Brian Tunbridge went on this ride and writes:
Using the booking system six riders met at BVW on a wide variety of bikes, from the latest gravel bikes to full suspension mountain bikes and road bikes with wider tyres. All managed the route well. The day was cool with quite a strong easterly wind but spirits were high as we set off on time along the Brampton Valley Way. Flat quickly turned to steep as we went up Merry Toms Lane on the loose gravel and on to Brixworth.
A brief respite as we crossed Pitsford reservoir causeway and on to Pitsford. Next, a short road section towards Moulton before we turned to give the bikes a quick wash through the ford near Jeyes ‘castle’. After the Moulton industrial estate we joined a cycle path through the Eastern development to the far side which ran along side of a stream and became a quite technical single track route with tree stumps, and narrow paths though wooded sections. This brought us out to the A45 cycle path and the coffee stop at the Outpost café in Midsummer Meadow. Here, we grabbed coffee and cake to sit outside before the skateboard kids joined us as spots of rain fell.
The rain did not last and the group was soon on the way off-road through the University campus into Delapre Park and on to Hunsbury Hill. From there it was a pleasant ride through to Upton park, the half finished road through to St.Crispins, Duston and finally Harlestone Firs. After some mud sections the ride crossed the golf course path to Church Brampton and the BVW.
A nice morning ride. Thanks to Phil for planning the route.