Saturday morning ride – 7th January

Philip G is leading us on Saturday morning and writes:

Start time: 9.30 a.m.
Meeting point: Brampton Valley Way / Welford Road crossing. (This is on the A5199 near The Windhover; there is a BVW car park up Brampton Lane.)
Distance: 37 miles (brisk) or 31 miles (moderate)
Refreshments: The same stop on both ride: either at Mini-Meadows, Welford, at 18 miles or Café Monde, Church Brampton, just before the finish.  We’ll agree which one at the start.

These two rides towards Naseby and Welford include varied terrain and some hills.

The brisk ride goes via Naseby, Sibbertoft, Welford, Cold Ashby, Watford and Long Buckby and is here on RideWithGPS.

The moderate ride follows the same route to Cold Ashby and then returns via Guilsborough.  It’s here on RideWithGPS.

We hope to see you!

Please let Philip know if you have any questions.  Phone 07557 670831 or e-mail philip.g@ctc-northampton.org.uk.

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The last time we were at Mini-Meadows Farm Café

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Ride report – Saturday 10th December

Brisk & Moderate Rides to Welford

Eleven riders – a good number for a December morning – gathered at the Brampton Valley Way meeting point for a morning organised by James.  We welcomed new rider, Phil W; and welcomed back John for his first CTC ride since his accident.  Drizzle in the air was not going to dampen our spirits.

A late change of plan and routes – our original café stop at Kelmarsh being unavailable because of a Buddhist holiday – meant that we were to head for a café new to nearly all of us: Mini-Meadows Farm Café just outside Welford on the Naseby road.  Five riders opted for James’s brisk ride; six for the moderate route plotted by Brian and led by Ian M.  James must have taken to heart Mother Theresa’s dictum that “Brisk means Brisk” and by Church Brampton the brisk group was down to four and the moderate group up to seven.

The moderates pedalled through East Haddon, Coton, Guilsborough and Welford to reach the café after seventeen miles at 11.05 a.m. finding the brisks already ensconced – having been through Holdenby, Spratton, Brixworth and Naseby after eighteen lumpier miles in an hour-and-a-quarter! The drizzle hadn’t turned to anything worse but those who had no mudguards had nice stripes-of-honour up their backs.

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At Mini-Meadows Farm Café

The café served good coffee and cakes (the Xmas Tiffin was much consumed); conversation was lengthy; and both groups set off again at 11.45 a.m.  The moderates pedalled through Naseby (welcoming the easier approach from the north-west), Cottesbrooke, Creaton, Teeton and Holdenby to return to the BVW after 15 miles by 1.15 p.m.  The brisks headed on to Sibbertoft, back to Naseby, and then through Kelmarsh, Harrington, Old, Scaldwell, Brixworth, and Holcot before splitting on the edge of Northampton after 28 miles just after 1.30 p.m.

So twenty-nine miles for the moderates, forty-eight miles for the brisks and a splendid morning enjoyed by all.

Thanks to James for the morning plan and to Brian for reminding us of the recommendation for the café from Peter W and the CTC Leicestershire group.

IMPORTANT UPDATE – NEW ELEVENSES STOP AND NEW ROUTES – Saturday 10th December

Start time and meeting point remain the same.  BVW at 9.30 a.m.

How could we not have known that tomorrow is Maitreya Empowerment Day? Is our knowledge of the Buddhist Calendar so poor?

So the World Peace Café isn’t open. My first thought was Kelmarsh Hall – bigger but not karma – and which once served us when we arrived in the village on another Buddhist holiday. But it’s closed for winter!

Brian remembered a recommendation from Peter Witting and CTC Leicestershire: just outside Welford, the Mini-Meadows Farm Café (farm website here but there’s nothing about the café) . Brian also plotted a route for the moderate ride on RWGPS.

So this morning I followed Brian’s route and had my elevenses at Mini-Meadows. I can report excellence – bike parking à la Dutch infrastructure (not yet complete), spacious café, comfy seating and, most importantly, good coffee with my cake choice of Christmas Tiffin (white chocoate to die for)!

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Bike parking infrastructure being installed

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Service counter (Christmas Rocky Road, Christmas Tiffin, etc)

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Pleasant seating area

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Check out my Xmas Tiffin!

So a new venue and all is good! And the moderates have two ride leaders!

Moderate route here on RideWithGPS; James will, I am sure, lead the brisk riders on a route to fill their lungs with country air.

See you at BVW at 9.30 a.m. Moderate route is slightly shorter than the original; we may be back by 12.45 p.m. Or still at 1.00 p.m. if I’m carrying Xmas Tiffin internally.

Cheers,

Ian

Late report on Sunday 19 January ride

Ian M went on this ride, led by Iain D, and writes:

Apologies to Iain D!  I promised to write up a report on his ride to Kelmarsh and then forgot!

A dozen riders gathered at Moulton for Iain’s ride and, once again, he took us on a route that was different from one we had ridden before; and certainly not what any of us were expecting.  That’s always a bonus!

Gathering at Moulton

Gathering at Moulton

 We left Moulton along the Pitsford road and then headed up to the reservoir, crossed the dam, and pedalled into Brixworth.  We left that village on the Creaton road before heading into Cottesbrooke, crossing the A5199, and climbing up to Guilsborough.  This was indeed going to be a different route to Kelmarsh!
Next we were off to Cold Ashby before going through Welford and approaching Naseby from the west!  Then we were over and under the A14 – on some lovely smooth tarmac which Iain had deliberately sought out – and into Kelmarsh (and the World Peace Café at the Buddhist Centre) by noon.  In a large group, which constantly re-arranged itself, these twenty-five miles flew by with conversation and banter!

A breather at Cold Ashby

A breather at Cold Ashby

 The café proved up to serving twelve hungry cyclists and showed that we don’t have to have beer with every meal!
We started again after lunch going further north to Arthingworth and signposts for Desborough before turning south through Harrington, crossing the A14 (for the sixth time!), and pedalling through Old, Walgrave and Holcot on our way back to Moulton.  Fifteen miles after lunch.
Thanks to Iain for a well organised route: at this time of year a one-stop ride means we got the mileage in and were home early in the afternoon well before the need for lights.  This could be a model for one or two rides in the summer on occasions when members don’t want to be out all day.  Everyone certainly enjoyed themselves!
And the weather was kind to us too!
The route is here on RideWithGPS.

 

Ride to Kelmarsh – Sunday 19th January

Iain D is leading this ride and writes:

We’ll be heading out to the Buddhist Centre in Kelmarsh on Sunday.  Sadly, their free drink for the New Year offer has ended but their café always has something suitable on the go for hungry cyclists so it will be a pleasure to visit again, I’m sure.

The route out takes us through Brixworth and Cold Ashby and into Welford before ducking back towards Naseby and Kelmarsh. The return leg involves Arthingworth and Old and should bring our mileage for the trip up to around 45 miles. This is a one-stop-only ride after all!

The route is a little contorted, mainly so I can include a couple of my favourite stretches of tarmac – no apologies – but also to give us a shortcut in case of cruddy weather. Which hopefully won’t be the case. I’m hoping Cold Ashby won’t be living up to its name too faithfully either.

Although we should be back well before dark, it would be sensible to bring lights to be seen by.

See you Sunday, 9.30 a.m. in Moulton.  (Outside Moulton Co-operative Store, NN3 7TB)