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Wild Night Out: Saturday 1st July

June 29th, 2017 No comments

Meet at the Bargate at 10 pm for a ride around the city, over the Itchen Bridge and along Weston Shore.  We will be crossing the Itchen Bridge exactly 40 years after it was officially opened by Princess Alexandra (1st July 1977).  We will return by the same route and stop for a drink between 11.30 and 12 pm somewhere in the city centre.  This will be a leisurely and relaxed ride suitable for all.

Part of the OS backed national participatory event Wild Night Out.

Lights required; high-vis recommended.

More info from Lindsi Bluemel


Southampton Riverfest: Saturday 27th May

May 26th, 2017 No comments
Southampton Cycling Campaign will be making their presence felt at the first Southampton Riverfest on the late May bank holiday weekend. There will be cargo bike rides, an information point,  and bike doctor to look over your cycle. Lyn Bradley is organising a cargo bike ride from Southampton Common to the Festival on Saturday morning.
In addition, Cycling Campaign qualified leaders will be leading a  ride from Riverside Park  to Weston Shore, where participants can stop to watch the Parade of Sail before returning by a different route.  The ride is suitable for all, it will follow use cycle paths, lanes and quiet roads, mainly alongside the River Itchen. 
Those who would like to join a gentle ride to Weston Shore should assemble by the Clock Tower at the Triangle just before 12 noon on Saturday 27th May.  Approximate time of return to Riverside Park is 2 pm.
More details from Lindsi Bluemel

Bike Week 2017: 10th-18th June

May 26th, 2017 No comments
The 2017 national bike week is running from 10th-18th June this year. That means there are two weekends for rides and meetings. We will be organising a set of runs so keep an eye on the site and on our Facebook and twitter feeds to find more details.  A ride leaflet is available for downloading.
Sunday 11th 10 am WINCHESTER
Meet at Lakeside cafe (SO50 5PE) for a ride to Cyclefest in Winchester. Return 5pm. Bring sandwiches or buy cafe/pub lunch.
Mon 12th 6.30 pm SOUTHAMPTON
Meet at the Bargate for a ride through parks and Common to St Denys Comm Centre at 7.30 pm for refreshments and talk by Clean Air Southampton.
Tuesday 13th 6.30 pm  NEW FOREST
Meet at the Hawthorns for a ride to the Forest. Quiet roads and Forest tracks. Refreshments at Ashurst; return 10 pm.
Wednesday 14th  6.30 pm  HAMBLE
Meet at the Bandstand, Palmerston Pk or Woolston Stn 7.15pm for an easy paced  ride to Hamble via Weston Shore. Refreshments at Hamble, return 10 pm.
Thurs 15th 10.30am CLEAN AIR DAY
Family and Cargo Bike Ride
Meet on the Common by play area for a gentle, flat ride to the city centre Clean Air event. Cargo bikes, families, new cyclists, returners; all welcome.
Friday 16th  6.30 pm: DURLEY
Meet at Riverside Pk by Cobden Bridge for a quiet ride to Durley. Refreshments at the Farmers Home PH; Return 10 pm.
Sat 17th Easy Family Rides
Meet at the Hawthorns for a family ride to Portswood Rec. Mainly cycle paths, stopping for play at the Rec. Return 11.30 am for refreshment at the Hawthorns.
Meet at Riverside Park, by Cobden Bridge for a family ride to Itchen Valley. Cycle paths and quiet roads. Stopping for play and refreshments ; return 4 pm
Sunday 18th 11.30am  BIG LUNCH
Family Ride Meet at Cedar Lodge Park, Oakley Rd or outside cafe, St James Park at 12 noon, for a family ride to the Big Lunch on the Small Common. Bring packed lunch
Meet at the car park of St Denys Church for a gentle history ride around St Denys Finishing at the Dolphin PH in time for the jazz session at 9 pm. Suitable for all.
Also: Night Ride, Saturday 1st July 11 pm – 1 am. Details to be announced.
(part of national Wild Night Out)
All rides insured and led by experienced leaders Over 12s welcome with an adult. Participants should bring waterproofs and lights if possible.
Participants need to join as associate members. This is free and simple to do online

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.

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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