Milton is leading this ride and writes:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road, NN4 7AA
Distance: 42 / 36 miles
Refreshment Stop: Withmails Cafe Orlingbury
Pace: 14 -16mph Brisk / 12mph Moderate
Time Expected Back: 1pm
At the 25 mile point, (20 for the moderate group) we shall stop at Withmails cafe in Orlingbury in order to guzzle the best sausage rolls this side of sausage roll heaven. The cafe, named after a long deserted village nearby, is a fine stop in itself and a staging post for the lovely adjacent village green should the sun be shining and a bit of basking seem in order.
We set off from the Canoe Centre on the Bedford Rd and make our way through Little Houghton and Cogenhoe before climbing up the hill to Castle Ashby …well, it wouldn’t be a proper bike ride without a hill or two! From here the moderates go to Grendon before descending to cross the river and climb up the hill to Great Doddington… well, it wouldn’t be a proper bike ride without a hill or two! Then it’s Mears Ashby, Little Harrowden and Orlingbury. The brisks head to Bozeat from Castle Ashby and from there it’s down the horribly surfaced Dungee Rd to Podington, then Wollaston and then we cross the river and climb up to Doddington. It’s the same route for both peloton’s from here, but the brisks have added six miles taking the Podington route.
The homeward journey , which is shared by both groups, takes us to Hannington, Holcot, Sywell and Mears Ashby before climbing the hill …well, it wouldn’t be a proper bike ride without a hill or two…. that leads us to Ecton and the Canoe Centre via Little Houghton. In fact, it’s not an especially challenging route and I expect we’ll get back by not much later than 1pm. The Brisk ride can expect to average somewhere around 15 or 16 mph. The Moderate ride will be a leisurely affair and should be attractive to any rider who can manage the 30 odd miles. We have an increasing number of riders with electric bikes and we do hope some more similarly equipped riders will take part. It’ll be good to see you.
Links to RidewithGPS:
36 miles moderate: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36601168
42 miles brisk: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36601118