A flat ride to West Dean – 14 miles
Gently hilly to Graffham – over Duncton Hill – 11 miles
Somewhat more hilly – Harting – then downhill to Compton – 15 miles
Further downhill to Havant – 10 miles
Depending on numbers we may spread elevenses among West Dean gardens, West Dean Stores and the cafe at Singleton. Afterwards we will meet and continue to Graffham. There is a pub at Graffham but no cafe. Picnic lunch can be eaten by the war memorial or at the recreation ground or in the church porch. If the weather is bad we might have to change the lunch destination.
The route will probably be:
West Ashling Road for ½ mile east of Cheesmans Lane will be closed for four days from 3rd August so divert through:
North on Centurion Way
(The cycle path alongside the A286 is slightly overgrown for about 1/3 mile, but rideable even without stinging nettle-proof longs}
West Dean – elevenses
Graffham – lunch
Compton – optional tea
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.