10/9/05 and 11/9/05 - New Forest Camping Weekend by Clem, Liz and Ken

Report by Liz and Ken There was a very good turn out for this event held in the New Forest, 10 camping units met up on Friday evening on the practically full Hollands Wood campsite to be joined by another 2 on Saturday. 12 tandems and 2 solos set off on Saturday morning rather later than intended after mending a puncture whilst still in camp, and this was to set the theme for the rest of the day. We took forest tracks in a loop to the east and eventually all arrived for a late lunch in Lyndhurst after mending at least 7 more punctures on the way. We re-grouped after lunch and split into two groups - some with no inner tubes left who preferred to stick to the roads to avoid the gravel with damp tyres caused by the occasional showers, and the others who persevered on the tracks. We all met up again at the top of the Bolderwood Ornamental Drive for an ice-cream stop and to look at the Fallow deer resting after their afternoon feed. After the climb we could enjoy the swoop down the drive between the impressive broad-leafed trees. The afternoon had now brightened up nicely and we only increased the puncture total by about 4. After another on-road, off-road split we met up back at the campsite after 27 quality miles. The evening continued to be dry and quite warm and we all sat around a number of barbecues with only candles for light (except for the occasional head torch for reading stories to our younger members), eating, drinking and chatting until we all started to wilt around 10pm. Sunday dawned overcast but dry and as hoped the day brought far fewer punctures. The theme for this day was falling off, 4 in total and all solos from a total of 5 solos and 10 tandems. The day's route took us along the old railway path to the coffee shop at Holmsley where we were joined by John and Margaret Steggles who had come over from the IOW to see us all. Lunch was in Burley after which the group split up a bit, with some needing to set off for home. The rest of us followed more forest tracks through Bolderwood and Rhinefield then back to the campsite. 29 miles for the day. Thanks to everyone who joined us to make a most enjoyable weekend and congratulations to young Jake on his solo who spent most of the weekend at the front of the group.

Gathering for the off - Photo by neville

Great Forest Tracks - Photo by Neville

More forest tracks - Photo by Neville

Yet another puncture stop - Photo by Tricia

On the move again - Photo by Neville

Welcome Ice Cream Stop - Photo by Neville

The barbecue at the campsite - Photo by Neville

Another Puncture - Photo by Henry

And another - Photo by Henry

Ford! - Through the ford at BrockenhurstPhoto by Rose

Ford (2) - Through the ford at BrockenhurstPhoto by Rose

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