Ten riders set off from Romsey on Sunday morning to cycle to the coast. We meandered out through West Wellow and down through Copythorne, Bartley and Woodlands before braving the A35 to get to Deerleap Lane. This was our first experience of the heavy traffic that was to become a theme for the day. We had a good run in to Beaulieu despite a head wind and much to Alan’s consternation carried on up the hill to the Exbury Road. After a short breather we went on down to Lepe passing Exbury Gardens and through the village of Exbury itself with the old estate cottages.

The view of the sea as we turned the corner onto the coast rode is one that never fails to please and the sun was shining as we arrived at Lepe for our picnic lunch. Some of our group opted for the bacon sandwiches from the cafe and the ice cream also proved popular. Our tandem riders Jon and Joanna left us here to join the rest of the family on the beach.

The route home took us back through Beaulieu (sorry, Alan) and back past the motor museum which had drawn a large number of visitors, this accounted for the rather unpleasant heavy traffic on the way back. I was glad to reach the relative peace of Marchwood and Eling where most of the group headed for home.

Thanks to everyone who joined the ride and to Simon for back marking.