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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.


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.


Campaign Ride: Hilliers Arboretum, Sunday 18th December

December 13th, 2016 No comments


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.



Campaign ride to Bursledon: Sunday 16th October

October 10th, 2016 No comments

bikesThe October Campaign ride is to Bursledon on Sunday 16th October.  This is a short leisurely ride, suitable for everyone.  Half of the route is off-road (mountain bikes not necessary) and there are no busy roads.  Terrain is hilly in parts but hills can be walked up.

We will  be stopping for coffee and cake at the Old Ferry cafe (one of the floating bridges formerly used to take people and vehicles across the Itchen).  They would like numbers, so if you think you might come on the ride, please let me know by emailing

Meet:  Woolston Station from 9.45 am  for prompt 10 am departure  Return between 1 and 1.30 pm

Distance:  15 miles

Suitable for:  all bikes except road bikes; all cyclists except beginners, incl children over 8 yrs.

Terrain:   off-road tracks and quiet roads; some short hills

Route: Garton Rd, Porchester Rd, Station Rd, Spring Rd, Millers Pond, Weston Greenway, Crest Way, Butts Sq, Sullivan Rd, Montague Ave, Shop Lane, Pound Rd, Chamberlaine Rd, The Acorns, off-road path to Hungerford, Kew Lane, High Street, Station Hill, Elephant Boatyard for the Old Ferry cafe.  Return via bridleway to Satchell Lane, through Hamble College, Hound Way, RVCP, then NCN 2 along Weston Shore.

Campaign ride to Titchfield Haven Sunday 18th September

September 14th, 2016 No comments

bikesSome were disappointed to miss the ride to Stokes Bay 3 wks ago and, as there is no ride in the programme for the 3rd Sunday in September (18th), it has been agreed to have another ride using a similar route.  We will not go as far as Stokes Bay, as this was a little further than the Campaign’s usual 20 m; we will instead stop for coffee at Titchfield Haven and return from here via NCN2.  Eric will lead us on an alternative route through Whitely, using off-road cycle paths.

Meet from 9.45 am at Netley Station for a prompt 10 am departure.  There is a train leaving Southampton Central at 9.35 am which stops at St Denys, Bitterne, Woolston, Sholing and Netley.  From here we will take a route through Bursledon, over Swanick Bridge, through Whitely, across the A27 just north of Titchfield, through Titchfield Village and Posgrove Lane south to Titchfield Haven.  Return along the coast via NCN2 and the pink ferry (£1.75).

Suitable for all bikes although be aware that there are some gravel tracks.  Mainly quiet roads and off-road paths; very hilly through Bursledon on way out; otherwise mainly flat.

Weather predicted to be dry.  Coffee and cake stop at the Titchfield Haven Nature Reserve Visitor Centre.

Return approximately 1.30 pm


Campaign Ride: Saturday, 10th September

September 3rd, 2016 No comments

bikesOur ride this month is on a Saturday, to mark Ride and Stride fundraising day for historic Churches – on 10 September. Starting from the Four Horseshoes pub, Nursling at 10 am, the 32 miles circular route goes through Rownhams, North Baddesley, Ampfield, Braishfield, Eldon, Kings Somborne, Mottisfont, Lockerley and Romsey. Lunch will be at the Crown Inn, Kings Somborne and we should be back by around 4pm. Please note that, although we will be using quiet country roads for the most part (also taking in tracks such as the Test Way), some busy roads and tricky junctions are unavoidable and will require a minimum level of cycling confidence. There are a few hills, though generally fairly gentle ones.  We will be riding at a leisurely pace and making many stops en route. Most of the churches are worth visiting, some of them have toilets and some will be providing refreshments to Riders and Striders. I will be making a donation to the Historic Churches Preservation Trust and you are welcome to join me, if you so wish, but the ride is of course free to all. If the weather looks as if it will be very wet on the day, ring me on 07857 156416 to check what the plans are. If you are planning on coming to the pub for lunch, please e-mail me so I can book some tables.

Stephen  (stephenedwards12 at

Campaign ride to Upham, Sunday 17th July

July 13th, 2016 No comments

bikesThe next Campaign ride will take place on  Sunday 17th July.  Assemble at Riverside Park, by Cobden Bridge, from 9.45 am for a prompt 10 am start.  Coffee stop at Arturi’s Gdn Centre, Allingham Lane.

Cycle lanes, off-road paths and quiet roads; fairly hilly.  Approximately 21 miles.

Route in brief: Riverside Park, Forest Hills Drive. Cutbush Lane, through Townhill Park to Ivy Lane, West End High Street, Chapel Rd, Moorgreen Rd, Burnetts Lane, Knowle Lane, Durley Rd, through Durley, Kytes Lane and Manor Rd to Durley St, Winters Hill, Ashton Lane and Cross Lane to Upham; Return via Alma Lane, Greenwood Lane, Durley Rd, Knowle Lane, Burnetts Lane, Fir Tree Lane, Allington Lane, Gaiters Hill, Riverside Park.

Anyone wishing to join at West End, we will be outside the library in Chapel Rd at 10.20 am.

All bikes suitable.  Weather predicted to be dry with some sunshine.


June 5th, 2016 2 comments

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All rides insured and led by experienced leaders. Participants should bring waterproofs,and lights if possible. Over 10s welcome with an adult. More info: A printable leaflet of the events and rides is available.

Sunday 12th 11am-3pm  British Cycling SKY RIDE. Visit the Campaign stall in Hoglands Park and find out who we are and how to join and help our campaigning work

Monday 13th   6.30 pm NEW FOREST

Meet at the Cowherds (or the Ship Inn, Redbridge at 7 pm) for a led ride out to the Forest on quiet roads, paths and forest tracks

Refreshments at Ashurst   Return 10pm

Tuesday 14th   6.30 pm CITY CYCLE RIDE

Meet at the Cenotaph for a short ride including the boardwalk, St Mary’s stadium and parks

Return to Friends Meeting House, Ordnance Rd at 7.30pm for refreshments followed by talk


Nick Coates of Beamz

Wednesday 15th  6.30 pm ROYAL VICTORIA  COUNTRY PARK

Meet at  St Denys Community Centre for a led ride to RVCP (or Woolston Stn 7pm). Return

to St Denys Community Centre at 8.30 pm for refreshments followed by talk/demo


This talk/demo will show you how to use an iPhone or Android phone to plan your route, to navigate while you are on your bike and to log your trip.  Also the best way to keep your phone on your handlears, keep it dry and charged.

Thursday 16th  1.45 pm HAMBLE

Over 50s led ride. Meet at  Southampton Sailing Club, Victoria Rd for a safe quiet

ride along Weston shore to Hamble. Led

by Jenny & Andy, Active Travel Officers

5.30 pm: ROMSEY

Meet at the Cowherds for a led ride to Romsey with the option of joining the CTC evening ride to Braishfield or stopping for refreshments in Romsey and returning to Southampton at 9.30pm

Friday 17th  6.30 pm: DURLEY

Meet at Riverside Park, by Cobden Bridge for a led ride to Durley on quiet roads and lanes

Refreshments at Farmers Home Return 10pm

Coming up: cargo bikes night ride with music (panniers & baskets qualify) later in June. See website for details of this and more rides

Campaign ride to Lyndhurst: 17th April

April 14th, 2016 No comments

bikesThe Campaign ride on Sunday 17th April is a 20 mile circular route using cycle paths, quiet roads and forest tracks.  There will be a short distance on the B3056 and we will have to negotiate the one-way system in  Lyndhurst.  Approximately 5 miles of beautiful forest tracks.  Coffee and cake stop in Lyndhurst.

Assemble from 9.45 am at the Ship Inn, Redbridge, for a prompt 10 am start.  Short steep hill at Eling, otherwise fairly flat.  Return by 1.30 pm.

Route in brief:  cycle paths to Eling, Eling Hill, Trotts Lane, Pooksgreen, Long Lane, Twiggs Lane, Beaulieu Road, forest cycle tracks to Lyndhurst, tarmac cycle path alongside Southampton Rd for approx 1 mile, forest cycle tracks through Lodgehill and Costicles Inclosures, Fletchwood Lane, Ashurst Bridge Rd, cycle paths and quiet roads through Totton back to Redbridge.

A good opportunity to try out part of the improved Lyndhurst to Ashurst cycle route. Suitable for all bicycles.  Family and friends welcome, children able to cycle 20 miles.