Brian T went on this ride and writes:
At 9am when I left for BVW it was a bit foggy, not quite rain but enough to dampen everything and mist up the goggles. However, by 9.30 when the 5 riders (4 on mountain bikes and one gravel bike) left BVW along the old railway track, it was clear and not too cold or windy.
The route climbed up Sandy Lane to Brixworth and continued across the reservoir and up into Pitsford village. A short stretch of road and then into Spectacle Lane. At a relaxed pace we meandered through the many water filled potholes and crossed a ford (well that’s what mountain bikes like!), before encountering the Jeyes family follies (buildings not Bergère ).
Another short section of road before we took a series of cycle paths though wooded sections, houses and parks all the way to the River Nene at Riverside. More paths up to Hardingstone and along to Hunsbury and the Drovers Arms, a small community café well hidden on Hunsbury Hill, where we enjoyed bacon butties and coffee, at around 11.30.
Cycle paths completed the loop around Northampton back to Kingsthorpe where went our various ways. The great thing about going off-road is to be able to ride and chat at a relaxed pace, traffic free. Thanks to Phil Letts for sorting out the 30mile route.
PS look out for the ride on RidewithGPS.