Ride Report – Sunday 15th July – Napton-on-the-Hill

Brian Tunbridge led this ride and writes:

Sunday 15th July seemed to be a popular day for cyclist around the county. Unfortunately, however, not from the Northampton group – I thought it might be a solo ride for me.

Luckily Eleanor arrived and cycled as far as the coffee stop which should have been at Woodford Halse. Mindy’s cafe was closed so Eleanor returned to Canons Ashby whilst I continued to Napton to join Bill for lunch.

Shortly after Boddington (close to the future HS2 rail link) the single track road sported signs of a cycle route with marshals. This was the Napton cycle festival ride and I was told that about 150 people had entered. In the next 3 miles into Napton I met those 150 cyclists going the other way !!

The Just So Café  (www.cakesjustso.co.uk ) is cycle friendly and suitably refreshed Bill and I returned via Priors Marston meeting more cyclists in the other direction completing their ride .

Although cool for the time of year the weather was good for cycling and we stopped for tea and cake at Litchborough church, sitting in the sun outside along with other riders. A longish ride covering some quiet country lanes which perhaps we can repeat some time.

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Ride report – Sunday 6th May

Iain Dawson went on this ride (led by Brian Tunbridge) to Thorpe Mandeville and the line of the proposed HS2 High Speed Railway.  He writes:

Eight regulars rolled-up in Hunsbury Hill to venture out to the far south-western recesses of our county with a view to seeing the landscape before the proposed High Speed rail link gets built. We were joined just a few miles out of town by John Dunkley, who rode with us for a while and then headed off when we neared Byfield, so we were a peloton of nine heading out with a tail wind on Sunday morning and, I have to say, the far recesses of the county were looking very green after all the recent rain.

And very hilly. You may have seen Ian Macsporran’s plan of the route by now, complete with vertical data. http://www.endomondo.com/workouts/j7YXJJu2uBg

We got within a mile or so of Oxfordshire at a couple of points and then headed for home, lunching at Sulgrave Manor on the return. As well as several “No to HS2” signs (it’s not popular down there),

The pub in Thorpe MandevilleWe got to see several new-to-us roads and a fair bit of sunshine too, so I’d like to thank Brian for organising a ride out past the boundaries of our normal riding territory, booking the weather, and ensuring that we all made it round, despite the climbing.

Events in May

Sunday 6th May – Day ride to the route of the HS2 High Speed Railway on the Oxfordshire border

Bride Tunbridge led this ride. Report to follow.

Saturday 12th May – Day ride connecting the parishes of Wellingborough and the Nene Valley

Coinciding with the Waendel Walks Weekend, Phil Letts leads this ride of about 45 miles, starting at 9.30 a.m. from Moulton Co-op.  Lunch at Irchester Country Park.  Phil is on 07707 118389

Sunday 20th May – Day ride to Market Harborough

Iain Dawson leads this ride of about 50 miles, starting at 9.30 a.m. from Moulton co-op.  Elevenses at Kelmarsh; lunch at Market Harborough.  Iain is on 07909 992468

Saturday 26th May – Afternoon ride to Olney – “The William Carey Ride”

Philip Gray leads this ride of about 35 miles with a visit to Olney Museum and to note the influence of Olney on William Carey of Moulton.  See The Carey Experience.

The museum celebrates two great men who lived in Olney in the 18th century: the poet and letter writer William Cowper and his friend, John Newton, who wrote the hymn “Amazing Grace”.  It is housed in the building that the poet lived and worked in. It has beautiful, well tended gardens and a lovely summerhouse.

The ride starts at 1.00 p.m. from the Canoe Centre, Bedford Road.  If the weather is dry, it may include an off-road section.  Philip is on 01604 720522.