I hope that you have all had an enjoyable Christmas and looking forward to the coming year and most of all this years FGWE.
I will be sending out full booking details at the end of June as usual.
Keith and Mike look forward to welcoming you to the South Downs weekend. You shouldn’t believe the rumours (which Keith started last year) that it’s all flat here.
There are a few little hills to prevent you getting bored, but not in the Peak District or Clee Hill class.
The weekend will be based in Emsworth on the Hampshire coast between Portsmouth and Chichester.
Headquarters and accommodation will be the Brookfield Hotel, a very comfortable hotel in Emsworth with plenty of parking space and secure cycle storage.
Mike has negotiated a good deal at the Brookfield for two nights, an even better deal for three nights and an amazing deal for four nights.
Brookfield Hotel, 93 Havant Rd, Emsworth PO10 7LF
Tel: 012 4337 3363
Rooms are being held for us until the end of May. Pleaase see your invitation email or contact Trevor for more details.
Camping is available about two miles away at
JM Caravans, Loveders Farm, 365 Main Road, Nutbourne PO10 8JH
Tel: 012 4337 2368
Prices for camping are:
Caravan £18 per night including electric hook-up.
Tent £12 per night plus £1 per person.
Next door is the Camping and Caravanning Club site
Tel: 012 4337 3202
See their website for fees.
Programme (subject to change) for the weekend is:
Friday there will be a full day’s ride heading west through Havant and into Purbrook Heath for a coffee stop at Furzeley golf course.
Then a little climb onto Portsdown Hill to Fort Nelson, a Victorian fort which houses part of the Royal Armouries collection.
Visit the fort and exhibition (it’s free) and lunch at either the cafe or a nearby pub. Views from the hill over Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
Friday afternoon’s ride will take a roundabout route to the Bird in Hand pub at Lovedean for tea.
Then back through Purbrook Heath and taking in part of Portsdown Hill.
Friday evening three course dinner at the Brookfield (£20 if you’re not staying at the hotel).
Saturday the ride goes east through the cathedral city of Chichester for a garden centre coffee stop just south of the city.
Lunch will be at Aldingbourne Country Centre.
On past the Goodwood estate, motor circuit and airfield and down the Centurion Way cycle path to the west of Chichester and on to Bosham,
a picturesque village at the top of Chichester harbour, for an optional tea stop.
This ride is – honestly – flat except for a gentle 200 yard hill so the distance is easily manageable.
Saturday evening three course dinner at the Brookfield (£20 if you’re not staying at the hotel).
Sunday very gently uphill to Queen Elizabeth country park on the south side of the Downs for the coffee stop (or there’s a short cut to Compton). Then down to the Fishbourne Centre for lunch.
Keith & Mike