Arundel via Slindon

  • Starts: Wednesday 22 September 2021 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Terry Willis
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  • Route grade: B - Hilly route

Address: Rowlands Castle

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Send an email to ride leader/event organiser: Terry Willis.

This route will not be unfamiliar to many, with undulations before lunch and a flat(ish) route on the return, making a total of 88km(55m). Please be aware there are a couple of short busy stretches of road on this route.

Starting from Rowlands Castle we initially head north to Idsworth before heading to Compton and East Marden, up the hill and then down to Chilgrove and taking the country lanes to West Dean for a well earned Coffee at the village Stores & Tea Rooms (21km/13m).

Well refreshed, we head further east via Singleton and East Dean hill (sorry!) to the top of the downs before reaching the busy Petworth road for a short downhill stretch to Eartham and the village of Slindon. Another short busy stretch of road (A29 - caution required) towards Fairmile Bottom before we’re on the back roads again to Madehurst. After reaching the Whiteways Lodge roundabout on the A29 (caution required again - fast moving traffic), we take the London road uphill before descending into Arundel. Passing the castle, down to the river for the lunch stop at The Edible Sandwich (27km/17m).

The return route is relatively flat, heading initially towards Ford before turning west onto Ford Lane and into Barnham, Eastergate and Aldingbourne and taking the Ovington Road to the outskirts of Chichester. Passing through the city towards the town centre we’ll stop for tea at the canal basin (22km/14m) before heading back via the South Coast Cycle Route to Woodmancote and Westbourne before returning to Rowlands Castle.

Bookings for this ride

Booking is required for this ride. Please let the ride leader know if you want to join. Please do not turn up for the ride unless you've had your booking confirmed or your name appears below.

Bookings recorded for this ride (Log in to see rider names):

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To ask to join this ride, please use the 'Contact us about this ride' link above to send an email to the ride leader.

About Wednesday rides

Wednesday is our most popular day for riding. Unfortunately the success of the Wednesday rides meant that, even though we took steps to split rides, they became too large to manage.

We organise Wednesday rides this way:

  1. If you are interested in riding on a given Wednesday we ask you to register the kind of ride you are interested in.
  2. Ride leaders review all the registrations and create rides they think will help meet the demand.
  3. You will get automatic notifications of new rides for the day.
  4.  You can then use the web site to ask a ride's leader to join a ride.
  5. The ride's leader books you onto their ride which automatically updates your registration so we can keep track of who wants to ride but hasn't yet found a place.
  6. If there's a problem, we can notify you of a ride cancellation or postponement.
  7. Otherwise, we'll see you at the start.

Wednesday rides usually start from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. If you're unable to keep up or have a mechanical problem, someone will be available to help you - although we obviously cannot guarantee to solve all problems.

Wednesday rides usually provide a range of options to riders as we'll try to arrange multiple rides with different paces, distance and degree of hilliness.

On Wednesdays it is likely that there will be several riders coming back to the Havant area after an elevenses stop - although they might not include a PCTC ride leader. If that is what you'd like to do, please consult the ride organiser before the day of the ride to ensure someone knows and is able to bring you back.

This article describes what you should consider bringing with you on one of these rides.