Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 7th October 2018

There were no takers for this week’s ride so I set off to cycle to somewhere we often pass by – Tottenhoe Knolls.  I set off along Hockcliffe road and via Denes Way and the recreation area arrived at Marley Fields.  Joining Stanbridge road, I cycled to Stanbridge, turning right at the Five Bells and down to the start of the Sewell Greenway. Once over the by-pass I turned right towards Tottenhoe and continued straight on up the hill to the gates of the nature reserve.  Here I went to the right and rode the track until I turned left and up the hill to the top where there is a fantastic view (see photo). 

I went down the hill turned left and followed the track up and along until it joins the gravel path.  I turned right and stayed on the path until I reached the roundabout at the bottom of the hill up to Dunstable Downs.  Instead of climbing the hill, today I went right on the road until the turn right to Totternhoe at Wellhead. Just 50 metres along this road is a bridleway sign on the left. This path is often very muddy as it is much used by horses but today it was just “sticky”.  So with not too much mud on the tyres I reached Doolittle Lane and turned left along the very straight lane with the Downs on the left.  

At the crossroads I went across and through the ford (washing off some mud!) and rode on to the junction where I turned right into Edlesborough.  At the end of the road by the village hall I went left up the hill to the junction at Edlesborough Church.  The bridleway is straight across and is always worth the ride. At Ivinghoe Aston, I went right through the village and along the long straight was entertained by a red kite which swooped around and around. 

At the right hand bend I went straight on along the now re-tarmacked lane to Horton Wharf. Here I joined the Grand Union Canal path north passing two herons, one with its Sunday lunch in its beak until I arrived back in Leighton Buzzard where I took the Blackbridge path, Grovebury road and Parsons Close recreation ground back to the market cross. This ride was 18.1 miles which took me two hours in lovely sunshine.