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After some hard deliberation we finally agreed on Nigel Pedley’s trip in the New Forest as a worthy winner


Programme during the Cold War, and tested rocket engines at The Needles before transporting them to Australia for launching. Quite how such noisy tests, which apparently also used to make the ground shake, were done secretly is hard to imagine !


aving almost become an armchair cyclist during the early part of 2014, I realised drastic action was needed to get me back on my bike, and get us cycling every day.


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It was a few years since we’d been on the CTC New Forest Cycling Week, so I persuaded Emma to book the week off and we headed south to the Avon Tyrell Activity Centre where the annual event is held these days, in the first week of the Summer School Holidays. We had gloriously hot weather, the sort that makes you wonder why people ever holiday abroad. There are organised rides each day from the campsite, arranged informally by whoever wishes to lead a ride. For our first event we decided to join the “gentle ride to the beach” but somehow ended up with a different group cycling along an extremely rough and uncomfortable track,All was forgiven, however when the ride called in at Annie’s Tearooms, where amazingly large and tasty cream teas were consumed in their lovely cottage garden in the Forest. We visited the Canadian War Memorial site on the way back, where touching tributes have been left to the memory of our Colonial Cousins who helped Britain out


in our time of need. We eventually made it to the Coast on the next organised ride we went on, where I even had the opportunity at Barton on Sea to demonstrate that Lycra cycling shorts make excellent swimming trunks !


One tradition of the New Forest Cycling Week is to cycle over to the Isle of Wight one of the days, and this year was no exception. We took the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth and cycled to the Needles, avoiding the roadside amusement centre and instead heading uphill to the old Needles Gun Batteries and Rocket Testing Sites now looked after by The National Trust.


Britain had its own Space


More ancient technology was enjoyed as we made a train assisted cycling trip to the Swanage Steam Railway during the week too. Re- putting our bikes on a modern train from Hinton Admiral to Wareham via Bournemouth and Poole, there was only four miles to cycle to the inland terminus of the Steam Railway at Norden Heath. We enjoyed the steam trip to Corfe Castle, where some massive walls appear to have been resisting gravity for centuries. We continued to Swanage by Steam Train and then on the reverse journey were hauled by a “Heritage Diesel,” as they now call the trains I used to train-spot as a teenager.


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