We are all looking forward to being able to ride in groups again on 29th March when the lockdown regulations are due to be eased, allowing 6 people to exercise together again.  The guidance below is intended to help our members organise rides and meet up in a way that facilitates social distancing. We’ve also included a list of café stops known to be open, closed or reopening on 12 April.


Group size

In line with the easing of lockdown measures, we ask that members to stick to a maximum of 6 people per group for the time being.


Organising rides

Having considered the options, we are asking members once again to organise rides in advance rather than turn up at North Baddesley hoping to join a group.

Some members will be riding with friends or arranging rides via email, but all members are welcome to join our Slack workspace, which we were using to organise group rides with a range of different average speeds and distances before the “Stay at home” lockdown. When you join you won’t see all the available channels and will need to use the Channel browser to find and join channels as follows:


Hold the mouse over Channels on the left sidebar; a plus sign should appear to the right. Click that and choose Browse channels. In the Channel browser, hover over a channel to get a Join button which you can click to join the channel.

If you want to organise rides not already caterered for by the existing channels, or create a channel for discussion/chat etc., you can use the Create a channel option to create a new channel.


On the Slack home screen, look for a Channels heading with some channels listed below. Tap on Add a Channel (below the list) to open the Channel browser. Click on a channel to view it, then use the Join Channel button to join.

If you want to organise rides not already caterered for by the existing channels, or create a channel for discussion/chat etc., you can add a channel using the plus sign in a circle at the bottom right of the Channel browser.

*Based on Android but hopefully iOS is similar.

Meeting up

Each group can meet up when and where they want, but if you use our traditional meetup point off Fleming Avenue in North Baddesley, please see the map below. We’ve defined 9 zones to ensure groups stay far enough apart to ensure social distancing and to avoid obstructing members of the public using the shops, car park and recycling facilities.

The plan is for groups to agree on a time and zone to meet up at, and if another group is already using that zone when you arrive, simply use another one. Zones 2 & 3 should be avoided if the car park is busy.


Café Stops

The café stops listed below are currently open for takeaways, followed by a list of ones that are closed. Opening arrangements may be subject to change and we recommend checking in advance if you’re planning to stop somewhere.

New Forest
Beaulieu Pallets
Beaulieu Steff’s Kitchen
Brockenhurst The Sett
South Gorley Hockey’s Farm Shop
Exbury Exbury Gardens – Eddy’s cafe
Lymington Deep Blue fish and chip shop
Fritham Ice Cream van – Janesmoor Pond Layby east of the Airfield
Test Valley
Romsey Josie’s
Wellow Carlo’s
Lockerley Green Village shop Costa coffee machine
Stockbridge Thyme and Tides
Stockbridge Coffee Lab/Woodfire
Stockbridge Kudos Coffee
Longstock Waitrose
Farm Shop café
Takeaway with 8 picnic tables on far side of car park
Broughton Broughton Community Shop At Broughton Village Hall
Cholderton Cholderton farm shop
Middle East
Bishops Waltham Josie’s
Winchester Handlebar Cafe
Old Winchester Hill Alan’s Coffee Van Junction with Hayden Lane GU32 1HW
Alresford Caracoli
Alresford Courtyard
Alresford Party at the Mill
Alresford Long Barn
Whitchurch Kudos Coffee
Whitchurch & Overton The Village Bakery
Preston Candover Community Shop Hot drinks only
East Meon Wild Kite coffee van by Village Hall Drinks & Cake, Sat 10 am-1 pm
Far East
Petersfield Cloisters Continental café
Rowlands Castle Bumblebee café
Hambledon Old Forge Tea Rooms
Not currently open
Dandy’s Ford Fishery No plans to reopen the café
Downton The Borough Café Closed during lockdown
Sway Sway Deli Closed during lockdown / when it reopens may not be open Sundays
Barton on Sea Beachcomber café Reopening 12 April
Lepe The Lookout Closed until at least 12 April
West Meon Village shop Café reopens 12 April