I recently had the pleasure of a circular rideout through North Warnborough, Alton, Selborne and ended up for a coffee at one of my favourite stops, Frensham Great Pond (tip: If you fancy a tea break there avoid the weekends and bank holidays – the car park is chargeable and they (the national trust) treat bikes the same as cars. £3 for the pleasure of parking for half an hour for a tea/coffee seems a bit steep to me).
Anyway, the weather was kind, the traffic was light and the riding was good. Map below…
The video I’ve loaded to Youtube (here) concentrates on the ride to Frensham Pond. Thanks for reading.
We have friends who live in Pewsey, which is a nice little town in Wiltshire, between Andover and Swindon. Its a beautiful area that up until recently I hadn’t really been able to appreciate as every time we have been to their house, its been dark. I decided to have a rideout on my bike and rode a circular route to Pewsey recently. The outbound route is below.
This was the planned route. The actual route varied somewhat but not significantly. The ride from Basingstoke to Andover via Whitchurch was very pleasant, most notable being the discovery of the Bombay Sapphire Distillery at Laverstoke Mill. Definitely one for another day!
From some strange reason(most likely the satnav settings) the route wasn’t QUITE as shown, but once past Andover (the most interesting bit), the route was fine, taking me across Salisbury Plain with some beautiful views, then down into Pewsey. I was right, the countryside was amazing. Rideout on Youtube can be found here .
Thanks for reading
Now the weather is improving (slowly) here in the UK, I’ve been able to take advantage of the sunny days to get out and about and visit another of my favourite places on the motorbike, Whiteways Cafe at the top of the hill on the A29 at Bury, near Arundel. The route is below.
The route didnt QUITE go to plan as the main road between Haslemere and Midhurst was closed, hence the weird shape to the route. Anyway, it was still a nice rideout on a sunny Monday morning. I’m still getting to grips with the helmet cam I am using, (Tom Tom Bandit) and havent quite worked out yet the filming capacity on a full charge, or there would have been some footage of the return too.
You an see my video here
Thanks for reading, feedback on the video would be appreciated, I’m learnign every time!
I’ve been trying to get back up to the H Café at Berinsfield near Oxford for a while. Earlier this week the sun was out, all my jobs were done, so out I went. I had decided to test my TomTom 400 Rider satnav, so had dutifully programmed in my route(which quickly went out of the window). I ended up having an unexpected detour, due to a road closure, which the satnav dealt with admirably (To view video click here) .
I would have recorded my trip back via Henley on Thames, indeed I thought I had, but thanks to a noobie mistake, the camera was off, which I didn’t realise til I got home. Oh well, lesson learnt, here’s to the next time. Thanks for reading.
Here’s the route I took…
The picture is near Buddha Point on Big island, Hawaii – a place I have been fortunate to visit several times(and hopefully many more!)
Born and raised in Yorkshire in the UK, specifically the East Riding of Yorkshire in the North of England, in a small market town called Beverley. Lived most of my life in the north in theVillage of Anlaby and went to school at Wofreton Comprhensive.
1978 saw me uproot and move to London for work, where I have lived in and around ever since.I have 3 kids all mostly grown up now, so beginning to find time for me again.I’ve enjoyed multiple crossings of an endurance walk called ‘The Lyke Wake Walk’, a 42 mile crossing of the North Yorkshire Moors in England. I’ve done this for the past several years, but this year couldnt due to illness. However I am back to fitness and in training for next year.