Picnic in a castle
Portchester Castle has been around since the Roman times and is situated in a commanding defensive position on the Solent, just outside Portsmouth. Today we no longer need to repel the French or other enemies of the realm, so it is a lovely spot to have a picnic within the fortified walls of the castle. To get into the grounds and the church is free but should you wish to have a good look at the castle, which is well worth while you will have to pay unless you are a member of English Heritage, (members don’t forget to bring your card).
Pack a picnic, something to sit on and some outdoor games and let’s make a day of it. Unfortunately, the bikes aren’t allowed in the grounds, so no on bike chapter games but battle re-enactments are all the rage and I will treat the winner to a knighthood and an ice cream.
Meet at Newlands Corner at 10am for a 10.30am departure. A leisurely and pretty ride through the Meon Valley, which will take about 1.5 hours. 50 miles, to arrive in time to claim our pitch and set out lunch. I will lead the ride back for those that wish to join the group or you can linger longer or slip off earlier.