Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 15th April 2018

If you like mud this could be the ride for you. Four riders set off to ride the wonderful countryside to the west of Leighton Buzzard. From the market cross we rode up Rock Lane in Linslade and followed the track until we came on to Derwent Road which we followed to the roundabout on the Soulbury Road. Rock Lane was muddy which gave us some inclination of what was to come. We went left at the roundabout and rode to Soulbury and then towards Stewkley. At the top of the hill we turned right to Hollingdon and through this lovely hamlet and along the lane until we went up the hill to the Stewkley – Newton Longville road. Turning left we were soon at Stewkley north end where we crossed the road and cycled the lane until it ends at Stewkley Dean where the photograph was taken.

You feel very much in the countryside. We turned right on to the bridle path which was very wet and muddy in places but great fun and we came out of the woods on to the tarmac and then onto the junction. We rode into Mursley and turned right at Cooks Lane. At the end of the lane the bridle path continues through the gate. This is where the real mud started! Cycling by the fence we continued until the next gate and turned right. This next section was not rideable in places with deep muddy ruts and puddles. On arriving at the gate we continued on a better track which goes down and up until a gate on the track by the church. The road is 50 metres from the gate. We turned left into Drayton Parslow and onward downhill across the crossroad and another mile on to the right turn signposted Stoke Hammond. It is downhill then uphill and left into Stoke Hammond.

We turned right then left along Bragenham Side and joined the canal path back to Leighton Buzzard. At this time of year this is a muddy ride but it is worth every moment of its 19.7 miles which we completed in just under two and half hours.