Milton went on this ride led by Tim and writes:
Seven of us set off from Moulton on a cold, (3-4 degrees) but dry and fairly wind free morning. We were a little late as Ian Mac, not riding on this particular day, but resplendent as ever on his titanium steed, had popped across to wish us bon voyage.
Gathering at the start, outside Moulton Co-Op.
Through Sywell and on to Little Harrowden we took the the lovely ‘Slips’ route to Finedon the edges of which we skirted, then up through Burton Latimer on to Orlingbury then to Broughton, to Loddington, a lovely route through Braybrooke, and eventually to the edges of Market Harborough when we finally found ourselves, in the middle of a storm of sleet, at our coffee stop at Waterloo Farm. Cold and tired after 35 miles non-stop we entered the warm welcoming building and found all tables pre-booked for ‘Mother’s Day’ lunches, but we were welcome to sit outside and they’d do some bacon sandwiches for us.
Oddly enough, the sun came out, the sandwiches and cakes appeared quickly and we rather enjoyed the stop. They couldn’t serve us indoors but did their best to tend to us with great efficiency outside.
Back on the bikes to as direct a trip home as possible via Kelmarsh, Lamport and Walgrave. Tired legs meant the group split a little on the homeward leg, but we all met up at Moulton before wending our ways home.
In all, some 52 miles, 2,700 feet of climbing and the first lot home managed to average 14.8 mph, which wasn’t bad going.
A fine trip with lots of little known rural tracks which are always a treat, although the coffee stop was much needed when it finally arrived.
Thanks to Iain D for devising the route and for Tim who led it in Iain’s absence.