Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 2nd December 2018

This Sunday four of us set off to ride some lanes, some off-road and some hills south of Leighton Buzzard.  Firstly we cycled to Astral Park on the Sandhills estate to ride round the lake on the newly opened path. The path is made of a light yellow material and I fear that as winter comes the path will become more waterlogged and deteriorate to a yellow mud.  We rode back to Billington Road and went left at the traffic lights and across the by-pass towards Billington.  

We went right to Little Billington then on to Slapton. Once through the village we turned left and after about half a mile we took the first turn right to Horton Wharf on the Grand Union Canal. Today we rode over the bridge and on to the bridle path which took us to the village of Horton. Cycling through Horton we took the bridle path on the right at the first corner.  Under the railway this path turns left and follows the railway.  It was not an easy ride over the grassy tussocks. We followed the path until it emerged on the Cheddington to Mentmore road, turned right and rode along to the long straight to the gates of the closed Mentmore Golf Course. We went left through the gates (if locked there is way round on the left) and cycled the path which starts on tarmac then gravel and then turns right through the wood.  Cycle this path slowly because it is lovely and should be enjoyed. 

We arrived at the bottom of the lane where the photo was taken. We headed up the lane and right to the road where we turned left to the Mentmore crossroads. We do not normally cycle from here to Wing but today we did, up the hill which is not as steep as it appears. We turned right and then first left through the village past the shop. We took the road to Burcott and continued on the road to Soulbury. 

 At the junction we turned right and followed the road back to the by-pass, across it and up into Linslade.  Instead of cycling back into town, we took the bridle path on the left up through Linslade Woods and down to the Stoke Hammond road where we turned right then left to the Globe Inn and south on the canal path back into Leighton Buzzard. This was our 45th ride of the year and we had 14 miles to ride to hit the 1,000 miles on a Sunday which I estimate was achieved between Wing and Soulbury. This ride was 19 miles which took us just over two hours.