You are invited to join us for a ride of about 39 miles (depending on road closures!) starting from Farnham town centre. Meet in the Upper Hart Car Park (off Long Garden Way) at 9.45am for a 10.00am start. OS grid SU 837469 Google Plus code 658W+CR (Farnham) Parking is free on Sundays.

There’ll be a coffee stop at Alton at about 11 miles. There will then be a section of off-road which is quite mild. However, in the event of rain in the days beforehand or if anyone would prefer to avoid it, we have an on-road alternative.

We’re keen to hand over the Treasure Hunt trophy so will be giving you a few observation questions to answer along the way in the morning – nothing too onerous – and then a few cycling themed general knowledge questions just to add to the fun.

Lunch will be at the Sun Inn, Bentworth. If you’re planning to join us, please let us know by Thursday 11 July so that we can let the pub know numbers. Can’t give you a link to the menu, I’m afraid, as their website is not currently active but we can tell you we had a good lunch there a couple of weeks ago. They’re happy to accommodate special dietary requirements.

For anyone planning to make a weekend of it, the nearest caravan site seems to be the C&MC CL site at Abbot’s Shingle, Sands, which is 3 miles away – we haven’t stayed there ourselves.

We look forward to seeing you.

Rachel & Russell

4 couples, including Tandem Club newbies Bert and Agnes, joined us for a Treasure Hunt Lite ride of just over 40 miles. We set off from Farnham carpark heading out through Bentley towards Alton for a coffee stop. We then followed Sustrans route 224 out of Alton and through picturesque Chawton Park Wood, climbing steeply on a gravelled path where we were overtaken by a young runner - no shame as she was very fast!

We followed a rolling circuit of small lanes to arrive at the Star Inn in Bentworth for a very good lunch. Question sheets were handed out which consisted of observation questions and some cycling general knowledge questions. After many recounts and jiggling of the scores it was decided that David and Caroline had won.

A fast descent away from the pub started us on a return to Farnham through Well and Crondall to miss major works and road closures while taking in views of Basingstoke in the far distance.

The weather was near perfect, just warm enough without being too hot and with light winds - a far cry from last year's ride in the same area!

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