in September 2013, it has been decided to repeat the event again this year. On Saturday we will leave Riverside Park (behind social club on Manor Farm Rd) at 9.30 am and visit churches in Hedge End, Titchfield, Stubbington, Lee on Solent and Warsash.
We will be back around 6 pm although it is quite possible to join us for the morning only, returning to Southampton from Titchfield or Stubbington. Most of the churches offer refreshments so a coffee stop will be unnecessary but we will stop at a pub or cafe for lunch (bring sandwiches if you prefer).
The minutes of the 14th July 2012 meeting are now available.
Details of rides can be found at www.sunseaandcycling.co.uk
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Meet at Dunbridge Station at 9.45 am
This 20 mile ride uses quiet lanes, bridleways and restricted byways. The views are wonderful and you will hardly see a motor vehicle (but plenty of cyclists!) The only refreshment stop en-route is the PH at Sparshalt and this is expensive (£2.50 for a small capuccino) and busy so my suggestion is that we have a short stop at Farley Mount (15 mins) and stop for tea/coffee/ice-cream at the Kimbridge Farm shop on the way back. Bring water/lemonade etc and a snack for the stop.
Trains to Dunbridge leave Southampton Central at 9.37 am and arrive at Dunbridge at 9.56 am. You can catch the train at Parkway, Swaythling, St Denys, Millbrook and Redbridge as well as Central. Return fare is £5.70 (four can go for the price of two). Return train leaves Dunbridge just after 2 pm.
Alternatively, you can drive to Dunbridge and park at the station (free) or cycle – join others at the Chilworth Roundabout garage at 8.50 am.
BBQ for Campaign members, friends, family and other local cyclists on Tuesday 29th July at 17 Whitworth Road, Bitterne Park. The basics (both meat and veggie) will be provided so you do not need to bring food but extras are always welcome.
Arrive from 6.30 pm onwards and stay as long as you like!
COUNTRYSIDE TO COAST
Meet: Riverside Park (behind Social Club on Manor Farm Rd) at 9.45 am for 10 am departure. Return approx 5 pm.
Route: via Upham to Bishop’s Waltham; a visit to Bishop’s Waltham Palace before stopping for coffee; continuing on country lanes, disused railway and bridleways, stopping to visit Titchfield Abbey and look around the pretty village of Titchfield then south to Titchfield Haven for lunch.
Return via NCN 2 route to Warsash, Hamble ferry, Royal Victoria Country Park and Weston Shore.
Route includes cycle paths, bridleways, disused railway, country lanes and restricted byways. Some surfaces uneven but road alternatives available.
Lunch can be purchased at the Titchfield Haven cafe or bring sandwiches if you prefer. From previous experience, there is no objection to eating these in the cafe garden.
The next Campaign ride is a 20 mile route starting at the Hythe ferry, led by Jim Probert. Meet at Town Quay at 9.45 am to catch the 10 am ferry (fare £5.60 plus £1.40 for bike). The route is mostly on road and shared cycle paths; coffee/lunch stop at Lepe cafe plus an optional stop at Beaulieu. Return via Ipley Cross and Dibden.
Bike Week - 14-22nd June 2014 – is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to the local shops, school, the library or just to visit friends. Bikeweek.org.uk
Details of the rides being run by the Southampton Cycling Campaign during Bike Week can be found at www.southamptoncyclingcampaign.org.uk/rides/