Trotton & Petworth

  • Starts: Wednesday 3 April 2019 9:15 am
  • Ride leader/Event organiser: John Rosbottom
  • Category:
  • Ride grade: B - Hilly ride
  • Ride to elevenses grade: B - Hilly ride

Address: East Street, Havant, P09 1BS

The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre web site is here.

Other events at this location.

Send an email to ride leader/event organiser: John Rosbottom.

Final Final : 2 April - the links below to the map and gpx download have been updated to show the revised route.

Final : The coffee venue at Stedham has (this morning, 1 April) demanded prepayment of £4.95 per person. This isn't practical, and is moreover a very bad precedent. Accordingly the elevenses venue is NOT STEDHAM. We shall divert to Trotton, which is nearby. 

Stop press: We've been asked to let the coffee stop know the number of riders requiring refuelling with coffee and cake. To make it easier for you to let me know, I've produced an online form. Please fill it in before the end of Sunday (31 March) and I will let them know on Monday, then delete the form and it's associated data. Your enjoying the ride is more important than your filling in the form, but the more people who complete the form the more accurate will be our estimate of numbers ... Thanks.

The ride to elevenses climbs the South face of the South Downs (the gentler side - see profile below) to Trotton, at km 29. After elevenses we follow quiet lanes to lunch in Petworth at km 52. The return route follows rolling terrain by way of East Dean and Lavant, then heads back to Havant at km 96 on flat roads.

The whole ride climbs (and descends) 1223 m in 96 km, which qualifies it as officially 'hilly'.

route profile

Route Profile

Click to show the route

Download the GPX file

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.

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