STW Purbecks Ride 25th April
OK, inspired by the Quantocks locals and their fabulous ride last weekend, I want to see who’d be interested in a ride around the Isle of Purbeck on Saturday May 2nd. I know (from google 30secs ago!) that this is a bank holiday weekend, but it’s the only date that all of my lot can do.
Our usual ride round there is about 30 miles with 800m of climbing, but we do that in a whole day so there is plenty of chilling. There is a pub halfway round which possesses the best of all things; views, cider and sausage pie :). I have spoken to the faster members of our group so there is an option for all the racing weasels to avoid the pub and get some more miles in.
For those who don’t live locally (which includes me, I’m in Salisbury…), the riding in the Purbecks is more scenic than technical when compared to say the Quantocks, but there is quality singletrack to be had.
RichPosted 8 years ago
Good work with the pics! Shame that 2/3 replies so far can’t make the date… I will ask again tomorrow to see if it can be either the weekend before (25/26th April) or another day in the bank holiday weekend. Was planning on using the prior weekend as a recon mission so will be there anyway!Posted 8 years agoStrangeloveMember
Gosh darn you! I have a wedding to go to that weekend 😥Posted 8 years ago
I was over the Purbecks on sunday (even though my legs were shot from the Q’s. Scenic rather than technical is definitely the best description for the riding and dont forget the cream teas in Corfe. If you go to the Square and Compass at Worth Matravers (which someone on the Q’s ride mentioned to me) they do an excellent Cornish pasty but dont use your phone. For some reason mine thinks I am in France when I’m there.
I mentioned the possibility of an STW ride with the people i was with and there a few that would be happy to show people around.
Yes DezB, all of those pics are on the loop. The singletrack in the second pic is not normally ridden though!
Would the 25th or 26th of April be better for those interested? Bloody bank holidays! On reflection, it’s probably best to avoid it then as there will be a few walkers on the downhills. The ride down the ferry road is ace though when it’s busy; at least a mile of static traffic waiting for the ferry, while you pootle past whistling smugly 🙂Posted 8 years agoStrangeloveMember
The ride down the ferry road is ace though when it’s busy; at least a mile of static traffic waiting for the ferry, while you pootle past whistling smugly [:)]
That is exactly what it was like on Sunday. The May bank holiday would be very busy, it is traditionally considered the start of the tourist season and the traffic is bad enough as it isPosted 8 years agocinnamon_girlSubscriber
Hey RichPenny – was good to meet you at the Quantocks! Would definitely be interested in a Purbecks ride but I have a little problem – the ferry. At the STW Southern Festival last year, I was forced onto a ferry with my bike. Felt really ill and queasy. Although it was reassuring to have Dr. P on board, I think he claimed he was off-duty!
Please keep us all posted!Posted 8 years agovdMember
I “died” on that climb on my second ever ride 5 years ago. I was on a solid ancient Raleigh with slicks, no water, a massive bike lock wrapped around the bike for which I’d lost the key….etc.
I’m better now and may be able to ride this one.
Someone on here gave me a great route about a year ago, with some excellent singletrack. Hopefully he’ll be along soon.Posted 8 years ago
Hi CG! As Dr P says. It’s not really a sea crossing, it’s just a very short and tame chain ferry ride across a mill pond like harbour. I was getting carried away with my descriptions. It’s a couple of quid with a bike, maybe not even that much. (Getting on the ferry does feel a bit like going on holiday though)Posted 8 years ago
OK, Date is now 25th April. Mods, is there any way you could change the thread title to reflect this?
Elaine, ferry is a chain ferry and you can barely feel it moving, It’ll be fine.
We probably won’t be doing that climb, as we don’t go as far as Corfe. The best singletrack I’ve found is nowhere near the ridge!Posted 8 years ago
IHN, start will be from the big car park at the end of Poole harbour, just before the Sandbanks Ferry.
Soma_rich and rusty trowel, I can email you a tracklogs file of the route I’m proposing. Or if thats no good, send you a jpeg. It would be good to get some differing views. Also, would either of you be interested in helping with the guiding?Posted 8 years ago
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