Informal ride

At: The Spring Centre, Havant

Address: East Street, Havant, P09 1BS

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre web site is here.

More details and map.

Contact us about this event

Sorry, you cannot email this ride's leader/event organiser directly. Instead you can use our general enquiry form.


As yet, we don’t have a leader for this ride. If someone volunteers to lead the ride, we will update this page with the coffee and lunch stops.

Otherwise, those attending at the Spring will decide a leader and destination. There might be multiple destinations if the group decides that’s appropriate.

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

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

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.

2 thoughts on “Informal ride

  1. We are renting a holiday cottage ----Hayling Island.

    There are definitely x3 of us for any cycling trip. We love cycling and any place we go we hire or bring our bikes. We are fairly confident cyclist though we do enjoy around trips of appox. 12 --to 16 miles round trips. We have done a long cycle route of 20 miles. But we are not super fit, and dont enjoy the intense club cycling. We enjoy leisurely ride to look at the surroundings with a bit of pace.

    I am aware this may not suit your rides. Sorry to be a bother. But we are so looking forward to cycling around Hayling Island.

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Angelina Kehoe

    Some of group have not

    1. I'd normally suggest starting with one of our easy rides. Our next easy ride is on July 9th - if you're around then, you're very welcome to join us. You'd also be welcome to join any of our regular rides, but even a trip to elevenses and back is likely to be a little further than you are used to.

      We did a very nice easy ride around the Isle of Wight yesterday. I've uploaded the track we took and added some ride notes if you are interested. There's an easy route to the ferry terminal via the Hayling Ferry and a cycle path along the Southsea sea front.

      If you're just looking for some ideas for cycling around Hayling, you can download a copy of the Cycle Hayling map and the Billy Trail treasure hunt. There's also links to other local cycling maps on this page.

      I hope you enjoy your visit to Hayling. Use this form to get back to me if you need any more information.


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