Ride to Radford Semele – Sunday 18th August

PhilJ is leading this ride and writes:


A real shame about Chris’s ride to Culworth which had to be cancelled yesterday. It would have been a great ride. Let’s hope next weekend is a little calmer than this wild weekend and we can get riding again.

Weather permitting, I am leading the ride as follows:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  TGI Friday’s, Sixfields, Northampton NN5 4EG
Distance:  Steady 60 miles
Refreshment Stop: White Lion pub in Radford Semele
Average Pace:   average speed 13mph
Time Expected Back:  Around 3..00pm

We’re heading towards Leamington Spa on next Sunday’s ride and the village of Radford Semele with its 16th century pub, The White Lion. https://www.whitelionradfordsemele.co.uk/  The village is named after a family from Saint-Pierre-de-Semilly in Normandy. They were lords of the manor in around 1120.

The White Lion has been extensively refurbished and has a lovely beer garden at the back where we can enjoy their great food and wonderful hospitality.

But before that there’s work to be done.

From Sixfields we’re heading out through Duston, Upper Harlestone and eventually over to Whilton Locks.
Norton’s gated road guides us to Welton, Braunston and on to Willoughby where we could have a quick cuppa at the greasy spoon if anyone fancies it.
The lovely lanes of Grandborough will take us towards Long Itchington and the long drag up Snowford Hill. Once over, only Offchurch remains before we reach our destination at Radford Semele.

Refuel here as best you can on the fine fayre that the White Lion serves as the journey home will require plenty of energy.

We’re following signs for Southam along quieter roads on the way back with a third category climb at Priors Marston shortly after. It does have a quintessentially English view over Hill Farm at the top so it’s well worth the effort. Sometime later there’s a road closure towards Preston Capes but we can easily skip around the barriers and over the weak bridge without any problems assuming the combined weight of the group doesn’t exceed a ton!
Safely over we’ll be heading for Litchborough and familiar roads back to Bugbrooke and the start of the ride at Sixfields.

It’s worth packing a snack or two and refilling your bottles at the White Lion before we head back. This is easily a sixty miler that won’t trouble the Guy Barber supremo’s but will be a challenging ride for the rest of us.

Brian T kindly provided a gpx file when we did the ride last year and I’ll probably be following pretty much the same route although I’ll do the ride this week myself just to be sure. I can dig it out for anyone who wants it and will send it to Pete Bayles for inclusion on our rides calendar.

Hope to see some of you there.



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