Our first foray into the South Downs National Park.
After we escape from Havant we'll follow a fairly flat route to the start of Buriton Hill. That's the easiest hill over the Downs from Havant. It's a pretty route taking gentle slopes through trees with a nice descent into Buriton. We'll then do a 'U' turn and come back through the Butser Cutting - a relatively new purpose-built tarmac shared cycle and walking route to our coffee stop: Queen Elizabeth Country Park. It's another, steady hill but, again, the easiest route south over the Downs.
After coffee we will folow an undulating route across to Littlegreen and Compton. From there it's one of the nicest descents we do - several miles through the countryside. We'll do a final short, sharp climb into a single track that leads us through Westbourne back to Havant having done about 5 miles more than our Portsmouth visits.
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.