Milton Cadman is leading this ride and writes:
Start time 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point Canoe Centre Bedford Rd, Northampton NN4 7AA
Distance 48 miles
Refreshment stop The Bike Bus, Bourne End Beds
Pace Steady 12-14 mph
Time Expected Back Around 2.30pm
The Bike Bus is a worthy destination for this winter trip. A London double decker bus in a farmer’s field, it’s run by Grant, an ex bike mechanic, and provides fine bacon and sausage butties as well as cakes to accompany our tea and coffee. There is a small bike shop on the top floor of the bus as well.
From the Canoe Centre we will ride through Little Houghton, Cogenhoe, Castle Ashby, and Bozeat before turning south to Harrold, Carlton, Turvey and on to Newton Blossomville. From here we take a series of small and lesser known roads to Astwood and beyond until we reach the bus. The return is through North Crawley , Sherington, Filgrave and Tyringham before we get on the road at Stoke Goldington that will lead us through Salcey Forest, (another stop if we need it) Quinton and Preston Deanery and back to the Canoe Centre.
It’s not an especially challenging route, but at 48 miles at this time of year, it’s enough to give us a lovely day out. Be seen lights are a good idea if it gets gloomy.
I hope, with a relaxed but steady pace, we should get back to Northampton by 2.30 pm at the latest.
It’ll be good to see you.