Ride to Banbury – Sunday 2nd September

Phil Johnson is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance: 54 miles
Refreshment stop: Hillier Garden Centre
Pace: Steady 13mph average
Time expected back: 2pm

 

Banbury lane will be our guide for this early Autumn ride into the North Oxfordshire market town.

Without much of a diversion we’ll cruise through Canons Ashby, Moreton Pinkney and Thorpe Mandeville.

On the outskirts of Banbury, Chacombe will take us away from the main arteries whilst cycle paths on the Gateway retail park gets us closer to our destination at the Hillier Garden Centre on Spiceball Park.

In contrast the return journey has plenty of twists and turns through some lesser known villages including Great Bourton, Cropredy and Appletree amongst others.

It’s a ride of two halves this one. Plenty of long straights on the way down to stretch the legs and a more sedate and scenic ride back.

For any further information please feel free to contact me on 07927377191

Hope to see you there.

Thanks

PhilJ

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Ride to Earls Barton – Saturday 25th August

Elspeth & Tim are leading these rides and write:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.

Meeting point:  Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ

Distance:  31 miles for the Moderate ride, 36 miles for the Brisk ride

Refreshment stop:  Boathouse café, White Mills Marina

Pace:  Moderate (11 – 12 mph), Brisk (14+ mph)

Time expected back:  1.30 p.m.

 

We have a pair of rides with a shared tea stop this Saturday.

 
Both rides head out from East Hunsbury on the Quinton road turning left at the Salcey Forest cross-roads towards the Newport Pagnell road where they diverge.

 
The Moderate riders head north to Horton and Brafield-on-the-Green before heading down the hill at Cogenhoe and on to the café stop at White Mills Marina.

 
Meanwhile the Brisk riders head in the opposite direction towards Stoke Goldington, Ravenstone & Weston Underwood before skirting round Olney to Yardley Hastings.

 
Then it’s downhill through Grendon to hopefully meet the Moderate group at the café stop before all the cake has gone!

 
Both Moderate & Brisk groups share the same route home to East Hunsbury via Grendon Lakes, Castle Ashby, Horton, Hackleton and Wootton Fields.

 
The weather forecast for this weekend is looking somewhat changeable so it will be a good idea to bring a waterproof and maybe fit mudguards if you have them.

 
The proposed route can be viewed (and downloaded as a gpx file) from the CTC Northampton group on RideWithGPS:

 

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27947818   (Moderate route)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27947817   (Brisk route)

Any questions please contact Elspeth (07889 606274) or Tim (07749 477231).

Ride report – Sunday 19th August

Peter Bayles led the ride and writes:

Ten riders set off from East Hunsbury library on Sunday morning.  The weather was good to us throughout the ride, being dry and warm all day, but overcast.

As usual, Garmins were primed and used to guide us around the countryside faultlessly and without drama.  Unfairly, Milton has persistently had nothing but scorn for technology in general, and Garmin navigation devices in particular over the years, preferring to rely on memory and maps.

Imagine then, dear readers, the utter shock to which the rest of the riders were subjected to, when Milton rocked up proudly sporting a brand new Garmin on his handlebars.

With the exception of JamesH, who shot impressively off ahead from the outset, the group kept a steady pace through the (mostly) quiet and enjoyable roads, with Milton frequently demonstrating his new found navigation skills.

Reaching Stowe Gardens, the National Trust café provided refreshments, with Chris especially enjoying the sausage rolls.  Of course, JamesH was just wiping the crumbs from his mouth when the rest of the group arrived, but still stayed to enjoy the chat.

Suitably sustained, the group was just getting ready to set off when Milton, feigning helplessness, announced that he had a flat.  Fortunately, JamesC, who currently holds the club record for changing a tube, soon had a grateful Milton back in the saddle.

On the return leg, the group spread out a little, but everyone got home in good time to enjoy the majority of the afternoon.

Thanks go to all for joining the ride, and for making it an enjoyable day.

Ride to Stowe Gardens – Sunday 19th August

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:  44 mls
Refreshment stop:  The Nevillery Café at Stowe, 26 mls
Pace:   Steady, around 13mph average
Time Expected Back:  Around 2.00pm

 

The ride this Sunday will be from East Hunsbury to Stowe Gardens, with a refreshment stop at the Nevillery Cafe there.

 
We will leave East 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, Slapton and Wappenham.
Sunday’s ride is a relatively short one for a steady in the summer, so if any of the more ambitious (and self led) riders require an additional challenge, there are numerous pleasant roads in this area that could easily add between 2 and 10 miles.  A right turn at Wappenham, taking in Thorpe Mandeville and looping back to Helmdon, for example, would add 10 miles.

 
So, back to the route.  Continuing to Helmdon, we change direction, riding through Crowfield, Syresham and Biddlesden, following Welsh Lane into Stowe Gardens to our refreshment stop at the National Trust cafe there.

 
There are a lot of roadworks in this part of the county at the moment and the FIA World Endurance Championships are at Silverstone this weekend, so the return leg will be through Chackmore and Whittlebury, crossing the A5 again at Heathencote before riding through Blisworth and back through Milton Malsor.  I will do a proper check prior to Sunday, but I think we avoid any road closures.

 
The hills are not too challenging, the distance not too great and the weather not too hot, so this could be a good opportunity for any riders out there who may wish to join us for the first time to see what we’re about; any new riders would be very welcome.

 

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096

Steady Ride route:

EH/Stowe/44mls (avoids Silverstone)

 

Ride report – Saturday 11th August

Philip Gray went on this ride led by Iain D and writes:

Nine riders including one lady gathered in Moulton to enjoy the cooler but still sunny and pleasant weather on a ride led by Iain D.

We headed out via Pitsford reservoir to Cottesbrooke and Haselbech Hill. Here, Hartley suffered a double puncture so while Brian and Viki stayed with him, the other six continued to Market Harborough, via East Farndon hill (downwards).

After a short stretch on the BVW, we reached Waterloo Farm for a pleasant coffee stop outdoors.

Our leader having noticed a lack of lights and general adventure-readiness among the troops,  took us back by road instead of the Kelmarsh tunnels.

After Harrington village the group split in two, but everyone made it home safely.

Thanks to Iain for a good route.
Photo (Harrington) attached.

Happy cycling,

Philip

Harrington

 

 

 

Ride to Market Harborough – Saturday 11th August

Iain Dawson is leading this ride and writes:

All,
we return to Moulton for a more moderate ride this Saturday, making our way through Naseby and down East Farndon hill to pick up the BVW for our coffee’n’cake stop at Waterloo Farm, returning via Harrington and Old.

 
The moderate route is around 35 miles but there is a more energetic alternative available which adds another 7 miles and a few hundred feet of climbing. Plus Haselbech.

 
Since the BVW is constructed using tunnels and gravel, this is a really good excuse to check your lights still work before the nights draw in and also that your tyres hold air. The route is rideable on 23C tyres but they must have air in them.

 
The weather is currently forecast to be – oh blessed relief – slightly cooler than of late, with a slight chance of water and, of course, we may switch from one route to the other depending on who turns out on the day.

 
Planned route is here for the Moderate and here for the more energetic alternative.

See you Saturday,

Iain

Ride report – Sunday 5th August

Philip Gray led this special away day ride and writes:

This was a day of discovery and gentle adventure, a little beyond our normal range. It was enjoyed by a very select group of Dave and me, so we’ll try to offer it again soon when more people can join in.

 
After a slow start (yes, I admit I was still at breakfast when Dave arrived…) we drove 64 miles to the Georgian gem of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, where we parked right beside a sign for the North Sea Cycle Route. In fact, by accident we generally followed NCR#1.

 
A few fast km out of Wisbech, we stopped at the swish Worzals bar and garden centre for our overdue elevenses. Some of the roads here were busy, but then we moved into quiet Fenland and discovered the legend of Tom Hickathrift…to be told properly some time over a campfire or a pot of tea.

Eventually we crossed the Great Ouse to join an excellent riverside cycle path into King’s Lynn.

Jinking through KL’s historic centre, we joined a cycle path up to the Castle Rising road. We saw lots of recreational cyclists here, and generally throughout the day. Along with the sunshine it created a very idyllic scene.

The village of Castle Rising is a secret tip… not least because of a very promising tearoom & garden.

On to Sandringham where the royal forest avenues provided ideal midday cover. The terrain here rises up to about 60 m so there are a few small undulations.

Eventually we hit Heacham and took a left to the North Beach, where we could cycle along the seawall all the way into Hunstanton. At least, we could have if the crowds hadn’t been so dense! There was a wonderful seaside atmosphere I’ve not experienced for many years.

We had excellent fish and chips sitting overlooking the town’s central green.

Restored, we headed back on a more inland route around KL, going deeper into fen and marshland. By now the heat was a bit of a challenge, forcing us to stop at two pubs, including one where we sat at the edge of the mighty Ouse in the evening sun…lovely.

After this we had one final challenge, when the GPX track took us into a firmly closed road, but we navigated around to make it back safely to the start.

We did 75 miles with a surprising 2,932 feet of ascent. All the ups and downs were after the Ouse in Norfolk; fenland by contrast was stunningly flat.

All in all an excellent day out. Thanks to Dave for his company and Brian for help with planning.

Happy cycling

Philip