Cambridge Civil War
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In June 1645, King Charles I was on the ropes and his Royalist troops were being hounded by the Parliamentarian New Model Army, commanded by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell during the first English Civil War. The war came to a head at the Battle of Naseby, forcing the king into retreat and ultimately to being captured. This route starts in Girton, Cambridge and heads out to Market Harborough and then passes southwards through the area of this key battle where you visit both the Royalist and the Parliamentarian fronts and commemorative monuments.
This is a great all-season 200, especially into a westerly breeze, which will blow you back to the start. The terrain ripples a little to Market Harborough and then you cross six or seven ridges that cross the landscape, which should prove interesting for flatlanders, and the roads are mostly good. There is an alternative route to Oundle that uses quiet main roads rather than lanes to reduce the risk of black ice (ask the organiser). There are plenty of pubs and cafés along the route to break up the ride.
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