Not a pub crawl………
……but a church crawl. Yesterday was the date of the Historic Churches’ Ride and Stride, and Jenny & I headed off to Titchmarsh in Northamptonshire, to join a small ‘peloton’ of other wheelers before heading into the depths of Northamptonshire, over fields and dales, through gravel pits and woods, in search of some of countryside’s hidden gems.
And in some cases, I do mean hidden. Either the churches were built away from the communities, or vice versa, because many are located
in isolated spots up to a mile from their respective villages. But each had its own charm and allure, and each had a member of the local community to welcome us, sometimes with refreshments, and nearly always with a fascinating nugget of information about the history and fabric of the building.
The church at Pilton, for instance, had indelible connections with the famous Catholic Tresham family (of Lievden New Beild) with symbols of the Trinity emblazoned on the outside of the church. In the distance, a house with a lookout tower turned out to be the place where they secretly celebrated mass. All absolutely fascinating………… and all part of the uplifting experience of cycling 35 miles with a group of other wheelers, enjoying the British countryside at its very best.