While some members had a local ride on Saturday afternoon, others attended the Beaumanor Rally organised by CTC East Midlands. David – a regular at the rally over the past few years – writes:
For the Bank Holiday Weekend – the annual camping rally at Beaumanor Hall in Leicestershire – I travelled by train on Friday from Market Harborough to Loughborough. After the thirty-minute journey, I negotiated the one way system through the town to be able to cycle to the camp site. I was the first to set up my tent up in the dry.
Others arrived while I went to Tesco to pick up provisions using the track that goes through woods to Loughborough. In the evening I joined the CTC Milton Keynes cyclists on a ride out to Rothley Fish and Chip Restaurant. They had done 82 miles that day.
On Saturday I went on the fifty-mile ride. Just before we left the rain came down and was with us all day.
In the evening we enjoyed a slide show on rides around the country from Ian, a CTC Nottingham rider.
Sunday also started of wet but by 10.00 a.m. it had stopped and we had sunshine all day. I went to Bradgate Park and saw the deer and the ruins of Bradgate House and then pushed my bike up a hill to Old John Tower, which looked nice and gave a good view of the area.
I returned to the campsite and walked around Beamanor taking pictures.
Later on we gathered to watch three short films “Jour de Fete”, “A Ride across Cheshire” and “A Day Out”.
On Monday I cycled back to Northampton passing the train on the Brampton Valley Way, just setting off with a plume of smoke from its chimney.