- Hampshire Riding
It’s a shame that the meet-up didn’t happen today. 🙁
I ventured over to Cheesefoot Head and was mortified to see the debris from Boom Town Fair still on the ground. So many tents had been left, there was a lone car parked in the middle of a huge field, scaffolding was still being dismantled and piles of rubbish everywhere.
Still, I was on my way to the gulley (again) and minced my way down there muttering that I should have bought my fs cos then I would have been rad and got stoked. 😉 Onto some secret single track where much fun was had.
Got talking to a guy who’d just started his SDW walk, complete with tent. He’d driven from Folkestone to leave his car at Eastbourne from where he got the train eventually heading for Winchester. Phew!
Nice little woodland pedal followed by a very overgrown recreational trail. The highlight was the sight of a combine harvester doing his thing with various tractors in attendance.
Where did y’all get to then? 🙂Posted 3 years ago
bikebuoy – you sound a brilliant Uncle and it’s great that you’ve spent time with them. 8)
beesey – everywhere is overgrown and you’ll need to be determined to find the gulley! Grid ref is SU 535 303 and you’ll start off on a farm track then some ducking and diving (due to low hanging branches) at the entrance to a wood. Just keep following the obvious track, past some decrepit machinery then you should see a bridleway sign on the left that’s actually just in front of a house.
Fight your way through there and continue following the obvious track through the wood. Just as the double track turns off and descends into the wood, continue in the same direction you’ve been riding and that is still the bridleway. Soon you’ll come to the gulley and just follow that to the end, which is a minor road in Ovington.
Strongly advise you to wear full body cover and wait for dry conditions. It was quite slippery in there today.
john – no problem, enjoy the peace and quiet. 🙂Posted 3 years agotallieSubscriber
Anybody fancy a ride tomorrow?
Late notice I know but the stars have aligned and I’ve a rare day with no work or childcare commitments. I’m based in Hillhead and will be carless tomorrow. Currently planning to head up to the SDW via the Meon Valley disused railway line, turn right and head to QECP for lunch and a lap. I may cheat a little on the way back and cut through some lanes, dependent on how my legs are holding up, but will ultimately head back via the Meon Valley again. Anyone care to join me for some or all of this ride? Pace will (of necessity) be fairly steady!
Alternatively if anyone has any better route ideas I’m open to suggestions.Posted 3 years agobigshepSubscriber
Hi Tallie,Posted 3 years ago
Me and John did that route on Sunday (and got drenched riding back up Butser Hill), unfortunately I’ve got work so can’t join in tomorrow.
Do you live in Hillhead?
I’m only in Stubbington and regularly go out riding with John weeknights and on Sundays.
Send me an email if you fancy a ride another time.
Can i just say its fantastic that this thread is up to 24 pages, having become quite disillusioned with whats available in hampshire i’m now aware of at least 1 more place to explore (CG’s post above su 535 303) tracking strava throws up a route that i’ll be heading out on asap.
Hampshire riders are acePosted 3 years ago
john – I found some that were ripe so I got stuck in. Sorry. 😳 There’s a pic a few pages back of the track in question!
Lummox – seek and you will find! At the end of said gulley, turn R onto minor road. At T-junction turn L and follow road with water on both sides. Pub is on L side of RH bend.
At next T-junction you need to pay attention – turn L but immediately cross over at refuge and you should see an embankment to your R. Pretty sure there’s a bridleway sign. SU 571 317.
Head up embankment and just keep following the descending track through the trees. There’s a minor road at the end so slam on your brakes! SU 573 317.
From here you can head into Tichborne (expensive pub here) then pick up bridleway that’ll take you to Gander Down then Cheesefoot Head.
Agreed – Hampshire riders are definitely ace. 😆Posted 3 years ago
How are the hedgerows near you folk?
Full to bursting with lovely, lovely fruit! And some lunatic sharp brambles! 😀
Sadly, no riding for me this weekend. Missed out today, but did get to see the Red Arrows from my front door with a refreshing beer! Then, off to the US tomorrow for a day trip. Oh joy. 🙁Posted 3 years ago
Not sure if this has been posted before but thought it might be useful, you can also use it to report problems and it’s pretty good for route planning.Posted 3 years ago
a ride from cliddesden to alton and back
*Watches with interest…*
Had a lovely spin along the road from Cliddesden to Dummer the other day. Glorious.
Am hoping for a change in work circs sometime fairly soon, and so normal riding timings should be able to resume. Will see how it goes…..Posted 3 years ago
Sorry CFH didn’t manage it, but the route is sound… Just too bloody nackered after work. Did however do a really good night ride from Hatch on Thursday… A circular route from hatch to the Hambledon oil fields and back. Absolutely brilliant, especially the bit where a tawney owl flew into our light beams, landed and waited till we were only a couple of meters away before taking off. Some of the ride was interesting as the woods have had a harvester through… Looks like a nuclear waste land, with no discernable trail! Still managed to get back to the hatch by 10 for a well earned wainwright’s B-)Posted 3 years ago
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