Ride to Turweston – Saturday 7th March

James Cairncross is leading this ride to Turweston:


Start time:  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
Distance:  47 mls (Brisk) or 43 mls (Moderate)
Refreshment stop:  Turweston Airfield
Pace:  Brisk or Moderate
Time Expected Back:  Around 1.30pm

Saturday’s ride takes us from East Hunsbury to the Control Tower café at Turweston Airfield.

Leaving the library, both groups head for Banbury Lane before the Brisketeers take an extra loop south through Gayton. Both groups share the A5 crossing at Pattishall with the Brisks then taking another loop to Maidford while the Moderates enjoy pure Banbury Lane to Blakesley.

From Blakesley both groups turn south and follow more or less the same route to Biddlesden where we turn off towards the airfield. At this point we have to resist the urge to cycle on the mirror-smooth runway and use access road to the Control Tower café, which is well sign-posted. Keep to the road as small planes are taxiing around here.

This café is quite well used by cyclists, as evidenced by the signage requesting cleated shoes to be removed before going inside. The floor is lovely shiny marble, so this is probably a good thing but do remember to wear decent socks! The café does coffee, cake and cooked meals and does take card.

Both groups share the home leg which takes us slightly further south followed by a turn north past Stowe and through Silverstone and on to the outskirts of Towcester, exiting opposite the racecourse gates. From here we take the familiar route to Shutlanger, Blisworth and home.

This is the only ride where there’s a chance of a close pass from a light aircraft – over your head – so keep together as we cross the end of the runway and be prepared to stop if someone’s taking off!

GPS routes here:

 

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