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Cycling at Hengistbury Head

After the excesses and a houseful of family over Christmas (just 13 of us), we decided to head for the coast for a brisk cycle and for the Littlest to finally try out her Wiggins bike (incredibly lightweight) so we needed to find somewhere safe and flat.

Travelling light
Travelling light

The seafront from Hengistbury Head towards Bournemouth is perfect for this and with a brilliantly crisp day with clear blue skies, it was great conditions too; the only downside was the number of pedestrians but, hey, it just made it a little more challenging.  Parking  at the Solent Beach car park (there’s a barrier so you need to remember to take any bikes off the roof before you go through- we nearly forgot as we left the car park …) is a good location as it’s a short walk through the sand dunes to the sandy Solent Beach and easy to access the seafront promenade.  It’s still ridiculously cheap at £1.50 for a full day.

FoTT encouraging the Littlest
FoTT encouraging the Littlest

Turning left along the pavement out of the car park, we took the path that leads to the seafront.  Having cycled along the front with me hanging back with the Littlest while the others rode on, we then retraced our tracks and FoTT took over buddy duties.  Back at the car park we decided to cycle across the grassland and past the Hengistbury Head visitor centre turning right along the path that leads to the end of the spit, around the edge of Mudeford Quay.  EEA2F331-4BC5-4CF2-B58E-25F3B059928DWe cycled past the pretty beach huts and stopped at The Beach House where we queued for a short time before getting a table for lunch – this was the first time that we hadn’t been able to book, but we still had a table for the 6 of us within about 10 minutes. EA5B6D90-FA4A-4718-BBB5-7C04F154CD59And it’s always worth the wait; busy, bustling, great service, very laid back, good wholesome food – whether you just want a hot chocolate, a steak sandwich or a full blown three course meal.  And at this time of year, everyone is dressed in full winter garb with hats, coats, scarves and gloves hanging over the back of chairs.

Bikes parked outside The Beach House
Bikes parked outside The Beach House

The Littlest was definately in need of sustenance by now!

The Littlest revived!
The Littlest revived!

We headed back as the sun began to set – not the longest cycle we’ve done, but it was lovely to have the Littlest independent on her own bike and part of our cycling pack.  So, if you’re looking for an easy and safe family bike ride for new riders, head for the coast.

The Littlest!
The Littlest!

www.visithengitsburyhead.co.uk

www.beachhousecafe.co.uk

 

A Bike Ride to Quarley & Project Workshops

With this glorious weather and the Eldest’s arm out of plaster, we have been back out on our bikes without any more catastrophes.  This weekend we cycled to Quarley and visited the Project Workshop’s Open Day.  From the end of Cattle Lane, we ride down

On our way to Quarley
On our way to Quarley

the hill into Monxton and then managed to cycle up the steep hill out of the village and along the old Roman road before taking the turning on the right towards Quarley.  This stretch of the ride is breathtaking at the moment.  The road is little more than a single track, either side lined with glorious swathes of cow parsley and the fields full of deep green crops.

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