Upgrading the Brampton Valley Way cycle path

The Brampton Valley Way (BVW) is being upgraded in at least two places in Northampton: where it crosses the A5099 near “The Windhover” pub and where it goes under the Northampton-to-Rugby railway line to the north of King’s Heath.  The BVW is a “linear park” that follows the disused railway line connecting Northampton and Market Harborough.  It forms part of National Cycle Route 6 (NVR6).

Here’s what was happening today at the A5099 crossing:

IMAG0201IMAG0202IMAG0203IMAG0204One of the workmen confirmed that the intention is to widen the cycle path and provide a tarmac top.

Ride on Saturday morning – 12th January

Philip Gray will be leading this ride and writes:

Join us at Moulton Co-op at 9.30 a.m. for a 30-mile ride in the general direction of Broughton & Market Harborough. This will be a “brisk” ride but sensibly paced for the time of year. There will be a few hills but the aim is to avoid too much sweat. Any lost fluids will be replaced afterwards at the J Gallery in Moulton.

Hope to see you there

Ride Report – Sunday 20th May

Ian Macsporran went on this ride, led by Iain Dawson, and writes:

Five members assembled outside Moulton Co-op at 9.30 a.m. – Iain D (our leader for the day), Brian, Dave, Mike and Ian M – for a loop to the north, around Market Harborough.  Elevenses were planned for the Waterloo Café at Great Oxendon and lunch for the World Peace Café at the Buddhist Centre in Kelmarsh.  It was also agreed that we’d use roads, rather than the Brampton Valley Way, to get to the first café. We started promptly.

 

The route can be found here.  (Speed and ascent details are missing but Brian gives the total ascent as 2,700’.) It was a splendid route, taking us into parts of south Leicestershire we don’t often visit and such delights as a very smoothly surfaced descent from Harrington to Newbottle Bridge and a memorable lane north out of Market Harborough over the A6.

 

We were in good spirits at the Waterloo Café and a bacon sandwich was consumed prior to the expected vegan cuisine of the Buddhists’ café.  Market Harborough and Great Bowden were quiet.  The lane from Great Bowden to Welham is accessible really for non-motorised travellers only and was full of cycles, horses, dogs and ponies.  The descent on the B6047 south of the Langtons was enjoyable then we were up into Foxton and Lubenham and Iain D’s favourite climb through East Farndon.  Quiet lanes took us to the Buddhist Centre at Kelmarsh where disaster almost struck – the café was closed because the Buddhists had all gone to a Spring Celebration.

 

A short detour took us to Kelmarsh Hall and its tea-room.  Added bonus – although it’s probably not official CTC policy to admire motor cars – was to find the Mercedes-Benz Club’s W123 Rally taking place with a host of classic Mercs parked on the drive in front of the Hall.

After lunch, it was a straightforward pedal back though Haselbech, Cottesbrooke and Brixworth to cross the dam at Pitsford Water and return to Moulton.  Brian was a Good Samaritan outside Brixworth, helping a lady cyclist who was trying to get to Hinckley without a map!

 

It was a cool day.  Everyone arrived at the start with plenty of layers on – and none were shed during the entire ride!  We all agreed at the finish, however, that it had been an excellent day’s cycling and that big thanks were due to Iain D.

P.S. Tales of Bromptons, Manchester and Rain!

Further to my stories at the Waterloo Café of the Brompton World Championship Launch last month – riding my Brommie around the Manchester Velodrome, the rain in Manchester, and the Bromptonaut from Sunderland pedalling into the Bridgewater Canal – here is some further amusement/evidence:

The official Brompton Bicycles video of the event with good footage of the velodrome is here – it’s short (1’31”) and even if you don’t blink at 1’07” you’ll miss me.

The best video of the Bromptonaut in the canal is from my friend Mick Blackman here.

My own photos are here.

Ride to/around Market Harborough, Sunday 20th May

Iain Dawson leads this ride and writes:

This  ride combines two of our favourite teastops with some familiar (and some less-familiar roads) to the north of the town.
We’ll be heading out from Moulton up towards Arlingworth for a stop at Waterloo Farm before making a loop of Market Harborough to return via the Buddhist Centre’s café in Kelmarsh. Those of you requiring something more substantial at lunchtime might want to take advantage of the shops in Market Harborough to grab a sandwich, or bring your own (it is nearly summer after all!), as the food on offer at Kelmarsh reflects the Buddhist ethos of the centre and so is a bit light on beef, chicken, pork etc.
Depending on riders and weather, we may choose to avoid the Brampton Valley Way and ride up the main road in to and out of Waterloo Farm. If this raises any concerns, let me know at the start of the ride.
See you at Moulton Co-op on Sunday at 9.30 a.m.

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.