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. 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.