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. 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.