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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Sunday 31 July. Longer Ride to Portsmouth

 

First a little more on the Loire and some HDR pictures. We stayed 2 nights at Azay de Rideau. After looking round the Azay Chateau for the first few hours of the morning Alan and Liz did their own ride while Peter and I took a short ride (with a big hill in the middle to the Chateau Villandry alongside the river Loire. The weather was dull and cloudy but stayed dry. Villandry is famous for its extensive Gardens as seen in the picture below.

 

There were some beautiful rooms inside the Chateau including the Dining Room in the picture below.

 

 

Today there were 2 rides to Portsmouth a longer hillier one led by me and a shorter flatter ride led by Harvey.

 

I was joined at the Cross by Gill, Anne and Colin. The weather was sunny and warm with a SE wind.

 

 

I headed out via the Centurion Way and then West Stoke, Funtington and Racton with a stiff little climb on a side road to warm up. Then it was Rowlands Castle, Finchdean, Chalton and up the hill to cross the A3 and on to a welcome elevenses break at Queen Elizabeth Country Park cafe. Unfortunately Colin had an upset stomach and had to return home from Clanfield.

 

The rest of us continued on a convoluted route taking quiet lanes via Hinton and Denmead. Then it was a steep climb up the back of Portsdown Hill coming out by Fort Dibley and The Churchillian Pub, a route I have not tried before.

 

Then it was a ride along the ridge of Portsdown Hill with great views looking down over all of Portsmouth. After a fast descent to Cosham we took the cycle route via the ferry port and round to Southsea common for our Picnic Lunch at the War Memorial. We arrived at exactly the same time as Harvey with Jan and Avryl. Alan and Liz had been with them during the morning and had returned home from Hayling Ferry.

 

After lunch the groups merged and we headed east along the front and on to the Portsmouth Beam Engine House which is open free the last weekend of every month. We had a good look at all the machinery and engines. We met Roy Wasdell there who had seen it in the Rides List and came by car.

 

 

Jan headed home and I led the rest of the groups up paths and backstreets to get to the Eastern Road Cycle path. I found a route I had read about on the Web to the Langston Harbour footpath which goes alongside the water and avoids convoluted backstreets. The path crosses over the old Milton Sea Lock.

 

 

Further up we joined the cycle path following the eastern edge of the Portsmouth peninsular with good views over the harbour and then across to Havant. In the Havant pedestrian precinct we stopped for tea at a Costa Coffee cafe. Then it was back via Emsworth, Westbourne and Woodmancote.

 

Mileage from and back to the Cross was 61. My mileage for the day was 72

 

Posted by RideLeader at 21:19 BST

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