Hambledon (Not that one…) - Cancelled

  • Starts: Wednesday 12 April 2023 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Terry Willis
  • Category: ,
  • Route grade: A - Demanding route
At: Rowlands Castle

Address: Rowlands Castle

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Contact us about this event

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



A ride to Hambledon, Surrey - NOT the more local village nearer to us at the foot of the South Downs! The route is approx 110km(68m), plus your journey to Rowlands Castle.

Departing Rowlands Castle through Idsworth, we'll climb gradually towards South Harting, before descending and taking the undulating lanes through Treyford and Didling, before turning off at Bepton to Midhurst for a coffee break at Garton’s Coffee House (26km/16m).

Departing Midhurst we’ll head east on the Selham Road, before turning north passing through Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth, Lickfold, Dial Green and Gospel Green.

We then cross the A283 Petworth road turning north at Shillinglee for the last kilometres to our destination, Hambledon village shop (Cyclist friendly, with benches) (30km/19m).

“Deli-café menu - includes hot pies and sausage rolls; sandwiches, wraps, baps and toasties; hot drinks, milkshakes, chilled soft drinks, iced coffee; cakes and traybakes etc.” - Note: Outdoor dining at village shop (Not the fine dining some are used to!)

Following lunch, heading west we pass through Brook before the long climb at the Devils Punchbowl to Hindhead.

After the long downhill section through Grayshott and Headley, we can stop if required for a well earned cup of tea at Cafe Hogmore in Bordon (24km/15m). We then return via Blackmore, Greatham and Liss to Petersfield before we all go our separate ways.

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.

There are 8 spaces available for the leader and riders. Of these, 3 are left.

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

  • 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.

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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.
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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.