Day three dawned freeeeeezing cold, again the trees had protected us, but the first couple of hours riding we all had frozen hands and feet. After riding this bit before we opted for more Basingstoke Canal and less road, its an easy enough detour and it’s way more pleasant.
The first section was great and the chance of decent coffee and breakfast at Farnham was calling us all…
After breakfast it was off to my favourite part of the route, the section through Frensham, Thursley and Hindhead is beautiful. We found a pub near Liphook that didn’t need a booking and stopped for a quick beer.
The climb up to the Devil’s Punchbowl was a tough one and once we had crested the top it was surprising to find that the route was predominantly downhill all the way to the South Downs Way. This was just as well because we were felling it a bit and knew there was still quite a bit of climbing still to be done.
It was nice to be back on familiar ground and once we hit the South Downs Way, despite the fact there was still about thirty miles to go, we knew we had it in the bag. We googled the train times and discovered that Sunday had limited train times and the race was on to make it to the station in time. Not what we wanted at this stage!