Boxing day ride to Salcey Forest

Milton is leading this festive ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance: 28 miles
Refreshment stop: Salcey Forest Café
Pace: Moderate
Time Expected Back: Around 1pm

This is a ride for the more languid amongst us. We shall, in limpid fashion, saunter from the Canoe Centre to Little Houghton and thence to Cogenhoe, going down the steep hill there at a snail’s pace to ensure that hangovers and swelling guts are not disturbed in any way.

We then crawl up the hill to Castle Ashby and, once there, we wait for the ones who couldn’t even make the crawl and all set off together to Yardley Hastings, and then to Weston Underwood and the lovely Ravenstone having skirted the edges of Olney. The last few miles take us from Stoke Goldington round Salcey to the café in the forest.

It’s Christmas and we won’t have eaten for as much as two hours and so it’ll be time to get stuck into the savoury treats and cakes at the café. Only when we are certain that we have overstuffed ourselves again, will it be time to set off for the eight remaining miles, (not a climb in sight) to take us through Quinton, Preston Deanery and Great Houghton back to the Canoe Centre.

It’s only about 28 miles in all and I imagine we’ll be back to base not much after mid-day – certainly by 1. It’s an enjoyable ride and not too challenging and a good opportunity to drag out members of the household who have been resistant to the pleasures of the bike so far this year!

We look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join the ride. For any further questions, please feel free to contact Milton Cadman on 01604 416315

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