Difficulty Level: Easy | Speed: Easy paced | Distance: 20 miles
This ride takes place on Saturday and is completely informal. It is not a club ride and not ‘led’ as a formal club ride. The route (see below) is designed to encourage beginners but joined in by all abilities and was started many years ago by Terry Walsh, who was our much-loved local CTC Wessex Chairman. The ride goes to ‘The Old Farmhouse Tearooms’ in Burley most Saturday mornings depending on the weather. It is a well-known meeting point and route for all cyclists in the New Forest and surrounding area.
This is a very sociable cycle ride for everyone and is an ideal way to get fit before you decide whether you want to join our club and participate in any of our longer rides.
08.45 for 09.00 depart from Waitrose Car Park, Christchurch, or outside Oak Inn, Burton 09.00 for 9.15, or make your own way to Burley for 10.00
The route is a 20 mile round trip approximately and usually takes about 2- 3 hours including the coffee stop, but it depends upon how long you spend drinking coffee and chatting.
Outward route: Up through Godwinscroft to South Holmsley and down Thorney Hill to Burley for coffee at the ‘Old Farmhouse Tea Rooms’.
Return route: Forest Road to Burley Street, down Charles Lane (or Crow Lane) and back to Christchurch via North Ripley, Sopley and Burton.