SSC Bike Ride Sat Oct 27th prior to Laying – Up Supper in evening. A chance to use Swanage Ferry just before the annual maintenance closure!
Meet at the NT car park by the ferry in Studland at 10.15 for 10.30 ferry crossing. So please don’t be late!
(Bring NT card and/or sticker otherwise payment is necessary though parking on Ferry road is free)).
Lunch/drink/snack mid – way at The Ship in Distress at Mudeford.
Suitable for hybrid and off road bikes but probably not skinny tyre road bikes as sand build up occurs along the promenade from Studland to Hengistbury Head. No extreme hills and social cycling is the plan, so hopefully appropriate for all. It’s possible to do part of the ride if preferred and stop or turn round at any point if riders didn’t want to complete the entire route. Everyone is welcome.
Distance 20 miles roughly and almost entirely on firm (though often very sandy) surfaces.
Route From the ferry along the east side of Poole Harbour to turn right to reach Poole/Bournemouth promenade. Continue the full length of the promenade to Southbourne then on to Hengistbury Head to take the small ferry across to Mudeford.
Head west along the road to Christchurch to The Ship in Distress for drink/lunch. Back- track to turn right through the Nature Reserve to re-join the road just before the Priory. Turn left then left again through the Priory grounds at the side of the river. Continue to join the road to cross Tuckton bridge on the B3059. Turn immediately left to pass through Wick then straight ahead to re-join the Bournemouth/Poole promenade back to Sandbanks and the Ferry and return to the NT carpark.
Should the Mudeford ferry be closed due to bad weather we can reach The Ship in Distress via Wick , Tuckton Bridge and the Priory .
For further details contact: Ann Emery 01929 422 199 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email me if you intend coming so I can give The Ship in Distress some idea of numbers.