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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. We will be visiting churches to the east of Southampton although exact route has not yet been agreed. It will be publicised on the website in early September.
Meet: 9.30 am at Riverside Park. Return approximately 6 pm. We will stop at a local pub or cafe for lunch; alternatively bring sandwiches. Last year refreshments were available (free) at almost every church and we assume it will be the same this year.
If anyone would prefer a half-day ride, we will be passing close to several railway stations from which it will be possible to return early to Southampton.
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/
THE SECOND MARK BRUMMELL MEMORIAL RIDE
THE BRUMMELL BUMMEL
Route is via Second Ave, Eling, Marchwood, Ipley Cross, Beaulieu Rd and B 3056 to Beaulieu then Bunkers Hill and Cripple Gate Lane to the Turf Cutters. Return is via same route, the Hythe ferry or train from Beaulieu Rd Stn.
We will stop at the Bold Forester for coffee on the way out and will reach the Turfcutters in time for lunch. CTC cyclists will join us at Ipley Cross where we will stop for a few minutes to remember Mark.
Please come along if you can to this meeting and think about volunteering for the coming year. We have lost some active members so we need more willing to take on a role. It needn’t be time consuming, probably no more than half an hour or so a week. The more volunteers we have the easier it is for everyone.
Also the minutes from the last meeting on the 14th April are now available.