Ride to Castle Ashby – Saturday 22nd December

Peter & Tim are leading these rides and write:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance: 34 miles for the Moderate ride, 40 miles for the Brisk ride
Refreshment stop: The Buttery, Castle Ashby
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. What better excuse to avoid last minute Christmas shopping than a bike ride around local lanes!

Both rides head out from East Hunsbury on the Quinton Road to Salcey Forest. From here the Moderate group take an optional 5 mile loop around Hanslope & Hartwell before continuing through the forest and turning left to Horton and then on to Brafield & Cogenhoe where the hill is joyfully descended en route to the Tea Stop at Castle Ashby.

OK, having whizzed down Cogenhoe hill there is a small hill back up to the café, but the Moderate group should nonetheless be able to bag the best seats whilst waiting for the “Brisks” to arrive.

In contrast the Brisk ride eschews the loop around Hanslope & Hartwell opting instead for additional miles out beyond Olney to Harrold where the delights of Dungee Hill await. It is then back via Bozeat, Easton Maudit & Grendon to meet the Moderate group at Castle Ashby for a well deserved rest.

Both groups share the same route home via Chadstone, Denton, Horton and Hackleton.
The proposed routes can be viewed (and downloaded as gpx files) from the CTC Northampton account on RideWithGPS:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28939883 (Moderate route)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28939887 (Brisk route)

Any questions please contact Tim on 07749 477231.

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