Rides List

May
29

STANSTED PARK, near Emsworth

(ref SU 755 096) 

This ride start point will give us easy access to parts of the Sussex Border Path and the Monarchs Way, and is perfect for exploring the undulating landscape between the South Downs Way from QE Park to Harting and the A27, Havant to Chichester stretch. There are some great trails, picturesque Sussex villages nestling in the downs and one or two delightful pubs that we could choose from for our after ride refreshment. The route will most likely be east towards Kingley Vale then northwards to the SDW, west towards QE Park and then returning southwards to Stansted Forest.

NB there is a height bar over the car park entrance. The car park is just before the north entrance to Stansted house.

Starting Point: ///bronzer.deprives.flush
Starting Time: 10:00 Sunday 29 May 2022
Post Ride Venue: to be decided on the day.
Jun
12

Day Ride from INKPEN BEACON

(ref SU 371 620) 

Inkpen Beacon is between Vernham Dean and Hungerford

Designated pub: 

This location is on one of the viewpoint spots along the Wayfarers Walk so it can get a bit full of car-sitting view-gazers but at our time of arrival, we should be alright for a parking spot. If push comes to shove, then there is another car park at Walbury Hill just a short bike ride (slightly longer by car) at SU 380 616 and we can re-group easily if we do get split up by weight of tourist numbers.

From here the rides will most likely be along the ridge line in either direction, or dropping straight off the side of the hill to take in Coombe, Linkenholt, Coombe Woods, Vernham Dean, Hippenscombe, and lots of other tracks used time and again in the Test Valley Tours and Off Road Challenges. Great riding in all directions and magnificent vistas to gaze upon during refuelling stops. It is also cheaper than the Test Valley Tours because we don’t charge you £15.00 to ride to see such sights as the Wilton Windmill, Crofton Beam Engines, Great Bedwyn canal locks and the Great Western Railway.

Starting Time: 10:00 Sunday 12 June 2022
Post Ride Venue: This is a day ride
Jun
26

MOYLES COURT

(ref SU 164 083) 

This is a popular location situated at the Moyles Court sand pit. From here most of the available routes start with a short sharp rise but once that is out of the way, there are options for rolling on across Rockford Common (firm going) towards Linwood, the Red Shoot and Milkham, or taking a course over Ibsley Common (soft, gritty sand and a little bit of a slog) towards Abbot's Well

and Hampton Ridge. We might even make a foray westwards across the River Avon and have a thrash around Ringwood Forest, Boveridge Heath, Ashley Heath and Horton Common, all well worth a visit.

Starting Time: 10:00 Sunday 26 June 2022
Post Ride Venue: The Alice Lisle
Jul
10

Day ride IOW from Lymington

(ref SZ 333 955) 

This will be a day ride starting from the Lymington ferry terminal and starting on the Island at Yarmouth and it will be a fun day out. Whatever happens, the choice of riding is excellent, the views from the ridges are stunning and the pubs are friendly and welcoming. Remember to bring loads of money for the ferry, the pub, the catering facilities on the ferry and most importantly, a selection of coinage to feed the meter at the car park. TIMINGS AND OTHER DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

Starting Point: ///carpeted.enjoy.thickens
Starting Time: 10:00 Sunday 10 July 2022
Jul
24

FARLEY MOUNT (Junction Car Park)

(ref SU 420 292) 

This venue is halfway between Crab Wood and the Monument at the junction with the road coming from Hursley and Standon on the A3090.

There are some terrific tracks in this area. Parnholt Wood has a great downhill run which leads to Kings Somborne. From here it is possible to take the Test Way up to Stockbridge and circle out round Crawley almost reaching Wherwell not far from Andover before heading back via Sparsholt and West Wood. For anyone looking for a shorter trip, you could do worse than ride around the many trails in West Wood itself perhaps linking up with some sections of the Clarendon Way.

At this time of year hopefully there will not be mud to contend with but there is a possibility that with some summer rain some of the tracks might be a bit slippery. There will be some deep ruts to negotiate but don’t let that put you off; count it as a valuable lesson in staying upright.

Starting Point: ///tolerates.magnum.charts
Starting Time: 10:00 Sunday 24 July 2022
Post Ride Venue: The Dolphin, Hursley
Aug
07

GODSHILL on the road from the Fighting Cocks to Woodgreen

(ref SU 176 160) 

Directions to the start point are to get to the Fighting Cocks pub at Godshill just east of Fordingbridge, and then follow the road to the side of the pub. It goes downhill and through a ford before climbing up the other side of the valley. The road twists sharply at the top of the hill and the car park is right at this location.

From here sensible choices are southwards towards Pitts Wood and Hampton Ridge, Hasely, Holly Hatch and Linwood or northwards through Godshill Inclosure, Hale, Bohemia, Lover and maybe up towards the Pepperbox or looping back eastwards via Bramshaw Telegraph.

Starting Time: 10:00 Sunday 07 August 2022
Post Ride Venue: The Fighting Cocks at Godshill
Aug
21

WILTON starting at South Street car park

(ref SU 094 308) 

The start point is the car park next to the Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton, SP2 0JS

The plan could be to head up Grovely Hill to the Roman road that runs through the woods at the top. The Roman road continues for approximately 4 miles and has a number of offshoots that can be explored. Half day riders could drop down to Teffont Magna or Dinton whilst those wanting a longer ride will be required to cross the A303 (with care) at Chilmark Down. From there, there is some good woodland singletrack that leads through to the continuation of the roman road which can then be re-joined. There are several routes north out of these woods that offer great views from the ridge before dropping down to Upton Lovell in the Wylye Valley where the Prince Leopold pub, set on the riverbank would make a good refreshment stop. The return would be similar to the route out but with a few deviations, notably taking a route to the south of Grovely woods that on some maps is marked as the Monarch's Way. For those reluctant to go straight home after the ride, Cobbs tearooms in the Wilton shopping village and the Greyhound pub are both within five minutes’ walk of the car park.

Starting Point: ///soulful.caked.surpasses
Starting Time: 10:00 Sunday 21 August 2022
Post Ride Venue: Lunch stop during the day-ride

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