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.