Ride to Willen Lake – Sunday 21st October

Phil Letts is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance: 40 miles
Refreshment stop: Willen Lake
Pace: Steady Ride/Semi-off road

We follow Route 6 much of the time via Salcey Forest, Hanslope & Castlethorpe. A byeway through to Cosgrove Leisure park and on to the canal path of the Grand Union to Willen Lake, MK . After brunch/lunch at Willen Lake the return is via Little Linford, Gayhurst, Hanslope, Long Street & Salcey. Although the whole route is good surface for the 12 miles to the Cosgrove Park, from then on it’s gravelly aka BVW and some of the Redways are probably too ridged for best bikes so better to use an MTB or Gravel bike.

We look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join the ride.  For any further questions, please feel free to contact PhilL on 07867388592.





Ride report – Saturday 13th October

Phil Letts went on this ride and writes:

It was without too much trepidation that the three of us set off to ride Elspeth’s Moderate ride yesterday -Saturday- because after all, the weather forecast was telling us the wind was ‘dying away’ and there would only be scattered light showers up to 10 am. Hah!

After an hour and a half slogging away against a tough head-wind and soaked to the skin, we followed our leader into the Salcey Forest Café for an early coffee and a decision-time debate.

By the time we’d had that, the skies had brightened up to match our spirits. So off again on a very pleasant back route via Ashton, Long Street and Hanslope. Once we turned at Castlethorpe, it was ‘spinnakers’ up and running before the wind.

Five minutes later, or so it seemed, we were back at the ‘caf’ to join Tim’s brisk group, who we thought would be long gone (turned out they’d had a ‘brisk’ shelter from the rain too!) so we FORCED ourselves to have another coffee and cake.

Enjoyable ride, ‘turned out nice again’ as George Formby used to say. Our thanks to Elspeth who it seems knows EVERY pothole between here and MK and where MK’s tarmac road-surfacing ends and Northampton’s DOESN’T EVEN START!

Ride to Castlethorpe – Saturday 13th October

Elspeth & Tim are leading these rides and write:
Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance: 30 miles for the Moderate ride, 37 miles for the Brisk ride
Refreshment stop: Grounds Café, Salcey Forest
Pace: Moderate (11 – 12 mph), Brisk (14+ mph)
Time expected back: 1.30 p.m.


We have a pair of rides with a shared tea stop this Saturday.

Both rides head out from East Hunsbury on the Newport Pagnell road before heading through Salcey Forest and on to Hartwell and Ashton. From here we take the lane to Pindon End where we may get to see the pair of Owls currently occupying the old barn.

Then it’s on to Hanslope & Castlethorpe after which the two rides diverge. The Moderate group head straight back to Hanslope & Salcey Forest whereas the Brisk group head in the opposite direction towards Haversham, Little Linford & Gayhurst before returning to Hanslope & Salcey Forest where they should meet up with the Moderate group at Grounds Café.

After refreshment it’s a short ride back on the Quinton road.

The weather forecast for this weekend looks like it might rain at some point, so it will be a good idea to bring a waterproof and maybe fit mudguards if you have them.

The proposed routes can be viewed (and downloaded as gpx files) from the CTC Northampton account on RideWithGPS:


https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28439647  (Moderate route)

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28439645  (Brisk route)


Any questions please contact Elspeth (07889 606274) or Tim (07749 477231).


Mid Shires Way ride – Sunday 30th September

PhilL is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing, NN6 8AA
Distance: 35 miles
Refreshment stop: Salcey Forest
Pace: Moderate

This is a shortish, off-road, moderate club ride which follows or shadows the Midshires Way, some of which is on roughish bridleway tracks and some on good road surfaces so an off-road bike is required. The route links Nobottle, Flore, Gayton and Ashton to Salcey Forest for coffee at the 25 mile mark.

Then, the return journey of just 10 miles follows the National Cycle Route 6 back through Quinton, Great Houghton and Northampton to BVW.

We look forward to welcoming all riders, and especially any new riders who may wish to join the ride.  For any further questions, please feel free to contact PhilL on 07867388592.

Ride report – Sunday 16th September

Milton led this ride and writes:

A fine September day (told you!) saw six cyclists at Moulton ready to face all that Leicestershire had to throw at us.

We made it to Wistow and the garden centre there in time to join the hordes waiting for lunch. It took a while, but we were all served in reasonable enough time except for Giles who opted to avoid the queue and buy a pastry at the shop instead … and a beer! Nicely managed Giles.

It had been 32 hilly miles to Wistow through Guilsborough and Naseby and Marston Trussel and it would be about 28 hilly miles back via Fleckney and Clipston and Cottesbrooke but they were attractive miles for all that through rural south Leicestershire and equally rural north Northamptonshire.

There would have been more riders had there not been a break out of various malaises as the weekend approached. There was a ‘sciatica,’ a ‘bad back,’ a ‘family do’ and other nonsense. Two people were even ‘abroad’ whatever that might mean! Such weak excuses, but then the youth of today is not what it was!

Ride to Wistow – Sunday 16th September

Milton will be leading this ride and writes:
Date              Sunday, 16th September 2018
Time.             9.30 AM
Depart           Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance        60 Miles
Arrival est.      3-4 PM
As always the forecast is for warm, dry and wind free weather, (I’m shocked you feel the need to look that up) for our 60 mile trip to the garden centre at Wistow in Leicestershire where coffee and cake and much more substantial fare await the hungry cyclist.

It’s a reasonably challenging route with the odd sharp climb and sharper descent but it only totals out at around 3,200 ft. of climb – so within range. It’s a pretty rural route, but, as always, the price for that is the odd section on busy roads.

From Moulton we head to Pitsford and then, on one of those busy sections, up to Brixworth from where we set off to Spratton, Teeton, Guilsborough and Cold Ashby before heading east to Naseby and then north to Sibbertoft.

Then it’s Theddingworth, Laughton, Smeeton Westerby, (you can hear we’re in Leicestershire now) and Kibworth Beauchamp before arriving at the Garden Centre. There’s quite a range of shops as well as the Garden Centre so if you fancy, say, a new wardrobe, it might be advisable to bring a trailer.

Fully loaded up now we hit the slightly shorter route home – Fleckney, Saddington, Gumley, Lubenham, Marston Trussel and Clipston flash by before we reach the more familiar surroundings of Naseby, Cottesbrooke and Brixworth and then Holcot and the last stretch to Moulton.

A lovely Autumnal rural ride awaits and I look forward to your company.

I shall be navigating by means of the new-fangled Garmin thingumybob and heartily recommend that you download the file from our “Rides Calendar” for your own peace of mind – and indeed mine!

Ride report – Sunday 2nd September

PhilJ led this ride and writes:

Meteorological Autumn it may be but conditions out there today were as good as any ride in the Summer. A blast to Banbury was on the cards and eight riders turned out including my neighbour and new rider Ian. Both Pete and Milton were on standby with Garmins in case of my memory loss.

Banbury lane always provides an early test for the heart with its undulating nature and none more so than for PhilL who battled through the hardest part of the outward journey with great gusto.

A minor diversion after Cold Higham soon had us looking at the sixteen miles marker to our destination. We ticked off the villages along the way in quick succession. Moreton Pinkney a particular pleasure with the newly laid tarmac assisting the climb.

Around Sulgrave we passed the seven mile marker to Banbury only to be presented with an eight mile one shortly after! A six mile marker was on the opposite side of the road too. Country miles obviously. Whatever the mileage we were soon at the end of Banbury lane in Thorpe Mandeville.

We entered Chacombe using an alternative route and were soon off road through the Gateway retail park.
Pete had found another alternative here which gave us safer cycling towards the town centre. It did leave us with a bit of an uphill start on a busy roundabout but we escaped without incident.

We soon arrived at the Hillier Garden Centre and basked in the glorious sunshine on the outdoor seating for a while.
The ride out was largely on cycle paths up the Southam road until Little and Great Bourton took us away from the madding crowds. Bliss.

Some way on Adstone provided the hardest climb of the day before we levelled off and headed for Foxley.

Back at Cold Higham and the A5 a different route home. Heading to Eastcote came disaster. PhilL was a victim of hedge cutting with a couple of thorns adorning his inner tube. The rest of the ride passed without incident and we all made our separate ways home.

Thanks to all for turning out.

Hope you all enjoyed the ride.