10:00 Monday 26th December 2016
We usually ride from here in a winter period so it will be a pleasant change for those of us coming from outside the Winchester area to sample the delights of the area in better conditions than sub-zero temperatures. There are a number of options from this starting point but it is possible to ride southwards along the Itchen Navigation where it passes St Catherine’s Hill before turning eastwards up Plague Pits Valley, then onwards along the Dongas tracks for Hazeley Down, Morestead, and Cheesefoot Head and the South Downs Way, Milbury’s Inn and the general area near Cheriton. Or, if our local guides choose to take us in the other direction, it will be Compton Down, the fringes of Flowerdown, West Wood Farley and other points of note.
Whichever route we end up taking, the Queen Inn offers a warm welcome on our return.