Category Archives: Rides

Easter Treasure Hunt

Easter treasure huntPortsmouth Cycle Forum and the PCC Healthy Pompey Team are organising a fabulous Family Easter Treasure  Hunt on Sunday 24 April. The fun starts at 10am at the Canoe Lake children’s play area where there will be treasure to seek.  There’ll be a short cycle ride to Bransbury Park where there will be even more things to find!  The event will finish at midday.

Sunset Ride

with thanks to Ian Stannard

This Wednesday 16th February we will be meeting near the Victoria Park play area at  5.15 to go on the Healthy Pompey Sunset Ride. The route takes us around the less well known Horsea Island cycle route on the western side of Portsmouth. From the route we will enjoy some great views of the sun setting over Portsmouth Harbour.

The ride will take us along a flat and mainly off road route and we aim to be back for 6.30. This is set to be a lovely leisurely ride along a mostly unknown section of the coast, with a view of the sunset from a slightly different perspective.

Ride & Dig – 28 November

Hilsea Station
Hilsea Station

We previously advertised a Ride & Dig at Hilsea Station cycle path, the purpose being to help Portsmouth Tree Wardens to plant a fruiting hedge. Thanks to the large number of volunteers who turnrd out to help on Friday, most of the planting has been done, so the “dig” element of Sunday’s ride has been cancelled.

Should anyone wish to go for a cycle ride on Sunday then we’ll still meet at 10am in the Guildhall Square and travel to Hilsea to see the good work (and it does look good). From there we could ride via the A27 cycle route on to Havant for coffee.

Sunday Cycle Ride around Portsmouth Harbour


In response to requests we have another of our popular social rides. On Sunday 31st October we will meet in Victoria Park at 11am for a ride around Portsmouth Harbour.

Everyone is welcome. This is an opportunity to meet other local people and to enjoy a ride and a chat.

We’ll keep as close to the harbour as we can, using off-road routes where possible, although there are some sections along roads.

The route takes us up past the Mountbatten Centre to Hilsea, along the northern edge of harbour through Portchester and Fareham, then down the western edge through Gosport to the ferry. There will be two or three short stops on the way. Don’t forget your ferry fare!

Note: single ferry with bike £3.20

Healthy Pompey – Healthy Rides

Healthy Pompey Healthy Rides logo
Healthy Pompey Healthy Rides logo

Healthy Pompey have launched Healthy Rides – a chance to ride your bike further, without taking on the Tour de France!

The rides will be on different days and be of varying lengths and difficulties; something for everyone. Although you will be shown  the best cycle routes, these are purely social and leisure rides – they’ll keep to the slowest in the group and keep everyone together, giving you a chance to chat.

  • Family Fun: Picnic & Aquarium – 25 September
  • Farlington Marshes – 26 September
  • Tea @ Old Portsmouth – 6 Octpber
  • Portsmouth Cycle Forum: Langstone Harbour – 14 October
  • Metropolis Architecture – 26 October
  • Family Fun: Pirate Ride – 13 November
  • Tea @ Port Solent – 26 November
  • Family Fun: Santa Sleigh Run – 18 December
  • Round Portsea Island – 27 December
  • Tea @ Aspex – 16 January 2011
  • Picturesque Portsmouth – 22 January 2011

The rides are all listed on the PompeyBUG event calandar.

To receive a regular update on Guided Rides, or for further information please contact: [email protected]

All rides weather dependent and times approximate. Please make sure your bike is in working order and bring suitable clothing including hi-visibility jacket, helmet if you have one and lights if required. All rides are taken at your own risk.

Family Bike Ride to Gosport & Stokes Bay

Portsmouth Cycle Forum Presents a Family Bike Ride to Gosport & Stokes Bay

Saturday 26 June 09.30 – 13.00

Meeting Points

  • 09.00 The Hard Interchange (by Gosport Ferry pontoon).
  • 10.00 Ferry Gardens, Gosport

The Route 

  • Circular route using cycle lanes and quiet roads to the seaside at Stokes Bay. Return to the ferry via Alverstoke.


  • Approximately 12 miles.

All Welcome!

This is a Bike Week 2010 event.

Download a poster.

Hayling Billy Trail Opening


Location of Hayling Billy Trail Opening

The opening of the new section of the Hayling Billy Trail will take place at Havant Road Langstone, at the junction with Mill Lane, on the 26th Feb 2010 at 10.30 am.

The new path will be opened by David Willets MP, portfolio holder Jenny Wride along with Simon Pratt from Sustrans.

Tea and coffee will be provided at the Sailing Club after the opening with a small display showing future joint cycle improvement and safe routes to school projects that Sustrans, HCC and HBC are intending to carry out within the Borough over the next 18 months.

Please cycle!  Failing that use either public transport or walk. Parking will be difficult.

Family Christmas Cycle Ride

Langstone Harbour Ride
Langstone Harbour Ride

Eleven hardy cyclists (including two under-fives) braved the stormy conditions for the Cycle Forum’s first ever Christmas cycle ride on Sunday 6 December.

The rain was falling at 9am, but an hour later the clouds dispersed and the sun shone allownig us to take the scenic, and largely off-road, route.

Following the City Council’s guide ‘Circular Ride Around Langstone Harbour’, we travelled from Eastney in a clockwise direction taking in the delights of the Eastern Road cycleway, the Farlington to Broadmarsh cycle route (alongside the A27), then the Hayling Billy route along the old railway line.

With only one cycle casualty (a puncture), we arrived at the Ferry Boat Inn on Hayling Island and pursuaded the ferryman to make a special journey back to Portsmouth.

The distance travelled was approximately 15 miles / 21 km.