PhilJ led this ride and writes:
A cloudy overcast morning turned into a fine day’s riding for the eight cyclists joining me for a steady ride to destination Draycote.
This included Bob Hartley, a CTC member for two years out on his first CTC Northampton ride. Bob is a key figure of the Ride for Hope organisation which many of you will know and may have ridden with. Please make Bob feel welcome the next time you see him.
As restrictions allowed, we all rode as one group towards Althorp and Whilton Locks with hints of sunshine along the way. The gated road at Norton posed no problems and we were soon on our way towards Barby where layers started to come off in the rising temperatures amid stunning vistas.
Into Dunchurch the newly resurfaced cycle paths on National Cycle Network 41 kept us safe from the local traffic and once out the other side of the village we soon found ourselves parking up at Draycote Water which was already busy with day trippers.
Balcony seating in the Waterside Restaurant gave us great views over the reservoir whilst we enjoyed the food on offer. Gurj bucked the usual cafe stop trend and opted for fish finger sandwiches which looked delightful along with peppermint tea. Very decadent! Meanwhile, the rest of us tucked into various meals and cakes to fuel us for the slightly more elevated ride home.
Right out of the gate we encountered a surprising headwind which stayed throughout the flat lands of Grandborough and beyond. In and out of Braunston two climbs to test the legs and the heart followed by the two tiered rise back up the gated road and over the canal. Brockhall followed Norton and Flore followed that. A split at Kislingbury but pretty much all arrived back at Sixfields after a great days riding. Thanks to everyone who came out to ride today.