Cinder tracks around north Northampton

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Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Mikeq666 » 6 Apr 2019, 9:48am

Hi

Going to be away for work and staying north of Northampton. EastHaddon or Crick ... around that way. Anyone know any decent cycle paths around there. I'll be on a HT 29 MTB so doesn't need to be tarmac. Plenty of country roads but from what I've seen they are full of mental speeding drivers.

Looking to do 20-30 miles with a bit of elevation if possible?

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Mike

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Hemipode » 6 Apr 2019, 10:00am

You'll be ideally located for the Brampton Valley Way https://www.sustrans.org.uk/ncn/map/rou ... valley-way .
Not much elevation on the BVW as such as it's an old railway line, but there is plenty if you divert off it along the country roads that disect it. Many of them are quiet and free from "mental speeding drivers" :D

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Mikeq666 » 6 Apr 2019, 10:13am

Great ... looks good. If I stay market harborough I might be able to commute to Northampton for 3 days if the place I'm working at has showers. Worst case a bit of after work riding.

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Hemipode » 6 Apr 2019, 10:17am

It's a good run between Northampton and Market Harborough. Make sure you have decent lights for the tunnels, some areas of the surface in them can be a bit rough at times!

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Tigerbiten » 6 Apr 2019, 12:34pm

If you want a hill then there's a 200' climb on a track between the BVW and up towards the Brixworth country park that's not tarmaced.
I have great fun dropping down it on my bent trike.
There's a short section of road to the park and the track around the res has gentle undulations.

The Northampton end of the BVW is a PITA on my bent trike.
Thick clay mud under the railway line and an anti-cycling barrier that's virtually impassable with my trike-trailer rig.
But you should be fine on a bike.

Luck ........... :D

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Mikeq666 » 7 Apr 2019, 5:33pm

Just double checking ... is this track best with knoblies or semi slicks. Is it going to be pretty muddy or is it fairly compact cinder track.

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Tigerbiten » 7 Apr 2019, 6:57pm

It's a few years since I've used it but ........

99.9% of the BVW was good macadam.
But there where patches in the cuttings where vegetation had covered the track in muck.
The tunnels was floored in thin mud over macadam.
And then there's the bit under the railway line.

So semi slicks should be fine.

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby mjr » 7 Apr 2019, 8:35pm

Tigerbiten wrote:It's a few years since I've used it but ........

99.9% of the BVW was good macadam.

Just to make sure everyone realises that macadam is often far rougher than tarmacadam due to the lack of, well, tar smoothing over the gaps. I was quite surprised by how much slower it was on road bikes. I don't think we have much macadam in Norfolk or Cambs.
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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Mikeq666 » 7 Apr 2019, 10:10pm

Haha ... indeed ... google images are your friend. Just googled it ... looks easy enough!

Thanks for the feedback.

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Re: Cinder tracks around north Northampton

Postby Hemipode » 7 Apr 2019, 11:15pm

Pretty much as Tigerbiten has already said, firm but a little slippy in places. I've seen road and mountain bikers use it happily. Enjoy!