Starting from the Super Sausage Café at Potterspury on the A5 Watling Street, just north of
Milton Keynes. Only 10 minutes from the M1 at Junction 15, it is easily accessible from North
Start: 09.30 – 10.00am
Address: 5 Watling St, Potterspury, Towcester NN12 7WD
OS Grid Ref: SP 749 437
Latitude: 52° 5 13 N
Longitude: 0° 54 27 W
After the chance to grab a cuppa or breakfast (the café is open from 07.00 but be warned, the queues can be long at the weekend so get there early) the route crosses Watling Street and heads westwards on minor roads with some tricky navigation towards Buckinghamshire and the County town of Buckingham. There is fuel available here after as well as food and plenty of shops for supplies.
Heading out past the first historic site at Stowe and then past the Silverstone circuit it re- enters Northamptonshire and again takes to minor roads leading further westwards and onto the first untarmaced roads. All are metalled (stone) surfaces and ridable in all weathers.
Looping back past another historic house at Cannons Ashby (National Trust Tea Shop), it then heads north east through rolling countryside and picturesque villages.
A couple of unusual historic sites are passed including the field where radar was first tested in 1935. Crossing back over the old Roman Road of Watling Street that bisects the county, the route takes in some more gravel tracks and up to a historic site of a different nature, the English Civil War battlefield at Naseby, with its memorial and the spot from which the Parliamentarian General Fairfax oversaw the battle. More off tarmac tracks follow, parallel to the busy A14 but avoiding the rush of traffic before heading south towards Northampton.
A short but interesting byway, possibly the trickiest on the route including a ford but easily rideable, takes you past The Spectacle, an 18th Century folly before heading past another historic house at Castle Ashby.
The route now heads over the border into Bedfordshire, to follow the course of the River Great Ouse towards the Buckinghamshire town of Olney, after this we head back into Northamptonshire via more back roads through the village of Castlethorpe and past Cosgrove to re-enter Northamptonshire and returning to the café at Potterspury.
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