Iain D, our Chair, led this ride and writes:
Seven of us gathered on a crisp and bright December morning in the village of Moulton, despite some of the quieter roads in the area having turned a noticeable shade of white. We headed off through Holcot (the bend of the bottom of the hill had been gritted!) and through Hannington and Isham to Burton Latimer.
We passed the Weetabix factory okay but things went a little bit awry in Barton Seagrave. It seems the ride leader was following the route he’d planned, not the route RideWithGPS had published, but after a bit of frantic searching round the housing estate (while others were resting by the Ise Garden Centre), the group got itself back together and headed out to Twywell and Woodford. This minor hiatus did at least give the sun a chance to clear most of the remaining frost.
Woodford Mill was as welcoming as ever (I believe it was the second visit of the week for some of our riders!) although in deference to the weather we sat inside instead of taking our usual riverside table.
The trip home passed garden centre in Burton Latimer and then proceeded up the Slips to Great Harrowden before the group returned to Moulton, with plenty of daylight to spare as promised.
R … Iain
PS: I didn’t make it back to Moulton. After the rear brake failing yet again on the Galaxy I limped back to Kettering from the Blue Bridge turning. My thanks to Brian for taking over the ride at that point.
Ian M went on this ride, led by Milton, and writes (with photos by Nick):
Seven of us met at Moulton Co-Op at 9.30 a.m. for Milton’s first ride as a leader. He can certainly work his magic with the weather: it was a beautifully warm spring morning and with none of the early mist of the previous few days.
We set off at a good pace which was maintained throughout the ride. At first we were on country roads we knew well and then, as we rode further east, onto some roads and lanes our leader had specially chosen for us. Before we knew it, we were at the delightful Woodford Mill Café
near Ringstead and able to sit outside in glorious sunshine. (The café gets much of its energy from the working mill-race – fascinating and green!) Service was a little slow as there were plenty of cyclists there. We chatted to a group from CTC Kettering who were waiting for Max. Our number jumped to eight with the appearance of our Rides Secretary (in t-shirt and shorts, obvs). Bacon sarnies and coffee were consumed and then Milton was cracking the whip again!
We hadn’t gone far along the route from the Mill when, with a sharp bang, Bill suffered a p*nct*re! He elected to repair it properly and return to the Mill and to meet up with Max – and so we were down to seven again.
There was something delightful in early March in cycling through mid-day and on through one o’clock in glorious sunshine. Before we knew it we were at Podington
for a short coffee stop and further chat about all things cycling – small bike shops, tours individuals were planning for the summer, the possibility of new bikes (our Secretary fancies a titanium one) – without any other concerns in the world.
One or two final hills and we were back at Moulton before three o’clock. A perfect ride, a perfect day, and, when I looked at the route we had taken (here
on RideWithGPS) pretty much a perfect circuit around Wellingborough! Many thanks, Milton!