Ride report – Sunday 1st November

Peter B went on this ride and writes:


Seven riders joined Giles’s ride to Farthinghoe on Sunday, with a new rider, James T joining us for the first time on a weekend ride.  Actually, there should have been eight riders, however one lightweight rider turned back before getting to the start because of the drizzle and wind (Milton, you know who it was). 

 
The group split into two with Giles leading four of the more energetic riders, and me leading three of the more sensible ones. 


Milton’s decision was, perhaps, understandable, as the rain and winds were not nice at the start.  But shortly into the ride, the rain stopped and the sun came (occasionally) out, making the ride much more enjoyable, although the wind remained throughout. 


Unlike last week, the headwind was on the way out, all the way to Limes Farm Tea Room, our refreshment stop at Farthinghoe. The service was very friendly and the food was good – Giles’s sausage sandwich and James’s Eggs Royale looked especially tempting.  Apparently, during the next month of lockdown, the cafe will still provide food on a take-away or ride-through basis.


Brian, who had turned up with his e-bike, was enjoying the hills far more than most of us, but with the wind behind us, the return route was much faster, even using standard leg-power.  We were back at EH before 2.00.


This was a very enjoyable route with a good cafe stop.  The roads were a little bumpy on occasions with some mud on the road (especially where we passed the HS2 works), but we were able to ride through some nice country lanes with great scenery, so many thanks to Giles for devising a great route.

Cheers – Peter

Ride to Farthinghoe – Sunday 1st November

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by emailing Giles at gilesbarringham@hotmail.co.uk
Rides must comply with COVID requirements.  Please make sure that we don’t mingle in groups bigger than six at any time, even at the start of the ride. More details are at the end of the ride description.

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance: 50 miles
Refreshment stop: Limes Farm Tea Room
Pace: Around 13 mph.
Time Expected Back: 2.00 pm


We will set off from East Hunsbury, following a SW route on quiet roads through Tiffield, Bradden and Helmdon to the Cafe Stop at Limes Farm Tea Room in Farthinghoe at 23 miles.


Riders will enjoy a more hilly section towards Eydon on the return route, then passing through Canons Ashby, Maidford and Pattishall, back to Hunsbury Hill Library.
As usual, if we have more than six riders we will split the groups, so please ensure that you contact Giles if you want to join so that we can ensure we have sufficient leaders to cover.


The route can be viewed and downloaded from RideWithGPS:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34279382?privacy_code=f8roJsVFBR2Ag3x5

To book a place on this ride, please email Giles at gilesbarringham@hotmail.co.uk

COVID REQUIREMENTS
We are delighted to continue the regular rides, however we will need some small changes in order to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:
Maximum group size of 6 riders, including Leader

  1. This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride.  Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.
  2. Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.

Social Distancing

  1. We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.

Cafe Stop

  1. We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.
  2. The Leader may decide to not stop at a cafe, or refuse to stay at a cafe if not satisfied that it is complying with COVID requirements.
  3. The choice as to whether to sit outside or inside is the responsibility of the rider.

We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and a face mask (required to sit or pay inside the cafe)
Philip Gray philip.g@ctc-northampton.org.uk is our COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines.  Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID related questions or concerns.

Ride report – Saturday 24th October

Peter B led the Brisk Group and writes:

Ten riders met at the Co-op in Moulton on a slightly breezy, but dry start to the day for the Brisk and Moderate rides to the Buddhist Centre at Thornby.  Six riders joined the Moderate group led by Brian, with the remaining four joining the Brisk group.


All riders were keen and waiting to start in good time – even John W(e) was there early, which must be a first, and so we set off dead on 9.30.  The groups set off North with the breeze behind them, both making good time.  Just before Harrington, the Moderate riders turned West and arrived at the World Cafe shortly after it opened at 11.00, enjoying good cake and coffee at modest price.


The Brisk Group continued North, still making good time, however on turning direction, the strength of the (now) mostly headwind became more evident.  And then, just to make the ride more fun, the rain started. Eventually, the four Brisk riders also made it to the welcome of the cafe stop to regain their strength, just in time to wave goodbye to the refreshed Moderates.


Three of Brian’s group made it to the finish line at Moulton at 12.45, with the other three progressively peeling off at various points.  Brian thought that the wind was not too bad on the way back, but admitted that he was drafting behind John and Viki.  The Brisks arrived around 30 minutes later, believing that the headwind was a lot worse and thinking that they had had a hard, wet ride, but still having had an enjoyable day’s cycling.


Cheers – Peter

Rides to Thornby – Saturday 24th October

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by emailing Peter at Fatgadgi@yahoo.com
Rides must comply with COVID requirements.  Please make sure that we don’t mingle in groups bigger than six at any time, even at the start of the ride. More details are at the end of the ride description.

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance: Brisk 41 miles, Moderate 32 miles
Refreshment stop: Thornby Buddhist Centre
Pace: Brisk 14 to 15 mph, Moderate 11 to 12 mph.
Time Expected Back: 1:30 pm

These two rides to Thornby were originally devised by Brian, so they promise to be enjoyable, and the weather looks reasonable at the moment.
We will start at the Co-op in Moulton, riding North through Holcot, Walgrave and Lamport.  
The Moderates turn West before Harrington, riding through Kelmarsh and Naseby to the Cafe stop at the Buddhist Centre in Thornby.  They should be there 20 minutes or so before the Brisks, so will have the pick of the cake.
The Brisks, taking in a few more hills to tire them out, continue past Harrington through Sibbertoft, Welford and Cold Ashby before settling down to their coffee and cake.
Both groups follow the same 13 mile route back via Guilsborough and Brixworth.

The Brisk route can be viewed and downloaded from RideWithGPS:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29429252

The Moderate route can be viewed and downloaded from RideWithGPS:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/29429185

To book a place on this ride, please email me at Fatgadgi@yahoo.com (or reply to this email).

COVID REQUIREMENTS
We are delighted to continue the regular rides, however we will need some small changes in order to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:
Maximum group size of six riders, including Leader

  1. This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride.  Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.
  2. Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.

Social Distancing

  1. We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.

Cafe Stop

  1. We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.
  2. The Leader may decide to not stop at a café, or refuse to stay at a café if not satisfied that it is complying with COVID requirements.
  3. The choice as to whether to sit outside or inside is the responsibility of the rider.

We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and a face mask (required to sit or pay inside the cafe)
Philip Gray is our COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines.  Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID related questions or concerns.

Ride report – Sunday 18th October

PhilJ went on this ride and writes:

Continuing our latest covid compliant rides, Philip led out four other riders to the small village of Catthorpe alongside the M1/M6/A14 junction. BrianT sporting his new electric conversion quoted a figure of 3000 feet of climbing as we headed up the first familiar climb through the Bramptons. Probably inspired by the Giro, Philip had clearly planned quite an undulating route for us.


Climbs came and went in quick succession giving us a taster for the ride ahead. Heading out towards Naseby can strike fear into most riders but we skirted the worst and headed towards Sibbertoft where John Winn had to stop due to a puncture in his tubeless tyres. 
After some debate and agreement John pulled into a side road and continued with the repair whilst the remaining four pressed on towards Theddingworth. It transpired that John had received help from some friendly locals to get him going again after which he decided to return home instead of heading to join us.

We continued our journey through the leafy villages of North and South Kilworth before seeing the welcome signs for our destination.
The location was picturesque. On the side of a hill overlooking the countryside.Cyclists were directed into the camp site field opposite the Manor Farm Shop and with six tables for the four of us social distancing was easy. 
As we sat down a friendly black and white cat bounded in from at least a hundred yards away to greet us and stayed on our tables throughout. 


Philip ordered our food and we brought it to our tables. To say I was unimpressed was an understatement. Pricey and not much for it.


Heading back we focused our minds for the journey towards Barby and familiar roads towards Welton. The gated road lay ahead with its lung busting climb over the canal. Brian tested his new electric conversion and was up in double quick time.


Making our way through Long Buckby Philip mentioned that they had a castle. He was right. Sort of. What was left of it anyway. From 1184 or something. 
History lesson and photo opportunity over we negotiated the high street and soon Brington Church was on the horizon. On the hill actually.


Once past Althorp I split leaving the trio to return to the start. 


Thanks to Philip for organizing the ride.

PhilJ

Ride report – Saturday 10th October

Brian Tunbridge went on this ride and writes:

Using the booking system six riders met at BVW on a wide variety of bikes, from the latest gravel bikes to full suspension mountain bikes and road bikes with wider tyres. All managed the route well. The day was cool with quite a strong easterly wind but spirits were high as we set off on time along the Brampton Valley Way. Flat quickly turned to steep as we went up Merry Toms Lane on the loose gravel and on to Brixworth.

A brief respite as we crossed Pitsford reservoir causeway and on to Pitsford. Next, a short road section towards Moulton before we turned to give the bikes a quick wash through the ford near Jeyes ‘castle’. After the Moulton industrial estate we joined a cycle path through the Eastern development to the far side which ran along side of a stream and became a quite technical single track route with tree stumps, and narrow paths though wooded sections. This brought us out to the A45 cycle path and the coffee stop at the Outpost café in Midsummer Meadow. Here, we grabbed coffee and cake to sit outside before the skateboard kids joined us as spots of rain fell.

The rain did not last and the group was soon on the way off-road through the University campus into Delapre Park and on to Hunsbury Hill. From there it was a pleasant ride through to Upton park, the half finished road through to St.Crispins, Duston and finally Harlestone Firs. After some mud sections the ride crossed the golf course path to Church Brampton and the BVW.

A nice morning ride. Thanks to Phil for planning the route.

Ride to Catthorpe – Sunday 18th October

Philip Gray is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
There is car parking opposite the Windhover.
Distance: 50 miles
Refreshment stop: Manor Farm Farmhouse Kitchen café.
Pace: Steady

Our next Sunday ride is on 18 October and takes us to the small village of Catthorpe and its attractive Manor Farm Farmhouse Kitchen café.

The 50-mile route goes out north via Naseby to Theddingworth in South Leicestershire, then south-west to Swinford and Catthorpe. After coffee, we traverse Hillmorton on the edge of Rugby, before turning south past Daventry to Welton, and then one more turn towards home. This is a surprisingly pleasant, rural route despite being near some of the country’s major road junctions. Full route details here

Couple of reminders:

  1. The ride will be in groups of 6 maximum.
  2. Please bring a mask in case you need to enter the building to use the toilet.
  3. If you’ve not done so already, I encourage you to consider downloading the NHS Covid-19 App to your smartphone. Hopefully it’ll never be needed, but it’s another precaution we can all take to help tracing in the event of any problems. 
  4. Please remember to book this ride with me if you are coming along, so we can plan sufficient leaders.

Weather currently looks dry and calm, but fresh at around 8-11 degrees.

Meet Brampton Valley Way, 9.30 am.
Hope to see some of you there – just remember to book!
Cheers
Philip

Off-road ride – Saturday 10th October

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by e-mailing Phil at raucousdrongo@yahoo.co.uk


Riders must comply with COVID requirements. 


Please make sure that we don’t mingle in groups bigger than six at any time, even at the start of the ride.   

More details are at the end of the ride description.

Phil Letts is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.

Meeting point:  BVW-Brampton Valley Way, Windhover Pub/Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA

Distance:  35-40 miles

Refreshment Stop: Forest Cafe, Salcey

Average Pace:   ~ 12mph

Time Expected Back:  Around 1.30-2pm

This is a mainly off-road ride using a variety of roughish gravel tracks and cycle paths linked by short stretches of road. So a Gravel bike or MTB is required NOT a road bike.

From the start point at Windhover Pub/Welford Crossing we take the BVW to Merry Tom lane, the Causeway across Pitsford reservoir, Spectacle Lane and into Bradlaugh Park. We make our way along Billing Lane to Rectory Farm Pocket Park on the edge of the eastern district. Once through the Billing Aquadrome complex, it’s on to Great Houghton and the Newport Pagnell road to Piddington where we enter Salcey Forest along the Bridleway for a coffee stop at the Forest Cafe.

From there we take the back road and track into Foxfields Country Park, Hunsbury Hill and then into the new Upton Country Park, Duston and Harlestone Firs. Our final off-road track from the Firs uses the bridleway across Brampton Heath Golf course back to the start. There is the option of cutting out the Salcey Forest café loop if the weather is against us or folks are flagging and instead stopping off at the Outpost café, along Bedford Rd, for refreshment. That would cut 6-7 miles off the original planned route. From there we can stay off-road through Delapre park going on to Hunsbury Hill etc.

The route can be viewed or downloaded on RideWithGPS:

Link to route on RidewithGPS:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34190718

As always, any new riders are very welcome, and for any further questions, please feel free to contact Phil Letts on 07867388592

To book a place, please email Phil Letts on: raucousdrongo@yahoo.co.uk

COVID REQUIREMENTS

We are delighted to start the regular rides again, however we will need some small changes in order to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:

Maximum group size of 6 riders, including Leader 

  1. This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride.  Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.
  2. Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.

Social Distancing

  1. We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.

Cafe Stop

  1. We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.
  2. The Leader may decide to not stop at a café, or refuse to stay at a café if not satisfied that it is complying with COVID requirements.
  3. At this stage, we are recommending that we sit outside.

We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and probably best to pack a mask, just in case.

Philip Gray will act as our first COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines.  Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID questions or concerns. publicity@ctc-northampton.org.uk

Ride report – Sunday 20th September

Our fourth recent ride saw five riders set off from Sixfields for the Severn Trent reservoir at Draycote Water!

One group of steady riders joined me as we headed out through Duston. PeteB, PhilL, Darryl and Miriam. A fairly undulating route took us over to Whilton Locks in the morning sun followed by the tricky descent on the gated road at Norton complete with gravel and cattle grids at the base eager to bring you down.

Safely over, a fast drop over the canal into Welton and on to Barby followed. The cycle paths alongside the Southam road towards Dunchurch proved invaluable in the busy Sunday traffic before we were forced to join the thoroughfare through the village. A short stretch later we were at a busy Draycote. Two tables on the balcony with great views over the water were ours. All totally compliant with current virus rules. Double cakes for some including the jam and cream scones which had just been made. Ideal preparation for the longer and hillier ride back. At this point Darryl decided to stay at the reservoir rather than ride home with us. His family were due over and he decided to wait for them and enjoy the rest of the day there. Make your own mind up about that one!

We set off with a more difficult ride back in prospect. After the flatlands of Grandborough we climbed in and out of Braunston. The second at Bragborough Hall back towards Welton. At the turning for Welton I heard that familiar sound of bike on tarmac which I had heard on my own fall last week. PhilL had come off behind me after hitting the kerb but managed to land on the grass alongside the pavement. Another grazed elbow was patched up for the second time in just over a week and we headed for the next climb over the gated road. Eventually we arrived back in Norton after negotiating the gravel deposits at the base once more and shortly after found ourselves racing down the A5 for a mile or so to get to Brockhall. Familiar roads brought us to Kislingbury and a safe cycle path journey back to Sixfields.

Thanks to everyone who turned out today.


PhilJ

Ride to Draycote Water – Sunday 20th September

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by emailing the ride leader.  Rides must comply with COVID requirements.  More details are at the end of the ride description.

PhilJ is leading this ride and writes:


Start time:  9.30 a.m.

Meeting point:  TGI Friday’s, Sixfields, Northampton NN5 4EG

There is some car parking in the country park nearby.

Distance:  49 miles

Refreshment stop:  The Waterside Restaurant, Draycote

Pace: Steady

Time Expected Back: 2pm


Next Sundays ride is over to Draycote Water near the village of Dunchurch just south of Rugby. From Sixfields we’re heading through Duston and Upper Harlestone before riding through the Althorp estate and up to the church at Brington. Whilton Locks is next followed by the gated road at Norton taking us over to Welton and Barby. The signs for Dunchurch appear shortly after and once through the village a short stretch along the Southam road gets us to the reservoir.


The Waterside restaurant has an excellent selection of food and drink including wonderful jam and cream scones. There is plenty of outdoor seating available both on the balcony and around the sides of the building. Draycote have confirmed that they will accommodate us as best they can under the present circumstances. Masks and hand gel would be useful. 


Once suitably refreshed we’ll continue the ride through Grandborough, Willoughby and Braunston. Back at Welton it’s over the gated road again to Norton and a different way home through Brockhall and Flore.

To book a place on this ride please email PhilJ  phjoh119@gmail.com

COVID REQUIREMENTS

We are delighted to start the regular rides again, however we will need some small changes in order to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:
Maximum group size of 6 riders, including Leader This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride.  Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.

Social Distancing:We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.

Café Stop: We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.

The Leader may decide to not stop at a café, or refuse to stay at a café if not satisfied that it is complying with COVID requirements. At this stage, we are recommending that we sit outside. We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and probably best to pack a mask, just in case.


Philip Gray will act as our first COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines.  Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID questions or concerns.