Upgrading the Brampton Valley Way Cycle Path, part 2

At the end of CTC Northampton’s morning ride last Saturday, Iain Dawson and I continued back to The Windhover along the Brampton Valley Way (BVW) to see the improvements where the BVW goes under the Northampton-to-Rugby railway line.

This crossing has been notorious for many years – a complete mud-bath – and, let’s face it, a local disgrace since the BVW is part of the National Cycle Network Route 6.  It’s been pretty much impassible in all but the driest weather and, even then, you’d want an off-road bike!

We were pleasantly surprised.  Here’s the start of the underpass approached from the south:

IMGP5669Iain shows how it’s negotiated:

IMGP5671and how you emerge on the other side:

IMGP5673Once you’ve emerged, you can see why it used to flood so often – it’s where cycle path, railway line and river all merged:

IMGP5675This is the edge of Kingsthorpe Local Nature Reserve, which has splendid views:

IMGP5676IMGP5677The cycle path then swings up to run alongside the railway line:

IMGP5680and the view remains good:IMGP5679All in all, a very welcome improvement!

And work looks well underway to complete a nice tarmac surface between here and the A5099 crossing, further north near The Windhover.

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3 thoughts on “Upgrading the Brampton Valley Way Cycle Path, part 2

  1. Pingback: Upgrading the Brampton Valley Way Cycle Path, part 2 | Up Hill And Into The Wind

  2. Commenting on old news here, but I’m really pleased to hear that the crossing has been improved. Trying to climb along the ledge at the side of the old ‘path’ was more than a bit difficult (I didn’t think my poor, unsuspecting town-and-trail bike would survive a trip through the bog!)

  3. Pingback: Upgrading the Brampton Valley Way Cycle Path (part 3) | CTC Northampton

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