Yesterday I went for a ride to Warash and Titchfield then on to my daughters house in Horndean. I started near Havant and rode along the Farlington Marsh cycle path to Eastern Road. I love riding alongside this road, getting by all the queuing traffic. When I got to Eastney I was disappointed to see how misty it was in the Solent. The Isle of Wight was only just visible. The roads were very quiet as I rode along the seafront and round to the Gosport ferry terminal. Here I had my first sight of The Warrior, the first iron clad battleship.
It was a short trip to the other side. On the way over you get this great view of the harbour entrance with Spice Island on the left and and Haslar on the right.
I rode past the old Haslar Hospital which is being turned into high class apartments. It had been a hospital for the Royal Navy since 1753 but closed down in 2009. I continued to the lifeboat station at Alverstoke where I changed into my trousers as it was getting chilly riding along the seafront. There are great views along the Solent from here. You can see the Wightlink ferries all the way across to Fishbourne on the IOW and the Red Funnel ferries going from Southampton to Cowes if you look to the West .
After riding along the lovely off road cycle path from Browndown to Lee on the Solent, I went passed the Hovercraft Museum
As I was riding toward Hillhead I saw a glider being towed up from the old HMS Daedalus airfield. From here I could see the huge plume of smoke coming from the chimneys at Fawley refinery. It seemed to be hanging there like a noxious cloud.
There lots of yachts out in the Solent taking advantage of the chilly Easterly wind.
Once past Titchfield Haven I lost sight of the sea until I got to Hook nature reserve near Warsash. I stopped here to have my picnic lunch. There were lots of very expensive yachts going in and our of the Hamble River. I could see up to Southampton, where the cruise ships are waiting to take their passengers to exotic places. Looking the other way I could see Cowes on the IOW.
After lunch stop I rode back the way I’d been and went to Titchfield, a lovely little town with lots of old buildings.
Having enjoyed looking at the buildings in the town I went to Titchfield Abbey ruin. This was an abbey dissolved by Henry VIII and turned into a palace house. It was deliberately part demolished to make a romantic ruin after it was abandoned in 1781.
From now on the ride got nice and hilly after the flat riding along the coast. Soon after leaving the abbey there were some leg and lung testing hills. This road went under the M27, it’s great seeing all the traffic passing overhead as I ride along this quiet road. The road took me to Wickham where I stopped at the church yard for a rest and a cake. It’s a lovely looking church until you get round the back where they have built and awful modern extension.
From here I went to North Boarhunt and headed of the main road to ride the hilly lanes to Catherington. I’ve never ridden on these lanes before which I always enjoy. It’s great when you’re exploring new places.
From Catherington it’s a short ride, including a very steep climb up Roads Hill, to Horndean.