Brisk morning ride to Canons Ashby – Saturday 26th April

Phil L originally planned a brisk ride this Saturday.  As he gets better from his accident, we’re grateful that Philip G has volunteered to lead it.  He writes:

This is a “brisk” cycle ride to Canons Ashby.  The aim is to maintain 14-15 mph average with as few stops as possible.  A shorter alternative route will be available for those who want a slower pace.  The route, which includes several hills, is roughly Brampton Valley Way – Althorp – Little Brington – Flore – Weedon – Everdon Stubbs – Sustrans Route 70 (south) to Canons Ashby (teastop).  Then return by Banbury Lane – Pattishall – Kislingbury. Distance 35 miles, return by 1.00 pm.

This should be a varied, enjoyable but slightly demanding route with a nice teastop at 20 miles.  Current weather forecast for Saturday is unsettled with a risk of showers, possibly heavy, 10 – 12 degrees with moderate breeze from the SSE.  So nothing the right clothing won’t deal with!

Road bikes are advised. Meet Brampton Valley Way (BVW) / Welford Road Crossing (NN6 8AA) for a 9.30 a.m. start.  The BVW car park is on Brampton Lane opposite The Windhover.

New riders welcome.

For further information contact Philip on 01604 720522 or

A new local bike shop

Phillip has discovered a new local bike shop and writes:

A new cycle shop has appeared recently in the unexpected setting of Weedon. Actually it’s in a nice little shop just up the hill from the crossroads, at 66 High St (NN7 4QD). See more.

I called in on a Saturday morning and was very impressed (although the owners were actually in Paris to see some bike race finishing, so a couple of parents were holding the fort!). Although their main focus appears to be on racing bikes, they also advertise themselves as a family bike store, and they do maintenance. They had some quite exclusive machines (Fondriest) inside, but also more affordable makes. In fact they mostly do brands not otherwise available locally (e.g. Avanti from New Zealand). There was some good value (quality) clothing too.

Overall an attractive little store that provides more choice for people in the Daventry – Northampton area. Worth a visit.