Brian, our Rides Secretary, writes about one of the high points of our calendar:
Start times: 8.15 a.m. (97 miles); 9.45 a.m. (66 miles or 56 miles)
Start points: Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ (97 miles); Market Square, Buckingham, MK18 1NJ (66 miles or 56 miles)
Parking in Buckingham: Cornwalls Meadow Car Park MK18 1RP is free on Sundays. It is well signposted and is off the High Street behind Waitrose.
Refreshments: Twyford Village Shop (coffee), Café Couscous Oxford (lunch) on all three rides. Afternoon stops: Farthingstone on 97-mile ride; Stowe Park on 66-mile ride; Hogshaw on 56-mile ride.
Every year we host the Guy Barber Memorial Ride in aid of the local branch of Headway. Guy was a member of CTC Northampton and a supporter of the charity. He had two favourite rides: one to Cambridge and one to Oxford. On one occasion he rode both routes on the same day! For 10 years we have ridden the Cambridge / St Neots route in his memory. This year we are riding to Oxford for the first time.
To enable everyone to lunch together in Oxford we have two start points. The long ride (97m) starts in East Hunsbury at 8.15am and the other two options (66m and 56m) start in Buckingham at 9.45am and join the group from Northampton as we ride to the community-run shop and café in Twyford village.
Lunch is in Oxford at Café Couscous. This serves a wide range of sandwiches, baguettes, and Mediterranean dishes including vegan options; good coffee and tea as well. Bikes can be left outside in view of the seating or one can sit outside with them. Within fifty metres, there is both a pub serving lunches and a Subway franchise.
Most of the route is on fairly quiet country roads and is undulating rather than hilly. Then from the outskirts of Oxford there are good cycle paths into the city centre, some separated from the main road.
A donation of £5 to Headway Northampton is requested. For planning purposes we would be grateful for an email if you intend to ride, stating from which start point.
Route 1 Start 8.15 a.m. from East Hunsbury.
Route is Stoke Bruerne, Leckhampstead, Buckingham (20m). Meet others. Twyford (Coffee 27m), Boarstal, Oxford (46m). Return: Islip, Kirtlington (59m) from where there is a National Route (unsurfaced road/track) for two miles to Tackley Station (OK in the dry) and then Steeple Aston to Somerton. (If wet there is a direct route on the road from Kirtlington to Somerton.) Farthingstone (Café 77m), Wappenham, Greens Norton, Tiffield and back to East Hunsbury (97m).
Route 2 Start 9.45 a.m. from Buckingham Market Square.
Route is Twyford (Coffee 7m), Boarstal, Oxford (25m). Return: Islip, Kirtlington (38m) from where there is a National Route (unsurfaced road/track) for two miles to Tackley Station (OK in the dry) and then Steeple Aston to Somerton. (If wet there is a direct route on the road from Kirtlington to Somerton.) Leave Route 1 at Ayhno (52m), Finmere, Stowe Park (64m – café possibly), Buckingham (66m).
Route 3 Start 9.45 a.m. from Buckingham Market Square.
Route Twyford Village Shop (Coffee 7m), Boarstal, Oxford (25m). Return: Beckley, Horton-cum-Studley, Brill (40m) Hogshaw Green Dragon Eco Centre (Café 47m), East Claydon, Gawcott, Buckingham (56m). This is a very flat route, easy going.
More details? Contact Brian Tunbridge (tel: 01604 622073; text: 07722 055149).
Many thanks! We look forward to seeing you!
Tim is leading this ride and writes:
Start: 9.30 am, Saturday 24th June
Meeting point: East Hunsbury Library, Overslade Close, NN4 0RZ
Distance: 40 miles
Anticipated Speed: 14-16 mph
Refreshments: Castle Ashby
This Saturday’s ride starts at 9:30am from East Hunsbury Library. The led ride (ride leader Tim) will be at a brisk pace, but there is also the option for a shorter self-led alternative (see below).
The ride heads out in the direction of Salcey Forest & Stoke Goldington before turning north east to skirt Olney en route to Lavendon & Harrold. Here we head up Dungee Hill before turning back towards Northampton passing through the villages of Bozeat and Easton Maudit before arriving at our refreshment stop at The Buttery Tea Rooms at Castle Ashby (at approx 29 miles).
Post refreshment we have a shortish ride (approx 11 miles) back to the start at East Hunsbury Library via the villages of Horton & Hackleton. It is anticipated that we should be back at East Hunsbury sometime around 1:30pm.
Please note that there is a possible short cut from Olney to Castle Ashby that avoids the loop to Harrold. This shortens the overall route to approx 32 miles with the Castle Ashby tea stop at approx 21 miles. If you intend to ride this shorter route please ensure you are happy to self navigate, so you will either need to bring a map of the route with you or load the route on to your bike computer. Unfortunately, due to holiday absences, we do not have a ride leader available to lead you round this shorter alternative.
The proposed route and the shorter self-led option can be viewed (and downloaded as gpx files) from the CTC Northampton pages on RideWithGPS:
Led ride (40 miles): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20043458
Self- led alternative (32 miles): https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20043453
Any questions, please contact Tim – 07749 477231.
- 2015 included Karl Marx’s Grave in Highgate Cemetery, an ascent of Swains Lane, a Northampton connection at the Emirates Stadium, Burgess Park, the Imperial War Museum, the Oval, Battersea Park, Brompton Cemetery and Hyde Park. Led by Ian M.
- 2014 included the Cross Bones Burial Ground, elevenses at The George Inn, a Banksy near the Alaska Factory, the Cutty Sark, the tunnel to the Isle of Dogs, the Bamboo Bicycle Club, Victoria Park, and Columbia Road Flower Market. Led by Alex & Miriam.
- 2013 took us around Regent’s Park, house façades with no houses behind them in Bayswater, over the Serpentine, across Hyde Park Corner, viewing graffiti under Waterloo Station, lunch on the South Bank, over Tower Bridge, the Cable Street Mural, alongside an ornamental canal, and Postman’s Park. Led by Iain D.
Milton is leading this ride and writes:
Date: Sunday 7 May
Place: Moulton Co-op
Distance; 47 Miles
Well, here we go again. I tried to set this up a few weeks ago, but an absolute deluge on the Sunday morning in question meant that nobody arrived for the start – much to my relief, it was not a day for being on a bike. I think it was because of the rain ……?
Milton went on this ride led by Tim and writes:
Eleven cyclists set off from the canoe centre last Sunday on a warmish breezy day for Tim’s 56 miler to Keysoe. Good to see new rider Mark on a fine traditional steel Thorn with Rohloff hub gears and a front hub dynamo – a true touring set up – and to welcome again Chris.
Tim, our webmaster, will be leading this ride and writes:
Start: 9.30 a.m.
Meet: Nene Whitewater Canoe Centre, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7AA. (If coming by car, don’t park within the car park barrier. There is plenty of space on the approach road.)
Distance: 56 miles
Speed: 12-14 m.p.h.
Refreshments: Scald End Farm, Thurleigh (at approx 30 miles)
From the Canoe Centre we head out in a generally eastwards direction through the villages of Cogenhoe, Grendon, Bozeat, Odell, Sharnbrook and Riseley en route to our most easterly point at Keysoe. From here we turn south and west to our stop for refreshment at Scald End Farm, located just outside Thurleigh. Here you can feast on the breakfast “fit for a king” or maybe one of the several cakes on offer. There is also the benefit of a cosy wood burning stove to warm oneself by.
Once replete, we continue south westwards through Milton Earnest, Harrold and Lavendon before heading north & west on our final homeward leg via Yardley Hastings, Castle Ashby (where a second tea stop is eminently possible) and Cogenhoe Hill before arriving back at the Canoe Centre.
The route can be viewed (and downloaded as a gpx file) at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20043554
Any questions? Please contact Tim on 07749 477231.
Really nice and sympathetic article! Source: Four years later the masses are still critical
Well worth reading – from my friend Frank
The IPWR has been an amazing experience but everything has been overshadowed by Mike Hall’s death on the road near Canberra. Not since Tom Simpson, in a very different era and context, has British cycling lost one its heros, so suddenly and so sadly, in action.
More than anyone, Mike created the sport of unsupported ultra-endurance bike racing. In doing so, he made long-distance cycling exciting and got a younger, faster crowd hooked on it. Building on the achievements and ideas of others, such as Mark Beaumont and Nathan Jones, Mike, with his Transcontinental Race, created something full of fantasy and adventure which could fit into two weeks’ holiday. He made the wild, exotic and exciting accessible, not exactly to the masses, but to those of us, less extraordinary than him, who were magnetically drawn to it.
He focused on keeping it open and non-elitist. He could easily…
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Brian will be leading this ride and writes:
Start: 9.30 a.m.
Meet: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB.
Distance: 51 miles
Refreshments: Medbourne (25 miles)
Pace: A steady average of 13 mp.h.
Our route starts at Moulton and heads out to Holcot, Old and Harrington and then north to the A6. After a few hundred yards along the A6 we turn off to Dingley and on up to Slawston and Hallaton. There we turn south for Medbourne and the Nevill Arms Café – a café popular with Leicester cyclists – for brunch (25m).
We return via Cottingham, the Triangular Lodge at Rushton, and then through Rothwell, Broughton and Walgrave back to Moulton.
Questions? Contact Brian on 01604 622073 (07843 505213 on the day)
See the route at www.ridewithgps.com/routes/19628593