This is a car/train-assisted ride starting from Fishbourne Roman Palace at 9am I aim to leave Fishbourne at 9am; I have persuaded the café to open at 8.30 for tea, coffee and bacon rolls, if anyone is would like breakfast before we start! Please let me know in advance if interested as I will need to let the café know a few days beforehand. Our route to elevenses takes us via Bognor and Barnham and is mostly flat; 23 miles to The Forge at Slindon. There is the option of an earlier stop at the Windmill tea rooms in Barnham, for those looking for a less strenuous outing. From there we head to Southwater via Amberley, West Chiltington and Coneyhurst, another 23 miles & 1200 feet of climbing before lunch at the country park. There is a rail station nearby at Christ's Hospital, as an easier return to base option! After lunch we head to Arundel via Shipley, Ashington & Storington for afternoon tea after a further 22 miles and again 1200 feet of climbing. Then it just leaves 15 flat miles to return to Fishbourne, with a round trip total of 83 miles. The route is lumpy but not excessively hilly; the biggest climb being out of Amberley towards Arundel.
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.