Rides for All 2017


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 15 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.



***CANCELLED***** – Sat 9th September HISTORIC CHURCHES

This ride has had to be cancelled due to the ride leader being injured at this time. Hopefully we can do this again on a different date.



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