Ride to Marston Vale -Sunday 20th October

James Cairncross is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance:  55 mls
Refreshment stop:  Forest Centre Café
Pace:  Steady

This Sunday’s Steady ride takes us from the Canoe Centre to our café stop at the Millennium Country Park, Marston Vale. Leaving the Canoe Centre we head south to Horton and on to Stoke Goldington and Gayton, taking the turn eastwards towards Sherington and tackling the mighty Chicheley Hill.

Hill beaten, we freewheel to North Crawley then tackle an easier climb to Cranfield before we’re rewarded with a long descent into Marston Moretaine and coffee at the country park, roughly at the halfway point. Leaving the café we retrace our steps out of the valley, this time heading north to Astwood and Newton Blossomville then west towards Emberton and Olney (making use of the redway alongside the A509).

From here we take our usual route around the back of town, up to Yardley Hastings and back to the start via Castle Ashby and Cogenhoe.
This is a fairly lumpy ride with two or three short but sharp climbs, however each one is followed by a nice descent and nobody will be left behind!

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