A scenic ride to Bishops Waltham initially following the coast before leaping over Portsdown Hill to follow country lanes to elevenses in Bishops Waltham.
After elevenses our ride ascends the delightful Sailors Lane, a 2.8 km climb that is most likely traffic free giving some great Hampshire views. The average gradient on Sailors Lane is 3.7% with a maximum of 10% for a height gain of 103m and is comfortable enough on fixed wheel, so if you have gears you can just enjoy the wooded lane and peaceful scenery without chewing the handlebar tape. From the top of Sailors Lane it's only a short extra climb to the summit of Beacon Hill where we will get some superb views if it's a nice day.
The top of Beacon Hill is the highest point on the ride, but it isn't exactly all downhill from here. We descend on the tarmac variant of the South Downs Way to Exton where we cross the A32 and continue along lanes before climbing the South Face of Old Winchester Hill giving us some typical Hampshire ridge riding to the Sustainability Centre for lunch.
After lunch our route swings back to Havant via Chalton with the option of tea at Compton.
About Saturday and Wednesday rides
Rides 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.
Riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.
Click either heading below to find out more about Wednesday and Saturday rides:
Wednesday rides are the largest of our rides and can provide a range of options to riders. We often split into multiple groups at the start, for example:
- A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
- A ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop at a moderate pace
- 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
On Wednesdays it is highly likely that there will be several riders coming back to the Havant area from the elevenses stop - although they might not include a PCTC ride leader. If that is what you'd like to do, please consult the ride leader at the start to ensure someone knows and is able to bring you back.
In addition, some rides split after elevenses to go at different paces or to alternate destinations. These are usually announced during the ride briefing. Please ask if you are unsure about the options available.
Saturday rides are (usually) much smaller than Wednesday rides. As a result they offer fewer options for rides but more flexibility for routes and destinations.
The rides are often shown as 'informal' meaning there is no prescribed ride leader. Unless weather is particularly adverse, however, they always go ahead at the stated time and start point. We try to keep to the suggested elevenses destination to allow for people who want to ride directly there.
The lunch destination does change occasionally but we will always take views of riders into account. In particular, if you join a ride because you think you can manage the distance/hilliness, we would not substitute an alternative if it meant you couldn't join the ride.
If you want to ride with us but only to elevenses and need someone to help you with the route back, please use our general enquiry form to let us know in advance of the ride so we can try to arrange something for you.
This article describes what you should consider bringing with you on one of these rides.