James and Brian are leading two rides on Saturday morning:
Two rides – one brisk, one moderate – gathering at the same start point and meeting at the same coffee stop.
Time: 9.30 a.m. Meeting: Moulton Co-op, Stocks Hill, NN3 7TB Distance: 43 miles (brisk), 37 miles (moderate) Refreshments: West Lodge Rural Centre: at 23 miles (brisk) or 17 miles (moderate) Leaders: James (brisk), Brian (moderate) Return: 1.15 p.m. approx
The brisk pace (14+ m.p.h. average) group starts at Moulton and heads out to Holcot, Brixworth, Naseby and Great Oxendon; then onto Desborough and the West Lodge Farm Rural Centre for coffee. Return via Rushton, Rothwell, Broughton, and Walgrave back to Moulton. Route here on RideWithGPS.
The moderate pace (12+ m.p.h. average) group follows part of the above route but at Brixworth heads by a slightly shorter route to Desborough via Scaldwell and Harrington to the Rural Centre to meet the brisk group. Route here on RideWithGPS.
Questions? James is on 07841 933046, Brian is on 01604 622073 (07722 055149).
Brian, our Secretary, will be leading this ride and writes:
Start: 9.30 a.m. Meeting point: Moulton Co-op, Moulton, NN3 7TB Distance: 44 miles Pace: Steady at around 13 m.p.h. Refreshments: West Lodge Rural Centre (24 miles) Finish: Return to Moulton by 2.00 p.m.
The ride is out through Mawsley, Harrington and Dingley to Weston-by-Welland; then on to Stoke Albany and the café at West Lodge Rural Centre. Return through Rushton, Rothwell, Broughton, the A43 cycle path and on to Walgrave, Holcot and Moulton. All on road, mostly quiet. There is a short section on the A427 at Dingley.
This Sunday’s ride takes us from the gentle hills of The (Northampton)Shire to the remote and craggy Kingdom of Rutlandia. Travelling via Broughton, Rothwell and Rushton, we shall seek refreshment from the good Caterers of East Carlton (Country Park) before entering Rutlandia. Then our route will take us north past Eyebrook Reservoir to sanctuary and a midday meal with the Travelling People (whom some call the Camp-Caravanners) of Sweet Hedges.
We will return through the seductive Vale of Welland and hamlets of Medbourne and Weston, to the hidden Dale of Dingley, before re-entering the Shire by a little-known route and tackling the gradual ascent to the plateau of Harrington and Lamport. From there it is a brief down, up and down back to Moulton.
Assuming we do not fall victim to any Orcs, Nazgul or the rumoured Worm of Uppingham, we shall have covered 55 miles and around 1000 metres of climbing by our return.
If you feel called to this adventure as one of the Fellowship of the Flying Wheel, please gather at the Co-op in Moulton on Sunday 6 October. As this is a longish and slightly arduous route, I would like to leave promptly at 9.30 am, so please aim to be there at 9.15.