Ride to Canons Ashby – Saturday 24th August

James Cairncross is leading this ride and writes:

 

Start time  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Hunsbury Hill Library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance:  Brisk 41 mls, Moderate 36 mls
Refreshment Stop: Canons Ashby NT Cafe
Average Pace:   Brisk ~15mph, Moderate ~12mph

Time Expected Back:  Around 1.30pm

This Saturday’s ride takes us from East Hunsbury library over to the National Trust café at Canons Ashby.

Leaving the library we head towards Quinton where the Moderate riders take an early detour towards Courteenhall and into Blisworth, while the Brisks take a longer route through Salcey Forest, Hartwell and Stoke Bruerne. From Blisworth both groups head to Gayton and Eastcote before joining Banbury Lane at Dalscote. From here we cross the A5 and head straight to the café via Foxley and Adstone.

The café is very pleasant with an attractive courtyard if the weather is good, they also have a nice giftshop so make room in your jersey pockets for tea-towels, candles and expensive gardening implements. Once stocked up we head north to Little Preston, spot the signs to Everdon and avoid this by turning south again to Maidford. From here we straight-line it downhill to Bugbrooke and home into Northampton via Rothersthorpe.

This is a fairly easy going route with no major hills. The largest climb of the day comes early as we head to Quinton, and the steepest hill is split into two by the A5. The weather forecast looks good and as always new riders are welcome.

Cheers,

James

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