I’m glad I left my recce to the last minute. Today was the nicest biking weather for quite a while.
Start from the Brampton Valley Way near The Windhover at 9.30 a.m. Elevenses at Waterloo Farm Café. Lunch at Foxton Locks Inn. Return to The Windhover.
Out via Holdenby, Spratton, Creaton, Cottesbrooke, Naseby and Clipston to Great Oxendon at the Waterloo Farm Café .Don’t be alarmed by the A5199 between Spratton and Creaton; we’ll use the dual-use path on the eastern side.
On via East Farndon and Lubeham to Foxton Locks.
Return via Theddingworth, Sibbertoft, Naseby, Guilsborough, Teeton and Holdenby to The Windhover. There’s a short stretch of A road (the A4304) just before Theddingworth; it’s about ½-a-mile and the only A road on the whole day.
That makes it a very narrow figure-of-eight centered on Naseby. As I was a history teacher for forty years, I can’t get enough of Naseby. One of the three most important battles in English history! (The other two being the Battle of Hastings and the Battle of Britain.) Riding the area on a bike is a close to seeing the view from 17th-century horseback as you’ll ever get. You appreciate why, at dawn on the day of the battle, both sides raced to control Naseby church with the view from its spire. Fairfax’s own view on the ground is magnificent enough!
Some may want to join us at Waterloo Farm. Some may want to say goodbye at Foxton Locks. Timings: if we leave The Windhover at, or shortly after, 9.30 a.m., we’ll reach Waterloo Farm at approximately 11.00 a.m. A table is booked at Foxton Locks Inn at 12.30 p.m. If we leave Foxton Locks at, say, 1.30 p.m. then we’ll be back at The Windhover at 3.20 p.m.
If anyone needs afternoon tea, then Seatons at Guilborough will be open and serving hot drinks, although I was given the impression that hot drinks would be from a machine. Certainly the café space there is much reduced since I last visited. I got the impression it was under new owners. We’ll be in Guilsborough at about 2.40 p.m.
Distance: just over 45 miles. Route on Endomondo here.
Here’s the Foxton Locks Inn’s menu for Sunday. There’s a range of roasts and Sunday dinners at one end, with filled warm baguettes at the other end. Today, I had a pint (of very good real ale) and a filled baguette.