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Saturday, 26 April 2008
Saturday 26 April. Spring ride, Swans, Bluebells and ducks.

 

Today the forecast was for dry sunny and warm weather and we were all advised to make the most of it before the rain resumed on Sunday.

 

I headed out on my own ride up into the Downs Riding in shorts and short sleeves for one of the few occasions this year (since returning from Lanzarote) I was able to take the short route crossing fields which were sufficiently dry and then lanes up to South Mundam and then the Chichester Canal path up to Chichester.  Just before the Canal Basin I saw the two swans who had made the Canal their home for some time now with a new brood of cygnets, looking very fluffy and spring like.

 

Then it was the cycle path through to West Street and then the South Coast Cycle Route along Clay Lane.  There soon followed the first of many stops to photograph Bluebells in the woods.  I decided that the day really amounted to interval training being intervals of cycling followed by intervals of photo shoots.

 

Just as I was leaving the woods a good-sized group of cyclists came along.  I chatted to them and gathered they were an informal group based in Hayling Island who went for rides regularly on Saturdays.

 

I continued across to West Ashling and then Watery Lane.  As I turned into Watery Lane there was a Duck having a sit down in the road and not inclined to move and a Goose on the other side of the road which only moved after some protesting.  A few yards further on a lady cyclist was looking down into the stream and pointed out to me a duck with about five little ducklings paddling along behind it.  The sign up the road "caution, ducklings crossing" was pretty appropriate.

 

Then it was on to the West Stoke Road and another stop for bluebell pictures before riding on to West Dean Gardens for lunch.  The return ride was along the valley via East Dean and then up to Eartham and down to Slindon Bottom Road.  This is a beautifully quiet road through the woods with no traffic and the noise of the A27 in the distance.  Then on to Walberton and down to the coast via Yapton and Middleton.

 

I stopped for tea or rather an ice cream at the cafe on the Front in Felpham.  The beach was packed with people seemingly all at once released from their winter indoor life.

 

A good ride in local lanes totalling 40 miles.

 

Edwin

 


Posted by RideLeader at 19:05 BST
Updated: Sunday, 27 April 2008 19:26 BST

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