campaign banner Welcome to the website for Southampton Cycling Campaign. Here you will find information about us and what we would like to achieve. We meet on the second Monday of every month (except August) at the St Denys Community Centre On Horse Shoe Bridge, opposite the Junction Inn pub. Join us for tea and biscuits from 19:30, and business from 20:00. Everyone is welcome.

Campaign ride: Brummell Bummel 21st May 10 am All day ride

May 19th, 2017 No comments

Brummell Bummel 21st May 10 am. All day ride, lunch at the Black Horse West Tytherly

This coming Sunday will be the annual ride in memory of Mark Brummell, one of our members who was killed when out on a bike ride at Ipley Cross in the N F. For the first few years we followed a route which included Ipley Cross but two years ago we decided to introduce some variety and we now organise a ride in other areas we know Mark enjoyed cycling in. After two rides to Kings Sombourne, this year we have a new destination – West Tytherly. The route suggested by John Heath is perfect; quiet lanes, beautiful views, lovely venues for coffee and lunch.

Start: meet at the Four Horseshoes, Nursling St, from 9.45 am.

Terrain: some hills, gravel track (bridleway) through Moorcourt Farm. Suitable for all bikes; for road bikes, a v short section of the bridleway through the farmyard can be walked.

Route in brief: Dairy Lane, Lee Lane, Moorcourt Fm, Ridge Lane, Gardiners Lane, Ryedown Lane, Woodington Rd, Dandy’s Ford, Lockerly, East Dean Rd, Frenchmoor Rd, continuing north to West Tytherly.

Coffee at Dandy’s Ford, lunch at the Black Horse.

Return: to be agreed; we can return by same route or via Dunbridge (option of catching a train back to Southampton) and Romsey.

Please let me know if you would like lunch at the Black Horse so that I can give the landlord approximate numbers in advance. He is OK for anyone who would prefer to bring sandwiches to eat them in the pub garden.

This is a ride for everyone, not just friends of Mark, so please do come along if you are free on 21st May.

Lindsi

Campaign ride Sunday 16th April, Stoke Park Woods

April 11th, 2017 No comments

The next Campaign ride takes place on Sunday 16th April; assemble from 9.45 am at the Lakeside cafe – it should be open, so if early you can have tea/coffee while waiting.

Route in brief:  Stoneham Lane, past Concorde Club, Flemming Park, Oakmount Ave, off -road to Otterbourne,

Kiln Lane, Bishopstoke Lane, Stoke Park Woods, cycle path alongside the Itchen to join the shared -use path to Eastleigh Stn, through Eastleigh on quiet rds, back to Lakeside.

Coffee and cake at Brambridge Gdn Centre.

Hybrid and mountain bikes best as some gravel tracks, but there are road alternatives.  No steep hills but Stoke Park Woods is like a roller coaster.  If you have never cycled in these woods before, please do come along.

Return approx 1 pm.

Lindsi

Minutes from February 2017 Meeting

February 19th, 2017 No comments

The minutes from the monthly meeting on February 13th 2017 are now available.

Minutes from January 2017 Meeting

January 24th, 2017 No comments

minutesThe minutes from the monthly meeting on January 9th 2017 are now available.

Minutes from December 2016 meeting

January 5th, 2017 No comments

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The minutes from the monthly meeting on December 12th 2016 are now available.

Response to the Southampton City Council “Cycling Southampton” plan

January 2nd, 2017 No comments

Southampton City Council has produced a draft ten year cycling plan for the city.cyclingplan

As part of the public consultation the Southampton Cycling Campaign has submitted a response.

Top ten priorities and quick fixes

December 13th, 2016 No comments

Streetview2-textSouthampton Cycling Campaign have created a list of suggested improvements to key routes or junctions that would not only make life easier and safer for current cyclists, but once carried out would encourage new people to cycle. This would contribute to the improvement of the air quality and would be a significant step towards Southampton becoming a cycle-friendly city. The list comprises locations and suggestions for improvement  submitted by members and is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather the start of an on-going project aimed at transforming the city environment for the benefit of all. Southampton Cycling Campaign looks forwards to consultation on the locations included in the document.

A separate document has been created describing suggested improvements to Shirley High Street/ Shirley Road.

Campaign Ride: Hilliers Arboretum, Sunday 18th December

December 13th, 2016 No comments

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The next Campaign ride starts at the Four Horseshoes, Nursling St, Nursling and takes  quiet roads and rural lanes to Hilliers, where we will stop for coffee/tea and cake or mince pies.  Return through Romsey and Lee Lane, arriving back at the Four Horseshoes at 1 pm.

An enjoyable ride of approximately 16 miles.  All welcome; a good ride to bring families and friends on as both terrain and distance are easy.

Meet:  the Four Horseshoes at 9.45 am for prompt 10 am departure   Please note:  you can  join the ride at the North Baddesley crossroads at 10.15 am.

Terrain:  one or two hills on the route out to Hilliers, otherwise mainly flat.  Quiet roads, rural lanes and cycle paths, one ford (best bypassed), short distance on fairly busy road to access Hilliers (Jermyns Lane), two busy roads and one railway line to cross. No off-road terrain.

Suitable for all  bikes.

Coffee stop:  Hilliers Arboretum

Route in brief:  Nursling estate, Horns Drove, Rownhams Lane, Bracken Rd, Flemming Ave, Nutburn Rd, Pound Lane, Green Lane, Crampmoor, Straight Mile, Jermyns Lane  Return:  Braishfield Rd, Woodley Lane, Richmond Lane,  NCN route alongside canal to the Plaza, path alongside Southampton Rd, Lee Lane, Dairy Lane.

An easy ride of approximately 16 miles.  All welcome.

Campaign ride to Carlo’s and New Forest: Sunday 20th November

November 16th, 2016 No comments

bikesThe next Campaign ride will take place on 20th November, leaving the Four Horseshoes at Nursling at 10 am.  A delightful circular route up the Test Valley to Carlo’s then south to the New Forest and returning via Winsor and Test Valley Lakes.  Return around 1 pm.

Meet:  9.45 am at the Four Horseshoes, Nursling Street

Terrain: some tracks (Moorcourt Farm bridleway  forest tracks and gravel track though Testwood Lakes); quiet roads.  Suitable for hybrid and mountain bikes.  Hilly up to Carlo’s, otherwise fairly flat.

Coffee and cake stop:  Carlo’s

Route in brief:  Dairy Lane, Lee Lane, Moorcourt Farm, Ridge Lane, Gardeners Lane, Ryedown Lane, through West Wellow, straight across the Salisbury Rd, Canada Common, Furzley Rd to Newbridge, Newbridge Rd, Pollards Moor Rd, Winsor Rd, Loperwood, Testwood Lakes, Mill Lane, Station Rd, Dairy Lane.

Weather:  predicted to be cloudy with showers, but don’t let this put you off; if heavy rain the ride will be shortened.

Brilliant news:  we will no longer have to lift our bikes over the stile to get from Testwood Lakes to Mill Lane as it has been replaced with a latch gate.  I have asked for this at the Test Valley Bug on several occasions and Adriane and I were very pleased to use the new gate when risk assessing the ride last week – and a simple latch gate, so much easier than a kissing gate.   A great benefit for parents with pushchairs, disability vehicles and elderly people as well as cyclists.  I will email Vivien Messenger (Test Valley Transport Planner) to express  thanks on behalf of the Cycling Campaign.

Regards,

Lindsi

Minutes of November 2016 meeting

November 16th, 2016 No comments

minutesThe minutes from the monthly meeting on November 14th 2016 are now available