NOTA BENE: I have changed the elevenses stop from Trotton to Stedham. As compared to café at Trotton, the Stedham café is about 1 mile further east along A272 towards Midhurst, but it does in fact mean riding on A272 for only 200 yds rather than 1 mile.
As I think that this is a new destination (?), details are: The Glasshouse Café, Rotherhill Nurseries. OS ref. 856223. Heading east on A272, turn left off A272 at sign for Stedham and Hamilton Arms (approx. 200 yds from the S.Harting road); almost immediately after 30mph, turn left to Rotherhill Nursery.
HAVANT to STEDHAM: 17 miles (1277 ft up, 1152 down) via Rowlands Castle, Finchdean, S. Harting, Elsted.
STEDHAM to MILLAND: 13 miles (934 ft up, 9103 down) through Woolbeding, Milland, (along some of the line of the Roman road from Fishbourne to Silchester), then via Rake and back to Milland. Make sure that you have your lowest gear fitted for this stage as there is a very short part at 25% !
MILLAND to HAVANT: 20 miles (1570 ft up, 1715 down) via Borden, Rogate, E. Harting, S. Harting, R. Castle ?
Total approx. 50 miles., ascent (and descent !) 3710 feet.
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.