Hambledon (Not that one…)

  • Starts: Wednesday 27 October 2021 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: Terry Willis
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  • Ride grade: A - Demanding route

Address: Rowlands Castle

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

This ride is 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. The plan as always is to set a moderate pace, adjusting to riders' requirements.

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 at Selham passing through Halfway Bridge, Lodsworth, Lickfold, Dial Green and Gospel Green. Crossing the A283 Petworth road turning north at Shillinglee for the last few 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.”

Following lunch, heading west we pass through Brook before the long climb at the Devils Punchbowl to Hindhead. A downhill section through Grayshott and Headley precedes our stop for a well earned cup of tea at Cafe Hogmore in Bordon (24km/15m), before returning via Blackmore, Greatham and Liss on well used routes through to Petersfield and Buriton before we all go our separate ways.

Bookings for this ride

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.

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

  • 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.

About Wednesday rides

Wednesday is our most popular day for riding. Unfortunately the success of the Wednesday rides meant that, even though we took steps to split rides, they became too large to manage.

We organise Wednesday rides this way:

  1. If you are interested in riding on a given Wednesday we ask you to register the kind of ride you are interested in.
  2. Ride leaders review all the registrations and create rides they think will help meet the demand.
  3. You will get automatic notifications of new rides for the day.
  4.  You can then use the web site to ask a ride's leader to join a ride.
  5. The ride's leader books you onto their ride which automatically updates your registration so we can keep track of who wants to ride but hasn't yet found a place.
  6. If there's a problem, we can notify you of a ride cancellation or postponement.
  7. Otherwise, we'll see you at the start.

Wednesday rides usually start 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.

Wednesday rides usually provide a range of options to riders as we'll try to arrange multiple rides with different paces, distance and degree of hilliness.

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

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