Ride report, Saturday 9th July

Philip led this ride and writes:

On Saturday, nine riders joined our rides to Houlton near Rugby on one of the finest (and warmest) riding days of the year so far, to discover a new urban development with an interesting historical background (and some rather good cycle paths). 

Regular riders were happy to be joined by Karen (new) and Terry (a returnee).  

The two groups took largely independent routes. The six Moderate riders, led by Brian,  went out fairly straight via Althorp, Norton, Welton and Barby, while the three Brisks (Alex, Gary and Philip) took a curving route to the north through Long Buckby, Yelvertoft, Lilbourne and Clifton upon Dunsmore. From there it was downhill to Houlton, which is essentially an extension of Rugby to the east. 

The Brisks entered the impressive development by a nostalgic sign including two cyclists – a good photo opportunity – and a rather superior cycle path, then negotiated unfinished paths and roads to emerge at our destination, The Tuning Fork. 

Welcome to Houlton

The Moderate group arrived shortly afterwards, having enjoyed a quiet route after initial traffic. The green road from Norton with its cattle grids was skilfully negotiated and everybody was awarded their bike handling certificates!!

Although not the cheapest coffee stop, most people seemed to think the Tuning Fork’s quality at least matched its prices, with some rather memorable mounds of cream and cake and excellent coffee.      

Any why The Tuning Fork? Why Houlton? Why the many references to radio? The entire development is being built on land formerly occupied by the radio masts and buildings of Rugby Radio Station from 1926 to 2003. It was from here that the first transatlantic radio message was sent in January 1927.

And a tuning fork was apparently used to tune transmission frequencies, until more modern methods arrived. (Thanks to Alex and Ian MacSporran for links and info).

Gary had to leave early for a personal engagement but Phil J took his place with the Brisks on the return journey via an attractive “back lane” to Barby and Welton (initially with the Moderates), then Watford, Long Buckby and Althorp.     

The Moderates’ way back through Ashby St Ledgers was particularly nice in the warm but fresh early afternoon with a tail wind and the sun. 

Thanks to everyone who came out, and well done to Karen on one of her longer rides to date.

Happy cycling 

Philip.

Lunch at the Tuning Fork

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