Peter Bayles is leading this ride and writes:
Start time 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point Hunsbury Hill Library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance 45 mls (Brisk) or 43 mls (Moderate)
Refreshment stop The Nevillery Cafe at Stowe at 26 mls (Brisk), 23 mls (Moderate)
Pace Brisk or Moderate
Time Expected Back Around 2.30pm
We have two rides on Saturday starting at 9.30am from East Hunsbury Library, the Brisk Ride is 45 miles at a pace of 14mph, with the Moderate Ride probably being a self led group of 43 miles, depending on the riders turning up, and will be around 11 to 12 mph. Cake stop is at the National Trust Nevillery Cafe at Stowe.
We will leave West Hunsbury, riding past Milton Malsor, turning right down Gayton Road, past Gayton Marina, and on to Tiffield. Almost through Tiffield, we hang a right and ride through Caldecot and on to the A5.
Crossing the A5 a few hundred metres north (there is a path along side the busy road), we will ride West through Duncote, Greens Norton, Bradden and Slapton.
Just before Wappenham, the Brisk and the Moderate routes diverge, with the Moderate group turning South on the pleasant Brookside road to Syresham. At this point, the Brisk group have the opportunity to pile on another couple of miles by continuing through Wappenham, riding to Helmdon and on to Syresham via Crowfield.
From Syresham both groups continue through Biddlesden, on to Chackmore and then up Stowe Avenue to the Corinthian Arch, a convenient photo opportunity for the vain. The Nevillery Café is in, or at the National Trust New Inn, to the right of the Arch.
Suitably refreshed and sustained, both groups will return along Ouse Valley Way, then onto faster roads through Dadford, Silverstone and Whittlebury.
We will cross the A5 again at Heathencote and return via Shutlanger, Blisworth and Milton Malsor.
The hills are not too challenging and as always, but especially at this time of year when the weather may be less than ideal, we have the opportunity to follow the shorter route at a slower pace, depending on how the riders feel on the day.
We should return well before dusk, but please remember to bring lights.
We look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join the ride. For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles
Brisk Ride route:
Moderate Ride route: