Down(s) to the Sea - Singleton & Bognor

  • Starts: Wednesday 22 June 2022 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Terry Willis
  • Category:
  • Route grade: B - Hilly route
  • Ride to elevenses grade: B - Hilly route
At: Rowlands Castle

Address: Rowlands Castle

More details and map.

Contact us about this event

Send an email to ride leader/event organiser: Terry Willis.


A slightly shorter (87km/54m) and less demanding(?) ride this week, taking in the downs with a few hills before reaching the relative flatness of the coast.

Starting at Rowlands Castle, we’ll head via Idsworth and Compton to East Marden hill before descending to take the small (hilly) lane to Binderton. We’ll follow the road past West Dean before stopping for Coffee at the Weald & Downland cafe.

Most but not all hills complete, we’ll take the road to Charlton and then ascend to the Trundle. After stopping for a breather, we’ll pass Goodwood Racecourse following the deceptively undulating road across the top of the downs before descending to Eartham.

After carefully crossing the A27 we’ll take the relatively flat roads through Aldingbourne and small lanes south of Oving to the outskirts of Bognor Regis before winding our way through to Holtham Park for lunch.

Post lunch we’ll head for Aldwick and take the Pagham road (busy road - care needed) to Runcton where we turn off down Marsh Lane towards the Brick Kiln garden centre and Chichester, following the South Coast cycle route back to Rowlands Castle.

Bookings for this ride/event

Booking is required for this ride. Please let the ride leader know if you want to join. Please do not turn up for the ride unless you've had your booking confirmed or your name appears below.

This ride is currently full but we encourage you to ask to join the wait list. That will let the ride leader:

  • Find out the demand for that type of ride
  • Nominate you as a replacement if someone drops out
  • Arrange to split the ride if there is sufficient demand

Bookings recorded for this ride (Log in to see rider names):

  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member
  • A PCTC member

To ask to join this ride, please use the 'Contact us about this ride' link above to send an email to the ride leader.

About faster rides

Our other rides go at the pace of the slowest rider or we will split the ride to accommodate a slower rider. 'Faster rides' go faster than other rides and people joining are expected to keep up.

We're not talking about professional or even 'club' riding speeds, but trying to ride at any speed faster than you can manage is an unpleasant experience.

If you want to join a faster ride, but uncertain whether you can keep up:

  • Consider trying one or two of our other rides classed as A (Demanding) or B (Hilly) first. If you're able to keep up without difficulty that's a good indication you're ready for a faster ride. The chances are you'll be riding with other members familiar with faster rides that can help you with your assessment.
  • In any case, contact the ride leader and discuss your experience to date with them. Bear in mind, however, that subjective assessments of average speed and cruising speed are notoriously unreliable even for those that routinely use cycle computers.

Before you join a faster ride, please review the route and prepare to make your own way back if you're struggling to keep up - and we all have bad days. We will not, however, intentionally drop slower riders; nor will we leave riders without first checking they are confident with getting back.