Our next step in our preparation for the Winchester ride is a trip over the South Downs and back. We'll stop for elevenses at the Sustainability Centre which is at the top of the Old Winchester Hill ridge - so we'll be working for our coffee!
After that we'll drop down the other side of the ridge and work our way round on a flattish route to Petersfield where we'll stop for lunch. There are plenty of places to eat there and the possibility to have a packed lunch in the Square. We'll discuss options on the day.
We'll then finish off with a ride through the Butser Cutting to get back over the Downs followed by a nice descent through Finchdean to get back to Havant at around 4pm.
About Cathedral Challenge rides
We're running a series of rides for people new to group riding or who haven't cycled for a while. They start with a short, 'get to know you' ride that includes a free bike check and progress through longer distances, tackling a series of challenges on the way:
- Bronze: Havant to Portsmouth cathedral and back
- Silver: Chichester cathedral and back
- Gold: Winchester cathedral and back
There's more detail and a registration form here.
Note that the Cathedral rides listed here (apart from the challenge rides to Portsmouth, Chichester and Winchester) are subject to change and adaptation as we learn more about the challenge riders.