Saturday, 3 September 2005

Westcott to Leith Hill

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Saturday, September 3, 2005 - 01:00
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The day promised to stay bright and warm for us as we headed south from

Westcott church. Seventeen souls, including new rider Stephen, met for

a

fairly long trek up and down Leith Hill, along the Greensand Way to

Holmbury

Hill and then north to Peaslake.

We followed the track to Logmore Green off Logmore Lane, turning left

to

Squires Farm and from then up the hill past Mag¹s Well to Wolvens Lane.

Whilst coming up the steep rise, I started the tally of falls by coming

off

and landing amongst a thick patch of nettles. Ouch! (Apologies to all

who

got stuck on the hill behind me.) Heading along the sandy track and I

was on

the deck again, having hit the edge of a rut. Up to the Summer

Lightning

trail and I realised that I had got the front suspension locked off on

my

new bike (desperately trying to cover my blushes here!).

We enjoyed a brisk pace through the trees and then took the descent

down to

the lane at the bottom of the valley. Turning left and promptly right,

we

climbed up to The Duke¹s Warren where there is a fine view over the

valley

to the tower. However we didn¹t linger to admire the landscape,

dropping

swiftly down again to Whiteberry Road and on north to Broadmoor. Here

we

turned back up the hill again along the bridleway that runs parallel to

Leyland¹s Road and stopped at the top to wave off Frank and Peter who

have

lives to lead.

We skirted westwards round the summit of Leith Hill until we found

Leith

Hill Road and joined the Greensand Way. It was another brisk ride down

and

up, and down and up, and then down to the road at Holmbury St Mary. We

climbed the track passing the cricket pitch, over Somerset Hill and on

to

the summit of Holmbury Hill which is where we stopped for the photo

shown.

It was a fast descent down to Peaslake for a much needed cuppa and

cake.

Refreshed, we left for our return leg to Westcott at around 12.00. We

took

the road north, turning off to the right onto Hoe Lane. Whilst this is

a

metalled road, it still presents something of a challenge as there are

a

couple of steep climbs to negotiate. At Horsham Road, we turned right

and

then next left to the bridleway behind the Volunteer pub and the sudden

climb up to the Raikes Farm fields. There is a lovely view from here to

the

north and the Downs, but again there was no time to pause and ponder.

Coming

down the hill, I came across Garry and another rider in a heap on the

deck,

but fortunately no injuries admitted to.

Past Paddington Farm and crossing the A25, we climbed again to Abinger

Roughs and the sandy trail home. Phil suffered a puncture along the

Roughs

but got it swiftly sorted out with Barry¹s help, our trusty back marker

(many thanks). We got back to the church after nearly 20 miles of dry,

fast