The morning ride will take us over or around Portsdown Hill to Fareham, then via the Eclipse Bus/Cycle Route & Heritage Way to Explosions Museum in Gosport for Elevenses (30km/18 miles). Note that Heritage Way is safe for cycling, but do not be tempted to jump either of the two sets of lights, these are both on blind junctions.
After coffee we will cross Gosports Millenium Bridge and ride along Weevil lane and past the Royal Navy Victualling Yard & on to Workhouse Lake (where I will tell you about its link to The Water Babies). We will then ride a loop of Stokes Bay, Lee on Solent and Locksheath, before returning to Fareham for lunch(30Km/18 miles).
I've made a provisional table booking at The Vintage Tea Rooms & will confirm numbers at coffee. Hidden away at Western side of Fareham the cafe has a nice range of light lunches and cakes as well as a wide choice of teas and coffees, all at reasonable prices. More details here: http://www.thevtroom.co.uk/ please note you cannot pay by card at present, so be sure to have some cash with you
The return ride to Havant is 18km/11 miles via Portsdown Hill, or a little shorter and flatter if you prefer to take the low road through Portchester and Cosham.
I have included a route but we may vary this on the day depending on how many riders we have.
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.