We have had three rides over the past few days along with an informal ride on Bank Holiday Monday. All with excellent attendances.

The ride to the Golf Acadamy on Friday took place in early fog and mist which slowly cleared, hard to imagine in June.Two groups were necessary, with their excellent offering  the Little Kitchen and Bistro were ready for us. A quick return via Kings Somborne and Braishfield completed a fairly hilly half day ride.

Saturday also saw a good sized group for the easy ride. The route to Minstead and back was along quiet level cycle tracks and forest roads. The Post Office looked after us very well and we were able to enjoy the lovely sunny afternoon out doors. (Photo above at the start of the ride from Kate Jackson).

There were three groups to start for the all day ride on Sunday. Again the weather was perfect with cycling under a mainly blue sky with just a hint of freshness in the gentle breeze. Despite it being the end of half term the roads were not too busy and were were able to make the most of the flat road across from Fritham which can often be such a challenge.The cool of the trees from Bolderwood down through the Ornamental Drive was a welcome relief. We split for coffee in a busy Brockenhurst and that worked well.The route to Chequers Pub was via Hordle and Sway. The lanes eventually giving way to views in the clear air across the solent to the Needles and the Isle of Wight. Efficient service and good food was to be found at the pub and it was hard to get going afterwards. Using back lanes  and the dodge through Lymington we were able to avoid much of the traffic to Beaulieu. A welcome stop for tea and ice cream set us up for the final leg back. It was Porsche week end at Beaulieu. Not the quietest cars.

A big thank you to all the leaders and participants this week end. Thanks to Jim and Gordon for the photos from Sunday’s ride.

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