Ride to Houlton, Saturday 9th July

Philip is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9:30am
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
Distance: Brisk 43mls, Moderate 38.5mls
Café Stop: Tuning Fork, Houlton
Average Pace: Brisk 15mph, Moderate 12mph

This Saturday’s ride features a place that doesn’t (fully) exist yet, an attractive new coffee stop, and unusually, two largely separate routes to get there.

We are riding to Houlton, a new ‘village’ or urban extension between Rugby and DIRFT, the “Daventry” International Rail Freight Terminal (which isn’t especially near Daventry).

Starting at the Brampton Valley Way (where we can witness the impact of the works for the Northern “Relief” Road), the Brisk group goes out via East Haddon, Long Buckby, Yelvertoft, Lilbourne and Clifton upon Dunsmore. The Moderates take a more southerly route via Norton, Welton and Barby.

All being well we will meet at the Tuning Fork in Houlton, where there is ample outdoor seating, in view of the bikes (though a café lock does no harm). Please note: if you want to eat something hot, please look at the menu and let me know so I can give them advance warning, as everything is prepared freshly on the premises.

Maybe we will also find out why it’s called the Tuning Fork!

Both groups will go back the same way initially through Barby, diverging after Welton, with the Brisks tackling Mount Long Buckby from a different side .

The routes are available here:

Brisk route 43 miles

Moderate route 38.5 miles

As usual please sign up at Signup Genius and let me know if any questions.

I hope to see some of you there

Philip.

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