Gosport & Fareham

  • Starts: Saturday 27 February 2016 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Phil Beed
  • Category:
  • Route grade: C - Moderate route
  • Ride to elevenses grade: D - Flattish route

Address: East Street, Havant, P09 1BS

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre web site is here.

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Send an email to ride leader/event organiser: Phil Beed.

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.

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About Saturday and Wednesday rides

Rides from Havant with stops for elevenses, lunch and sometimes tea. If you're unable to keep up or have a mechanical problem, someone will be available to help you - although we obviously cannot guarantee to solve all problems.

Riders are free to join and leave the ride at various points. Some ride directly to the elevenses stop.

Click either heading below to find out more about Wednesday and Saturday rides:

Wednesday rides are the largest of our rides and can provide a range of options to riders. We often split into multiple groups at the start, for example:

  • A fast group that takes a longer and/or hillier route to the elevenses stop
  • A ride which takes a more direct route to the elevenses stop at a moderate pace
  • 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

On Wednesdays it is highly likely that there will be several riders coming back to the Havant area from the elevenses stop - although they might not include a PCTC ride leader. If that is what you'd like to do, please consult the ride leader at the start to ensure someone knows and is able to bring you back.

In addition, some rides split after elevenses to go at different paces or to alternate destinations. These are usually announced during the ride briefing. Please ask if you are unsure about the options available.

Saturday rides are (usually) much smaller than Wednesday rides. As a result they offer fewer options for rides but more flexibility for routes and destinations.

The rides are often shown as 'informal' meaning there is no prescribed ride leader. Unless weather is particularly adverse, however, they always go ahead at the stated time and start point. We try to keep to the suggested elevenses destination to allow for people who want to ride directly there.

The lunch destination does change occasionally but we will always take views of riders into account. In particular, if you join a ride because you think you can manage the distance/hilliness, we would not substitute an alternative if it meant you couldn't join the ride.

If you want to ride with us but only to elevenses and need someone to help you with the route back, please use our general enquiry form to let us know in advance of the ride so we can try to arrange something for you.

This article describes what you should consider bringing with you on one of these rides.

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