Milton is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance: 43 miles
Refreshment stop: Harley Equestrian Centre in Woodford Halse
Average Pace: Steady (13mph average)
Time Expected Back: About 1.30/2.00pm at Barbecue Centre
These 43 miles should see us reach Peter’s gaff in plenty of time to eat and drink him out of house and home.
Starting at the Canoe Centre we climb up through Great Houghton to Quinton from where we head to Hartwell, Roade, Blisworth and Gayton before we find ourselves, finally – I know, it is a bit of a squiggly way – on Banbury Lane heading through Pattishall and eventually, after many beautiful rural lanes, enjoying cake and coffee at The Equestrian Centre in Woodford Halse.
It’s about 28 miles from the start to coffee, so you might feel it advisable to have something to nibble on the way. Cakes and coffee are a tad expensive but fine quality and worth your shilling. We may not want to consume too much here lest Peter takes that as his cue to reduce quantities back at the BBQ!
It’s a nice trip back via Maidford and Farthingstone to Bugbrooke from where we take the obvious route through Rothersthorpe until arriving at BBQ Centre Hunsbury.
Any riders who are not stopping for the barbecue will be accompanied back to the start point at the Canoe Centre if needed.
As you would expect I have arranged for the route to be entirely flat. No ascending at all, although there’s about 2,000 feet of descent just for our pleasure.