Ride to Naseby – Saturday 24th March

Milton Cadman is leading this ride and writes:

Start time 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point : Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, Moulton, NN3 7TB
Distance : Brisk 33miles & Moderate 28miles
Refreshment stop : Cafemonde at Church Brampton
Pace: Brisk about 14-16mph & Moderate about 12mph
Time expected back 3:30 p.m.


I thought I’d send this out early to cheer us all up as we are suffering yet another cancelled ride today due to bad weather. Next Saturday the Met has promised temperatures in the high 20’s so I anticipate a goodly number of sun seekers. I think the Met said Celsius. Ah well. Fahrenheit is much the same …. maybe just a tad cooler.

The 28 mile Moderate: Setting off from Moulton Co-op we go through Holcot and Brixworth before going on the lovely road towards Cottesbrooke and then up to Naseby avoiding the mountain at Haselbech (my pleasure). From there it’s an attractive ride to Thornby and then, after Guilsborough, another quiet route through Teeton takes us to Holdenby and on to coffee at the lovely Cafemonde in the stables at Church Brampton. Home is but a short(ish) hop via Pitsford.

The 33 mile Brisk: We travel the same route as the Moderate group until just after Cottesbrooke when we do assail the col de Haselbech, (very much my pleasure!). Then it’s Naseby and Cold Ashby before taking a bit of a detour to Guilsborough. From there we go through Ravensthorpe and East Haddon. Downhill almost all the way now and we reach our coffee stop.

It’s an extra five and a half miles over the Moderate group so we’ll have to push a bit if we want to bag the best seats in the house.

I expect that both groups will travel together back to the start from the coffee stop.

Coffee is quite late in the ride so it will be a good idea to carry sufficient water for at least 2 hours in the saddle, and nutrition too, if you need that.


Ride to Harrold – Sunday 18th March

Tim Howell is leading this ride and writes:

Start time 9.30 a.m.

Meeting point Hunsbury Library (Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ)

Distance 52 miles

Refreshment stop(s) Morning Tea / Coffee at The Buttery, Castle Ashby (at approx. 15 miles) and Lunch at Emmaus Village Carlton (at approx. 30 miles)

Pace Steady (approx. 13 mph)

Time expected back 3:30 p.m.


This Sunday’s ride explores the countryside to the East of Northampton. Once we have left East Hunsbury we will wend our way through the villages of Quinton, Preston Deanery, Horton and Cogenhoe before climbing up Whiston Hill to our tea / coffee stop at Castle Ashby where we will meet up with our fellow cyclists from CTC Kettering.

It is then on through Easton Maudit and Bozeat before we get to enjoy a lovely swooping downhill section through Dungee Wood followed by a loop alongside the River Great Ouse to Felmersham and back to our lunch stop at Emmaus Village Carlton (Giles recommends the sausage sandwiches to those of you who are partial to such things).

After lunch we head home via familiar roads passing through the villages of Harrold, Lavendon, Weston Underwood & Ravenstone en route to Salcey Forest, where we will breeze past the café without a hint of regret (surely 2 café stops is luxury enough?).

This just leaves the final leg home along the Quinton Road to the suburbs of East Hunsbury and our start point at Hunsbury Library.



The proposed route can be viewed (and downloaded as a gpx file) from the CTC Northampton group on RideWithGPS:



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 Tim on 07749 477231



Women’s Tour Returns to Northamptonshire on the 14th June 2018.

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A year after hosting the Grand Départ, Northamptonshire welcomes the OVO Energy Women’s Tour once again on day two of the 2018 race.
Daventry, the starting point of the 2017 edition, will host the finish this time around. Riders will pass through the historic market town twice during this stage as part of a challenging finishing circuit that will also see the peloton tackle the notoriously steep Newnham Hill on two occasions.
Previous stages in the county have visited Northampton (which hosted the finish of the race’s first ever stage in 2014), Oundle and Kettering. The latter has been the finish town for three stages, with winners there including last year’s overall champion Kasia Niewiadoma. Who will cross the line first in Northamptonshire this time around?


Set in the heart of the Nene Valley, Rushden is the ideal location for the start of Stage Two of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. The town centre offers a wealth of independent businesses as well as well-known high street brands within an attractive late Victorian/Edwardian setting, an enduring reminder of Rushden’s rise to prominence as a ‘boot and shoe’ town.
Rushden Lakes offers an exciting new dimension to the town with 30 acres of high quality shopping, restaurants (and soon a 12-screen cinema) and opens up 214 acres of lakes for leisure activity in an area of outstanding natural beauty within the Nene Valley for everyone to explore and enjoy.
Organised events in and around Rushden bring added vibrancy to an already bustling atmosphere within the town and, in the run up to the visit of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, a busy programme of cycling and community events will take place. See http://www.rushdentowncouncil.gov.uk for details. Check out http://www.nenevalley.net for ideas of the many ways to enjoy the town and the Nene Valley, including the Greenway, a traffic-free cycling and walking route for all abilities.

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Set among the rolling hills of west Northamptonshire, the historic market town of Daventry provides the perfect backdrop for the finish of Stage Two.
The town is renowned as the former home of the BBC’s World Service transmitters, which broadcast news and information across the globe for more than 70 years with the call sign ‘Daventry Calling’. The wider district is also rich in history, playing a key role in historic events including the Civil War and Gunpowder Plot.
Any fans with some spare time on race day should visit the picturesque Daventry Country Park, situated just one mile from the town centre. Daventry also has a great range of cafés in which to enjoy some refreshments, while the wider district boasts some of the finest stately homes in the country, including Althorp House, Canons Ashby, Cottesbrooke Hall and Kelmarsh Hall.


Ride to Draycote Water – Sunday 4th March

Phil Johnson is leading this ride and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.

Meeting point: Hunsbury Hill Library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, NN4 0RZ

Distance: 55 miles

Refreshment stop: Waterside Restaurant at Draycote Water


A delightful ride out to Draycote Water is on offer to anyone who joins us on Sunday for this 55 miler from East Hunsbury.

It lies South of Rugby near the village of Dunchurch in Warwickshire.

Harlestone and Althorp are the early points of call on this one before continuing towards the village of Whilton and the locks below.

The gated road at Norton then connects us to Welton and Barby and it won’t be long before we’re heading into

Dunchurch having crossed the county border. One last stretch on the Southam road leads us to Draycote Water and the Waterside Restaurant.

The return journey starts with another short stretch towards Southam which brings us to the village of Grandborough.

Willoughby and Braunston follow before arriving in Welton again.

The gated roads take us back to Norton and from there we’ll take a different route home on familiar roads.

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 Phil Johnson on 07927377191

Ride report Saturday 24th February

PhilJ went on this ride led by Giles and writes:

A lovely morning greeted the half dozen riders who came out to take on Giles’s ride to Towcester. No clouds in the sky to obscure the sun. Chilly for us though. Apart from Brian T who complained of warm hands apparently and started removing layers!

Anyway a combined ride was agreed and we set off at an easy pace into the valley. After some miles the signs for Towcester started to appear but Giles insisted that we follow him on his 30 mile training ride instead.

It was very much that. Full of hills and descents or ‘intervals’ as Giles would have called it. Farthingstone and Preston Capes quite noticeable for that. The countryside looked quite stunning at the top of the climbs in the morning sun. Some ice was present on the road in shaded areas but generally the roads were dry and this was very appealing to the group with thoughts of Spring on the horizon.

Some way out of Towcester the inevitable happened. Giles experienced another mechanical. Not another puncture as you may expect but a cable malfunction leaving him in the big cog for the rest of the ride.

Onwards towards Towcester we went, ticking off those picturesque villages in the process before the mad dash through Towcester high street and our arrival at the Ten Hands Café. Very nice it was too. The old Dolphin Café was now bigger and classier. Very artisan with teas like Mountain Mint and Grand Canyon.

The ride back was much shorter and quite welcome to the weary group. Shutlanger and Blisworth were on route before we got back to Hunsbury and went our separate ways.

A great route from Giles with the perfect café stop not far from home.
Thanks for devising the ride Giles

Ride report – Sunday 18th February

Brian T went on this ride and writes:

At 9am when I left for BVW it was a bit foggy, not quite rain but enough to dampen everything and mist up the goggles. However, by 9.30 when the 5 riders (4 on mountain bikes and one gravel bike) left BVW along the old railway track, it was clear and not too cold or windy.

The route climbed up Sandy Lane to Brixworth and continued across the reservoir and up into Pitsford village. A short stretch of road and then into Spectacle Lane. At a relaxed pace we meandered through the many water filled potholes and crossed a ford (well that’s what mountain bikes like!), before encountering the Jeyes family follies (buildings not Bergère ).

Another short section of road before we took a series of cycle paths though wooded sections, houses and parks all the way to the River Nene at Riverside. More paths up to Hardingstone and along to Hunsbury and the Drovers Arms, a small community café well hidden on Hunsbury Hill, where we enjoyed bacon butties and coffee, at around 11.30.

Cycle paths completed the loop around Northampton back to Kingsthorpe where went our various ways. The great thing about going off-road is to be able to ride and chat at a relaxed pace, traffic free. Thanks to Phil Letts for sorting out the 30mile route.


PS look out for the ride on RidewithGPS.