Philip Gray is leading this ride and writes:
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
Distance: 71 mls
Refreshment stop: Wistow(25 miles) & Leicester
This Sunday CTC Northampton offers a special 71-mile ride to our historic neighbour, Leicester.
From the Brampton Valley Way, the route takes us over the Naseby hills onto gentle Leicestershire roads to a coffee stop at Wistow. A few miles later we follow Leicester’s cycle route network from Wigston to travel through suburbs, parks and the University to the heart of the city and the Richard III Centre and statue.
After a lunch stop and short historical detour, the return route uses the Soar towpath and Great Central Way to reach Blaby, where we re-join the roads through Gilmorton, Welford and the Haddons back to our start at the Brampton Crossing.
There will be stops at Wistow (25 miles) and Leicester, and an optional one at Welford on the way back.
Anyone who wants a shorter route could take the train from Market Harborough to Leicester, or drive to (say) Husbands Bosworth and join us en route (please contact me to discuss).
We start at 9.30 at the Brampton Valley Way, Welford Road. The weather forecast is currently fine (sunny, dry, 20+ degrees, light SW winds) but please check nearer the time. NB Please bring a bike lock as lunch is in a semi-urban location.
You can find the route and download a GPX file at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31069897
Please let me know if you have any questions or want to register interest. Hope some of you can join me Sunday.
Happy cycling till then,
07557 670 831