Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 7th January 2018

The first ride of 2018 and it was a day for thermals as there was a cold north easterly wind but the sun was shining. Three hardy riders set off from the Market Cross at 10.30am and went along Vandyke Road and Eastern Way and at the sand quarry turned left towards Heath and Reach. There was a sprinkling of snow on the verges. At the top of the hill we turned right into Overend Green Lane and rode the lane until we arrived at Heath Road where we went right to the Flying Fox roundabout.

We crossed the roundabout and rode up Sheep Lane and again at the top of the hill turned right to Potsgrove. Along this lovely lane we felt the north easterly wind in our faces until we arrived at the Woburn road. On this ride we turned left and rode into Woburn. Along the road a buzzard took off from the hedge on our left and flew parallel with us for thirty yards. There was another sitting on the wall of the Woburn estate. Such a close encounter never fails to amaze. We rode through Woburn and then took the right hand turn down Birchmoor Lane past the estate cottages and on to the bridleway to Birchmoor Farm. We turned left along the farm road to the lane and left again back to the Woburn road.

Turning right we then went first left and past Apsley Woods and continued up the hill towards Bow Brickhill. Just before descending into the village there is a bridleway on the left. This track took us past the golf club. On reaching the road we turned right and at the junction right again and over the A5. In Little Brickhill at the roundabout we went left and continued until the house on the right. Turning right and through the gate with the hedge over the top we rode through Duncombe Woods which was superb with just the right amount of mud! This track reaches the road at Green End, Great Brickhill. From there it is left, past the school and downhill to the Red Lion then left and along the road, picking up speed to the Grand Union Canal and taking the path south back to Leighton Buzzard.

This was a a very cold ride of 20.7 miles which took us two hours and ten minutes but it was well worth it just for that buzzard moment.