After last week's hilly ride, it's time for a longer one. We'll be going out to Denmead via Rowlands Castle and Horndean (we're avoiding Portsdown Hill this time) and then on to Botley Garden Centre via Waltham Chase, Curdridge and Hedge End. Having refreshed ourselves we'll go on to Hamble via Royal Victoria Country Park and across the Hamble on the 'Pink' ferry to Warsash where we'll stop for lunch. From there we'll go to Titchfield Haven via a section of rough stuff (but it's still part of the National Cycle Route, so not very rough) then along the coast to join the Gosport Ferry and back via Southsea and Farlington. I expect to be back in Havant around 5pm (depending on how long we stop for breaks, and how long it takes across the ferries).
There will be some lumps in the first half of the ride, but nothing bad and the route is flat for the second half.
Last year we got soaked on this ride but - so far - the forecast is OK for Sunday with the wind blowing us home.
The Hamble-Warsash 'Pink' ferry costs £1.75 for cyclist and bike. The standard two-trip charge for the Gosport ferry is £3.30; Seniors £2.40. Bikes cost an extra £1.30. The 'return' section of the ticket can be used any time and in either direction, so don't throw it away. If you have an unused 'return' don't forget to bring it with you.
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.