This is quite a long ride this early in the year so I'm hoping to get to elevenses around 1045 so we're not too late for lunch in Winchester.
I will lead the slower group via Purbrook Heath, Denmead and the Bat and Ball to the Sustainability Centre (about 16 miles). Then we'll go on through West Meon, Cheriton to Alresford where we'll pick up Sustrans route 23. This takes us along the beautiful Itchen valley to Winchester (a further 20 miles). After lunch we'll ride over the Hockley viaduct then onto Shawford and Twyford to Bishops Waltham for tea and then home. If you intend to ride all the route lights would be a good precaution!
Total distance from the Spring and back is about 65 miles and it is quite hilly - but also very beautiful and interesting.
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.