We’ll start at 9.30 a.m. where the A5099 crosses the Brampton Valley Way for a brisk ride around the Northampton boundary of about 40 miles. We’ll circle the borough, keeping the Express Lift Tower as our ‘hub’ throughout the ride. We’ll take in The Bramptons, Kislingbury and Rothersthorpe before pausing at Salcey Forest for an early brunch. Then we’ll complete the circuit through Quinton, The Houghtons, Ecton, Overstone, Moulton and Boughton.
We aim to run every ride as advertised above. Any changes or, exceptionally, cancellations will be advertised on our Yahoo e-mail group, our website and our other social media. Check for messages or contact the leader a day or two before the ride for any updates!
For insurance purposes, these rides are for CTC members but we welcome non-members on a trial basis for up to three rides. Special events are open to all.
A = Advanced (typically over 60 miles, 14+ mph average riding speed)
B = Challenging (typically 45-60 miles, 12 mph average riding speed, or shorter-and-faster)
C = Moderate (typically 35-45 miles)
D = Leisurely (typically 10-30 miles)
E = Easy/beginners (typically 10-20 miles)
Club = steady ride
Tourist = includes historical or other visit
Leisure = short distance, easy pace
NMK = ride run by CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes
National = CTC or other national event
Evening = Evening ride to a social meet
Social = Social meet without a planned ride
BVW – Brampton Valley Way, Welford Crossing NN6 8AA
EH – Hunsbury Hill library, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury NN4 0RZ
MCP – Moulton Co-op NN3 7TB
CC – Nene Whitewater Centre, Bedford Road NN4 7AA
Maps are available for start locations here. We aimto cater for a wide range of rider abilities. On C, D & E rides we will wait for the last rider. On A & B rides, riders are expected to meet the average speeds indicated or be able to make their own way home.
For contact on the ride (e.g. if you miss a turn or have a problem at the back of the group), or need to contact the group at the start of the ride, the following are regular riders’ mobile phone numbers:
Secretary – Brian Tunbridge 01604 622073
Rides Secretary – Iain Dawson 0790 999 2468
Mobile phones must not be relied upon but are there as a secondary means of communication on the ride in the event of a problem.
Riders must be prepared for foreseeable problems such as punctures.
Please contact the rides secretary if you would like to attend the Rides Planning Meeting. You are also welcome to forward any suggestions prior to the meeting.
We start at 2.00 p.m. at the Canoe Centre, Bedford Road.
It’s a leisurely ride along some of the Connect-2 network out to Kislingbury. We’ll return along part of the re-surfaced canal towpath. About 15 miles in total. Although there’s no designated coffee stop, if we get back early enough we can pop in to the café at Daily Bread on Bedford Road.
The route is not on billiard-smooth tarmac all the way round (although a surprising amount of it is) so your “best bike” might not be the right choice this time around. Mountain bikes, however, are NOT needed.
Despite an unpromising grey sky and spats of rain, Philip Gray and I met at the Brampton Valley Way’s Welford Road Crossing (by “The Windhover”) for this brisk circuit of Northampton. We were delighted to be joined at the last moment by three new riders: Simon, Graham and Fiona. They had seen the ride advertised in the paper and were attracted by the description as “brisk”.
And brisk it was to with a good steady pace of 15-16 m.p.h. all the way via Kislingbury and Blisworth to Salcey Forest for morning coffee. Then on via Great Houghton and Ecton to Moulton. Our new friends departed for their neck of the woods in the Creaton area.
Good to get out and good to ride with some new folks. Let’s hope they come again!