Cycle Sunday Ride Report - 25th March 2018


If you want a workout in under two hours try a ride up Dunstable Downs. I set off along Stanbridge Road and on reaching Stanbridge village I turned right at the Five Bells pub and on reaching the white house on the left turned along cycle route 6 over the by-pass and up the Sewell Greenway. On reaching the bridge I turned right on cycle route 574 and up the steep bit. Following this path, which has become very muddy, I rode round to the roundabout on the west road in Dunstable at the foot of the Downs Road.

 I crossed the roundabout and went up my third hill switching to the cycle path which comes out on the downs. I had made it to the top in 45 minutes. At the top I met the eleven riders from the Luton and Dunstable Forum cycle ride. I continued on the path to the Gateway Centre. At the air conditioning “sculpture” I went right then along the hedge row path, through the gate and continued to ride the downs path admiring the view (see photograph) until I arrived at the Bison Hill car park. I rode down the hill across the roundabout and on to Eaton Bray. At the end of the village is a left turn to Great Billington, the signpost says “Leighton Buzzard 5 miles”. At the end of this long road I turned left to the village. The rubbish on the roadside between Eaton Bray and Great Billington is a disgrace; mainly cans, plastic bottles and fast food debris but I did also note a gas cylinder and a pushchair.

At Great Billington I turned right on to the Hemel road and up the hill (the last one) then down again to the by-pass roundabout and back into Leighton Buzzard. This ride of 16.5 miles took me one hour forty minutes which included my five minute chat with fellow cyclists.