I am pleased to announce the outline details for the 2015 Flying Gate Weekend. As announced at last years’ event we will be going to Rutland. Our H.Q. this year will be The Raven Hotel in Corby.
We are planning a short ride on the Friday, with a longer ride on Saturday going around Rutland Water with a lunch stop on the banks. Sunday we see another slightly shorter ride out into the Rutland County countryside.
We will update this web page over the coming months as we refine the details.
H.Q; The Raven Hotel, Rockingham Rd., Corby, Northants, NN17 1AG. Tel: 01536 202313. The hotel has the following rooms, all of which are available to us and have been reserved:
2 X Twin rooms with shared bathroom facilities. 2 X Twin En Suite rooms.
10 X Double rooms with shared bathrooms, check prices at time of booking, there are no fixed rates, the earlier you book the cheaper the prices!
I have been advised that they are also extending the building and adding a number of additional rooms which will, if they are completed in time, be available to us.
As is usual, you must, when booking mention that you are with the “Flying Gate Weekend”
and early booking is strongly recommended. If single beds are required and you are prepared share a twin room please make this clear on booking or arrange with some one before booking.
The nearest campsite is New Lodge Farm Caravan And Camping Site, in nearby Bulwick, NN17 3DU. Telephone: 01780 450493.
Again I have reserved a small number of places for tents, caravans and motor homes. Please make sure you tell them that you are with the Flying Gate Weekend.
There are a small number of B&B’s in the immediate area, but as Corby itself is not really a tourist town these are fewer and farther between than in previous years.
However, we have reserved 4 rooms at The Great Eastern B&B, 4 High St. Great Eastern, Market Harborough, LE16 8ST. 01536 772581 There is 1 family room and 3 twins all at £30 per person per night.
You must mention "Flying Gate Weekend" when booking with David and Elaine Hanky. This B&B is about 4 miles from the H.Q.
We also have preliminary reservations with Lyddington B&B (01572 822070) which has 7 rooms of varying types available at the time of writing,
Typically a double room (self catering) is £60 per night and an early call to them is advised. This B&B is about 5 miles from the H.Q.
The Green Dragon (01536 373870) and Swallows Rest (01536370171) are in Brigstock and is about 5 miles from the H.Q.
Laundimer House (01536 206770) is in Weldon, again about 5 miles away. There is also a Holiday Inn (01536 401020) nearby. As yet I have not made any arrangements with these as they already have some bookings.
Friday’s route takes a circular path through local villages out through Deane, Bulwick and Cotterstock to Kings Cliffe where we will stop for lunch. We return via Wakerley and Harringworth for a total of 33 miles.
Saturday’s route takes us North through the lanes, crossing the A47 (sorry, unavoidable) up to Manton from where we go clockwise around Rutland Water.
Those of us preferring a shorter route can take the cycle path along the southern lakeshore to the lunch stop, details of which will follow. After lunch we return to the H.Q. using a parallel route for a total of around 40 miles.
On Sunday we have a shorter ride through the lanes to Rockingham and Uppingham. We return via Melbourne (No, NOT in Australia, that might be pushing things a little. Next year, maybe.)
We hope to arrange an alternative, shorter, return via the side of Eyebrook reservoir.
On a final note, we have been able to keep the accommodation bookings open until April only, so you must book before then to be sure of a place to stay.
The weekend we are up there are a number of events on including goodness knows how many weddings, but we don’t anticipate any problems on the roads we will be using, but accommodation throughout the area will be under pressure.