Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 1st April 2018

Two of us set off for the Aylesbury Canal at 10.30am from the Market Cross. I am always surprised that a ride I have done many times can still produce something that I have never seen before and this was one of those rides. We left town via Tiddenfoot and the path under the by-pass and cycled through Ledburn to Wingrave. At the pond we turned left and went downhill and on to Long Marston. Along this road we saw two buzzards. At Long Marston we turned right. On the left is a beautiful building, the old Weslyan Chapel built in 1864 and now a private residence with its front stained glass windows (see photo).

I had not noticed this before. We cycled on to Puttenham to find the second discovery of the day. Puttenham is a “Thankful Village” – that is a village that lost no men in World War One and there is a small monument on the left which was erected in 2014. Also look to the left behind the monument and there is lovely green corrugated building which may have been the old village hall. We continued on the road until the bridge over the Aylesbury canal. We took the path eastward along the towpath towards Marsworth and have never seen the canal so full. It was very muddy in places but there is a stone base so the going was quite good. We left the canal just before it joins the Grand Union Canal and took the narrow lane to the left which brought us to the bridge over the Grand Union Canal.

Here we joined the canal path north and cycled as far as the car park where the canal goes under the railway line. We left the path and cycled left to Cheddington and then along the long straight and up the hill to Mentmore. We turned right, admiring that wonderful view across towards Wing and Ascot and arrived at Ledburn. Turning right we retraced our wheels back into Leighton Buzzard. This was a ride of 19.4 miles which took us 2 hours and 10 minutes, full of interest and just shows that any ride is an exploration and even seasoned riders can find something new.