James Holden is leading this ride and writes:
Start time 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point : Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
Distance : Brisk 38 miles & Moderate 31 miles
Refreshment stop : The Willows Cafe* at Barby Nurseries
Pace: Brisk about 14-16mph & Moderate about 12mph
This Saturday’s brisk ride is a suitably brief(ish) affair – coming in at around 38 miles. Leaving from Brampton Valley Way, we’ll climb across the Althorp estate and wind our way on towards Whilton Lock, famous for both its marina and carpet store. Once across the A5 we’ll forgo the joys of Norton and keep it rural as we head up Station Road. After a few more undulating miles across some rather exposed landscape, we’ll stop for coffee at The Willows Cafe* (located at Barby Nurseries – 17 miles). Sadly, given our ride is on a Saturday, we’ll be unable to take up the temptations of their renowned ‘Fish Friday’ offer, but the range and quality of dishes available should still be enough to quench the most demanding of appetites.
Suitably refreshed – and with bedding plants safely stored in our panniers – we’ll wind our way back homewards via Hillmorton, Clifton Dunsmore (more commonly referred to as Clive Dunn by the locals),Yelvertoft, West Haddon, Guilsborough and Holdenby, A shorter option (totalling 31 miles) is also on offer, which follows the same route out but returns home in a more direct fashion through Watford, Long Buckby, East Haddon, etc.
Neither ride is particularly demanding and there are ample points along the route(s) where people can stop for a breather/refreshments should they feel the need to do so. All are welcome (though few are chosen).
See you Saturday – 9.30 sharp.
*The cafe stop listed in the Rides Calendar – The Skylark Cafe – no longer opens on a Saturday.