Leicestershire and Rutland Road Cycling - Day 1
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This event is the first day of a two-day circular road cycling route. It's possible, however, to return to Leicester from Stamford by train at the end of Day 1.
Leicestershire and Rutland Road Cycling - Day 1
We'll start off in lovely Leicester and head through the historic heart of the city and then out of town southwards along the Great Central Way - a cycleway running along the route of the former Great Central Railway, the last mainline railway built by the Victorians, but relegated to history by the Beeching cuts of the 1960s. En route we pass through the Aylestone Meadows wetlands and may see Aylestone Old Bridge, a Grade II listed 15th Century packhorse bridge.
After leaving the suburbs of Leicester we follow NCN Route 6 along quiet country lanes towards Kibworth and then on to the little village of Tur Langton, where we'll stop for coffee and cake.
We'll then head out further eastwards where the Leicestershire countryside gets a little more hilly.
We will pass through the pretty village of Hallaton, famous for its annual bottle kicking ritual and "Hare Pie Scramble", which usually take place over Easter.
From Hallaton we cycle down to and around Eye Brook Reservoir, and tackle the most significant hill of the day, before stopping off in the village of Lyddington for lunch and to see the English Heritage's Lyddington Bede House. If we don't stop for lunch in Lyddington, we'll take a short detour into Uppingham for a pub lunch. After lunch there are two routes we can take to reach Rutland Water; one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. By surface area it is the largest reservoir in England, but by capacity it is exceeded by Kielder Water.
From Rutland Water it's only a short distance to our destination in Stamford, which was the first conservation area to be designated in England and Wales. There are over 600 listed buildings in and around the town, including 17th and 18th-century stone buildings, older timber-framed building, five medieval parish churches as well as the remnants of St Leonard's Priory, one of the best surviving examples of Norman architecture in Stamford. We will try to visit a few of them either in the afternoon after arrival or the following morning before we head back to Leicester.
The cycle will be moderately challenging: 90km (56 miles) with 600m (1,969ft) of ascent. There are a few rolling hilly sections, but only one or two significant hills. The route is best suited to road bikes (or gravel bikes / touring bikes with slicks, not chunky tyres) and those with road cycling experience, as most of the distance is on-road (albeit mostly relatively quiet country roads). Unsuitable for hybrids and mountain bikes.
If you have an English Heritage membership, bring it with you.
** This will be a book your own accommodation trip, to suit your own tastes and budget, with several options to choose from in Stamford and in villages nearby. Skip plans to stay at the Stamford Lodge. **
If you have any questions about the event or the route please contact Skip.
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What to bring
BIKE: a road bike (or gravel bike with slicks - not chunky tyres) or a touring bike. The route is along paved roads.
LIGHTWEIGHT LOCK: not a D lock (they are HEAVY)!
Plus the usual:
Panniers or Seat post bag: for evening and change of clothes, toiletries, non-cleated shoes, etc.
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters
Punctures: spare inner tubes (at least 2), bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daypack / bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Bike lights: be seen and be safe, even during the day! days are short in December!
Mobile Phone and external battery pack.
Chocolate for Skip (but no dark chocolate - yuk!)
Food & drink
Bring plenty of water - either bottles or a camelpack.
We will be stopping for (takeaway) coffee, tea and cakes (regularly!) and for lunch about half way around.