Seven people, including some new faces, joined the afternoon tea ride from Romsey to St Cross Hospital on a bright Saturday 3 June.  We took the route via Braishfield, Standon and Sarum Road into Winchester, where we stopped for tea at the St Cross Hospital (“alms house of noble poverty”).  The tea room does a fine selection of cakes and refreshments, and is well worth a visit if you haven’t yet seen it.   We consumed the fare at tables on the lawn in the sun.


The route back was something of an experiment, taking the St Cross Road westward out of Winchester, across the BIG roundabout and onward to Otterbourne.  Thence along Hocombe Road, across to Hiltingbury Road and then over towards Flexford.  Finally back along the cycle path to The Luzborough and into Romsey.  Although an interesting alternative to the more countryfied option of reversing much of the outward route, we would have to say that the delights of Chandler’s Ford’s suburban sprawl will always struggle to compete with the country lanes when congenial cycling is the objective.

Thanks to Viv for leading and to everyone else for your cheerful company.