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Southampton Cycling Campaign rides explore local countryside using, quiet roads, rural lanes, bridleways, cycle paths and restricted byways. Suitable for hybrid and mountain bikes. There is always a stop for coffee and cake approximately half way.

Sunday morning rides are between 18 and 20 miles; they start promptly at 10 am and finish around 1 pm.

No need to book – just turn up.

Ride leaders: Jonathon Chant, Lindsi Bluemel

Unavoidable changes (eg adverse weather conditions) will be posted on this website

More info: lindsibluemel@hotmail.co.uk

Also: cargo bike rides, family rides and evening rides in summer months – see website

All rides include a coffee and cake stop



On Sunday 20th August there will be a Campaign ride to Winchester using an off-road route for most of the way.

Start: Lakeside cafe, Doncaster Drove, Eastleigh from 9.45 am for 10 am departure.

Route:  Stoneham Lane, Magpie Lane, Flemming Park, Oakmount Ave, off-road to Boyatt Lane, Otterbourne, Otterbourne Rd, Poles Lane, Silkstead Lane (bridleway) to Olivers Battery, Compton Way, under Badger Farm Rd , shared path all the way to Stanmore Lane and St Cross.

Coffee and light lunch at the Queen in Kingsgate Rd.  Two possible return routes (to be decided on the day):  1)  via Pilgrims Way from St Catherine’s Hill  2) via NCN route to Shawford, Shawford Rd to Twyford then Watley Lane.  Both of these routes join Hensting Lane, then Nob’s Crook, Church Lane, Bishopstoke Lane, Bishopstoke Rd (shared path) Eastleigh town centre and Desborough Rd back to Lakeside.

Terrain:  mixture of off-road paths, bridleways, quiet roads, approx one mile on Poles Lane (busy during the week as it is a route to Hursley, not so busy at weekends); bridleways are fairly rough so not suitable for road bikes; hybrids and mountain bikes fine.

Timings:  approx 2 hours to Winchester (St Cross);  2 hrs return.  Coffee/lunch stop 12 noon – 1 pm; return to Lakeside approx 3 pm.  An extra half-hour if folks wish to park their bikes (there is secure parking) and climb St Catherine’s Hill.

Weather:  forecast says sunny all day!

We attempted this route in Bike Week but I had not had time to recce the route (owing to the general election).  I have now ridden the route and corrected the mistakes we made.  It is an excellent and very enjoyable off-road route to Winchester and back.

Please email me if you think you will be coming so that I can give pub advance notice if we are a large group.  If you prefer to bring sandwiches, that’s fine – you can have a picnic on St Catherine’s Hill instead.




 Meet:  the Four Horseshoes, Nursling St

Full day ride exploring Test Valley Churches

Pub lunch (or bring sandwiches); return 5pm


Sunday 17th September        MANOR FARM

 Meet:  Riverside Park by Cobden Bridge


Sunday 15th October   COPYTHORNE

 Meet: the Four Horseshoes, Nursling St


Sunday 19th November   UPHAM

 Meet: Riverside Park, by Cobden Bridge


Sunday 17th December  HILLIERS ARBORETUM

 Meet: the Four Horseshoes, Nursling St

  1. Wayne Palmer
    September 30th, 2014 at 05:48 | #1

    Hi, can anyone advise if off road tyres will be required for the wheels around Winchester ride on the 5th October please.



  2. dht
    September 30th, 2014 at 10:05 | #2

    @Wayne Palmer
    Hi Wayne,
    The ride leader recommends hybrid or mountain bikes. So wider tyres with some tread would be best, but no need for suspension forks. Not suitable for road bikes with narrow tyres.

  3. Emily
    October 13th, 2014 at 12:08 | #3


    I have not cycled with this group before, is there anything I have to register to or can I just turn up on they day of one of the events?

    Thanks, Emily

  4. dht
    October 13th, 2014 at 12:30 | #4

    Hi Emily,
    No registration required, just turn up at the start location/time.

  5. eleanor
    November 17th, 2014 at 14:52 | #5

    Hi, can u tell me where the meeting point is as I don’t know the Riverside park? Can u give a brief description of the route as I’m not good with very steep hills! thx E

  6. Peter Court
    April 8th, 2015 at 15:06 | #6

    Where does the BRUMMEL BUMMEL start and finish, please? Distance? On road or off road?

  7. dht
    April 8th, 2015 at 18:12 | #7

    The details of this year’s Brummel Bummel are yet to finalised. It’s likely to be a new route; possibly the Test valley, as it was a favoured cycling area for Mark. There is a Campaign meeting on Monday where we hope to make a final decision and the website will be updated soon after.

  8. Nigel
    May 5th, 2015 at 19:07 | #8

    Any further news?
    CTC has already announced this ride to Kings Somborne but I’d prefer to cycle the SCC version. Is it going to Kings Somborne? Where/when is the start?

  9. dht
    May 7th, 2015 at 18:50 | #9


    Hi Nigel,
    Information about the Brummel Bummel is now available on the Southampton Cycling Campaign website.

  10. reena
    June 10th, 2015 at 10:34 | #10

    hi – the ride on the 15th meeting at cowheards – how long is it? Not sure if I can keep up as i am not very fast or experienced.

  11. dht
    June 10th, 2015 at 18:19 | #11

    The ride leader is very experienced and the group will all cycle together, nobody will be left behind. The ride should be less than 15 miles. If you email Lindsi Bluemel (lindsibluemel@hotmail.co.uk) then she will be able to give you more detailed information about the ride.

  12. Morny
    December 28th, 2015 at 08:14 | #12

    When next the upcoming riding campaign is about to happen! Could you please let me know? I missed both the above mentioned dates to join in for cycle ride.

    Although I’ve bike ride around MANOR FARM COUNTRY PARK before, but riding with campaigners is a great fun.

  13. Lyn Brayshaw
    January 19th, 2017 at 14:06 | #13

    Cargo/family bike rides coming up – Sat 21st Jan, then 21st or 23rd Feb (half term)…and monthly. See f b Southampton Cargo Bicycles. All welcome!

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