No formal ride was planned for Christmas Eve but 12 hardly souls decided to head out to the Little Kitchen Bistro at Headbourne Worthy. Simon took the lead out and we headed out from Chilworth through Chandlers Ford, Hiltingbury, Hursley and then up the steep way to Farley Mount before dropping down through Ashley and then on to Up Somborne, Crawley and Littleton.

After refreshments, Alan took the lead back through Littleton and Sparsholt. Before we got to Hurlsey, Simon lead a breakaway section up Merdon Castle hill and on through Lower Slackstead whilst the rest of us retraced our outward route.

It was good to get out knowing that it would prove difficult to ride on Christmas Day itself.