Ride to Harrold – Sunday 20th December

Peter Bayles is leading this ride and writes:

Please note, this ride requires pre-booking by emailing Peter – you can reply to this email or mail


Rides must comply with COVID requirements.  Please make sure that we don’t mingle in groups bigger than six at any time, even at the start of the ride. More details are at the end of the ride description.

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close (near Hunsbury Hill Library), East Hunsbury, NN4 ORZ
Distance: 40 mls
Refreshment stop: The Buttery at Castle Ashby at 28 miles.
Pace: Steady
Time Expected Back: Around 1.00pm

Sunday’s ride is 40 miles at an average steady pace between 12 and 13 mph, riding East of Northampton to Harrold before turning back via our refreshment stop at Castle Ashby.  

The hills are not too challenging, and as this ride has been largely stolen from one of Tim’s previous ones, it promises to be an enjoyable route.

We set off from East Hunsbury, riding through Quinton and on to Stoke Goldington  From there we ride near Olney and through Lavendon to our furthest point at Harrold, then back to Castle Ashby for our refreshment stop at The Buttery.

The Buttery has a good outside eating area, but not covered.  Fortunately, the weather is looking OK.

From there it is a short 10 miles back to Northampton via Chadstone, Horton and Hackleton.  Past Chadstone, we have to go along the A428 for a short distance, which is sometimes quite busy, however there is a suitable path beside the road that we can safely use.

As usual we look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join us.

For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096

Route on RidewithGPS:



We are delighted to continue the regular rides, however we will need to comply with the Government and Cycling UK guidance:

Maximum group size of 6 riders, including Leader

This will require riders to confirm that they will join by emailing the ride leader within the week prior to the ride. Cut-off will be 6pm the night before the ride. Places available on a first-come basis.
Places may be limited because of the small group sizes, but wherever possible, we will try to organise additional Ride Leaders to cover the numbers, but the Leader may have to refuse riders if over-subscribed.
Social Distancing

We need to maintain at least 2 metres distance between riders, with 1 metre minimum abreast.
Cafe Stop

We will try to select cafes that adhere to Government rules on social distancing etc.
It is recommended that we sit outside at the cafe
We request that all riders carry a small bottle of sanitiser and a face mask (required to sit or pay inside the cafe)

Philip Gray is our COVID Officer, to help to ensure that we are working to the latest guidelines. Feel free to contact him if you have any COVID related questions or concerns.

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