Weekly Round-up: 28 August 2022

All the latest news, events, and results from NFCC Members from this weeks two-wheeled adventures…

Saturday Club Ride

Another Saturday Club Ride and a tour of three counties this week. Leaving the Forest and heading north, a group of 9 departed Brockenhurst and picked up a late arriving Matt Smith on the way out of the village. Once at Moyles Court, the group also intercepted Peter Weaver who made the ride up to 11 for most of the route. Winding through the back lanes of Fordingbridge to Whitsbury and on to Broad Chalke for a well earned coffee and (too much for some) cake stop.

Refuelled and ready to ride, Barry duped the whole bunch in his absence by sending the ride over Bower Chalke, rather than the usual hilly route back towards home, but a much enjoyable route all the same. As usual, riders slowly peeled off and departs for home after a long and enjoyable day out on two wheels in the sunshine.

Sunday Club Ride

With the off-road ride also running this Sunday we started with only 8 riders but soon picked up a few extra members on route. The group was a little faster than usual but everyone seemed to be able to hang on without too much trouble. Perfect conditions for a relaxed ride and chat. Finished at the popular Setley ridge cafe for fancy cakes and a quality cup of coffee.

Off-road Club Ride

Six riders set out from Smugglers Road car park near Crow, for the uncharted wilderness of East Dorset – Catherine Pascoe (ride leader), Robert Nuttall, Pete Gregory, Stuart Grace and Joe and Emma Shepherd. A quick descent of Barrack Lane, Crow, allowed the riders to get onto the Castleman Trailway at the very beginning of the rideable section before following it through to Ringwood and across the River Avon. The riders followed the Castleman Trailway all the way to West Moors, where they continued west on the Ferndown, Stour and Forest Trail for a short while. Then it was north on to Holt Forest and Ferndown Forest on rooty woodland singletrack, including climbing through the branches and over the trunk of a large fallen tree

.From Ferndown Forest, the bridlepath took the riders up to Horton Tower, with a photo opportunity at one of two high points on the route, at 70 metres above sea level. Then followed a mile of tarmac through the village of Horton and to the Remedy Oak golf course, before heading off road again to Woodlands Park, climbing to the second high point of the route, again at 70 metres, and then on through Horton Common to Three Legged Cross. A slow pedal past the busy visitor centre at Moors Valley got the riders out onto the gravel tracks of Moors Valley and back on the Castleman Trailway to head for a welcome coffee and cake at Café Velo. After a rest at Café Velo, it was a short ride back to the car park along the old railway and back up the hill on Barrack Lane, to finish a really enjoyable 27 miles. Pete, Joe and Emma had driven out, so Robert, Stuart and Catherine started the long slog homewards by bike.

Get Involved:

If you find yourself out and about representing NFCC, don’t forget to jot down a few words, snap a few photos and send them over to press@newforestcc.co.uk.

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