Ride to Stowe Gardens – Sunday 19th August

Peter Bayles is leading this ride and writes:

Start time  9.30 a.m.
Meeting point:  Hunsbury Hill Library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ
Distance:  44 mls
Refreshment stop:  The Nevillery Café at Stowe, 26 mls
Pace:   Steady, around 13mph average
Time Expected Back:  Around 2.00pm


The ride this Sunday will be from East Hunsbury to Stowe Gardens, with a refreshment stop at the Nevillery Cafe there.

We will leave East Hunsbury, riding past Milton Malsor, turning right down Gayton Road, past Gayton Marina, and on to Tiffield.  Almost through Tiffield, we hang a right and ride through Caldecot and on to the A5.

Crossing the A5 a few hundred metres North (there is a path along side the busy road), we will ride West through Duncote, Greens Norton, Bradden, Slapton and Wappenham.
Sunday’s ride is a relatively short one for a steady in the summer, so if any of the more ambitious (and self led) riders require an additional challenge, there are numerous pleasant roads in this area that could easily add between 2 and 10 miles.  A right turn at Wappenham, taking in Thorpe Mandeville and looping back to Helmdon, for example, would add 10 miles.

So, back to the route.  Continuing to Helmdon, we change direction, riding through Crowfield, Syresham and Biddlesden, following Welsh Lane into Stowe Gardens to our refreshment stop at the National Trust cafe there.

There are a lot of roadworks in this part of the county at the moment and the FIA World Endurance Championships are at Silverstone this weekend, so the return leg will be through Chackmore and Whittlebury, crossing the A5 again at Heathencote before riding through Blisworth and back through Milton Malsor.  I will do a proper check prior to Sunday, but I think we avoid any road closures.

The hills are not too challenging, the distance not too great and the weather not too hot, so this could be a good opportunity for any riders out there who may wish to join us for the first time to see what we’re about; any new riders would be very welcome.


For any further questions, please feel free to contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096

Steady Ride route:

EH/Stowe/44mls (avoids Silverstone)



Ride report – Saturday 11th August

Philip Gray went on this ride led by Iain D and writes:

Nine riders including one lady gathered in Moulton to enjoy the cooler but still sunny and pleasant weather on a ride led by Iain D.

We headed out via Pitsford reservoir to Cottesbrooke and Haselbech Hill. Here, Hartley suffered a double puncture so while Brian and Viki stayed with him, the other six continued to Market Harborough, via East Farndon hill (downwards).

After a short stretch on the BVW, we reached Waterloo Farm for a pleasant coffee stop outdoors.

Our leader having noticed a lack of lights and general adventure-readiness among the troops,  took us back by road instead of the Kelmarsh tunnels.

After Harrington village the group split in two, but everyone made it home safely.

Thanks to Iain for a good route.
Photo (Harrington) attached.

Happy cycling,






Ride to Market Harborough – Saturday 11th August

Iain Dawson is leading this ride and writes:

we return to Moulton for a more moderate ride this Saturday, making our way through Naseby and down East Farndon hill to pick up the BVW for our coffee’n’cake stop at Waterloo Farm, returning via Harrington and Old.

The moderate route is around 35 miles but there is a more energetic alternative available which adds another 7 miles and a few hundred feet of climbing. Plus Haselbech.

Since the BVW is constructed using tunnels and gravel, this is a really good excuse to check your lights still work before the nights draw in and also that your tyres hold air. The route is rideable on 23C tyres but they must have air in them.

The weather is currently forecast to be – oh blessed relief – slightly cooler than of late, with a slight chance of water and, of course, we may switch from one route to the other depending on who turns out on the day.

Planned route is here for the Moderate and here for the more energetic alternative.

See you Saturday,


Ride report – Sunday 5th August

Philip Gray led this special away day ride and writes:

This was a day of discovery and gentle adventure, a little beyond our normal range. It was enjoyed by a very select group of Dave and me, so we’ll try to offer it again soon when more people can join in.

After a slow start (yes, I admit I was still at breakfast when Dave arrived…) we drove 64 miles to the Georgian gem of Wisbech in Cambridgeshire, where we parked right beside a sign for the North Sea Cycle Route. In fact, by accident we generally followed NCR#1.

A few fast km out of Wisbech, we stopped at the swish Worzals bar and garden centre for our overdue elevenses. Some of the roads here were busy, but then we moved into quiet Fenland and discovered the legend of Tom Hickathrift…to be told properly some time over a campfire or a pot of tea.

Eventually we crossed the Great Ouse to join an excellent riverside cycle path into King’s Lynn.

Jinking through KL’s historic centre, we joined a cycle path up to the Castle Rising road. We saw lots of recreational cyclists here, and generally throughout the day. Along with the sunshine it created a very idyllic scene.

The village of Castle Rising is a secret tip… not least because of a very promising tearoom & garden.

On to Sandringham where the royal forest avenues provided ideal midday cover. The terrain here rises up to about 60 m so there are a few small undulations.

Eventually we hit Heacham and took a left to the North Beach, where we could cycle along the seawall all the way into Hunstanton. At least, we could have if the crowds hadn’t been so dense! There was a wonderful seaside atmosphere I’ve not experienced for many years.

We had excellent fish and chips sitting overlooking the town’s central green.

Restored, we headed back on a more inland route around KL, going deeper into fen and marshland. By now the heat was a bit of a challenge, forcing us to stop at two pubs, including one where we sat at the edge of the mighty Ouse in the evening sun…lovely.

After this we had one final challenge, when the GPX track took us into a firmly closed road, but we navigated around to make it back safely to the start.

We did 75 miles with a surprising 2,932 feet of ascent. All the ups and downs were after the Ouse in Norfolk; fenland by contrast was stunningly flat.

All in all an excellent day out. Thanks to Dave for his company and Brian for help with planning.

Happy cycling


Ride to Hunstanton – Sunday 5th August

Philip Gray is leading this special ride and writes:

Just a reminder that this Sunday 5 August we have a special seaside ride from Wisbech in Cambridgeshire to Hunstanton aka ‘sunny Hunny’.
After a paddle or quick dip in the sea, we head back to Wisbech on a more inland route.

The total route is approx 73 miles but flat, mostly on B or smaller A roads plus some off-road paths through Kings Lynn.

The planned schedule:
•9.45 am Meet Old Market, Wisbech PE13 1NN
•If full, use Chapel Road car park PE13 1RG

•10.00 am depart Wisbech
•35 miles to Hunstanton, steady pace
•Coffee en route at Worzals Garden Centre PE14 7DA

•12.30 pm Lunch/ dip bikes in sea!
•13.30 – 14.00 depart
•38 miles back

•16.30 Arrive Wisbech
•18.00 Arrive home (by car)

Route will be something like this (final version/ GPX file to follow):


Wisbech – Kings Lynn – Sandringham – Hunstanton 35 mi


Hunstanton – Wisbech 38 mi

Please let me know asap if you are able to come along, and whether you need a lift or can provide one.

Do remember to bring water, snacks and lots of sunscreen (it’s SUNday)

Hope to hear from some of you,


Tel 07557 670 831

CTC Northampton Annual Guy Barber Memorial Charity Ride in aid of Cynthia Spencer Hospice Sunday 22 July 2018

Guy Barber was a member of CTC Northampton and did charity events using either a butcher’s bike or an Ordinary (penny farthing).


Using his road bike, he had two favourite rides from Northampton; one to Cambridge and one to Oxford.  On one occasion he rode both routes on the same day!


For 11 years we have ridden the Cambridge / St Neots route. This year we are riding to Oxford for the second time. A donation of £5 to Cynthia Spencer Hospice is requested.

To enable everyone to lunch together in Oxford we have 2 start points.


The long ride (98m) starts at East Hunsbury Library,Northampton, with registration at 8.15am.  The other two options, 58m and 35m, start in Buckingham at 9.45am and join the group from Northampton to ride on to the first coffee stop at Green Dragon Eco Farm café, Claydon Rd,Hogshaw, MK18 3LA.

Lunch is in Oxford at Café Couscous, 19-20 Saint Clement’s Street, Oxford, OX4 1AB.

This serves a wide range of sandwiches, baguettes and Mediterranean dishes, including Vegan options. Good coffee and tea is served as well.


Bikes can be left outside in view of the seating, or one can sit outside with them. Of course, good coffee and tea is served as well. Within 50mtrs there is a pub serving lunches, or nearby there is a Subway franchise.


From the outskirts of the city there are good cycle paths into the centre, some separated from the main road. Most of the route is on fairly quiet country roads and is undulating rather than hilly. See the routes on the RidewithGPS links below.


For more details please contact Peter Bayles on 07979850096 or Brian Tunbridge on 01604 622073 or text 07722 055149.


Link to the CyclingUK Event page:  https://www.cyclinguk.org/event/annual-charity-ride-memory-guy-barber


This year we will have a CTC marshal at Buckingham from 9.30am with maps etc.

Many thanks and look forward to seeing you.



The Route Options


Route 1, 98 miles

Registration at 8.15am for an 8.30 start from East Hunsbury Library. 98 miles.

Route is EH, Stoke Bruerne, Lekhampstead, Buckingham (20m). Meet others. Gawcott, East Claydon,Green Dragon Farm, Hogshaw (Coffee 31m), Boarstal, Oxford (51m)

Return. Islip, Kirtlington, Upper Heyford, Somerton, Croughton, Brackley (tea 78m) Helmdon, Greens Norton, Tiffield, Northampton.(98m). (Farthingstone Café 77m)


Link:     https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27921852



Routes 2 and 3 below start at Buckingham Market square (parking at Cornwalls Meadow Car Park-free on Sundays-situated on road from A508 near the centre of Buckingham, CP signed)



Route 2, 58 Miles

Meet 9.45am. 58m (follows 1st half of Route1 to lunch stop)

Route is Buckingham, Gawcott, East Claydon,Green Dragon Farm, Hogshaw (Coffee 10m), Boarstal, Oxford (30m)

Return.  Beckley, Horton-cum-Studley, Boarstall, Piddington, Twyford, Gawcott, Buckingham (58m). This is a very flat route, easy going.


Link:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27921892



Route 3, 35 miles

Meet 9.35am. 35m ( Follows routes 2 & 3 to the coffee stop at Hogshaw ).

Route is Buckingham, Gawcott, East Claydon,Green DragonFarm, Hogshaw (Coffee 10m),

Return Ludgershall, Piddington, Twyford (café opportunity at 27m) Gawcott, Buckingham. (café 33m)


Link:   https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27921897

Ride report – Sunday 15th July

Brian Tunbridge led this ride and writes:

Seven riders met at Moulton on yet another gloriously sunny day. We were joined briefly by Philip G who agreed to a super domestique role and led us out for the first mile of the ride before peeling off for a shorter ride.

From Holcot we headed north into a light cooling breeze on an undulating route on quiet, almost traffic free roads through Draughton, Dingley and across the Welland valley into the wilds of Leicester (a first for Chris D who had forgotten his passport).

We had brief a pause in the attractive centre of Hallaton, (no time to visit the town museum) before heading south to get to the Nevill café, Medbourne by noon when they changed the menu. We arrived with 15mins to spare. It was quite busy and included a very smartly attired cycling club from Nottinghamshire.

We were made very welcome and sat in the relative cool inside for coffee and a selection of cakes, bacon sandwiches, and for the connoisseur poached egg on Stornaway black pudding!

It was tempting to linger there but with a deadline to return in time to watch the world cup or TdF, we set off with just a few more hills to climb: out of the Welland valley through Cottingham and back to Rothwell and Loddington. Then familiar territory back to Moulton, arriving before 2.30pm.
Postscript; our undulating route had a few challenges (sorry Elspeth !) with unexpected climbs requiring the lowest gear, appearing occasionally. (3000ft of ascent overall though, for consolation).

Like the weather forecast, the definition of undulating might be up for debate.