It was a grey start in Romsey for the ride out to Salisbury via Dean and Alderbury. A good turn out considering the early start. We met Tim and Graeme at Salisbury taking advantage of the car assisted option. Following the cooked breakfast which was speedily produced and excellent value we said goodbye to Jeremy and Paul and the rest headed off into the wild corner of Wiltshire. Expecting a quiet day out with little traffic to contend with we found that the Chalke valley was full of Wiggle riders doing a 75 miler from Bournemouth Airport. The route out took us through the delightful villages in this part of the world looking their summer best. We parted company at Donhead and we were able to reach lunch just as rain threatened, but fortunately it did not come to much.
The picnic was taken by the Carp lake just below the ramparts of Old Wardour Castle. A few anglers were present and we were able to watch their skills at landing their catch.
The route back took us back through Tisbury and a short detour to take us to the Tithe Barn. This magnificent building has been recently restored and is now an art gallery and the outside space is used for large sculptures. Thanks to John Parker for pointing this place out to us on a previous visit.
Tea was taken in Salisbury Cathedral and we said goodbye to the car assisted riders. The remaining 4 made it back to Romsey by 5pm finishing in sunshine. Well done everyone and thank you for your company. Just over 75 miles back to Romsey and a number of personal bests achieved for distance.