Ride to Salcey Forest – Sunday 15th December

Phil Letts is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
(There is free parking opposite the Windhover)
Distance: Steady 40 miles
Refreshment stop: Forest Café, Salcey
Pace: 13mph

Starts BVW  to Salcey Forest stopping at Forest Café.

This boundary ‘circuit’ of Northampton keeps the Express Lift Tower as our hub all day taking in Boughton, Moulton, Overstone, the Houghtons and Salcey for brunch/coffee. Then completes the circuit through Roade, Blisworth, Milton Malsor, Rothersthorpe and Kislingbury.

All the route is on road so road bike required.


Ride report – Saturday 7th December

Brian led this ride and writes:
Ten riders were out today split evenly between Brisk and Moderate pace. Milton kept the brisk group’s nose to the grindstone so we all met on the road just before the café stop at Wythmails in Orlingbury.  A long first leg to the ride, but this was followed by a short ride (into the breeze!) back to Moulton.

Anybody who had looked at the ride profile on RWGPS would have noted the “lumpiness” of riding in and out of the many river valleys on the very rural route. The many single track roads were surprisingly clear of mud.

I had no sympathy for the brisk group who complained that it was a very hilly ride and that they would have to eat more cake at the café as a result. Just an excuse really.
The morning warmed up to a heady 10deg C with sunny spells. Excellent coffee and cake and a good atmosphere at Wythmails where we had a warm welcome. A very sociable ride all round. Good to see Mike Dempster out with us, a regular rider of a few years ago.
Brian T

Ride to Orlingbury – Saturday 7th December

Brian Tunbridge is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
(There is free parking at Moulton. Access is via the lane opposite the Co-op alongside the pub.)
Distance: Brisk 42 miles, moderate 32 miles
Refreshment stop: Cafe Wythmails at Orlingbury
Pace: Brisk 14mph, Moderate 12mph

Choice of two groups, riding at a slightly different pace.
Brisk (42 miles) 14+ mph and moderate (32miles) at 12+ mph average speeds. The route is all on roads.

The ride starts at Moulton Co-op (MCP) and heads out to Holcot, Old, and then single track to Mawsley. At Harrington we turn off to Kelmarsh and on to Clipston and Gt Oxendon on quiet undulating roads. Then east to Braybrooke and down to Thorpe Underwood before crossing over the A14 to Orton and Loddington. Not too far then to Broughton and the Wythmails cafe for coffee where both groups will meet up. The café is in the attractive village of Orlingbury just off the main green.

The Moderate pace group will turn off to Arthingworth just before Kelmarsh and head off across narrow roads to join the route above at Thorpe Underwood. After the cafe stop it is only a short ride back to Moulton via Hannington.


The sun should be out by Saturday so do join us.
For more information or to discus the ride please ring me on 01604 622073 or 07722 055149

Brisk Pace Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31495258
Moderate Pace Route https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31495307


Ride to Harrold – Sunday 1st December

Tim Howell is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance: 50 miles
Refreshment stop: Lunch at Emmaus Village Carlton (at approx 27 miles)
Pace: Steady (approx 13 mph)
Time expected back: approx 2:30 p.m.

Once we have left the suburbs of East Hunsbury we will wend our way through the villages of Quinton, Preston Deanery, Horton, Brafield-On-The-Green and Cogenhoe before enjoying the fast descent down Cogenhoe Hill and along Whiston Road before turning to zigzag cunningly up past Castle Ashby Fisheries (and thus avoiding the somewhat steeper Whiston Hill) en-route to Easton Maudit, Bozeat and Dungee Wood.

There follows another enjoyably fast descent to Harrold. From here it is then just a short ride across the causeway to Carlton and on to our lunch stop at “Emmaus Village Carlton”. For anyone who has not visited this establishment before, the Sausage sandwiches come highly recommended.

Suitably refreshed, our homeward leg takes us back through Turvey, around the outskirts of Olney and then through Weston Underwood en-route to the Newport Pagnell Road. Here we must pay our dues for the earlier descents of Cogenhoe & Dungee Hills as we find ourselves climbing some 400 feet via Bunsty Wood to reach Tathall End, Hanslope and Salcey Forest cross-roads. It is now gently downhill back to Quinton & the East Hunsbury suburbs with a final short climb back to our start point near Hunsbury Library.


The proposed route can be viewed (and downloaded as a gpx file) from the CTC Northampton group on RideWithGPS:


Any questions please contact Tim – 07749 477231.

Ride report – Saturday 23rd November

PhilJ led this ride and writes:

Given that the day was grey as far as the eye could see, we had a decent turnout for our ride over to the Ten Hands Café Bar in Towcester. No doubt named after the measurement for horses with the history the town has with racing them on the nearby racecourse and the stables around the town.

Five opted for the brisk ride kindly led by James C whilst I attempted to use nothing more than my fading memory to get the three moderates round Giles’s undulating course. Pete B and Phil L provided excellent company on the shorter route.

The brisks seemed reluctant to be brisk early on, no doubt saving themselves for the increase in speed and elevation to come later on the longer route. In fact they only really scarpered on the long haul up to Litchborough. The moderates, not far behind but content to forget about time, distance and average speeds on the damp, dank roads and just enjoy the ride.

The route was well signposted so there was little chance of going off course and it wasn’t long before we found ourselves heading for Greens Norton when the phone rang. It was our hosts checking on our progress for the 11 O’clock reservation.

Just Towcester high street stood between us and the warmth of the old Dolphin café and we sliced through it with ease. Including the busy roundabout across the A43, much to our surprise.

The choice of food at Ten Hands is extensive and Curried Parsnip soup proved hard to resist. It was quite exquisite. The accompanying ‘Mint Mountain’ tea that I ordered seemed to be of some interest to my fellow riders with Phil L describing it as antiseptic as both of them proved to be totally unadventurous in an artisan café with the usual americanos!

Some time later the rest of the group rocked up for their well deserved rest. Pete S looking like he had been off-road for most of the journey. Chris D failing to resist the curried soup whilst others doubled up on savoury food and cakes. The extra loop and elevation had earned them that much.

The moderates, having had a rather extended café break left for home with the brisks still enjoying the fine fayre of this classy establishment.

A short stretch along the A5 would get us to Heathcote and on the road to Shutlanger. Philip Gray, having been out with the MK group joined us briefly up to the turn for Blisworth before he went his own way. By now the rain was falling quite considerably with any type of shades almost useless. With the swift run in from Milton Malsor the ride was complete.

Thanks to everyone who turned out today. I think the café stop was worth it.

All hail Giles.

Ride to Towcester – Saturday 23rd November

Phil Johnson is leading this ride and writes:


Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance: Moderate 32 miles / Brisk 39 miles
Refreshment Stop: Ten Hands Café Towcester
Average Pace:   Moderate 12mph/Brisk 14mph


A overdue visit to the Ten Hands Café in Towcester is our ride this Saturday. It’s a very artisan café with teas like ‘Mountain Mint’ and ‘Grand Canyon’. There’s plenty of seating and an extensive menu. It’s the old Dolphin café located right on the main street in Towcester. Bike parking is available in the rear yard with a rear entrance to the café too.

It was a ride initially devised by Giles some time ago and not a route I’m particularly familiar with but between us I’m sure we’ll wing it! The routes are available on the rides calendar of course for those of you with Garmin’s etc. The moderate ride is a 32 miler towards Litchborough, Adstone and Bradden. Greens Norton and Towcester complete the journey out. The brisk at 39 has the extra loop around Little Everdon, Fawsley and Preston Capes before joining the moderate route around Adstone towards our destination at Towcester. Of course we could end up as a steady depending on numbers on the day.


From the café there’s only 10 miles to ride before we get back to the start. Just Shutlanger and Blisworth really.
It’s a classy café which we haven’t done for a while. Join us if you can.


Ride report – Sunday 17th November

Milton led this ride and writes:

The three riders from Hunsbury arrived at the start of this ride at Moulton soaked to the skin and feared that the weather was determined to ruin the day’s fun. In fact, it never rained again and, as the winds were light, it was an almost perfect day – coldish it has to be said –  for a ride.

Nine set off from Moulton for the 55 miles return journey to Cafe Ventoux in deepest Leicestershire. There was a good deal of mud, but the waterlogged roads had drained by the time we passed and our route, both going and coming was clear for us.

We had a puncture on the way and, the practice we had of surrounding the victim and offering loud and contrary advice on the best way to deal with it would serve us well on the return journey when we had two more of the things. Lucky Peter, Daryll and John Wr to have so much generously offered help from people lounging around with their hands in their pockets!

It took until about 3.30 before the last cyclist finally made it to Moulton, and it was beginning to get dark. Lights are essential for the longer rides at this time of year.

Good to see Andy again for his second ever trip with us, and Steve for his first. Both seemed perfectly able to keep up with what was a fairly quick ride.