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NCN route 50 south from Daventry

Cycle lane and rather exposed right turn on NCN route 50, Daventry

On-road cycle lane and signs, possibly for off-road shared-use, on NCN route 50, Daventry.

Link from Western Avenue, Daventry, to the parallel (and much quieter) Greenway

Link to Western Avenue from the parallel (and very quiet) Greenway

Cycleway west from central Daventry

Crossing of Western Avenue, Daventry - there's a longish stretch of alternating one-way road traffic, controlled by lights, in addition to the actual crossing lights.

Cycleway and crossing on Western Avenue, Daventry

Segregated cycleway in Daventry

Segregated route and crossing out of Daventry

Cut-through in Daventry

Cut-through in Daventry

Cut-through in Daventry

No Vehicles on this street in central Daventry - NCN route 50, though you wouldn't know it.

Underpass on NCN route 50 leaving Daventry northwards

Pedestrianisation in Daventry - NCN route 50, supposedly

Route sign on NCN route 50, Daventry

Road closure, Daventry - no actual provision for cycling

The main shopping street of Daventry, closed to traffic twice a week - I didn't notice any cycle parking anywhere along it.

Cycle crossing to continue on on-road cycle lanes into central Daventry

Underpass on segregated route out of Daventry

Underpass into Daventry

Path into Daventry

Crossing of paths in Daventry

Crossing of paths in Daventry

Start of cycle route into Daventry (not much use coming out).

Gates (not locked) on byway crossing Long Buckby Road, east of Daventry

Byway off Long Buckby Road, Daventry

The Grand Union Canal towpath at Long Buckby

The Grand Union Canal towpath at Long Buckby

Access to the Grand Union Canal towpath

As usual they were happy to wave cyclists (and pedestrians) through the road 'closure'.

Long Buckby station - no lift or even a wheeling channel.

Cyclist on the very busy road between the M1 and Milton Keynes.

Road from the M1 to Milton Keynes

Warning of pedestrians - presumably walking along the motorway ahead.

The Brampton Valley Way (NCN6) runs alongside the Northampton & Lamport Railway. This location marks the end of current railway operation; NCN 6 on the left shares the railway route South towards Northampton

The undulating nature of Merry Tom Lane, cycleway linking Pitsford Water with The Brampton Valley Way (NCN6)

Rest stop at the North portal after riding through Oxenden Tunnel, on the Brampton Valley Way. NCN6. This tunnel is very dark, no lighting provided!

North end of the very dark and spooky Kelmarsh tunnel, part of the Brampton Valley Way NCN6

Canal towpath here looks attractive for gentle leisure cycling in the Northamptonshire countryside but unfortunately soon reverts back to grass beyond the moorings.

Not many cars but beware of ducks in the road in St Marys

NCN50 signs

Unhelpful signage for NCN50 in centre of Crick village. The route dog-legs across Main Road but is only signed at one of the junctions . Anyone following this will soon find themselves on the A428 to West Haddon, rather than the correct r ... [more]

Green lane with public access

National trust bike parking at Canons Ashby - just a pair of wooden poles next to the bins. The poles have with small metal loops presumably for locking to but none of these users had used them.

Cycle Parking at National Trust property Canons Ashby is discretely hidden behind a thick hedge but at least its close to the tea room.

Blind junction where route 50 dog-legs across the A5 on a shared use path to Kilsby Road. Unlike the universally-ignored cyclists dismount on the other side of the road, at this point cyclist really do need to take care.

Chicanes and a dismount sign for the shared use path on the bridge over the M45. This very short section of shared use path alongside the A5 provides a useful dog-leg link between two quiet lanes on route 50. As evidenced by the tyre tr ... [more]

A village road.

Outside the Red Lion in Thornby, Northants.

Correct (level 3) technique to use when overtaking a slow moving queue of Rolls Royces and Bentleys.

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