Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 18th November 2018

Five riders set off from the market cross at 10.30 am to ride part of the Wendover canal path. We rode to Tiddenfoot Water Park, round the park, under the by-pass and across the Horton road to Ledburn. We often see flying tipping and today was no exception.  There was a sofa, a sideboard and other abandoned items dumped by the roadside and actually sticking out into the road. We stopped and found some paper evidence and will report it to the council. 

Carrying on we turned left to Mentmore, up the hill and then left and down to other side and on to Cheddington. At the double roundabout we turned right to Long Marston and went across the junction to Puddenham. Puddenham is a “thankful” village which means that all the men who went to the front in World War One returned alive. The memorial was surrounded by poppies made from the bottoms of plastic bottles, cut to form the leaves, coloured red with a black centre mounted on green garden wire. It was very effective and those who created it are to be congratulated. 

In Puttenham we took the bridle path at the corner, past Rectory Farm and continued to the lane where we turned left, over the Aylesbury canal and the by-pass to Buckland. At the crossroads we went straight over and continued to Buckland Wharf on the Wendover canal. We turned left to the canal path and continued past the re-construction until arriving at Little Tring. Here we turned right on to the road then left to Tringford Pumping Station where we continued right, through the woods and across the field to rejoin the canal path at the mill. 

We crossed the bridge and continued on the Wendover canal path to the Grand Union canal.  Turning right we continued on the tarmac path to the Bulbourne bridge which we crossed and took the bridle path on the left which runs by the side of the nature reserve. This path emerges on the Marsworth to Pitstone road and we turned right to Pitstone and on to Ivinghoe, past the King’s Head taking the one way road on the left to the Rose and Crown. We turned right at the pub and continued on the bridle path across to Ivinghoe Aston and still on the path across to Edlesborough.  We crossed the Hemel road and cycled on to Eaton Bray, then left through the village and second left to Billington.

 At the junction we turned left to Billington and then right, up the steep hill (it is only a short way) and down to the roundabout on the by-pass. Across the roundabout we were back in Leighton Buzzard and we cycled back in to town.  This is a long ride of 28.3 miles which we completed in in three hours and had ridden some lovely paths on a sunny late autumn day.