PhilJ is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30am
Meeting point: TGI Friday’s, Sixfields, Northampton NN5 4EG
Distance: 50 miles
Refreshment Stop: Waterside Restaurant, Draycote Water
Average Pace: Steady
We’re off to the seaside next Sunday. Well as close as you’ll get to it anyway. Draycote Water is a lovely location for a days riding and has great views overlooking the reservoir from the Waterside Restaurant balcony or the seating areas below. But before we get to sample their great selection of cakes, we need to cover around 25 miles through Whilton Locks, Norton, Welton, Barby and Dunchurch. None of it particularly difficult and all at steady pace. The ride back however is a little more testing including a climb at Bragborough Hall in Braunston. So, refuel well at the Waterside Restaurant before we head off for Grandborough on the return journey.
Willoughby and Braunston take us back to where we came in at Welton which means a climb back up the gated road which you probably enjoyed on the way down! At Norton we’ll go through the village and eventually out on the A5. A short run and we’ll be off the road heading towards Brockhall and Flore. It’s plain sailing from there, on familiar roads back to Sixfields.
As far as I can see, the weather looks decent for next Sunday as does the selection of cakes!
The GPS file is here https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34146528
You may be advised to bring a mask but otherwise alfresco dining makes it a safe venue.
Please let me know if you fancy going on your only holiday this year by replying to this message or on firstname.lastname@example.org