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.

Report – Ride on Saturday 2nd February

Phil Letts led this ride and writes:

How nice was it to get out today in the sunshine after all that snow with a convivial group of eight keen riders eager to shake the winter blues out of their legs. Patches of ice here and there meant we needed to keep a sharp lookout but no-one, not even Ian, threw themselves to the ground!

It was pretty cold with a biting wind but we didn’t care as we tackled a ‘bumpy’ route out via Dodford and Everdon to The Dairy Farm for a welcome coffee, cake and warm by the stove.  (Bad luck to those whose table was too far away! Ride-leader’s privilege!)

We kept the pace up on the route back and totalled a good 35 miles.  Nice to ride and chat with everyone.

Ian Macsporran was on the ride and adds his thanks to Phil.  The route is here.