Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 1st July 2018

This was the hottest day that we have ridden for some time. Two of us went to ride some bridle paths that are only rideable when the weather is extremely dry. We set off from the market cross and headed for Linslade. Turning down Springfield Road and then right up Rock Lane we followed the path up and round to Derwent Road. We turned left to the roundabout and turned left to Soulbury. Across the by-pass we cycled into Soulbury and at the green took the bridle path past the thatched cottage and down the hill.

Where the track goes under the by-pass we went left and followed the concrete track by the by-pass to Stoke Hammond. We joined the road and after fifty yards re-joined the bridle path on the right and followed the by-pass to the outskirts of Bletchley. We went across the roundabout past the new development to the left until we arrived at the gates of the closed rubbish dump. There is a path on the right next to the fence. Following this path it continued to the north east corner of the Blue Lagoon.

The track goes left across the field (which is not rideable when wet) through a gate, right past the new cemetery, under the bridge and at the junction left along Whiteley Crescent to Newton Road. We cycled left into Newton Longville and at the crossroads across towards Drayton Parslow. Outside the 30mph limit at the end of the long straight there is a bridle path on the right. The track goes past a set of concrete cows and then left onto a track and left again to the left of the hedge. This is slightly uphill and on a bumpy surface until the end of the wood where the track goes right then at the Private sign left across the field (which is also not rideable in winter) to a gate. There is a small field which had been ploughed so we walked across to another gate. The path was not clear but it is straight across to the fence then right to the gate and left through the gate and at the next gate we joined Cooks Lane and rode into Mursley. This bridle path can be awful when wet but today very rideable.

In Mursley we went left towards Stewkley but at the bend took the lane on the right. The tarmac ends and the path continues in the shelter of the trees downhill. There are usually some muddy patches on this path but today it was bone dry. We went uphill to Stewkley Dean where the photo was taken. We rode along the lane to Stewkley and crossed the road. After the Hollingdon turn there is a bridle path to Stokeroad and on to Dorcas Farm. This is another bridle path which on a dry day is much easier to ride. The lane took us to the Stoke Hammond – Newton Longville road where we turned left and across the by-pass and railway into Stoke Hammond. For a change we rode the road back to Leighton Buzzard and turned down the hill to the Globe Pub where the canal tow path took us back into town. This was a ride of 25.3 miles which in the 29 degree heat took us two hours and forty five minutes. This has some challenging off road and is much better after a dry period.