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Inter Branch Ride Out to Lulworth Cove and Tyneham Village, 19.04.09

An inter branch ride out took place on Sunday 19th of April organised by Wiltshire and Oxfordshire Branches, with a few of us from Reading tagging along.  The weather forecast was very good as I left home a little later than planned and headed to the assembly point at the Countess Services on the A303 at Amesbury.  Never the less I arrived five minutes before the start of the ride having covered the 82 miles in good time!  Bob and Jayne, Roger and Krys, David and Diane, and Diane's son Darren met at The Swan and had a nice cross country ride to Andover before joining the A303.  At Amesbury I was amazed by the number of bikes present but it turned out that there were more than one ride heading out today, whew!  Don from Wiltshire led the ride and soon 23 bikes were leaving the services with Theo as tail end charlie.
We skirted Salisbury and arrived at our first planned stop at Compton Abbas airfield near Shaftsbury.  This airfield is approximately 700 foot above sea level and offered stunning views.  A lot of aircraft were active, probably due to the excellent conditions.  After drinks and a comfort break, we remounted and headed towards Lulworth Cove for our lunch stop.
We travelled some lovely roads and arrived at Lulworth Cove spot on time.  It was very busy with visitors but we had no problem parking up the bikes before heading for the eateries.  A good choice of food was available with quite a few of us taking the fish and chip option, which I found very good.  We had time to walk to the cove and relax for a while in the sunshine which was great.  Soon however it was time to saddle up and move on to our next stop at Tyneham Village.  This village, set in the middle of an army firing range, was abandoned during the second world war and has been uninhabited ever since, with only the church currently used.  It was extremely peaceful here and allowed you to gather your thoughts.
Soon we were on the road again and heading for our final stop, the Hungry Horse pub in Salisbury.  Several of the bikes skipped this last stop and headed directly for home.  After a cold drink I also left the main group and headed towards Andover and the M3.  I got home about 8.00pm and was quite tired after covering 290 miles but it was a great day out.
Thanks to Don and Theo from Wiltshire for marshalling the ride and all the HOC members who made it possible.
Some of the bikes at Compton Abbas Airfield
More bikes at Compton Abbas
Coffee time for Bob, Krys and Roger
Wiltshire Branch Members
Plenty of air traffic
David peeling off in the car park at Lulworth
Lulworth Cove
Plenty of visitors at Lulworth Cove
Rock and fossil shop and ice cream parlour at Lulworth
Bikes at Lulworth
House ruins at Tyneham Village
The Church at Tyneham Village
House interior at Tyneham Village


Please contact Chris Ward if you would like more information about the Branch
either e-mail or ring 07899 967327

Meets at the The Swan, Basingstoke Road, Three Mile Cross, Reading RG7 1AT
on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 7.30pm.

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