PhilJ is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: TGI Friday’s, Sixfields, Northampton NN5 4EG
(There is free parking at Upton Country Park nearby)
Distance: 50 miles
Refreshment stop: Waterside Restaurant at Draycote Water
Pace: Steady 13mph
Time Expected Back: 2pm
If you’ve overindulged this Christmas and didn’t manage to burn off the calories on Milton’s Boxing Day ride, then a steady ride to Draycote Water may be just what you need. It’s the last club ride of the year. Of the decade even!
Draycote Water is a reservoir and country park near the village of Dunchurch, 3.75 miles south of Rugby in Warwickshire, owned and operated by Severn Trent Water.
Starting at Sixfields, the ride heads over to Whilton Locks, Welton and Barby. Dunchurch is only a few more miles from there and once through the town it’s just another few miles until we reach destination Draycote.
The Waterside Restaurant boasts the best jam and cream scones anywhere. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor balcony seating overlooking the reservoir with secure bike parking below.
Leaving Kites Hardwick after our tea stop puts us on course for Grandborough followed by Willoughby and Braunston. There’s a climb towards Bragborough Hall before we retrace a bit through Welton and the gated road back to Norton which also includes a climb towards the village.
Heading to Brockhall after a short run along the A5 brings us to Flore which leads us home on familiar roads.
Why not enjoy a steady ride with us for your final outing of the year and make it a December to remember.