The Test Valley Borough Council are in the process of creating a new Cycling Strategy and have so far produced a draft version that is undergoing a consultation process. The response by the CTC Test Valley Local Campaign to this draft is now available.
The next Campaign ride is Bikes to Bursledon on 7th December. This is an unusual route using quiet roads, bridleways, gravel tracks, cycle paths and country lanes. At Bursledon we can either go north to Lowford for a coffee stop, or south to Hamble.
Return will be via the NCN route through Royal Victoria Country Park and Weston Shore.
Meet: 9.45 – 10 am, the car park behind the social club on Manor Farm Rd
Return between 1 and 1.30 pm
Route is approximately 18 miles, hilly in Bitterne Park and Bursledon,; middle section is fairly flat. Hybrid or mountain bikes recommended.
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Southampton City Council have produced a proposal for the cycle route at the western end of Second Avenue. The “Armadillos” in Section A-A of the plan, can be seen in operation in Church Street – these were installed last week as part of the new cycle way.
The minutes of the 13th October 2014 meeting are now available.
The Netherlands based British blogger, David Hembrow, explains how Dutch streets are no different from any other streets in Europe. They were built to allow two horse and carts to pass. So the reason there’s space for cycling is that a conscious decision was made not to prioritise motorised traffic above any other form of transport. Simple really. Can we make the change? http://goo.gl/b13I8t
The next Campaign ride is Explore the Forest on Sunday 2nd November. Meet at the Ship PH, Old Redbridge at 9.45 am. The 16 mile route will be via Eling, Staplehurst Lane, Deerleap Lane and Deerleap enclosure to the Happy Cheese at Ashurst, then Busketts enclosure and returning via Fletchwood Road. We should be back around 1 pm.
I have arranged for the Happy Cheese to open at 11.30 am instead on 12 noon.
This is a lovely ride on rural roads, cycle paths and forest tracks. Mainly flat, the only hill is steep but short, from Eling Tide Mill to Eling Church. Hybrids/mountain bikes recommended.
All are welcome to join us and experience the beautiful autumn colours of the Forest.
Meet at the Four Horse Shoes in Nursling at 9am. We will use the route across the Test at Moorcourt Farm then Ridge Lane, Gardeners Lane and Ryedown Lane to Carlos for coffee or breakfast.
This is not an official Campaign ride as it is not in the programme, but it is an opportunity to meet local CTC groups as Southampton CTC is leading a ride to Carlo’s from Romsey and meeting Winchester CTC there at 10.30 am.
I have not planned a return but will leave it up to participants. We could come back via Testwood Lakes and Mill Lane or return by the same route. Those who would like a longer ride can continue with Winchester CTC to the Forest. Southampton CTC will be returning to Romsey so this is another option.
Hybrids or mountain bikes preferable as route through Moorcourt is uneven and rough.
The minutes of the 8th September 2014 meeting are now available.
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).