A frosty start and a cold NW wind today, but loads of winter sunshine. I was met at the cross by Colin, Jeff, Roger and Ray. We took the Centurion Way out of Chichester and turned off towards West Stoke and Funtingdon, up to Compton for coffee.
The short sharp climb up to Chalton was the first hill of the day, then up past Butser Ancient Farm and over to Clanfield. At this point things unravelled slightly, we lost Ray, Colin and I went to find him, Jeff and Roger cycled on and took a different route! Luckily I had mentioned Hambledon and when Colin Ray and I arrived there, (having come along the ridge past the Sustainability Centre) the others were settled at Lotts Cafe. That became the lunch stop, since time was getting on.
After lunch we took a fairly direct route down to pretty Southwick and from there took a steep climb up to Portsdown Hill. Stunning views in the sunshine. Ray left us in Havant, while we made our way up to Rowlands Castle for tea. We came back via Westbourne and Clay Lane.
An enjoyable ride, even if we didn't make it to Porchester Castle! Mileage from the cross 54 miles.Anne Kelly