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Saturday, 10 October 2009
Bognor Regis Library to the Boathouse Cafe, Littlehampton Marina

 

After a week of torrential rain, the sun was shining for us this afternoon, which together with a light wind, provided excellent conditions for a short "beginners" ride.

This ride was organised in conjunction with the WSCC's Walks & Rides programme. Some of the "usual suspects" were absent today, but I was joined at the start point by Alan and Liz, and guest riders Ryan, Lucy, Steve and Carol (some or all of whom we hope to be seeing out again very soon).

I led the riders round the back of Bognor via the leisure Centre, and up to the Golf Course where we went off the tarmac and up North Lane to Flansham. We then joined the cyclepath to Barnham. North Lane is known for bad flooding and sticky mud but despite all the recent rain, it was passable today with no difficulty at all. The problem started when we got on to the track to Barnham.

Notices were posted at the top of Hoe Lane stating the cycle path was closed for construction works. The way ahead was however not blocked so we went down it anyway.  Rounding the first corner it was apparent that the long awaited re-building of the farm tracks into a proper cyclepath was underway. The work had churned up a great deal of mud which had to be negotiated with care; however after about 300 yards it was possible to ride on the new track which had been tamped and was ready for a top surface.  We had further difficulty where the track crosses the river bridge as the approach ramp had been removed for re-construction and the bridge taped off.  This required a bit of ingenuity to overcome.

Nevertheless we successfully arrived in Barnham, and from thereon  the ride was uneventful as we rode via Mill Lane to Yapton,  Horesmere Green and Climping. At Ford Road we joined the cyclepath towards Littlehampton and dropped down under the river bridge, finally negotiating the kissing gate and into the Marina and cafe.

After a suitable refreshment stop we headed back to complete a circular ride via Climping school and track to Climping Street, then briefly onto the A259 before dropping down onto more off road track via Grevatts Bridge and Ancton Wood, to emerge in Middleton and then to Felpham and home.

 My mileage for the round trip was 16.3

Graham 


Posted by RideLeader at 19:18 BST
Updated: Saturday, 10 October 2009 21:07 BST

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