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Weather Forecast - Gazetteer - CTC Wessex Home Page
Do come out and enjoy exploring the local history and quieter parts of Wessex by cycle. You don't need to belong to the CTC to ride with the Salisbury Section- just turn up with your bike (or unicycle / tricycle / recumbent), a spare inner tube, storm proof gear, sun tan lotion, money for food and some drink (water?) and food (dark chocolate?), maybe lights and enjoy the ride (adventure!) Sunday rides usually start at 9:00 a.m. from Salisbury Market Square. Hard Wednesday evening rides start at 7:30 p.m. from in front of the Guildhall in the market square.
How strenuous rides are expected to be, is given by one of the three terms: Easy, Medium, Hard. If tracks or bridleways might be used, then the term Tracks is added. However all such routes will be suitable for a touring bike. If you would like further details about any of the rides, email Alan Clarke(click here) or ring 01722 322188 or email Graham Dudley(click here) or ring 01725 511102
RIDE MOBILE NUMBER 07947 711966
If Alan is out try the mobile (07947 711966) especially if you're going to be late at the start! Or arrange to meet us on the route. The mobile is on throughout the ride but we can be in an area where there is no signal!
If you participate in any ride listed on these pages, you must consider that you are on a private cycle ride with friends and that you are responsible for your own safety and roadcraft. The Cyclists Touring Club, its Officers, Committee members, servants or agents shall not be liable for any expense, loss, claim or proceedings in respect of personal injury, death or disease to any person or loss or damage to any property from whatsoever nature and whether or not due to any negligence of the Cyclists Touring Club, its Officers, Committee members, servants or Agents.
Meet at the Guildhall, Salisbury Market Square, before start time stated; usually 09:00.
SUNDAY 7th April (Easy) 9:00 South; how far depends upon how cold.
SUNDAY 14th April (Easy) 9:00 Wylye; the land of voles!
SUNDAY 21st April (Easy) 9:00 Bulford; a gentle ride up the Woodford valley then over the hill to Bulford.
SUNDAY 28th April (Easy) 9:00 Fovant and Chilmark; exploring narrow gauge railway history..
SUNDAY 5th May (----) 9:00 ------; sorry, no organised ride this bank holiday Sunday.
SUNDAY 12th May (Medium) 9:00 Beyond Tisbury; in search of the white elephant. It was spotted from the train the other day so is still about!
SUNDAY 19th May (Medium) 9:00 Sherfield English; mostly via the River Dun valley. Salisbury's Weather Forecast.
This is where we are going to log suggestions for future rides.
Ride H2: Wiltshire white horses; plan a ride which takes in as many as possible in one day.
Ride H3: Wiltshire bordering counties; plan a ride to visit as many bordering counties as possible in one day.
Ride H1: Horton and Bishop Cannings; where there is a swing bring over the Avon and Kennet canal at SU043638.
Ride T1: Great Yews; last time we went here it snowed.
Ride H2: Treacle Jack; at ST564142 and the other three follies near Yeovil.
Ride M1: Roman Bridge; via Portuguese fireplace and reptile centre.
Ride H3: The Devil's Den Burial Chamber; SU15306960 near Marlborough and Avebury.
Ride M2: The Rufus Stone; at SU270124.
Wednesday Evening Rides
Meet at the Guildhall, Salisbury Market Square, at 7.30 p.m. (EXCEPT JULY 3rd) These rides are quite fast and not suitable for the inexperienced. They can finish quite late, especially when punctures and lighting problems arise. These Wednesday evening rides are especially recommended for Tricyclists! High powered rechargeable battery lights recommended. Don't forget your spare inner tubes.
MAY 1st; BERWICK SAINT JOHN, THE TALBOT
MAY 8th; TILSHEAD, THE ROSE AND CROWN
MAY 15th; EVERLEIGH, THE CROWN
MAY 22nd; MOYLES COURT, THE ALICE LISLE
MAY 29th; ALVEDISTON, THE CROWN
JUNE 5th; CHILMARK, THE BLACK DOG
JUNE 12th; WHEYHILL, THE WHEYHILL FAIR
JUNE 19th; POULNER, THE LONDON TAVERN
JUNE 26th; BRAISHFIELD, THE NEWPORT INN
JULY 3rd, 30 miles in 2 hours starting from the lay-by at the top of the hill on Odstock Road at 7 p.m. sharp!
Video section, click on various items below:
Nick was about 1 mile from Middleton Top visitor centre on the High Peak Trail when he made this Video. He broke two spokes going sideways!
This Video is called “Keeping up with Alan”!
So you think you can count. Click here on this Video. Did you fail to notice?
If you're interesting in cycling ideas of the 1930s era, click here on Cyling 1930s era.
If you want to see the advantages in snow and ice of recumbent tricycles with their low centre of gravity, click here on Spartacus on the snow trail.
If you want to see how they do it in Edinburgh, click here on riding in Edinburgh.
Ron Trill Memoirs
The late Ron Trill was a Wessex CTC man for many decades. He was persuaded to write up his cycling memoirs for posterity. Many of these are reproduced here. I am sure that on reading them you will get a feel for what cycle touring is about. Just click on the titles below.
Somewhat faster than usual by Ron Trill
Little Bredy by Ron Trill
The Desert of Wales by Ron Trill
The Conquering of Horton Common by Ron Trill
The Bull by Ron Trill
Ron's Jottings: Riding in the Dark
Cormorant versus Eel by Ron Trill
The Wayfarer Pass by Ron Trill
A Cornish Memory by Ron Trill
A Drink on St. Christopher by Ron Trill
An Alternative Remembrance of Plymouth Hoe by Ron Trill
Knowlton Church by Ron Trill
No, We Were Not German! by Ron Trill
A Week-end in the Cotswolds by Ron Trill
A Memory of Brittany by Ron Trill
A Memory of a Tail Wind by Ron Trill
A Tour in the Dordogne by Ron Trill
A Trip up North by Ron Trill
Jack Riegen Memoirs
One of Salisbury's most experienced cyclists was Jack Riegen. He put pen to paper in April 1996, or is it finger to keyboard, to write up some of his rides. His great solo ride to and from London in 1920 now holds the record for how long it takes members to write up their rides, 76 years!
Jack lived in Quidhampton. In 1996 he could still be found riding his bike into Salisbury and back. His following articles should amuse you.
My Cycling Roots by Jack Riegen
Jack Riegen's London to Salisbury and back cycle ride - 1920
Café To Café as it used to be - Jack Riegen
Gadgetry & Old Memories - Jack Riegen
An Englishman’s Word is His Bond - Jack Riegen
How I Drank a Toast to Misfortune By Jack Riegen
Click on Article titles below
The Malvern Hills - Elgar route by Graham Dudley
A Chat About This And That (February 1940)
A Wiltshire Pilgrimage
Tandem from Twickenham to Cornwall via Salisbury by Tom Lauder
Brian Armstrong's S&D cycle ride in 1982
Cycling The South Downs Way in 1973 by Brian Armstrong
Storytime by Paula
The Borbach Chantry, West Dean
Sam Dunn cycling backwards across USA
Why a bicycle stays upright by F.G.Maunsell
St Lo 2007
A very short year 1751!
Cycling the Basingstoke Canal in Hollywood fashion?!
The President’s report for September 2006
Quality time with Dad by Emilie Russell
The President’s report for June 2005
The DA President’s ride in the USA
The Grid Iron by Tim and Margaret
Obituary - David Lyle
St Lo Weekend, September 2004
Awards, click any title below:
Don Dickinson Award
George Keith Award
Junior Search Me Cup
Picasa Photo Libraries:
Click on any photo below, a new window opens, then click on "slideshow" just above images, for best effect.
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Individual Photos, click any below:
Giraffes near Hale.
CTC lunch at Breamore steam-up.
Whitsbury Down thistles.
Large yew tree in Lockerley churchyard.
Penny farthing plaque record in Romsey.
Large oak tree with person up in it.
The gravel cycletrack between Frogham and Fritham.
Getting wet feet riding through a ford at SU298204 11/07/10
A valley near Wilton shaped by glacial ice.
A fine off-road track near Wilton.
Thatched Morris Traveller at Whiteparish.
Breamore Railway Station 2009.
Breamore Mize Maze.
The Giant's Grave.
From Great Ridge wood to Chicklade.
Suspension bridge over the River Avon.
Frozen Shaftesbury Drove.
W J Lywood 1861-1933, tree planter & founder of Harnhan Hill Estate 1898.
Groveley woods in autumn.
Bejewelled Web on ride from Stapleford to Woodford.
Wiltshire Fields in summer.
Some cycles at Shaftesbury at the grand lunchtime meet.
Mending a puncture near Hindon.
The newly exposed view of Alvediston church.
The Crown Inn at Alvediston.
Dawn's stile at Charlton All Saints.
View from Toyd Down to Tidpit.
Britford Church: My country is dear, but liberty is dearer.
Teffont Magna on a misty morning.
Walnut tree in Palestine.
The Avon Valley from Castle Hill on 13th January 2008.
In memory of James Lyle Mackay by his daughter Janet and her husband Frederick Bailey Lieut-Colonel
A track south of Grovely woods.
An avenue of trees on the way to 6d Handley.
A sundial on the way to Romsey.
A frosty footbridge.
Northern entrance to Savernake Forest.
An albino elephant called Archilles seen near Tisbury.
Building Stonehenge in 1958.
Manoeuvring large stone in place at Stonehenge.
West Dean Canal Bridge.
Guess where this plaque is?
East Grimstead Church.
ANZAC cemetery at Codford.
ANZACS in Codford.
Breamore Village stocks.
A nice cup of tea at Cranborne garden centre.
Look carefully for statue in the river at Wylye.
Cottage side at West Dean.
Ibsley Bridge Plaque.
Jack the Treacle Eater.
The president's new bike at Pewsey.
Former MoD land at Dean Hill.
Aircraft Museum at Middle Wallop.
Field of toadstools at Little Langford.
The well at Tollard Royal.
The alpaca at Sandleheath.
The green fox at Redlynch.
Shrewton old jail.
Great Wishford church fire engine.
Great Bedwyn stone museum.
The Granite Way at Okehampton (Train assisted ride).
St Lo 2004.
Click below for Interesting Links:
Click here for 1935 CTC rides.
Click here for information on protecting against theft.
Click here for local cafés.
Click here for Wiltshire's rights of way.
Click here for Paul Sloper's 987 miles in 15 days cycling using A roads B roads and Sustrans routes.
Click here for information on rapid response bicycles!!!
Click here for information about an extremely friendly cyclist cafe etc. in Evesham.
Click here to learn about the history of Salisbury as told by its plaques.
Click here for a Salisbury and Wilton Cycle Map.
Click here for details of the Ancient Yew Tree web site.
Click here for details of Follies.
Click here for the site that is promoting the use of the old S&D railway route into Bath through the two tunnels.
Click here for details of memorials and monuments in Portsmouth.
Click here for details about a little theatre in Glaisdale, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. There is even a railway station!
Click here to go to CTC Wessex Home Page
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