Update Sunday 10 March: Contrary to what is advertised below, the ride to elevenses in BW may be hard going given the current wind forecast of 38 kph Westerlies with gusts of around 72 kph. The remainder of the advertised ride will have a strong crosswind ... so it may be worth considering an alternative lunch destination (maybe QE Park). We'll have to see what it feels like on the day.
An easy ride to elevenses in Bishops Waltham, at km 32 followed by a hillier ride by way of the quiet of Sailor's Lane to the top of Beacon Hill, before descending to lunch in New Alresford at km 55. The return route follows rolling terrain to West Meon, then climbs Old Winchester Hill (for the views) followed by some mild off-road (weather permitting) back to Havant.
The whole ride climbs (and descends) 1011 m in 89 km, which qualifies it as 'hilly'
Route Profile (click to enlarge)
About Saturday and Wednesday rides
Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. Average speed is 11-
If you'd prefer not to do the full day ride, you're welcome to join us as far as the elevenses stop and come back from there. Please make sure the ride leader knows that's what you intend to do so we can make sure someone is available to come back with you.
Larger rides split into multiple groups:
- A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
- The rest of the main ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop
- An elevenses ride comprised of riders going only to elevenses; the elevenses ride will have its own ride leader and might go to a different destination if the route to the main elevenses destination is long and/or hilly
The rides are informal and riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.
This article describes what you should consider bringing with you.