David was on this ride and writes:
Phillip Gray led our group on our first ride to Bedford to pay homage to John Bunyan, the author of the seventeenth-century classic, “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. Born in Elstow just south of the town, he was a dissenter from the established church and, as a result, he spent a long time in Bedford Gaol. Today a statue in the town centre commemorates his life and achievements. After pausing at the statue we followed the River Great Ouse, along part of NCR 52, to lunch at “The Prince of Wales” in Bromham.
We should do this ride again – in warmer weather and on longer days – so that we can visit the John Bunyan Museum in the town. But even on a short early spring day, the ride was informative and we thank Phillip.
Phillip Gray, who will be leading this ride, writes
This ride starts at the Canoe Centre at 9.30 a.m. and follows parts of the John Bunyan Trail into the old town of Bedford, looking for links with Bunyan’s masterpiece, “The Pilgrim’s Progress”. After a teastop at Harrold we will travel through Pavenham, Oakley and Clapham towards the hidden jewels of Bedford including the John Bunyan Church and Museum (where we will stop briefly). After leaving town along the riverside, we wind north again to the village of Bromham for lunch in The Prince of Wales (a Charles Wells pub).
We’ll return via Harrold, taking the same route back to Northampton, a total distance of 48 miles. We’ll pedal at a moderate pace, aiming to return by 4.30 p.m.
On Sundays, The Prince of Wales offers either a roast dinner for £7.95 or a smaller portion for £5.95. There are no bar-meals but the starters do include soup.
LUNCH BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL – Please let Phillip know by Friday firstname.lastname@example.org or 01604 720522