James Holden is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
Distance: 52 miles
Refreshment stop: Willows Coffee Shop, Barby
Starting off from Brampton Valley Way, we’ll head out towards Norton via Great Brington and Whilton. Once in Norton we then take a delightfully ‘agricultural’ lane in the direction of The Willows Café at Barby Garden Centre (16 miles). It’s an early stop but there is a slight shortage of coffee shops on this route so it’ll probably be best to get the sustenance in whilst we can.
Suitably refreshed, we’ll continue on through Willoughby and Priors Marston. Heading on towards Badby and then Everdon, we’ll be on some very quiet lanes populated by wandering hens, lost sheep and the occasional duck pond.
For anyone fancying a pint/coffee/pink gin (Milton) and a packet of crisps there’ll be the option of an additional stop at The Plough Inn in Everdon. Unfortunately, with it being a Sunday they won’t be offering their usual array of bar snacks so we’ll be denied on that front. On the plus side, there are plenty of shops and convenience stores along the way so we can stop for sandwiches, sushi or mince pies whenever we feel the need to do so.
The final stage of our journey sees us heading us back to Northampton via Nether Heyford, Bugbrooke and Harlestone. I’ve ridden the route a couple of times in the past and it is really nice – not too demanding and very picturesque in places. It’ll come in at around the 52 mile mark so given the time of year it’ll probably be best to bring out the lights/candleholders for reasons of safety.
The forecast for Sunday is dry but a bit chilly. Hope to see you there.
James (07841 933046)