An expedition into West Sussex

It was a happy band of six Grade 2 cyclists and five bicycles (work out the maths!) who travelled by train on Wednesday to Liphook, where we were greeted by a reception party of a further four cyclists. After the initial climb out of Liphook, we enjoyed an easy ride along quiet lanes to coffee at the Maple Ridge garden centre.

It was after this relaxing interlude that the real adventure started, for this was no ordinary West Surrey CTC route but a trademark Chris Juden route, incorporating stony and rutted bridleways and even a vast, open field! For the more intrepid among us, such routes are a real bonus but for those who prefer a nice stretch of tarmac, it was perhaps a tad too bumpy. Our efforts were amply repaid though with glorious views all around. This rather unconventional route delivered us to the cosy interior of the Royal Oak pub, which nestles against the South Downs and evidently attracts lots of ramblers.

The sun made some brief appearances during the afternoon, which together with the sight of lambs in the fields and an abundance of wild flowers in the verges gave a definite feel of springtime to the ride. We were also treated to a couple of forays into local history with visits to a Norman church and an ancient barrow, which looked pretty much like any other mound of earth with the result that nobody appeared to have any qualms about trampling on the dead!

The unrivalled stars of the day though were Brian and Helen on their newly-adapted, turbo-charged tandem! They put the rest of us to shame as they whirred their way past us up all the steepest hills. I suspect that this type of device might just catch on with others among us who would be happy to have a helping hand on some of the more challenging climbs.

From start to finish it was an excellent day’s outing, confirming my view that we should try and include more such “away” days in our runs list.          



Report written by Hilary Stephenson

Photos taken by Chris Juden

WMW Group 3 Ride ~ 16 March 2016

What, no rain and no frost? It must be spring! It is and we all know what that means – cold easterly winds; and we were not to be disappointed. Nevertheless, it wasn’t too bad, and as the day wore on, it became sunnier, but not much warmer. Certainly more riders had crawled out of their burrows than on the past two or more rides and here they all are at the bus stop on Pirbright Green – well, the thees and fours anyway; the ones and twos were allowed another half hour in bed so we didn’t see them.

The threes quickly overtook the fours – Mr Murdoch was re-named Mr Puncture for the day, although they still somehow beat us to coffee in Odiham – must have taken a shorter route. The route is only glorious for the last section; unfortunately there are things called connurbations between Pirbright and Odiham and they have to be passed through: never mind, close your eyes and think of England (or the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough, if you prefer – you see a lot of it!).

The coffee stop in Odiham, the ‘Next Door at the George’ – it looked like the Bel and the Dragon to me – with no fewer than two blue plaques on the outside, is a very pleasant place to take a mid-morning break; and it really was a mid-morning break today, since we had to cycle a lot further than usual to get to it. The place was buzzing; nevertheless, a large young man with a Scottish accent took our order before we even had time to sit down and make ourselves comfortable – now that’s service! I had a delicous cuppacino and toasted tea cake and still got change from a fiver – 30p!

After that we enjoyed a most enjoyable twelve or so miles south to Churt, along comparatively quiet country lanes – they are seldom very quiet in this part of the world. There were a few ups and downs but nothing that stopped the surge of energy being put into a multitude of cranks by the fourteen of us; oh yes, the Spring sap is beginning to rise!

Luncheon was taken at the Crossways in Churt, who told us they weren’t informed that we were coming; they didn’t seem unhappy though and served us quickly and efficiently, mainly with sandwiches. Neil and a.n.other bought baskets of chips and passed them round – how very civilized! And very good they were too! Thanks!

As always happens after lunch, it wasn’t long – well immediately on this occasion – that people start peeling off bound for home; this time Marion left first heading back to Haslemere, and not long after, once we had passed through Tilford, having done a stretch along the dreary Rushmoor straight at a speed of over 22mph, I noticed with surprise, we lost Ian and Brian who were headed for Godalming. I should have been with them but they had cycled to Pirbright and I hadn’t, so I had to see this ride through to the bitter end.

Once over the bridge at Tilford, I noticed that it’s uphill all the way to the top of the Hog’s Back, although we crossed opposite Tongham, so it didn’t involve a big climb at the end, but I, for one, was looking forward to something a bit flatter; and indeed the final stretches to Pirbright are thankfully fairly flat but we did have to fight the wind all the way.

Thanks, John, for the ride, the route, and for not getting upset with all the people who didn’t keep behind you all the time. Riders out today were: Marion Davison, John Child, Neil Eason, Brian East, Phil Gasson, Pete Hathaway, Russell Johnson, Alec MacKenzie, Ian Pickering, John Pletts, Keith Rickards, Keith Stainer, Chris Williamson and Mark Waters.

The route may be viewed below and if you want to see it in more detail, then click on this link:

G-BUG – new Guildford cycling campaign

G-Bug posterDo you want to join G-Bug – a new Guildford Cycling campaign?

G-BUG is a new cyclists’ user group in Guildford and the aim is to galvanise the support of as many cyclists as possible to improve cycling facilities in the town

Meeting March 2nd at Guildford Borough Council offices. If you would like to attend please advise Doug Clare (07836 528723) so they have an idea of numbers.

G-BUG agenda

Forty Years Ago

In 1976 there was no newsletter, no magazine, no website, only the Runs List to record our weekly doings.  I have added a couple of Runs Lists from 1976 to the online archive, at:

There was also ‘News from our District Reporters’ in the CTC magazine ‘Cycletouring’.  The online archive also includes such West Surrey news from 1974 onwards, and I have just extended the coverage up to 1982 (previously 1980) so that the first few editions of our Audax rides ‘Stonehenge and Back’ and ‘Tour of the Hills’ are now included.

Prudential Ride London – Surrey100 2016 for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices

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We have received the following letter from Woking & Sam Beare Hospices who have charity places available for the Prudential Ride London this year:

We would love for your fellow cyclists to support their local Hospices in this world class festival of cycling and make their miles go even further by fundraising for WSBHospices.

As you know the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 takes place on Sunday 31st July, with 25,000 thousand cyclists embarking on the 100 mile ride, passing London’s iconic landmarks, through the rolling Surrey Hills and even Sam Beare Hospice.

In order to secure a WSBHospice charity place the suggested sponsorship is £600, which goes towards the vital services we offer to patients and their families living with a life limiting illness in Surrey. To apply, please visit our website By being a part of ‘Team WSB’ you will receive full fundraising advice and guidance and a WSB branded cycling jersey.

Lucky or unlucky in the ballot, riding for #TeamWSB will make a big difference to our patients who we care for in the local area. In addition to the annual running costs of £8.8million, the Hospices also need to raise £3.4million as part of their New Build Appeal. This is for the new Woking Hospice being built in Goldsworth Park, and development of Sam Beare Hospice in Weybridge.

All of their 20 in-patient beds will be located at the new Woking Hospice site, along with a new, much expanded Day Hospice. Sam Beare Hospice will be converted into a truly state-of-the-art Wellbeing Centre, offering a huge range of therapy treatments to many more local people. Together, these two new homes will help provide a much-improved, flexible model of hospice care, enabling the Hospices to better support each individual patient and their needs, both now and for generations to come.

Therefore, I would be very grateful if you could please pass on this message to your fellow club members who are keen to secure a place in this event for Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch.

Kind regards,


Melissa Stock

Events Fundraising Executive

Woking & Sam Beare Hospices