Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 16th July 2017

On a sunny Sunday morning five cyclists set off to ride to Ringshall. 

We went via Parsons Close, Grovebury Road, Blackbridge path, Tiddenfoot Lake and over the bridge on to the canal path south.  We continued on the path until Horton Lock where we went over the bridge, past the farm with its five calves in pens until we turned right on to the road to Ivinghoe Aston.  We had a couple of miles to think about the climb up to the Dunstable – Ivinghoe road which rises 530 metres from the village. To go up without stopping select a gear with which you are comfortable and maintain an even pedalling speed. 

After a stop at the top we crossed the road and took the track on the left which goes up behind the beacon then downhill, then turns right, at the gate we went through and straight on, the track bears left, still uphill and once through another gate we arrived at one of the car parks. A photo looking towards Dunstable Downs was taken here where we had a few minutes to contemplate the wonderful view. We joined the road to Ringshall and then we went left in the village and downhill to the roundabout at Dagnall on the A4146. This downhill will always put a smile on your face.

Crossing the roundabout we took the road towards Dunstable which is a much more pleasant ride than trying to cycle the A4146. We crossed the next roundabout and continued on to Eaton Bray and Tottenhoe.  We turned left and then right past the Lime Kilns and left on to the track that joins the Sewell Greenway.  Turning left we went over the by-pass and then joined the road to Stanbridge.  In Stanbridge we turned right then first left up the hill past the windmill and at the end of the straight left into Egginton. After we cycled through the village we joined the Hockcliffe road and cycled back into Leighton Buzzard. 

This ride has two challenging up hills but it is a very rewarding ride with some superb views. We covered the 23.7 miles in just under three hours including a couple of stops.