Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 17th December 2017

The weather forecast threatened rain and it did not disappoint. Three of us set off for Tring at 10.30 on a cold grey morning. We were on a schedule to get back to Leighton Buzzard by 13.00 so I knew we would have ride at a good speed. We went through Parsons Close, down Grovebury Road and took the road across to the new housing estate off Billington Road. Arriving at the traffic lights we turned right, across the by-pass and turned right into Little Billington. With the verges cut the amount of rubbish is a disgrace. Why do people throw their cans, coffee cups etc out of the car window?

We continued along the road to Slapton and took the road towards Ivinghoe Aston. On the left a buzzard was sitting on the hedge. It was beautiful. At the left hand bend we went right along the very rough road (failed surface the sign said) to the canal at Horton Wharf. We took the canal path south under the railway line and then left the path at Cheddington Bridge. Across the bridge we took the first left to Pitstone then at the roundabout right towards Marsworth. At the junction with the business park we turned left. When the park was developed a cycle track was part of the development. We followed the path until the roundabout and went across towards Tring Station. On the right is a bridle path sign.

We turned right past Honeysuckle Farm and joined the long straight track to Tring. The rain started and continued for the rest of the ride. In Tring we turned right, then right again until we came to the roundabout which we crossed towards Tring Wharf. At the little bridge we joined the Wendover Canal on the left but after just thirty feet we took the path on the right which is a lovely track to the pumping station

We saw a kingfisher and goldfinches. At the pumping station we continued on the track round the reservoir and back to the road where we turned left. We continued on the road across the roundabout to Gubblecote and then Long Marston where we turned right to Cheddington. By now the rain was quite heavy but we were on the return leg. From Cheddington we turned left to Mentmore, up the hill and then right towards Ledburn. In Ledburn we turned right and under the railway and when we reached the junction it was right and then left along the track under the by-pass. We rode past Tiddenfoot Centre and right into Mentmore Gardens along the Blackbridge Path, left into Grovebury Road and into Parsons Close. It was a ride of 27.5 miles which three experienced riders did in two and a quarter hours so we met our 13.00 schedule and we did 15mph on one section and 30mph down Mentmore Hill. Wet, yes, cold, yes but a great ride.