PhilJ is leading this ride and writes:
Start: TGI Friday’s, Sixfields, Northampton NN5 4EG
Distance: 54 mls
Pace: Steady 13mph
Café Stop: Solstice Coffee Shop and Nurseries
Estimated return: Around 2pm
Next Saturday’s ride is essentially the Draycote Water ride with a difference. The difference being that we’re not calling in at the reservoir. At least not for tea and cakes. I looked around for a suitable alternative to the Waterside Restaurant which we usually use and found The Solstice Garden Centre and Café on the outskirts of Dunchurch. It’s a quaint family run centre with excellent coffee and home made cakes made by ‘mum’. PeteB and I have already sampled their hospitality and warm welcome a few weeks ago and decided it was worthy of a club run. It’s pretty much a coffee and cake affair though, but both are wonderful.
Before that we need to ride halfway round the route through Whilton Locks, Norton, Barby and on to Dunchurch on a fairly undulating route.
On leaving the café your Garmin’s will no doubt start beeping as we take a detour along the perimeter cycle path around Draycote Water bringing us out past the visitor centre then leaving through the usual exit.
A short stretch along the busy Southam road gets us to Grandborough first then Willoughby where an optional stop for tea and flapjack at the Willoughby Café can be accommodated. Who’s counting café stops anyway? Pete and I can recommend the giant Godiva flapjacks. Ideal preparation for the climbs in and out of Braunston to follow shortly after. Back in Welton we’ll have to ascend the gated road before finally arriving in Norton once more. Brockhall and Flore are up next followed by familiar roads home to Sixfields. It’s a more elevated ride on the way back so carrying extra energy supplies seems like a good idea.
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Hope to see some of you there.