This weeks rides have taken in the area around Romsey. We have not had
any Autumn winds so far this year and there are still plenty of leaves
left on the trees giving a golden hue to the countryside . It has also
been a dry week with plenty of sunshine. Thank you to all those who have
led rides and for everyone’s company . Chris managed to find all the
hills on the way to King Worthy and then for good measure some more on
the way back. Approximately 2,500ft of climbing. We spent some time at
the church in North Baddesley. A lot of trouble had gone into adorning
it with a sea of poppies cascading down the side of the church. Another
example of the memorials that have been produced all over the country to
mark 100 years since the end of World War 1   It was overcast for the
ride to Braishfield cafe which was enjoyed and Saturday proved to be a
real treat for the easy riders who enjoyed a perfect afternoon of
sunshine. Complemented by Katrina’s latest flapjack recipe to help us
all on the way round.

Simon

Sunday 18 November Ride to Leckford Farm Shop

A group of eighteen cyclists assembled at the Market Place in Romsey on Sunday morning, the weather was clear and unexpectedly warm for the time of year. We broke into two groups with Simon kindly taking a second group.

The route took us out through Awbridge, Lockerley and West Dean where we took a short break followed immediately by another short break while we waited for a train to go over the level crossing. We then headed for West Tytherley, taking a right turn after the shop to tackle the ascent of Yew Tree Lane, this is a little used road on Southampton CTC rides, we were rewarded with fine views and autumn colours.

Beech Tee Walk took us back to familiar territory and with the café deadline of 12.00 for breakfast the pace was lifted and I led from the back, glad of some shelter from the wind. When we got to Leckford we found It was warm enough to sit outside in the autumn sunshine.

After refreshments, we split into two again with Alice volunteering to take a group back to Romsey along the Test Valley. The rest of us tackled the hills up to Crawley and Sparsholt before splitting at Hursley. This was a challenging route back but it did give us the chance to make the most of a beautiful day.

Thanks to Paul who acted as runner and Alice and Simon for volunteering to lead on the day.

Joanne

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