Ride to Stoke Bruerne – Sunday 19th January

Milton is leading this ride and writes:

Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance:  38 Miles in all – 26 to The Navigation – 31 to Salcey Café
Refreshment stop:  (a) The Navigation Inn  Stoke Bruerne  (b) Grounds Café  Salcey Pace: Moderate/Steady    11-13mph
Time Expected Back: About 2pm for non-eaters.

The annual Xmas lunch with Milton Keynes CTC has now been re-positioned and re-named the annual New Year lunch and takes place this Sunday at The Navigation Inn, Stoke Bruerne.

We shall ride there in great style, (of course!)  from the Canoe Centre setting out along the river until we head south down Banbury Lane through Rothersthorpe and Pattishall before cutting East to Blakesley. Through Siverstone we go until we turn North, crossing the A5 at Heathencote, and find ourselves, at about mid-day, after 26 miles of fairly quiet roads, at Stoke Bruerne.

Those who have booked lunch will be in time for a drink before eating (we should arrive by noon at the latest) and the rest of us will carry on towards the café at Salcey Forest a further 5 miles down the road having travelled through Ashton and Hartwell to get there.

It’s a simple 8 miles from the café back to the start at the Canoe Centre via Quinton and Preston Deanery. And, of course, it’s a 13 mile trip home after the meal for the guzzlers.
If we find ourselves with time to spare on the way to Stoke, the route does pass the café at Whittlebury where we might take the option of a swift coffee.

Gorgeous hot and dry weather is predicted and I understand that cleated sandals are now being sold in Decathlon – I think they’re an excellent idea and might help to keep your toes cool.

I look forward to your company  –   guzzlers and restrainers equally.

Weather forecast by  wepredicttheweatheryouwantforasmallfee.co.uk

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