Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 3rd September 2017

The first Sunday of the month is the family leisure ride and we had five adults and one young person.  But this 12 year old was a fit and accomplished cyclist so the route took in uphill and quite a lot of off road riding. 

We set off via Parsons Close, Grove Road, the path behind Morrisons, Woodman Close, Hockcliffe Street, Danes Way and the recreation ground behind Meadow Way ensuring that we all did a circuit of the pump track before joining Stanbridge Road from Marley Fields. From Stanbridge we headed towards the by-pass and turned left up the old railway track which is now the Sewell Greenway. At the bridge we left the track and went under the bridge through the hamlet of Sewell until we arrived at the A5 on Chalk Hill. We crossed the road, and on the path cycled north for a few yards before turning right down the hill until we turned right on the path which leads towards the disused chalk quarry. We turned right up the fieId and over the lip into the quarry. 

If you have never been here it is well worth visiting, lovely wild flowers and a landscape which is unique (see the photograph). However do not be tempted to ride down the steep slopes to the bottom of the quarry.  It is very steep and slippery and in the past I have seen several mountain bikers hitting the chalk. We cycled on along the track at the top of the quarry towards Houghton Regis and spotted the exit on the left which is short and steep over the lip so take care. We continued round the edge of the field until we emerged on Cooper Way keeping to the path, crossed Arnald Way, followed the road down to Mill Road and on to Houghton Road opposite the Morrison store. 

We crossed at the crossing and turned right along Cemetery Road. At left hand bend we took the path right which goes round Dog Kennel Hill, we went over the top of the hill and then joined the bus-way path and then at the Portland Ride stop turned right which took us back to the A5. We crossed the road and took the cycle path which joins Brewers Hill Road. Still on the path we rode along until the turning on Creasey Park Drive to Dunstable Football Club. We took the path round the club and we were at the top of the Sewell Greenway which is just an adrenalin rush as we rode back to the bottom of the way and then right into Stanbridge. 

At the Five Bells pub we turned right and then first left up the hill past the old windmill and then left into Egginton. We went through the village and at the right hand bend took the rights of way path straight on past the caravans and then downhill across the field to the far right corner.  This would be excellent if it was a bridleway which would make a lot of sense to ride to Egginton avoiding the Hockcliffe road. This comes out on Meadow Way and it is right and down to Hockliffe Road and back into town. 

This was an 18.5 mile ride which took us around two and half hours.