A very good turnout for this longer day out taking us to the quiet area of North Hampshire and Wiltshire. There has definitely been a change in the season and on a cooler day with a steady tail wind we made it to Midddle Wallop in good time. There we met up with Winchester again and Sotonia. 10 went on to lunch. Again the tail wind helped us pass Thruxton Race Circuit and Ludgershall and then up the long but steady climbs through Upper Chute to Anton Post on Chute Causeway.

A brief history lesson  given on the overgrown hole in the ground left by the Romans during the construction of the Causeway caused a few stifled yawns and an agitation to get moving. This is part of the route that runs from Portsmouth to Cirencester. Thanks to Jean for providing this information on a previous visit. The views are panoramic up here and well worth the effort.

The rapid descent down Conholt hill was followed by lunch at The George Vernham Dean. This was an excellent lunch in convivial surroundings. Full marks to the staff.

We were aware that the weather was due to turn in the afternoon and the light rain eventually turned much heavier as we approached home through the Bourne and Test Valleys. This was not helped by an increasing head wind. With many thanks to everyone for today. Thanks to Marcus and Paul for their help and a special mention to Sam who was very under the weather but soldiered on.

Simon

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