Brian Tunbridge went on this ride and writes:
Who would venture out on a morning starting in light rain which was forecast to last all morning followed by high winds later, for an off-road ride to Lamport ? Well four riders did meet up at the Canoe Centre to join Phil Letts as ride leader.
We welcomed Peter for his second ride with the group, now known as the ‘hard-man’ as he rode in shorts and no gloves !!
The ride took us along the Nene embankment and beyond Upton where we encountered our first mud section. The award for bike handling skills went to John Weller who was on a road bike with slick tyres ! Given the gloopy conditions mountain bikes were the best option today.
We then continued on a mix of roads , cycle tracks , forest paths to the Brampton Valley way and along a very wet track to Lamport. No coffee stop yet as we turned for Scaldwell, and into the wind for Brixworth Country Park and welcome hot drinks and food. Peter thoughtfully asked for kitchen towel so that we did not deposit half of the Brampton Valley Way on the plastic seats. (what no mudguards !!)
The wind was gathering pace by this time and we finished off the ride via Pitsford and Moulton where we disbanded.
Despite the damp conditions, spirits were high and we all enjoyed the ride. Thanks to Phil for planning the route which is shown below.