The minutes from the monthly meeting on October 10th 2016 are now available
The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Some 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
The minutes from the monthly meeting on September 12th 2016 are now available.
Cycle to Work Day is a national event that aims to encourage everyone to take to two wheels and cycle to work. This year it is on Wednesday September 14th. https://www.cycletoworkday.org
Free bike checks are available from a number of local bike shops and there is a chance to win a bike if you pledge to ride to work on Cycle to Work Day.
Our 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 gmail.com)
The minutes from the monthly meeting on July 11th 2016 are now available
The 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.